As the title of the post says, “Whatever happened to the good ol’ song fade out?” (I added the good ol’.) You know how it went in the good ol’ songs from the 80’s and 90’s… Instead of simply ending the tune like they do nowadays, they would repeat the chorus or hook as it descended into silence. It would typically last for the, um, last 30 seconds. Here are some examples:
The only current song I can think of (and I’ve been thinking about this for awhile… when I remember to) is The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony. Otherwise, most songs nowadays just end. Even if there’s a repetitive ending, there’s a sense of finality.
The theory on why this is: CD’s have changed the way we listen to music. When in the days of cassettes and LP’s, people were more inclined to let the music play. The fade out spaced out the songs, as opposed to having back-to-back ends-to-starts.
Is this is the trend, or am I just a complete idiot? (I’m leaning toward lazy, actually.) If you can think of any other recent examples of radio songs that fade out old school style, feel free to prove me wrong by commenting below.