Elvis was a hero to most, but he never twerked much at me on the TV. Yet according to The Echo Nest, The King was as danceable as modern-day VMAs phenomenon Miley Cyrus. What’s more, its conclusion is based on analysis of the company’s “deep music intelligence platform”, and specifically its famous danceability attribute. “From the days when Elvis ruled the airwaves through the hippy ’60s, the smooth rock and disco ’70s, the new wave, synthpop, and hip-hop of the ’80s, the grunge-y ’90s, the boy bands that followed, all the way to the hip-hop-tinged pop that’s popular today, our favorite music has remained approximately as easy to dance to,” writes The Echo Nest’s Glenn McDonald in a blog post. His analysis is based on the 5,000 most popular songs from each year between 1960 and 2013, showing that the average danceability score (as measured by The Echo Nest) has remained constant at just over 0.50. “In other words, from the time when your parents or grandparents demurely cut a rug to Elvis, all the way to Miley Cyrus’s controversial twerking at the VMA Awards last week, we’ve preferred our music to have just over average danceability,” writes McDonald. So now you know.
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