Pharrell starts all of his songs the same way

Learn about Pharrell's stupidly simple approach to writing song intros.

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With his Midas touch for chart-topping hits, Pharrell has become one of the most prolific and ubiquitous producers of the new millennium. From Clipse’s grimy, bass-knocker beats to the upbeat, mom-friendly vibes of “Happy,” his style continues to defy categorization and sell at a rate most of his contemporaries would foam at the mouth for.

So, what’s his secret? As the blog Discopop points out, many of Pharrell's most well-known hits start the exact same way: with a 4-count loop of the first beat. "Happy," "Blurred Lines," "Drop it Like It's Hot," and more dating back to 1993 with SWV's "Right Here (Human Nature Remix)" all start with this painfully simple technique.

Is Pharrell incapable of writing a decent intro? Does he just not fuck with what obviously works? Has he unlocked a secret pattern that brainwashes us all to submit to his his ageless charm? Listen below the jump and judge for yourself.

List of Songs:

SWV — “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)”
Pharrell — “Frontin’”
Kelis — “Milkshake”
Snoop Dogg — “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines”
Shakira — “Why Wait”
Frank Ocean — “Sweet Life”
Pharrell — “Brand New”
Paloma Faith — “Can’t Rely On You”
Pharrell — “Happy”
Pharrell — “Hunter”
Jay-Z — “I Know”
Pharrell — “Gust of Wind”

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