I'm looking for a term describing the fact that, on a music album, the end of a song is the beginning of the next one, which gives the impression that there is no cut between the two songs.

I'm pretty sure a special term exists and I used to hear it, though I'm not 100 % sure...

Examples : between Perfect and Daphne Descends on The Smashing Pumpkins' album Adore, or between Links 2-3-4 and Sonne on Rammstein's album Mutter.

  • Rammstein 4 ever \m/
    – nodws
    Commented Oct 18, 2019 at 16:54

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It's called a segue, from the Italian segue - "follows", generally meaning a smooth transition.

Wikipedia also mentions that some album notations distinguish track listings through the use of symbols, such as a >, , or / to indicate songs that flow seamlessly.

  • This term doesn't ring a bell to me at all, but it seems pretty clear that, according to Wikipedia's "Famous examples in rock music" in the Segue article, it is the correct word I was looking for ! Thank you :) Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 10:35
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    If the transition is a contrasting section it might serve as a bridge between songs.
    – aergistal
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 11:29
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    And it's pronounced "seg-way" with two syllables.
    – user546
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 23:49
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    "Segue" covers those situations, as in an opera where one number follows another with no dialogue or action in between, though the first number comes to a definite end, and there may be time for the audience to applaud it. Terms for the situation where the first flows seamlessly into the second, without missing a beat, include "dead segue" and "segue as one". The score may use the musical indication "attacca".
    – Rosie F
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 11:39

You are possibly thinking of the term medley which is two or more distinctly different songs being performed as a single song, where each piece transitions smoothly into the next.


One of the most famous medleys in recorded music is the Beatles' Abbey Road medley, which consists of eight short songs by Lennon and McCartney, performed without a break between them.


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