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What does "beats" mean, in music?

I keep hearing others referring to "sick beats", or something similar, when describing certain music tracks. Every time I ask for an explanation of what "beats" means, I get a lot of hand waving and no satisfactory answer. I always took "beat" to mean a temporal unit that defines a discrete chunk of time. For example a 4/4 will have four beats, and so on. I thought it might have something to do with the rhythm of a track, but apparently it doesn't quite mean this ("beat" might mean this, but "beats" seems to mean something different). I've tried looking on google, but coming up surprisingly thin. Is this a bullshit term, or does it have a useful meaning?
posted by spacediver on Dec 3, 2014 - 27 answers

Is there a name for this musical theme?

Is there a musical term for a very quick burst of strings in a song? Popular/dance music mainly, sounds very 80s. A couple of examples inside. [more inside]
posted by derbs on Jul 4, 2014 - 7 answers

What's the term for this vocal style?

What's the term for the vocal style in the bit from 0:55 to 1:18 in this cover of Happy?
posted by stebulus on Apr 10, 2014 - 3 answers

What is this key change?

In More Than a Feeling, the chorus, a simple I IV iv V (G C e D), finished off with an Eb chord - totally not in the key - and then transitioning to em7. What is this transition to Eb, which is not at all part of the key of G, called?
posted by plinth on Jan 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Once / When I was little someone pointed out to me

In music, is there a term for when a vocalist starts singing (solo) and then the rest of the band starts playing a bar or two later? Also, what are some other songs that use this technique? [more inside]
posted by ripley_ on Apr 15, 2010 - 15 answers

When is a cover song not a cover song?

Is it still, technically, a cover song when the original songwriter records a track that they wrote for someone else? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 4, 2009 - 17 answers

Songs with overlapping verses?

What is the musical term for songs that feature overlapping or simultaneous verses? The only two examples that I can think of to illustrate what I'm talking about are "All for the Best" from Godspell and Irving Berlin's "You're in Love." Anyone ever come across a list of songs of this type, specifically songs from the world of musical theater?
posted by trivirgata on Feb 28, 2008 - 39 answers

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