National Title Track Day is observed annually on the fourth Friday of May, which falls on May 26 this year. It is the day when we recollect our favourite album and film title tracks. But what is the song’s title? Simply stated, it is a song that shares the name of the album or film to which it belongs. ‘Let It Be’ by The Beatles and ‘Back In Black’ by AC/DC are two examples. Who can forget the film “Ghostbusters”? Some, like “Black Sabbath” or “In the Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, even bear the artist’s name.
The background of National Title Track Day
We do not know what the first title track in history was due to the lack of information regarding it. But on December 22, 2017, University of Alberta professor André Costopoulos decided to review on his blog all of the albums that reached number one on the Billboard 200 between 1966 and 1990, as reported by billboard.com, as well as the top 10 albums for each of those years, as reported by besteveralbums.com.
He determined the percentage of albums with title tracks on the “Billboard” and “Best Ever Albums” lists for each year, as well as the number of weeks an album with a title track topped the Billboard 200. The fact that only 39 out of 471 albums (8%) appeared on both listings demonstrates that early financial success and long-term viability are largely distinct characteristics. There may have been pressure to include a title track on commercially successful albums, he argued.
Additionally, the overall frequency of title tracks increased during successful title track album years as well as the following year, whereas the frequency of title tracks decreased during unsuccessful title track album years for that year and the following year. Also, he observed that the number of title tracks appeared to increase after the release of The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be,’ George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass,’ and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ in 1970 and 1971.
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DAY OF THE NATIONAL TITLE TRACK ACTIVITIES
Listen to your preferred song titles
Enjoy the tracks individually, the albums as a whole, or even the music videos. If you have any favourite films with title tracks, you could also view those.
Perform renditions of your favourite song titles.
Utilise your musical talent if you possess it! If uploading the rendition to the Internet isn’t your thing, you can simply play it for your friends and family, or for yourself.
Consider The Title Trackers
The Title Trackers is a band that imagines what the title track of renowned albums without one would sound like. They have created compositions inspired by U2, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, and others, which they refer to as “Lost Title Tracks.”
5 Interesting Title Track Facts
“Paste Magazine” considers the David Bowie song to be the greatest title track of all time.
The Ike & Tina Turner composition required 21 session musicians and cost an unprecedented $22,000.
This composition was recorded by Otis Redding days before his death, released posthumously, and became his number one single.
This was one of the first bass melodies Jared Followill of Kings of Leon ever learned, and it was one of the primary reasons he wanted to be in a band when he was 15 years old.
This sombre Simon & Garfunkel song was oddly inspired by a time when Simon was composing songs in the bathroom with the lights off, because it has the best acoustics.
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