The Most COMPLEX Pop Song of All Time

  • Опубліковано 22 чер 2021
  • Is this the most complex song ever? In this video I answer that question.
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  • Rick Beato
    Rick Beato  Рік тому +450

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  • puppetsnob
    puppetsnob Рік тому +7

    "Never gonna pick a key...I'm gonna modulate the song forever"

  • Saul Velazquez

    I think the real genius of this song is that it is so complex yet the average listener didn’t get tripped up and just enjoyed the awesome melody.

  • how the turntables

    Thank you Rick for consistently reminding me that I actually know nothing about music at all 😂

  • Tina Martini

    No wonder it was hard to remember. The chords don’t naturally progress one to the other, and it never lets up. But the writers had an absolutely incredible understanding of harmony to create this!

  • 94XJ
    94XJ  +267

    As soon as I saw the title, I knew it was going to be "Never Gonna Let You Go." I could feel it in my bones. I still remember my prof in music theory going through this song. All the changes keep you feeling just a bit off balance so they all hit with the drama of an 80s/90s romance movie slo-mo couple-on-a-beach-at-sunset scene. You know exactly what I mean, too. Admit it. 🤣

  • Mike Baldino

    Hey Rick, I'm a musician but a hairdresser by trade, and my last clients tonight were an older couple (he's in his late 70s, she's in her early 80s) - we were making small talk about music and they just started gushing about your channel and this video in particular, and how much they enjoyed your analysis and storytelling. Just thought you'd be amused to know about the diversity of your audience.

  • Beth R Graham (Elizabeth Graham)

    Rick... I was the girl singer on that gig - Beth Russo (now Graham)! What a fun summer gig that was - and I never quite realized then how tricky that tune was for you guys. Terrance Bruce was a wonder. Great vid - I enjoyed listening and remembering all that! @Rick Beato

  • David C.
    David C.  +63

    It's really beautiful how they made a complex song harmonically sound so simple. Genius

  • RATM
    RATM  +61

    We tried to play this by ear back in the 90s with my band, I have to say all of us developed irritable bowel syndrome

  • Tiffany Lau

    Cynthia: "Barry, what key shall we compose this song in?"

  • Yuri Silva
    Yuri Silva  +111

    I loved this video! Sérgio Mendes is a brilliant musician, an incredible composer and pianist. As a brazilian I can guarantee that he is very influenced by the complex harmonies found in sambas and bossa nova songs.

  • Jeff Ryan Music
    Jeff Ryan Music День тому +21

    I've been playing this song on keys for decades. It is indeed the craziest arrangement for a pop song probably ever. And of course one of the most beautiful songs ever. The chord structure and all its modulations of keys throughout the song is genius.

  • Tenkan
    Tenkan Рік тому +1

    There're more chords in this song than in the whole Billboard hot 100.

  • rainbow heart
    rainbow heart 21 день тому +7

    This song is vaporwave gold! Also, I must say this was an odd choice for an audience made up of kids 😂

  • unwrought

    It’s not the harmony what is so astonishing about this song. Yes it’s very confusing and complicated indeed, but it’s not necessarily difficult to compose such chord progressions. What is really incredible is to be able to cover this weird mechanism with such a great melody so that no one would have to get suspicious about what’s really happening inside. Wonderful work!

  • ravello99
    ravello99  +67

    I just saw Sergio at Jazz Alley in Seattle. It was truly a wonderful concert. And yes, he played this song. One of the biggest hits of his career. A fantastic night.

  • David M.

    Although it is not as complicated as this, check out I Hear a Symphony by The Supremes. After the first part of the song, the chorus modulates up a half step every time it repeats. Although I knew that there was something really interesting about the song, it wasn't until I read the sheet music that the half step modulations are what contributed to the increasing excitement of the song. Terrific and subtle effect.

  • Nazid Kimmie

    Whoah, I don't understand music theory or play an instrument but I love these deep dive deconstructions. Especially something that on the surface sounds like an innocuous pop song but hides in plain sight such complexity. Your wonder and enthusiasm is quite infectious - will be following and liking...

  • KhalDrogo76
    KhalDrogo76 Рік тому +1

    The genius of this song isn’t even the chords, it’s that they wrote a singable, hummable, memorable vocal melody over that!!!