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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