Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What Becomes A Classic?

What turns a hit song into a classic?

Very few hits can keep a listener's interest for a few months, let alone years or decades. Yet there are those anthems that, although played repeatedly, retain the magic to make one want to listen again and again.

Varying intangibles includes production quality, musicianship, vocal style, lyrics and choice of instruments.
The constant factor in all of these songs is their widespread emotional connection to a mass audience. Classic songs have a simple message that has universal appeal.

They might be cliches but songs like "We Are Family", "Satisfaction" and "Respect" are classics for a reason. These songs encapsulate feelings we've all shared.

From the steely determination of "I Will Survive" to the youthful exuberance of "Twist And Shout", the free spiritedness of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and the stylish romance of Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight", classic songs connect us to our own feelings. And when played to a group of people, help bond them together.

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