For my pop song, I decided to go back to 2008 and choose Dead and Gone by T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake.
0:00 - 0:13 Intro: Some soft piano and talking
0:14 - 0:42 Refrain: Drums and a ton of instrumentation comes in as the refrain is sung twice.
0:42- 1:39 Verse 1: The piano comes back, but with it comes some bass and drums. About halfway through, another instrument is added that leads into the chorus again.
1:40 - 2:07 Refrain: Same as the first refrain.
2:08 - 3:04 Verse 2: Just like verse one, it starts with bass, piano, and drums, and the other instrument is added halfway through. This time, some strings are added as well. Lastly, all the instrumentation goes away for a second before...
3:05 - 3:33 Refrain: Same as first and second refrain.
3:34 - 4:01 Bridge: Completely different instrumentation here, including a guitar I think. It repeats, and the instrumentation builds until the final...
4:02 - 4:30 Refrain: Again, same refrain.
4:31 - 5:00 Conclusion: A nice, soothing string melody before abruptly stopping.
The song I chose to analyze the beginning of is Bowie, by Flight of the Conchords.
At the very beginning, there is a fade-in of some atmospheric noise or a guitar amp. This eventually crossfades to some guitar chords, when the vocals start up, and the song really begins. The sounds from the beginning of the song come back throughout the song, but they're the only thing going on at the beginning.