36 Min Released Oct 6, 2016

46. The Most Popular Song In The World

The Nokia ringtone used to be heard more than a billion times per 
day, making it one of the most popular songs in the world. We tend to 
consider cellphone rings as somewhat antithetical to 
music. There is a whole subset of YouTube videos dedicated to the perverse thrill of 
watching a delicately beautiful musical moment ruined by the harsh cry 
of a default ringtone. In this episode, we zoom in on one of these 
annoying melodies to see if there's not some hidden musical craft 
present in the ubiquitous bleeps and bloops that envelop us. Later, 
Charlie shares a piece made solely of this sonic detritus, and a data 
scientist locates surprising musical patterns in a most unexpected 


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Breaking down how popular music works

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