What if today's songs were written in the 19th century?

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If today's songs were written in the 19th century, would it have been possible to gain the same fame today? Today we have various mediums like social media, print media, electronic media, musical shows, etc. to release songs. But, in the 19th century, this was not the case. The taste of today's people is way different than what was of people in the 19th century. Taste in song and music differs with time because, according to research, anything that is popular among the fellows is more likely to attract you as well.

Music has vital importance in our socialization and wellbeing. For decades, songs have been created and made famous among the masses through different media. There are loads of variety of music forms, and each one of them is widespread among various patches of the community, depending upon their taste. Music has been created and enjoyed by people for ages. It leaves a question in mind that in the 19th century and before, what was the actual medium for music's popularization?

In the 19th century and old times, the only mediums through which music was released were radios and hardly any music theatres. Despite very few authentic mediums, yet the 19th century produced some of history's evergreen songs. It not only takes talent, good voice, lyrics, and production techniques, but the presence of authentic media is significant for showcasing the abilities of an artist. Many countries excelled in this regard by providing a platform for music. Sweden tops the list as the government of Sweden is known for supporting its people by providing them with necessities to showcase their musical talents. That is why Sweden has been successful in creating catchy melodies. Their people have not only been developing the tunes but also successfully making them popular over the years. The government made an academy for writing, producing, and creating pop music.  All this became possible because of the governmental support and provision of the right platforms.

The theory behind the popularization of "Wiegenlied" - the world's famous lullaby

Repetition is a crucial element for creating music. Anything which is repeated with a certain rhythm and pauses sounds like a melody. So for building a musical hook, repetition is necessary. It stimulates the brain to listen to music. Anything exciting or annoying repeated in a specific manner gets in your head's back. The same is the case with those frustrating jingles which keep playing in your mind all day. There is a technique for making the songs long-lasting. It doesn't depend entirely on the lyrics and vocals. Code melodies are created and used in the songs to make them evergreen. We all know about "Wiegenlied," one of the most famous lullabies in the world. It was popularized in the same fashion. This lullaby consisted of words and sentiments mixed in a catchy manner that soothes the soul at the same time. It not only takes the skill of conveying emotions through a piece of the song but also profound wording, which touches the soul to make a song popular and everlasting.

Wiegenlied was one of the most impactful and famous songs in the history of the Western hemisphere. Along with the catchy lyrics and composition, one of the main reasons for its popularization, was a wave of immigrants from Germany to the USA, bringing that song and culture with them.

Billboard - determining the progress of a song

Billboard has been known as a critical platform for detecting a song's popularity since the 19th century. But, studies have revealed that its results were not 100% correct. Their results were based on built-up statistics. For years there was no perfect way to measure what songs played the most on radio and which albums were the best selling. Billboard relied on the honesty of the radio station and store owners, and neither of them had valid reasons, to be honest. In the last years of the 19th century, Billboard collected data directly from the cash registers, which proved revolutionary. The weekly popularity of songs was being tabulated in Billboard's chart. The hot 100 of Billboard became a lot more authentic over time. It showed a significant trend of an increase in hip-hop popularity and decreased popularity of old fashioned rock. After that, a rap group was most popular among the masses. Like this, the trend of liking particular kinds of songs or music began to change.

Tin Pan Alley - Popularization of new music

At the start of the 19th century, "Tin Pan Alley" stepped in and dominated the music industry. They innovatively popularized new music. Tin Pan Alley consisted of commercial pieces of songwriters and American popular music. They created the AABA song form, also known as the 32-bar form. The most profitable music form of Tin Pan Alley was sheet music. In their era, the trend of making music studios established. Commercial places were used as music studios. Tin Pan Alley was the most common and popular music publishing center of the world until the 1920s. Tin Pan Alley had a long-lasting effect on American Pop culture.

HitPredictor and SoundOut - Prediction of new hits

Nowadays, "HitPredictor" and Sound Out are used to measure the progress of a song. There you can listen to new music and rate them based on your liking. You can also review the songs that haven't been released yet, which tells the songwriters what you think about their songs. It is a place where you can directly share your opinion on various new releases. Similarly, a platform called "Sound Out" collects consumers' insight on new products or media. So nowadays, results are taken directly from the audiences, which makes these sources comparatively more reliable.

Myths and facts behind the popularization of new songs

In today's world, song producers believe in the theory of viral marketing. Anything which becomes viral spreads like fire among the masses, no matter if the content is real or exciting. But, it is also evident that viral stuff doesn't last for long. What comes easy won't last long. Apart from this, habituation is also very common with songs. Nobody wants to listen to the same kind of music again and again. Habituation is poison in the entertainment industry.

So, it is concluded that in today's age, the methods of popularization of music and songs are a lot more accessible, and the ways of determining the success of the song are comparatively authentic and trustworthy. If today's songs were created in the 19th century, they would have to go through being telecasted on the radio, music theatres - reaching only a small audience with music listening habits, cultural barriers, the Tin Pan Alley publications, Billboard's incompetent ranking, and much more.

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