What Taylor Swift Can Teach Us About Pop Music

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Pop music is weird. Or, I mean, it’s not, it’s pretty normal, but music theory is bad at explaining it because we’re so focused on notes and chords that we miss out on what makes a great pop song so special. Can we do better? Sure! But how? Well, one possible approach would be to build some new models that actually incorporate pop production, and fortunately for us, Dr. Asaf Peres has already done that, and to understand how it works, I want to talk about one of my favorite pop albums of all time: Taylor Swift’s 1989.

Dr. Peres’s article: https://www.top40theory.com/blog/sonic-functions-the-alternative-to-harmonic-functions-in-modern-music

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Also, thanks to Jareth Arnold for proofreading the script to make sure this all makes sense hopefully!

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