The Most COMPLEX Pop Song of All Time -

The Most COMPLEX Pop Song of All Time

Rick Beato
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Is this the most complex song ever? In this video I answer that question.

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  1. This sounds much more difficult and weirder than NCT127 songs XD

  2. It literally made me nauseous! I am forever traumatized by all these modulations. I will only listen to diatonic music from now on.

  3. That's why I prefer my saxophone. Only able to do one note at a time anyway, so I care just a bit less about the chords. 😛

  4. So, basically the "Final Boss" of pop music? I think session musicians collectively decided to only do "3-chord changes" from that point forward, thus explaining the reason pop music has gotten so simple.

  5. I know nothing about chords and stuff. All your saying's Greek to me. but WOW, I listened to you all the way. You're a great storyteller, Rick.

  6. It is based on the slightly risky rule: "as long as the note is in the chord somewhere, try it."

  7. 'Like to Get to Know You' by Spanky and Our Gang (1968) is quite complex as well, though it might not be considered 'pop'. Has some really advanced jazz chords and strange timings on the chord changes.

  8. I know this song, It slightly reminds me of cross between "After the love was gone" by EW&F and "Could this be magic" by Barry Manilo….awsome.

  9. 1:28 I love your reaction! I think I had the same face too when I first heard that song

  10. I had a smile on my face for this entire video. So beautiful the way it was put together. Good story telling Rick

  11. I'd say that was a Picardy 3rd for those 3 cadences.

  12. I watch this and I have no idea what he's talking about but it's fascinating.

  13. ..into "uncharted" territory..hahaha
    that just slipped out, or did it ?

  14. ..and after all that, the singer says, " that's a bit high for me, can you do it in a lower key ?

  15. Sweet chemistry- singers are really blended. The inverted jazzy classical cadences
    are truly a gift of latin culture.

  16. Sounds more like a jazz tune, kinda like All the things you are. I agree, it's definitely complicated, but those inversions are pretty easy on piano. It's harder on guitar (I'm guessing) because you have to kind of plan ahead what you are going to play, but on piano it's very easy to do those slash chords, inversions, or add color notes on the fly.

  17. Don't worry about it…..he was probably on acid when he wrote it…this song was totally responsible for todays simple music…

  18. Rick, having no music reading ability, I have no idea what you’re on about, but I love it. Your videos are a delight and I somehow understand what you’re saying without knowing the technicals. Keep banging these out brother.

  19. Reminds me of some of the Steely Dan I am TRYING to learn just the introduction is hard to play correctly and then you have to learn the rest of the song I could have learned 10 songs in the time it took me to learn one

  20. Rick ~ You should track down the composers, Cynthia Weil and Barry Man, and ask them to make a video with you to explain the orchestration of the song.

  21. Now that you've explained that it was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil it makes perfect sense. Last week our band were backing a Dolly Parton tribute and playing "Here You Come Again", written by the same duo. It sounds so deceptively simple, but passes through several modulations and actually rises a semitone with each repeat. It's so subtle you don't notice it until you try to play it and realise the chords you played last chorus don't fit this time around!

  22. It still sounds like a generic 80s MOR pop song on the dozen, lol.

  23. How did I miss this Beato vid? This is good stuff man. When you smile, I smile. Also, I always thought that James Ingram sang this song. 🤔😂

  24. When looking at the song's parts, the song seems awkward, clunky and without soul. As a whole, it's smooth and soulful. It's greater than the sum of its parts?

  25. Luis Peres Illustrator at ICreateWorlds dotNet says:

    I have no idea what you’re talking about but this is fascinating. 😅

  26. Idk if reading music is like reading another language or 5, but to me it’s so fascinating for someone to seamlessly break down musical composition and explain it clearly to a layman. I really think it takes special skill to take something so seemingly obstruct and reconstruct it for those who would be totally lost without the explanation. Humans are a unique species and music is such a gift given to us that separates us and makes us so distinct. Bravo to the musician musicians.

  27. The funny part is, it was on the radio, and people were singing along with it, and probably had no idea that any of that harmony and key changes were going on at all. Brilliant.

  28. As a classical type my response is "what about sheet music?" Really cool video!

  29. -How many chords do you want in the song?
    – Yes.

  30. Check out “Alibis” by Mendes as well, thing slaps with some awesome chord changes as well although nothing like this 😂

  31. It alwasy sound like to me that there were two songs playing the radio was on

  32. I just knew it was going to be a song from the early 80's. That was truly the last time that the majority of pop music had real substance to it in terms of how it was crafted.

  33. So I have very very basic understanding of theory and chords etc but I have a good ear for improvising and coming up with Melodies. My piano playing is extremely basic and probably incorrect when it comes to technique but I can come up with Melodies without much effort over and over and over. So I can just imagine that a guitar player would react to what I came up with on the piano just like this 😄

  34. @Brown : Exactly. And I would take the position that ONE really interesting change in the middle of a chorus, or transitioning from a verse, is far more compelling than 16 meandering inversions. But I am a simple kind of man.

  35. I Love the way Aerosmith changes the key. Could you show us What it Takes?

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