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(I think it tends to be...)
i think it is so variable between record to record. what examples would you give for your theory?
The first song on every album is always the best
I noticed his trend, and went through a phase where I'd always listen to track4 1st, then return to the start - not sure it's ever been scientifically proven though.
Perhaps it's just OCD.
track 4 is always best!
but I'm thinking an artist will often put one of the more easily accesible songs on the album at the beginning. Y'know, draw you in and all that.
always has to be a strong opener but not necessarily the best on the album
and only very short, meaning if you actually turned off before the end of it you were a pretty lame music fan.
a ridiculous statement
but the biggest singles/best songs are usually on the first half. with one put towards the end, presumably as a kind of reward for putting up with the filler in the middle.
sometimes the second, sometimes the third, sometimes the fourth, and so on and so forth.
I highly disagree, I reckon the closing couple of tracks normally have a far greater impact on me.
i find. almost as often as it's the first.
Because it has to be. A big punchy single or something that really tears it up.
And the one that follows it has to be a good track too. It's why a lot of albums are front loaded.
It can definatly be the thing that gets you into an album. I'm not big on "intro" tracks either
3,4 & 5 tend to be the best, the is usualy a run of the stronger tracks around this point.
The opening track is rarely the best
You wanna stop listening to Muse :s
I am going to scientifically prove this.
Here we have 20 random albums selected by itunes shuffle, and the position of the most-played track on each:
Brendan Benson - Lapalco (3)
Fat Jon & Styrofoam - The Same Channel (1)
Chicharones - When Pigs Fly (5)
Handsome Boy Modelling School - White People (9)
Punish the Atom - Let's Do The Don't Care (2)
Wave Pictures - More Street, Less T.V. (5=7)
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1)
Death in Vegas - Dead Elvis (5)
Saint Etienne - So Tough (6)
Josh Martinez - Midriff Music (2=3=4=5)
Dntel - Life is Full of Possibilities (9)
Stone Roses - Turns Into Stone (1)
PWEI - This is the Day... (3)
Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher (7)
Rare Bird - Sympathy (1=3=7)
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Rattlesnakes (10)
Four Tet - Rounds (8)
Air - Talkie Walkie (2)
Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (4)
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike (6)
Hmmm... it would seem that (1) does come up more than any other number, but still only on 1 in 5 albums. In short, you are wrong.
i find track 5's a corker!
it's some sort of 'wacky' intro track, (see Trail of Dead, Offspring etc.)
any track x is better than track y argument is pure bollox.
....and very easy to see that it has no substance.
It will be different for certain bands/albums and people will have different opinions on what the best tracks are.
Also the fact that there are a sizeable amount of short intro tracks on albums means this theory completely falls apart.
I'm still going to try this with all my albums just out of curiosity.