Master of Puppets vs Womanizer

When I was a teenager I was really big into the Big Four of metal: Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. At this point, 2009, I really feel like those bands were far more poppy then I realized at the time. “Master Of Puppets” might be over eight minutes long, but if you deconstruct the song, it has a regular pop structure: Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Outro. The main difference is that in “Master Of Puppets”, the bridge is the lengthy guitar soloing and staccato “Master! Master! Where’s the dreams I’ve been after?” part. That lengthy section serves the same purpose as the part in “Womanizer” that would be considered the bridge. A bridge is a contrasting section which leads back to the main melody. To illustrate my point, I’ve “mapped out” the sections of both songs, and you can listen along. I think you’ll be surprised.

Britney Spears – Womanizer

Intro 0:00 – 0:14
Verse 0:14 – 0:42
Pre-chorus 0:42 – 0:55
Chorus 0:55 – 1:23
Verse 2) 1:23 – 1:51
Pre-chorus 1:51 – 2:05
Chorus 2:05 – 2:32
Bridge 2:32 – 2:46
Chorus 2:46 – end

Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Intro 0:00 – 0:52
Verse 1 0:52 – 1:27
Pre-chorus 1:27 – 1:48
Chorus 1:48 – 2:10
Verse 2) 2:10 – 2:47
Pre-chorus 2:47 – 3:08
Chorus 3:08 – 3:30
Bridge 3:30 – 6:39
Verse 3) 6:39 – 7:15
Pre-chorus 7:15 – 7:35
Chorus – 7:35 – end

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