Pop Quiz: Can You Identify These Hit Songs by Just Their First Second?

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July 2 2014 12:35 PM

Pop Quiz: Can You Identify These Hit Songs by Just Their First Second?

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How sharp is your ear for recent pop hits?

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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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