That inordinate 6th

Is it me, or is the coolest song on nearly every decent album the 6th track?

If you can live with being dead wrong, then don’t believe me. But I’ll wager dollars to doughnuts that 5-7 out of every 10 albums, for no apparent reason (to me), save their best—or one of their best—songs for track #6. Whilst this admittedly complex algorithm may not apply to greatest hits albums, it certainly does apply to studio or live recordings. Pretty eerie how disproportionately it happens.

Perhaps maybe it’s code for belonging to some satanic, klismaphilic secret society of musicians? Or perhaps it’s just a freaky coincidence. Or perhaps—and I think this could be why—musicians/their producers want you to hear a good few (5, to be exact) songs on the album before you get to the single. Otherwise, if it’s the 1st or 2nd track, people will only listen to 1-2 songs on the album until they hear the ditty they bought it for, and never listen to or get to enjoy the band past the single. I’ve always noticed it, though (and I’m no klismaphiliac).

So please do me—nay, humanity—a favor and glance at the 6th track on the next few dozen albums you listen to. You’ll see what I’m talking about. Or you won’t.

You’re welcome.


~ by zactopia on January 22, 2010.

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