I’m looking for songs that fit the following criteria:
(1) Well-known pop or rock songs, from the Beatles to the present. The more well-known the better.
(2) Songs where the arrangement or structure will help me to explain the rudiments of how pop/rock music actually works, how it’s put together.
Let me elaborate on the second point. Suppose I’m addressing someone who is basically clueless about how bands actually record and perform popular music. I want to illustrate the basics, and to find songs that help me to illustrate how the basics come together.
I’m only aiming to explain simple stuff. E.g. ‘the drummer establishes the tempo, the beat and the rhythm. The music is usually in what we call 4/4 (I’ll explain this) and the bass drum gives the deep heavy, dum - dum sound, usually on the 1 and 3 of the bar, while the snare (higher, tinny sort of sound) usually answers on the 2 and 4. Then there are tinny-sounding cymbals or ‘hi-hats’ that fill in beats or half beats, in a pitter-patter sort of way, to augment the sound, and ‘crash’ cymbals that mark the end of bars, usually at the end of 4 or 8 bar counts or to punctuate a climax. The bass player - that’s the deep, low-down guitar sound that rumbles the loudspeakers a bit - usually plays lines based on the root notes of each chord in the song, and the drummer and bass player together form what we call ‘the rhythm section’. The rhythm guitar basically plays the chords involved in the song, and the strumming or picking pattern helps to establish the rhythm and ‘feel’ of the song. When the rhythm guitar changes to a new chord, the bass guitar changes to a new root note, but he’s an octave or more below. The lead guitar is for riffs, licks and solos that stand out from the background and are meant to be a strong part of the appeal of the song and how memorable it is’.
Songs that are built up layer by layer, so that it’s easy for the listener to appreciate how it all comes together, would be good.
Sorry for the long OP. Any good suggestions?