Psychology & Psychiatry

Hip Hop song linked to a reduction in suicides in the US

Wide scale public attention to the song "1-800-273-8255" by American hip hop artist Logic was associated with an increase in calls to the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a reduction in suicides, finds a study ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Adele 30: The psychology of why sad songs make us feel good

Adele's new album, 30, is finally available. Last month, hundreds of millions of us streamed its first single, Easy On Me. This song evokes feelings not easily put into words. But we can probably agree it is a sad song.

Medical research

Harmonic surprise found to be key to pop chart success

A combined team of researchers from Georgetown University and Secret Chord Laboratories has found that for a pop song to find success on the charts, it needs to have some degree of harmonic surprise. In their paper published ...

Neuroscience

Imagined music and silence trigger similar brain activity

Imagining a song triggers similar brain activity as moments of silence in music, according to a pair of studies recently published in JNeurosci. The results reveal how the brain continues responding to music, even when ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

That song is stuck in your head, but it's helping you to remember

If you have watched TV since the 1990s, the sitcom theme song, "I'll Be There for You," has likely been stuck in your head at one point or another. New research from UC Davis suggests these experiences are more than a passing ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

In time for summer, Europe sees dramatic fall in virus cases

When Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest with an over-the-top glam-rock performance, the victory signaled more than just a psychological boost for one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19: Held before a live, indoor ...

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Song

A song is a metrical composition intended or adapted for singing, especially one in rhymed stanzas; a lyric; a ballad. (exceptions would be a cappella songs). The lyrics of songs are typically of a poetic, rhyming nature, although they may be religious verses or free prose.

Songs are typically for a solo singer, though they may also be in the form of a duet, trio, or composition involving more voices. See part song. (Works with more than one voice to a part, however, are considered choral.) Songs can be broadly divided into many different forms, depending on the criteria used. One division is between "art songs", "pop songs", and "folk songs "street songs". Other common methods of classification are by purpose (sacred vs secular), by style (dance, ballad, Lied, etc), or by time of origin (Renaissance, Contemporary, etc). People sing songs on stage or at a music studio which can go on to the radio or a CD these people are often famous and are very expensive to see live and people go to a live stage which will be on TV.

A song is a piece of music for accompanied or unaccompanied voice or voices or, "the act or art of singing," but the term is generally not used for large vocal forms including opera and oratorio. However, the term is "often found in various figurative and transferred sesnse (e.g. for the lyrical second subject of a sonata...)." The word "song" has the same etymological root as the verb "to sing" and the OED defines the word to mean "that which is sung". Colloquially, song is sometimes used to refer to any musical composition, including those without vocals. In music styles that are predominantly vocal-based, such as popular music, a composition without vocals may be called a song.[citation needed]

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