The first few seconds of a song have to set a tone and hook the listener. In those precious moments when your attention is fresh, you can usually register a song’s mood, grasp its tempo, and perhaps recognize the artist or the song itself.
But what about a song’s very first second? Can you guess these 16 recent Billboard hits by just a couple of beats or notes? Let's find out.
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