By the time 2030 rolls around, experts say pop songs will likely be shorter. Researchers from Samsung found that the attention span of music fans dropped from 12 seconds to eight since the year 2000, so it’s harder than ever for musicians to draw listeners in early while also keeping the song short with the choruses happening early on.
Samsung writes in a blog post, “At the end of the decade it’s predicted that the average song will be a maximum of two minutes, putting the old three-minute pop song cliché to rest.” Even today, among the ten most-streamed songs on Spotify, 80 percent are shorter than four minutes.
Other research has shown that the length of the average number one song has decreased by nearly 20 percent over the past 20 years.
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