What time is it?

Yesterday was 5/4 Day, which brings up the subject of songs with unusual time signatures, for those musically inclined.

Wikipedia has (surprise!) an exhaustive list, most of which is from the classical genre, many of which are songs and time signatures you’ve never heard of. For some songs you have heard of, there’s Dave Brubeck, author of perhaps the most famous 5/4 song …

… using nine-beat measures …

… and 11/4 …

… Nine Inch Nails with 10-beat measures …

… Dionne Warwick, who had a 10/4 measure in a verse and an 11/4 measure in the chorus of …

… Radiohead  …

… and Jethro Tull (which has one of the most famous 5/4 songs) in 10/4 and 13-beat measures …

… the Allman Brothers Band, which started a song with two 11/4 measures …

… the Beatles, which combined 11/8, 4/4 and 7/8 in the bridge of …

… along with 29-beat parts in …

… the 13/16 theme of “The Terminator” …

… Genesis, which was turned on (again) by 13/8, 8/8 and 5/8 …

… and Frank Zappa, which includes 19/16 and 21/16 parts in …

Another of the most famous 5/4 songs, Lalo Schifrin’s theme to “Mission: Impossible” …

… was unfortunately dumbed down to 4/4 for the movies after the opening of the first movie:

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