The perfect hit song is equal parts magic, timing — and more than a few scientific ingredients. We break it down (to the degree that it can be).
At a low point in his career, George Clinton connected with Prince. The resulting album, “The Cinderella Theory,” helped revive The Funk.
Spike Lee underscored the drama in “Do the Right Thing” by layering the music of Public Enemy, Steel Pulse and E.U. atop a sweltering summer backdrop. He also broadened the appeal of hip-hop and New Jack Swing in the process.