For the reference, I'm just started learning music theory for less than half a year and just barely touched on the syncopation topic. It seems that syncopation is not easy for me to identify at all.
I assume that on a normal 4/4 pop song, if the synth is played in between the beats then it's syncopated. But in practice, for example: The chorus on " Closer" by Chainsmokers(which I've been informed to be a syncopated section) my mind can't quite pay attention to both the synth and beat counting at the same time.
Another case: Intro section of "Need You Now" by Hot Chip (synths appear at 0:29)I feel that the synth is placed "weirdly" and could be syncopated but I'm really not sure.
Is there any effective and easier way to identify this?