#NP (now playing) Bob Dylan: #59 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time | The Times They Are A Changin’- Speeds, Tempo Graphs, Digital music screens, Video Embed

English: Bob Dylan performing in Ahoy Rotterda...
English: Bob Dylan performing in Ahoy Rotterdam The Netherlands June 1984 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The key to happiness is the mastery of self-control.  Nothing brings the elements of speed and self-control better than songs, no matter the type of animal using such methods to communicate.

The Rolling Stone magazine‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time ranks a third Bob Dylan written and performed song, #59–“The Time They Are A Changin’,” a waltz.

radar graph based on 8 trials of measurement in contiguous groups of 15 beats © 2007, James T.S. Manning

James T.S. Manning, Meanspeed Music’s Calibrator-in-Chief, measured this summary of speeds–
beats measured=540
mean time=3 minutes, 8.14 seconds
rhythm=waltz
meanspeed=172.2 beats per minute
meanspace=348 milliseconds per beat.

One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

linear chart with a 2d degree polynomial trend line based on 8 trials of measurement in contiguous groups of 15 beats © 2007 James T.S. Manning

8 trials of measurement in contiguous groups of 15 beats accounting for 540 beats over 3 minutes, 8 seconds, © 2007 James T.S. Manning


Rolling Stone’s Top 59 of 500 by rank


Rolling Stone’s Top 59 of 500 in order of descending speed.

Ian Schneider

Brenda Silverman Shore School
March 19, 2013