Favorite songs in odd time signatures

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  1. D4V3?

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    Apologies in advance if this has been discussed before but what are some of your favorite songs in odd time signatures, i.e., not some variation of 4/4 or 3/4?

    Here's a few of mine and curiously I notice they seem to be mostly in 7.

    Mission Impossible TV theme song
    Money - Pink Floyd
    Living in the Past - Jethro Tull
    Take Five - Paul Desmond
    Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck

    Lots of other jazz and classical
     
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    tool - reflection
    soundgarden - head down
     
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    11/8:


    10/4:


    9/8: (my favorite by far)


    9/8: (second favorite)


    7/4:


    6/4: (the interlude in the middle only)


    5/4:
     
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    Gabriel's Solsbury Hill. 7/4

     
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    More John McLaughlin stuff... 14/8 and 20/8 in same song...

     
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    I remember long ago playing "The Ocean" for an audition. The drummer was incompetent and played the whole thing in 4/4 instead of the main riff's 15/8. So, every two measures, I had to stop and wait for the band to catch up.
     
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    I've always liked Zeppelin's 'Kashmir'. It's interesting to me because Bonham is in one time sig and the rest of the band is in another. They come together, then drift out, then come back together, then drift out, etc, throughout the entire song. Gives it a mystical vibe, or something like that.

    I've heard cover bands do the song but all in regular 4/4, and it doesn't sound as good.
     
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    Big Jan Hammer fan. Every song on the "Oh Yeah" album is in a different time signature. Two faves include "Magical Dog" and "Red and Orange". The latter was also on John Abercrombie's "Timeless" album and that title tune is also a great odd-time piece.
     
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    There's too many to list (I am an odd time sig junkie). I think the one that had the biggest impact on me as a teeny bopper was Joe Satriani's "Echo". I knew what odd time signatures were at the time but that one never sounded like it was in 5/4, it's hidden very well. Once I realized it was 5/4 something clicked and I started writing my own odd time grooves.

    Primus' "Eleven" is another one, I have no choice but to count to it whenever I hear it.
     
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    I've always liked "Children In Bloom" by the Counting Crows. Alternating 5/4 in the verse and 4/4 in the chorus. Also one of the more interesting guitar solos by Dan Vickrey that I've heard on a CC record. Beautifully out of place, but just seems to work.
     
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    There are plenty from Sting.
    "I was brought to my senses" is a fav
     
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    This is interesting. I've never really thought about it. Can you please elaborate? What is the time signature for the drums and what is the time signature for the rest?
     
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    These these,..great choices.

    Soundgarden have a bunch of songs in odd time sigs,...Beyond The Wheel, Rusty Cage, Face Pollution, Limo Wreck, Fell On Black Days,....
     
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    Anything on Superunknown or Badmotorfinger. Too many to list.

    But Outshined and Spoonman both have killer 7/8 riffs.
     
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    Coming from a blues background I find some odd time stuff pretty tough but I love it.
     
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    Dream Theater - Dance of Eternity
     

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