It's April 4th! Post your favourite songs in 4/4


#1

what are your favourites?


#2

We will rock you


#3

Can never think of any when I’m put on the spot like this


#4

I don’t know much about music. Is The Impression That I Get in 4/4?


#5

Don’t really listen to 4/4 music


#6

Alright, maynard james keenan


#7

I’m having flashbacks of Tool fans falling over themselves to declare Parabola as the worst song on Lateralus because of the 4/4 time signature.


#8

Why is the second number always 4 or 8 in time signatures? Why can’t you have 7/3 or 4/11?


#9

This would have been a better thread yesterday


#10

we were all better yesterday, mate


#11

because the second number refers to what KIND of beats they are, and the only notes available in standard modern musical notation are full note (semibreve), half note (minim), quarter note (crotchet), eighth note (quaver) and so on. You could conceivably have 7/3, but your “third-note” would be filling the same role as a half-note or quarter-note, so it would sound just the same as 7/2 or 7/4 so why bother.


#12

this always confused me, I’m probably wrong but have just come to think of it as kind of arbitrary, just a very rough indicator of pace, with 4 being standard and 8 being faster, something in 4/8 could be written in 4/4 instead if the BPM is doubled and it would be the same, but something in 4/8 doesn’t necessarily feel double speed to 4/4 it just has more notes in so guess that is why it is done, not quite sure how this works because obviously you have really short notes within a piece in 4/4 I guess it is to with the overall feel


#13

That’s pretty right, it is somewhat arbitrary. 4/4 means four crotchet beats to the bar, but if you replaced every note by its half equivalent (replace crotchets with quavers, quavers with semiquavers, etc, you would have four quaver beats to the bar and it would be 4/8. If you then halved the tempo it would sound exactly the same as the original (“tempo” being defined as the number of crotchets per minute). The notes you use to represent the music are largely a matter of convenience; it’s the relation between them that matters.

A “Semibreve” is sometimes called a “whole tone”, and I imagine that term dates from when music mostly consisted of singing. Perhaps it was related to how long a note could be comfortably held by a vocalist.