September 30, 2023

Good Question: Why Do Some Songs Just Fade Out?

Billboard answers your most pressing questions about the music business: Why do some songs fade out and others end cold? 

I think back in the pre-rock era songs used to end cold often because they were not so repetitive and they tended to be more about a story,” [pop artist Jose] Promis muses. “I think fades are more a rock-era studio trick and a way of ending when a song has a repetitive chorus. It gives the impression that one could continue singing the song forever since it just sort of fades away.

Read the whole story here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

Alan Cross has 37125 posts and counting. See all posts by Alan Cross

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.