The Experiment

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Is there a formula for song success?
We tried to find out.

Is it possible to predict song success? Are songs in a certain key more likely to succeed than others? In a certain tempo? How did the taste for music "evolve" over the decades? Did it, at all?

We "tried to see the big picture" and answer these questions using a quantitative, automatic approach.

Browse our results and take a visual tour of the history of music since 1940, as seen "from above".

Disclaimer: "Billboard" and "Billboard Charts" are terms owned by Prometheus Global Media. We have no affiliation with the Billboard Magazine or its owners.

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