Here’s a list of the best music facts – from random and fun music trivia to interesting scientific facts about music.
Thursday, February 2nd
The Beatles Couldn’t Read Music
Few bands have had as much impact on the world as The Beatles, and they’re widely regarded as one of the greatest bands ever. But did you know that none of The Beatles could read or write music?
In 2016, Mozart Sold More CDs than Beyoncé
So, why did an 18th-century composer sell more CDs than Grammy-award-winning pop stars?
You can ‘blame’ the Universal Music Group – in October 2016; they released a box set commemorating the 225th anniversary of Mozart’s death. Each set contained 200 discs, so selling a massive amount of discs quickly was relatively easy.
There’s A Whole Album Recorded In Space
Do you know a guy who made a cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on an actual space station?
Chris Hadfield’s cover went viral, and it’s probably the coolest cover song ever, but the Canadian astronaut also recorded an album while he was orbiting space.
“Jingle Bells” Is Actually a Thanksgiving Song
“Jingle Bells” is a Christmas classic and one of the most popular Christmas tunes.
However, the song was meant to be sung during Thanksgiving.
Some People Don’t Feel Music
Of course, some people are more interested in music than others.
But the study conducted at the University of Barcelona shows that some people don’t feel any emotion towards music – any emotion whatsoever.
“Happy Birthday” Is The Most Profitable Song Of All Time
Needless to say, “Happy Birthday” is one of the most famous melodies of all time and the most recognized song in the English language.
But did you know that the song brings a bunch of royalties?
Over the years, “Happy Birthday” ownership has been changing, but many royalties went to Warner Chappell Music.
Metallica is the First and Only Band to Have Played on All Continents
In 2013, Metallica set a new Guinness World Record for becoming the first musical act to perform on all 7 continents.
Metallica is one of the most iconic rock bands ever, and they became even more iconic in 2013. And even more impressive is that they held concerts on all 7 continents within one year.
The Spice Girls Didn’t Choose Their Nicknames
The iconic girl band singers didn’t choose their nicknames: Posh, Baby, Scary, Sporty, and Ginger.
The credit goes to the teeny bopper magazine Top of the Pops editor, who named the girls after interviewing them.
Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is a Cover
Although music buffs probably know this, “I Will Always Love You” wasn’t written initially by Whitney Houston.
Dolly Parton recorded it, and her original version reached the top of the charts.
However, the song is now primarily associated with Whitney Houston, and her arrangement became one of the best-selling singles ever.
Leo Fender Couldn’t Play the Guitar
Fender is one of the most popular and successful manufacturers of instruments in the world.
But it’s ironic that the company’s founder Leo Fender has never learned how to play guitar.
FENTON, W. (n.d.). 45 Music Facts That Will Blow Your Mind. Midder Music. Retrieved March 2, 2023, from https://middermusic.com/music-facts/