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The Times They Are a-Changin’: Pop music is slowing down as people feel more reflective in ‘dark times’

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Daily Mail
August 21, 2017

If your taste in music is slowing down, it’s probably not a sign of you getting older but instead, a product of our troubled times.

As we crave mellow music to cope with turbulent times, the tempo of the average song has fallen by 20 per cent since 2012, experts say.

Five years ago the most popular songs had a tempo of 113.5 beats per minute (bpm), but this year the most popular songs – such as ‘Shape of You’ by Ed Sheeran and ‘Evolve’ by Imagine Dragons – had an average tempo of just 90.5 (bpm).

Yakov Vorobyev, developer of Mixed in Key app for DJs who is based in Miami, compared the 25 most-streamed songs on Spotify in 2012 with the most streamed songs of this year.

He believes chart-topping songs by influential singers such as Adele and Ed Sheeran might have encouraged musicians to slow down their beats but now it seems everyone is at it.

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