The Sad, Gradual Decline of the Fade-Out in Popular Music I prefer fades, especially long ones. Of course there's many more these days, but the first time I noticed a fade in years was with Bruno Mars' "Treasure". Of course, he, like some other artists, are into retro. Another I can think of is "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk. I have noticed the trend of cold endings in the last couple of decades, and I somehow link it to an overall decrease in patience and attention span. I think of way back in the 90s when a buddy of mine wanted me to make a comp tape of some songs. He specifically told me to chop off the fades because he didn't have time for it. To me, the cold endings indicate a harsher society. I equate fades as being gentle.