The 17 Best Songs In 7/4 Time Signature – Stereogum

All 17 videos of these 7/8 songs are available at the link below. It took a bit of fudging to put this together as most of these songs are not completely in 7 beats to the bar, but they do throw a spanner in the works of the toe-tapping crowd. -dg There’s a reason why all those Ramones songs start with “1-2-3-4!” — and also a reason why Captain Beefheart raged against the “big mama heartbeat.” For anyone growing up in America in the last century, 4/4 meter has been the core of popular music — rock, pop, rap, blues, gospel, all the way back to their origins in West Africa. Ergo, lopping off a single beat from two bars of 4/4 is like a car with three and a half wheels: difficult to drive, full of uncomfortable bumps, a mix of the unexpected and the compelling. When a band plays in 7/4 or 7/8 (for non-nerds, just count out “1-2-3-4-5-6-7,” or any mathematical combo like “1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3″) — it feels like a record needle stumbling over a piece of dust or ending a dance move with a rolled ankle. Rock’s initial boom of 7 came very shortly after the moment when it became clear this this greasy kid stuff wasn’t just for driving, dancing, and protesting. Emboldened byContinue Reading