Beatles ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ is “the perfect pop song”, according to science

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The Beatles‘ 1968 track ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ has been declared the most perfect pop song ever written by researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

The scientists analysed 80,000 different chord progressions from 700 songs recorded between 1958 and 1991, using machine learning to give a score to each chord based on how “surprising” it was compared to the chord preceding it.(NME)

Chord sequences from 30 of the songs were then played to 39 volunteers, stripped of lyrics and melody to make the source track unrecognisable. The volunteers were asked to rate how enjoyable they felt each chord to be.

The research found that when the volunteers were relatively sure what chord was coming next, they enjoyed being surprised instead.

The research also found that being unsure of how the song would progress would cause activity in a region of the brain connected with musical pleasure.

‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ was the closest song the researchers could find to “perfection”, followed by Genesis’ ‘Invisible Touch’, and BJ Thomas’ ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

Up.Whether you go by No. 1 singles (20) or all-time record sales (183 million certified), no recording artist can touch The Beatles (not even Elvis). Looking ahead, it’s unlikely the Fab Four will ever to let go of the top spot. (Cheatsheet.com)

‘The White Album’ is by far The Beatles’ top seller at 24 million copies.

The Beatles, we all know it as The White Album. Since its release in 1968, it has sold 24 million copies.

That total counts as 24x Platinum, and it was certified just last week, on February 21, at that total. (As we mentioned above, Beatles records keep selling at a crazy rate, even in 2019.)The Beatles 1967-1970 (17 million) and The Beatles 1962-1966 (15 million) compilations fall in at 18th and 28th place, respectively.

‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ round out The Beatles’ top 3. Abbey Road sold 12 million copies Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with 11 million sales since its release.

More than 50 years after its 1968 release, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced that The BEATLES has now been certified 24x Platinum, earning the spot as the fourth top-certified album of all time. – Source RIAA

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced that The BEATLES (‘White Album’) from Apple/Capitol/UMe has now been certified 24X Platinum, earning the spot as the fourth top-certified album of all time.beatles

The Beatles already hold top honors as the highest certified band in Gold and Platinum Award history, with 178 million certifications across a wide range of titles, including the iconic ‘White Album.’ Other albums by The Beatles that have surpassed Diamond certification include The Beatles 1967-1970 at 17X Platinum, The Beatles 1962-1966 at 15X Platinum, Abbey Road at 12X Platinum, 1 at 11X Platinum, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 11X Platinum

 

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