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The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about songs in 7 is the band Rush. I grew up listening to classic rock and at the time I had no idea what 7/4 or 7/8 meant. As a musician myself, I always find myself falling for songs that have parts in 7/4 or 7/8.
So What Does 7/4 or 7/8 Mean Exactly?
The easiest way to explain this to someone who is not familiar with this time signature is to count to 7. For example, “1,2,3,4,5,6,7” and and start back at one. Take a song like “Times Like These,” by The Foo Fights. This track is in 7/4 starting at 13 seconds before going back to 4/4. This means that if you count to 7 starting at 13 seconds, you will be counting in the correct signature.
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7/4 VS 7/8
This is an argument amongst those who are musically inclined. The easiest way to break this down is to picture 7 quarter notes VS 7 eighth notes.
Let’s get into some of my favorite songs that use 7/4 & 7/8 below.
Popular Songs In 7/4 & 7/8
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
Jump to 13 seconds and you will hear the song into 7/4. This is a super popular song that is also extremely fun to play along to. The guitar riff is totally iconic and it takes advantage of D Mixolydian.
Tom Sawyer – Rush
You can’t do this list without mentioning Rush. Quite frankly, I could mention them a bunch more, so for this reason I will keep it just this one song. Tom Sawyer starts in 4/4, but goes into an ever-popular breakdown which incorporates 7/8. If you’re a synth player, drummer or guitar player, you probably can’t get enough of this part of the song.
Every time I play along to this song and the breakdown comes I get pumped. It’s just super fun to play along to. It makes you wonder why super fun instrumental sections aren’t included in popular music much nowadays?
If you’re a fan of Rush, you should check out these two guides I created below.
Money – Pink Floyd
If you are a bass player, I can positively say that you’ve heard of or have played this song. It’s a classic and it’s great fun. From the opening lick of “Money”, you are hooked into a great riff that is timeless.