Studying the Music Theory of Pop Songs on the Billboard Hot 100

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8 Pop Music Trends from 2014
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Chord Progression in Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass”
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Neapolitan Chord in Lady Gaga G.U.Y.
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First Inversion in Katy Perry’s This is How We Do
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The Seventh Scale Degree in Katy Perry’s Dark Horse
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Half Time in Justin Bieber “Beauty and a Beat”
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Triplets in Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble”
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A Programming Note from Pop Music Theory
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Mixed Meter in Blake Shelton “Mine Would Be You”
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Mixolydian Mode in “Royals” by Lorde

8 Pop Music Trends from 2014

Here are 8 trends in pop music from songs which appeared on the Billboard Hot…

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Chord Progression in Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass”

We are taking things back to basics in today’s Pop Music Theory post. As someone…

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Neapolitan Chord in Lady Gaga G.U.Y.

Lady Gaga meets music theory and the Neapolitan chord. Here’s another club thumper brought to us…

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First Inversion in Katy Perry’s This is How We Do

Katy Perry is at it again with another fantastic example of pop music theory. Today’s…

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The Seventh Scale Degree in Katy Perry’s Dark Horse

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is a karaoke favorite of mine. Why? Because the chart-topping song…

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Half Time in Justin Bieber “Beauty and a Beat”

Today’s article is an introduction to the music theory topic of half time. Modern pop…

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Triplets in Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Today we will be covering the role of triplets in Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You…

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A Programming Note from Pop Music Theory

Exactly two months ago, I started this blog, which is called Pop Music Theory (PMT…

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Mixed Meter in Blake Shelton “Mine Would Be You”

Today we will be covering the Music Theory topic of Mixed Meter   Blake Shelton’s…

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Mixolydian Mode in “Royals” by Lorde

New Zealand’s Lorde has overtaken Miley for the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, with…

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