74 Songs in 7/4 time

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time is an signature and, as holds true with all signatures, songs in can be unusual to come across. So here I have assembled 74 different tunes utilizing septuple meter.

Check out my other video on 7/4 time:.

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0:00 7/4 time.
0:56 Sting.
1:55 Organizing the 7 beats.
3:50 Coldplay.
4:26 Willow Smith.
5:01 Changing from 4/4 to 7/4.
7:33 Guitar riffs in 7/4.
8:27 Grunge.
9:21 HDpiano.
9:59 7/4 vs .
13:25 Film & television ratings.
14:21 .
14:52 Naming the tune after the meter.
15:37 Jazz.
16:28 .
18:02 Musical theatre.
18:32 Sufjan Stevens.
19:09 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
19:43 Prog rock.
22:24 5 more …

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74 Songs in 7/4 time

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  1. As soon as I saw this I immediately knew that Money would be on here, that’s always the first song that I think of in 7/4 and the first I ever heard with it

    1. I’ve read that they didn’t tell the sax player they were in 7/4 so every time I hear the song I think of how cheeky they were to make the sax player play a solo over 7 without knowing then immediately switching to 4/4 for the guitar solo😂

    1. ​@@The-official-grindel don’t want to be that guy but that’s technically a 4/4

    1. I discovered them from this channel on the video about microtones and Flying Microtonal Banana is now one of my favorite albums ever, KGWL’s talent is actually insane.

    2. He didn’t highlight Mr. Beat which was crying out for being singled out (Mr. Beat – missed a beat).

    3. @@FUSEGROUPmr beats like a hybrid, every 4th bar it adds the missed beat back

  2. That feeling when David Bennett has a successful enough Patreon to where he no longer has to use cover versions. Very nice.

    1. We thank them for their sacrifice! That said, David was absurdly good at sniffing out “high fidelity” covers when he wanted the point across but the copyright holders blatantly want to ignore every fair use clause and Youtube happily obliges.

    2. I doubt that has much to do with it. Regardless of how many Patreon patrons he has, it doesn’t make him impervious to copyright strikes on Youtube. They are largely automatic. Youtubers just make an assessment of risk based on how litigious certain artists and their management are known to be. That’s why nobody ever uses original music by the Eagles in analysis videos, for example. David always used the original music of some artists, and cover versions for others (notably the Beatles)

    3. @@fromchomleystreet I was just assuming that he has enough money to afford license fees now.

  3. Main riff from Metallica’s Blackened will always be in my heart. That’s my favourite 7/4 riff and probably favourite riff at all

  4. The original theme tune to The Bill (UK TV series) was in 7/4. Comedian and pianist Bill Bailey got very annoyed when they changed it to 4/4 and ruined it.

    1. A similar thing happened with Ring Out, Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull: the song was originally recorded in 7/4, but the label wanted a more conventional version in 4/4 to put out as a single. The band capitulated, but clearly gave a half-hearted performance. It’s particularly egregious because the song includes the line “seven maids move in seven time,” which makes absolutely no sense if the song isn’t actually in 7.

    2. There is an argument that The Bill theme was actually two bars of 3/4 followed by two bars of 4/4

  5. 7/4 kind of gives the music an “urgency” or “breathlessness”.

    1. It reminds me of when you hit stop on your looping pedal a little too soon and it keeps repeating with the end chopped off lol

  6. Finding 158 songs in 15/8 would be a far harder task, great video anyway 😂

    1. 1: Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
      49:18 long, it should count as more than one 😉

    2. I love that one, and 15/16 time makes a pretty driving groove too, especially when bars with accents on every 3rd and 5th beat are played over a 4/4 rhythm.

    3. I have 31 songs partially or entirely in 15 in my database for anyone interested

    1. We didn’t get a single Genesis song, but at least Peter made in on the list.

  7. To no one’s surprise Sting’s ‘Straight to my heart’ is the one that sound more organic. Sting is the boss.

  8. When I got the notification and I’ve seen “7/4 time” in the title, my thought went immediately to Solsbury Hill!

  9. A few more Rush tracks that use 7/4:
    – The Spirit of Radio
    – Red Barchetta
    – Subdivisions (unless you count it as 4/4 then 3/4, I mean the song is called Subdivisions)
    – Natural Science
    – Freewill

    1. I’d say Subdivisions is very much 7/8.
      On another note, what would you say the time signature in the chorus and the instrumental section after is?

    2. I feel like Rush use 7/4 a lot for transitional sections of their songs. Like the instrumental bit between verses and choruses in ‘Time Stand Still’

  10. That Broken Social Scene song was the first thing that popped into my head. Cool points for knowing that one, David! Actually a great track with Feist on vocals

  11. For you Musical Theater Kids, the beginning of “Meet Me Inside” from Hamilton is in 7/8. Really helps to communicate the sense of distress and panic following getting shot in a duel, especially in a show like Hamilton where nearly every single song is in 4/4.

  12. The Battle of Epping Forest, by Genesis, has sections in 7/4. Also, The Cinema Show solo section is in 7/8.

  13. The Canterbury Scene band, Caravan, were fond of 7. The title track of their second album, “If I Could Do It All Over Again I’d Do It All Over You”, is in 7, as is the third track, “Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)” on their third album, “In The Land of Grey and Pink”. Both were released as the A side of singles, and the first was a minor hit, resulting in their only appearance on Top of the Pops.

    1. What time signature is Hello Hello in, also on If I Could Do It All Over Again? I assume it’s in 7 as the demo version was called Clipping The Eighth

  14. My favorite song in 7/4 is “Lucky Seven” by Chris Squire. It makes the meter feel much more natural than a lot of other 7/4 songs I’ve heard.

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