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Ever wondered how Pharrell manages to drum up so many chart topping hits? Well, someone may have found out his secret formula. There’s a common thread with the intros of some of his mammoth works like “Milkshake,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Blurred Lines,” “Happy” and more: a four-count loop of the first beat.

The blog Discopop did us all a favor and compiled a convincing mix of 13 different song intros that have that same loop. Listen to it for yourself and check out the list of songs below.

01. SWV – “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)”
02. Pharrell – “Frontin’”
03. Kelis – “Milkshake”
04. Snoop Dogg – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
05. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
06. Shakira – “Why Wait”
07. Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”
08. Pharrell – “Brand New”
09. Paloma Faith – “Can’t Rely On You”
10. Pharrell – “Happy”
11. Pharrell – “Hunter”
12. Jay-Z – “I Know”
13. Pharrell – “Gust of Wind”

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