My own list of songs in odd times signatures

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Lug 30 2008, 21:50

This is my list of songs in odd times signatures. It doesn't have any references and it's built almost entirely with prog rock songs. I don't have any formal studies in music, so if you spot something wrong or have a contribution, let me know. In this list is considered "odd time" everything that's neither a 4/4 nor a 6/8 time.

The list is divided in three categories: "septuple meters" (like 7/8, 7/4), "quintuple meters" (like 5/4, 10/4) and "multiple meters".

Septuple meters:
1967 - "All You Need Is Love" (The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour) - verses: 7/4 + 7/4 + 8/4 + 7/4
1971 - "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" (Yes - Fragile) - 7/8
1972 - "Siberian Khatru" (Yes - Close to the Edge) - verses: 4 + 4 + 4 + 3
1973 - "Money" (Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon) - 7/8
1973 - "The Ocean" (Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy) - main riff: 4 + 4 + 4 + 3
1973 - "Tubular Bells" (Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells) - first piano melody: 4 + 3 + 4 + 4
1973 - "The Battle of Epping Forest" (Genesis - Selling England by the Pound) - intro and verses: 7/4
1974 - "Back in N.Y.C." (Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) - verses and bridges: 7/8
1975 - "Anthem" (Rush - Fly By Night) - intro and outro: 7/8
1976 - "Solsbury Hill" (Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel) - 7/4
1977 - "Xanadu" (Rush - A Farewell to Kings) - intro: 7/4
1977 - "Estimated Prophet" (Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station) - 7/4
1978 - "Circumstances" (Rush - Hemispheres) - bridge: 4 + 3 + 4 + 3 + 4 + 3
1978 - "La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence)" (Rush - Hemispheres) - "A Lerxst in Wonderland": 7/8
1980 - "The Spirit of Radio" (Rush - Permanent Waves) - bridge: 7/4 + 7/4 + 7/4 + 8/4
1981 - "Tom Sawyer" (Rush - Moving Pictures) - solos: 7/8
1981 - "Red Barchetta" (Rush - Moving Pictures) - solos: 7/4
1981 - "Limelight" (Rush - Moving Pictures) - intro and verses: 7/4
1981 - "Diary of a Madman" (Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman) - 7/4
1982 - "Subdivisions" (Rush - Signals) - intro: 7/8
1982 - "Losing It" (Rush - Signals) - intro and verses: 5/8
1983 - "Awake and Nervous" (IQ - Tales From The Lush Attic) - intro: 7/8
1983 - "Changes" (Yes - 90125) - intro and outro: 4 + 3 + 4 + 3 + 3
1983 - "Cinema" (Yes - 90125) - main riff: 4 + 3
1983 - "Mother" (The Police - Synchronicity) - 7/4
1985 - "Lords of the Backstage" (Marillion - Misplaced Childhood) - 7/8
1987 - "Just for the Record" (Marillion - Clutching at Straws) - 7/8
1987 - "Time Stand Still" (Rush - Hold Your Fire) - intro and then a variation of it in the bridge in 7/8
1988 - "Blackened" (Metallica - ...And Justice for All) - intro and verses: 7/4
1989 - "Superconductor" (Rush - Presto) - verses: 7/4
1990 - "(En) El Séptimo Día" (Soda Stereo - Canción Animal) - 7/4
1991 - "Outshined" (Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger) - verses: 7/4
1991 - "Rusty Cage" (Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger) - outro: 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 3
1992 - "Them Bones" (Alice in Chains - Dirt) - 7/8
1993 - "Leash" (Pearl Jam - Vs.) - verse before each chorus 4 + 4 + 4 + 3
1993 - "Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)" - (Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales) - intro and verses: 7/4
1993 - "Saint Augustine In Hell" - (Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales) - 7/4
1993 - "Out of Nowhere" (IQ - Ever) - intro and outro: 7/8 - bridge after the first verse: 4 + 4 + 4 + 3
1994 - "The Day I Tried to Live" (Soundgarden - Superunknown) - 4 + 3 + 4 + 4
1994 - "Spoonman" (Soundgarden - Superunknown) - intro and verses: 7/4
1996 - "Superstar" (Soda Stereo - Confort y Música para Volar) - 7/4
1997 - "Paranoid Android" (Radiohead - OK Computer) - a repeating melody in the second section later reprised with an electric guitar and as one of the rhythm parts of the guitar solo and again in the coda - 7 + 7 + 7 + 8
1997 - "Cheques" (Spinetta Y Los Socios Del Desierto - Spinetta Y Los Socios Del Desierto) - main riff: 4/4 + 4/4 + 7/8 + 4/4
1998 - "The Sense in Sanity" (IQ - Subterranea) - 7/8
1999 - "Lightning Strike" (Yes - The Ladder) - 7/4
2000 - "Static" (Mr. Big - Static) - intro: 3/4 + 4/4, verses: 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4 + 4/4
2001 - "Lost in America" (Mr. Big - Actual Size) - intro and verses: 3/4 + 4/4
2002 - "About to Crash" (Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence) - intro and first parts: 7/4
2002 - "Solitary Shell" (Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence) - intro: 7/4 - bridge: 4 + 4 + 7
2002 - "Times Like These" (Foo Fighters - One by One) - main riff - 7/4
2003 - "Like A Beautiful Smile" (Sting - Sacred Love) - verses, solo and outro: 7/4 + 7/4 + 7/4 + 8/4
2003 - "2 + 2 = 5" (Radiohead - Hail to the Thief) - intro in 7/8
2005 - "Esa Brisa" (Cielo Razzo - Marea) - intro and bridge: 7/4
2007 - "Tu Fricción" (Cielo Razzo - Grietas) - bridge: 7/4 + 7/4 + 7/4 + 8/4
2009 - "Johnny Guitar" (Pearl Jam - Backspacer) - bridge: 7/8, the first four measures with the rest of the band playing in 4/4

Quintuple meters:
1959 - "Take Five" (Dave Brubeck - Time Out) - 5/4
1966 - "Mission: Impossible" (Lalo Schifrin) - 5/4
1968 - "White Room" (Cream - Wheels of Fire) - intro and bridge: 5/4
1969 - "The Eleven" (Grateful Dead - Live/Dead) - 11/8 as 3/8 + 3/8 + 5/8
1969 - "Whipping Post" (The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band) - main riff 11/8 as 3/8 + 3/8 + 3/8 + 2/8
1969 - "River Man" (Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left - 5/4
1971 - "Plain Truth" (Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste) - intro and verses: 4/4 + 5/4
1971 - "Four Sticks" (Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV) - intro and verses: 5/4
1971 - "Starship Trooper" (Yes - The Yes Album) - 4 + 5
1972 - "Living in the Past" (Jethro Tull - Living in the Past) - 5/4
1973 - "The Crunge" (Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy) - intro and verses: 4 + 5
1980 - "YYZ" (Rush - Moving Pictures) - intro: 5/4
1980 - "Turn It On Again" (Genesis - Duke) - verses and chorus: 13/4 as 4/4 + 4/4 + 5/4
1984 - "Perfect Strangers" (Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers) - bridge and outro: 4 + 5
1984 - "Kid Gloves" (Rush - Grace Under Pressure) - intro and verses 5/4
1984 - "Resurrection Joe" (The Cult - Dreamtime) - bridge and outro 5/4
1985 - "Outer Limits" (IQ - The Wake) - verses: 5/4
1987 - "Echo" (Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien) - 5/4
1987 - "Mission" (Rush - Hold Your Fire) - bridge: 5/4
1987 - "That Time of the Night" (Marillion - Clutching at Straws) - intro: 5/4
1991 - "Innuendo" (Queen - Innuendo) - guitar solo: 5 + 5 + 5 + 3 + 3 + 3
1991 - "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (Mr. Big - Lean Into It) - second part of the guitar solo: 5/8 except last measure in 4/8
1993 - "Seven Days" (Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales) - 5/4
1994 - "Last Exit" (Pearl Jam - Vitalogy) - verses: 5/4
1994 - "Satan's Bed" (Pearl Jam - Vitalogy) - chorus: 5/4
1994 - "My Wave" (Soundgarden - Superunknown) - verses: 5/4
1994 - "Black Hole Sun" (Soundgarden - Superunknown) - solo: 4 + 5
1996 - "I Hung My Head" (Sting - Mercury Falling) - 5 + 4
1997 - "Let Down" (Radiohead - OK Computer) - intro and verses, guitar plays in 5/4
1998 - "Rapunzel" (Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets) - intro and bridge: 5/4
1999 - "Big Lie Small World" (Sting - Brand New Day) - 5 + 4
2000 - "Morning Bell" (Radiohead - Kid A) - 5/4
2005 - "[Track artist=Joss Whedon]Firefly - Main Theme[/track] (The Ballad of Serenity)" (Firefly Original Television Soundtrack) - verses: 4/4 + 5/4 + 4/4 + 6/4
2006 - "Vicarious" (Tool - 10,000 Days) - 5/4
2007 - "15 Step" (Radiohead - In Rainbows) - 5/4

Several signature changes:
1971 - "Perpetual Change" (Yes - The Yes Album)
intro: 4/4 + 4/4 + 2/4
3/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 + 5/4
verses:3/4
bridge:4/4 + 4/4 + 2/4
chorus:3/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 + 5/4
guitar solo:3/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 + 5/4
keyboard solo:7/8

1974 - "Money Money" (Grateful Dead - From the Mars Hotel)
verses:8/4 + 6/4 + 7/4 + 8/4
7/4 + 7/4 + 7/4
chorus:7/4 + 7/4 + 7/4 + 7/4
8/4 + 7/4 + 8/4 + 7/4
bridge:7/4 + 8/4 + 7/4 + 8/4
8/4 + 8/4 + 7/4 + 8/4
6/4 + 8/4

1979 - "Once Upon A Time In The West" (Dire Straits - Communiqué)
most of the song follows this pattern:
4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 2/4 (x2)
4/4 + 2/4
4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 2/4
4/4 + 2/4
3/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 + 5/4
4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4

1980 - "Freewill" (Rush - Permanent Waves)
intro: 3/8 + 3/8 + 2/8 + 6/8 + 7/8
4/4 + 4/4 + 5/4 (x2)
verses:4/4 + 4/4 + 6/4
4/4 + 4/4 + 5/4
4/4 + 4/4 + 5/4
4/4 + 4/4 + 6/4
bridge:4/4
chorus:4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4 (x3)
4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4
verses:4/4 + 4/4 + 5/4 (x3)
4/4 + 4/4 + 6/4
4/4 + 4/4 + 5/4 (x2)
4/4 + 4/4 + 6/4
bridge:4/4
chorus:4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4 (x3)
4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4
bridge: 5/4 + 5/4 + 5/4 + 5/4 + 4/4
verse: 4/4
chorus:4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4 (x3)
4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4
outro:5/4 + 5/4 + 5/4 + 5/4 + 4/4 + 4/4

1980 - "Jacob's Ladder" (Rush - Permanent Waves)
intro:5/4 + 3/4 + 3/4
verses:5/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 (polymeter with vocals in 4/4)
interlude: 4/4
interlude: 5/4 + 5/4 + 5/4 + 6/4
verses:free time?
interlude: 6/8 + 7/8

1985 - "Heart of Lothian" (Marillion - Misplaced Childhood)
intro / verses:7/4
verses (cont.):5/4
chorus:4/4

2001 - "Eartshine" (Rush - Vapor Trails)
intro / verses:4/4
bridge:3/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 + 2/4 (x4)
chorus:3/4 + 3/4 + 2/4 (x4)
3/4 + 4/4
3/4 + 3/4 + 3/4
3/4 + 4/4
3/4 + 3/4 + 2/4

2002 - "Cropduster" (Pearl Jam - Riot Act)
intro: 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 9/8
verses:7/4 (x4) + 4/4 (x4)
7/4 (x3) + 4/4 (x4)
chorus:4/4 + 6/4 + 4/4 + 6/4
4/4 (rest of the chorus in 6/4, except the last part)
solo:7/4
verses:7/4 (x3) + 4/4 (x4)
chorus:4/4 + 6/4 + 4/4 + 6/4
4/4 (rest of the chorus in 6/4, except the last part)
bridge:4/4
bridge:4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 6/4 + 6/4
outro:4/4

2003 - "Bananas" (Deep Purple - Bananas)
intro / verses:7/4
chorus:5/4

2006 - "Life Wasted" (Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam)
intro:4/4 (x4)
verses:4/4 (x7) + 5/4
pre-chorus:7/4 + 5/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 5/4
7/4 + 5/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4
chorus:4/4

Commenti

  • jrcrichardson

    see what you make of my song cary grant is dying - i'm sure you'll work it out!!

    Ago 19 2008, 19:11
  • BrianSoph

    Needs moar Dream Theater

    Ago 31 2008, 16:57
  • No-Bullet

    DT meters are insane. I'll try to add a few.

    Set 2 2008, 3:15
  • chrisrazor

    While Pink Floyd's "Money" is a well-known song with verses in 7/4, there is an even more well-known one: "All You Need Is Love"!

    Set 23 2008, 21:43
  • Forevian

    Add Cardiacs, UK and Battles! Yay! Come on, Mr. Bungle!

    Set 27 2008, 10:31
  • zenitramleahcim

    i'm pretty sure you have the year diary of a madman by ozzy came out wrong, being that im pretty sure its guitarist, Randy Rhoads, died in 1982

    Feb 4 2009, 12:00
  • zenitramleahcim

    but still, very interesting list

    Feb 4 2009, 12:01
  • No-Bullet

    yeah, you're right, it was released in 1981 =)

    Feb 4 2009, 20:17
  • mattCrimson

    king crimson... yah.

    Feb 7 2009, 0:00
  • kthugha

    Tool and A Perfect Circle both use odd times quite a bit. My fave example is APC does a cover of Depeche Mode's 'People Are People' on eMOTIVe in 7/8.

    Gen 11 2010, 3:26
  • seehors

    Do What You Like, by Blind Faith

    Lug 2 2011, 6:53
  • Snooz

    "St. Augustine in hell " by sting is the song that got me into odd signatures. My brother is a drummer and told me all about Colaiuta. I hated that song on the album, now it's my fav by far.Very nice post.

    Gen 5 2012, 17:11
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