If you follow the trends in music, you’ll know that songs are getting shorter and shorter and their construction are skewed towards making them more appealing to short attention span listening. The latter means shorter intros, putting the chorus up front, multiple hooks throughout the song–anything to drag the listener through to the 30-second mark, the time in the song when a streaming service pays out.
This begs the question: If big hits of the past–even iconic songs–were released today, would they have a hope in hell of being successful?
Rick Beato tested out the theory by playing his daughter “Stairway to Heaven” and asking her opinion. This is hardly a scientific test with an n=1, but it’s still illuminating. Little Layla (gee, think Dad is a guitarist?) wasn’t impressed. She felt that the song was too long, had a long boring guitar solo and most distressingly, “There’s no Auto-Tune!” Urgh.
Watch the whole video here.