Song Structure

Song: Bang Bang

Artist: Green Day

  • m. 1*-8 Intro 1 (0:00-0:19)
  • m. 9-16 Intro 2 (0:20-0:35)
  • m. 17-20 Break 1 (0:36-0:42)
  • m. 21-28 Verse 1 (0:43-0:57)
  • m. 29-36 Chorus 1 (0:58-1:12)
  • m. 37-40 Break 2 (1:13-1:20)
  • m. 41-48 Verse 2 (1:21-1:35)
  • m. 49-56 Chorus 2 (1:36-2:06)
  • m. 57-64 Chorus 3 (1:52-2:06)
  • m. 65-72 Break 3 (2:07-2:22)
  • m. 73-80 Bridge (2:23-2:37)
  • m. 81-88* Break 4 (2:38-2:51)
  • m. 89-90 Drum Solo (2:52-2:56)
  • m. 91-98 Chorus 3 (2:57-3:11)
  • m. 99-106 Chorus 3 (3:12-3:28)

*=Measure 1 starts when the bass guitar comes in, not with the static distortion

*=Measure 88 is a 2/4 measure

 

There were many parts of this song that were tricky for me to title. For the intro, I wasn’t sure if I should consider it one 16-measure phrase, or break it up into two 8-measure phrases. Because of the distortion and difference in instrumentation, along with the pause in between, I decided to make it two separate phrases. Breaks 1 and 2 were originally titled Verse Intros, and Breaks 3-4 were originally titled Breakdowns 1-2; for sake of a cleaner map, I decided to turn all four of those into breaks. A very simplified version of this song would look like: Intro, Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Breakdown/Bridge, Chorus, Chorus. But because of the variations frequent instrumental breaks, the actual map is more complex.

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Favorite Song and Least Favorite Song

Favorite Song: I’d imagine it’s incredibly difficult for most people to pick one favorite song due to the multiple genres a person might like and the multiple moods one might be experiencing at a given time. That being said, one of my many many many favorite songs is Talk Is Cheap by Chet Faker. It’s one of those songs where whenever it pops up on shuffle, I almost always listen to it instead of continuing to press next. It has a very lax sound that fits many different moods; I could be studying to it, blasting it while getting ready in the morning, sleeping with it in the background, or singing along to it on my commute to school (it’s wonderfully in my range). The lyrics are thoughtful and have a relatable meaning to them – actions speak louder than words and, in this song, are important in relationships.

Least Favorite Song: One of my least favorite songs is a piece by Charles Ives. Let me first say that I have no doubt Charles Ives was a huge, innovative musical figure that contributed tremendously to the field of instrumental music, but I cannot listen to his music without cringing. One piece in particular is Variations on America, and I mainly dislike it due to a bad personal experience with it. When I was a Freshmen in high school, my school district decided to create a District Honors Band where students from all three high schools would perform in an audition-based ensemble. I was flying high when I was selected to be second seat flute, with a senior as my only superior. Variations on America was one of the pieces in the repertoire for this ensemble and it was insanely difficult for my three years of experience. It was the first piece I never completely learned when it was time for the concert and I was completely mortified. While I’m glad this piece of music knocked me off my crazy high horse, it remains one of my least favorite pieces.