Pop music 'saw three revolutions'
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A research team looked at more than 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 and found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983, and 1991.
The researchers looked at the different characteristics of music, including harmony, chords changes, and timbres, then analyzed how they changed over time.
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