Songs where the chorus is an instrumental

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For example "Party Fears Two" by The Associates

everything, Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Every MBV song.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Baker Street, obviously.

edward o (edwardo), Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Saint Etienne - "Nothing Can Stop Us"

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:27 (fourteen years ago) link

"White Lines" - Grandmaster Flash
"Lovely Head" - Goldfrapp
"One Love" - Massive Attack

Wooden (Wooden), Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:37 (fourteen years ago) link

I love these kinds of songs, even if I can't think of any more right now.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Baker Street, obviously.
-- edward o

Damn, edward, you got there first.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Lycia - "Bare"
Nick Drake - "Cello Song"
The Cure - "Lullaby"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:42 (fourteen years ago) link

I hate it when the thing I was going to say turns out to be the first message in the thread.

I'm sure there's a Smiths one that does this but I can't think which one.

Michael Philip Philip Philip Philip Philip Annoyman (Ferg), Thursday, 7 October 2004 23:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I love songs where the first time through the chorus is played as an instrumental, and then subsequently sung. But the only example I can think of off hand is Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' "Speedboat" I used to rip this idea off all the time.

noodle vague (noodle vague), Friday, 8 October 2004 01:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Half the songs by the band I used to be in. Choruses weren't our strength.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 8 October 2004 01:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Duran Duran, "All She Wants Is."

And a near-miss closer to what noodle vague has in mind: Double, "The Captain of Her Heart."

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Friday, 8 October 2004 02:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Also Chase, "Get It On."

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Friday, 8 October 2004 02:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Metallica - Fade to Black

M Carty (mj_c), Friday, 8 October 2004 06:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Your Silent Face by New Order

wtin, Friday, 8 October 2004 10:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Walk this way.

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 8 October 2004 10:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Aerosmith, "Sweet Emotion"

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Friday, 8 October 2004 10:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Buzzcocks - "A Different Kind Of Tension"

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 8 October 2004 11:31 (fourteen years ago) link

"Lazarus" by Boo Radleys.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 8 October 2004 11:33 (fourteen years ago) link

rush's "tom sawyer"?

pfeffernuesse (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 8 October 2004 11:50 (fourteen years ago) link

i'm confused about some of these. "walk this way"? "sweet emotion"? i'm pretty sure the choruses of those songs are where they sing the title lines.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 8 October 2004 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

led zeppelin's "the ocean"?

pfeffernuesse (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 8 October 2004 12:13 (fourteen years ago) link

OMD - "La Feme Accident" (almost)

Mark (MarkR), Friday, 8 October 2004 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

rush's "tom sawyer"?

okay never mind; this song has like six thousand choruses and only one of them is instrumental.

pfeffernuesse (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 8 October 2004 12:33 (fourteen years ago) link

"Useless (Kruder & Dorfmeister remix)" - Depeche Mode

Wooden (Wooden), Friday, 8 October 2004 12:37 (fourteen years ago) link

we could walk together by the clientele

debden, Friday, 8 October 2004 13:12 (fourteen years ago) link

The Cure - "The Loudest Sound"

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Friday, 8 October 2004 13:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Uh, "Sweet Emotion"? "The Ocean"? I thought instrumental meant "no singing".

There's a White Stripes song like that -- I think it might be the first song on the album, but I swear I don't know because I swear I never had the album.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 8 October 2004 13:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I think it's called "Seven Nation Army".

Wooden (Wooden), Friday, 8 October 2004 13:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, I forgot that he does repeat the last line of the previous verse at the end of the chorus in "The Loudest Sound".

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Friday, 8 October 2004 14:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Kitchens of Distinction - "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule". Best part of this great song too.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Friday, 8 October 2004 14:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Can - 'I want more'

Morgen, Friday, 8 October 2004 14:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Kitchens of Distinction - "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule"

is a superb example because the sound is actually part of the lyric; "the third time we opened the capsule/everything went ..." WHOOOOOOOOSH.

i fucking LOVE that song. i haven't heard it for years either. must dig it out.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Friday, 8 October 2004 14:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes! I love that little lyrical/musical moment too.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Friday, 8 October 2004 14:52 (fourteen years ago) link

The best is Joy Division's "Atmosphere".

The Good Dr. Bill (Andrew Unterberger), Friday, 8 October 2004 14:54 (fourteen years ago) link

The first chorus of Open Your Heart - Human League

Shooz (shooz), Friday, 8 October 2004 17:20 (fourteen years ago) link

I consider the guitar melody from I'm a CUckoo a chorus

tremendoidmandel, Friday, 8 October 2004 18:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Led Zeppelin - "The Wanton Song"

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 8 October 2004 18:49 (fourteen years ago) link

sundar otm! Nice.

57 7th (calstars), Friday, 8 October 2004 19:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Newest one I heard was:
The Strokes "12:51"

AaronHz (AaronHz), Friday, 8 October 2004 19:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Several of the songs on Phil Collins' "..But Seriously..." album are like this.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 8 October 2004 23:19 (fourteen years ago) link

"I Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode sort of fits in, at least if the synth hook counts as a chorus.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 8 October 2004 23:25 (fourteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Slowdive - "40 Days"

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Thursday, 31 March 2005 22:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Walk this way.
-- dave225 (right.knewi...), October 8th, 2004 4:26 AM. (Dave225)


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Aerosmith, "Sweet Emotion"
-- Myonga Von Bontee (scottyfield...), October 8th, 2004 4:31 AM. (Myonga Von Bontee)

Both of these Aerosmith songs have choruses that distinctly feature the songs' titles being sung! WTF!

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 31 March 2005 22:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Weezer - Burndt Jamb
Ash - Uncle Pat

Crackity (Crackity Jones), Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:31 (fourteen years ago) link

radiohead - "pop is dead"

mark p (Mark P), Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Swell Maps - Cake Shop

Sasha (sgh), Friday, 1 April 2005 01:57 (fourteen years ago) link

OMD - enola gay, 2nd thought, electricity. I've always found em to be masters of the wordless chorus.

Bjorn Deleuze (Ocelot Wildly), Friday, 1 April 2005 02:10 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Aerosmith, "Sweet Emotion"
-- Myonga Von Bontee (scottyfield...), October 8th, 2004 4:31 AM. (Myonga Von Bontee)

Both of these Aerosmith songs have choruses that distinctly feature the songs' titles being sung! WTF!

-- gygax!

Yeah, you're right - dunno what I was thinking. I suppose I was considering "Sweet Emotion"'s heavy guitar part function as a chorus, just because it shows up after every verse.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 08:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Propaganda - "P:Machinery"

OleM (OleM), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 09:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Isn't the chorus to "And Your Bird Can Sing" the part that goes "When your prized possiessions start to weigh you down..."?

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No, that's a middle 8.

Mark G, Friday, 17 July 2009 09:38 (ten years ago) link

a million hip hop songs.

ballad of dorothy parker - prince.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 17 July 2009 09:49 (ten years ago) link

Seam's Little Chang Big City

Lovely song as well.

Bill A, Friday, 17 July 2009 20:20 (ten years ago) link

Terrence Trent D'Arby - "Wishing Well"

master of karate and friendship for everyone (musically), Friday, 17 July 2009 21:44 (ten years ago) link

That's a tough one. I can see how that would fit the thread call. But isn't the "Wish me love a wishing well
To kiss and tell" part the chorus (too?)?

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 17 July 2009 21:54 (ten years ago) link

Wham - Careless Whisper.

EDB, Friday, 17 July 2009 23:11 (ten years ago) link

Wham - Careless Whisper.

I'm never going to dance again
These guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it's easy to pretend
I know you're not a fool
I should have known better than to cheat a friend
A wasted chance that I've been given
So I'm never going to dance again...
The way I danced with you

Geir Hongro, Friday, 17 July 2009 23:13 (ten years ago) link

ATB - 9PM (Till I Come)

Siegbran, Friday, 17 July 2009 23:13 (ten years ago) link

nas - it aint hard to tell

the weinest of display names groanly (k3vin k.), Friday, 17 July 2009 23:15 (ten years ago) link

Xpost, achh, I wasn't sure if there was a vocal chorus or not, just remembered the saxophone.

EDB, Friday, 17 July 2009 23:16 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

UPTOWN FUCKIN' FUNKKK

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 9 January 2015 15:35 (four years ago) link

"Do It Again" - Sonic's Rendezvous Band

thinking of a master plan (m coleman), Friday, 9 January 2015 16:04 (four years ago) link

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Souvenir

Manfred Mann Chapter iii - "One Way Glass"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTExEWt7zN4

Mark G, Friday, 9 January 2015 23:07 (four years ago) link

Men Without Hats - Pop Goes the World

cock chirea, Saturday, 10 January 2015 01:36 (four years ago) link

Guru Josh - Infinity

cock chirea, Saturday, 10 January 2015 01:36 (four years ago) link

"Disconnect the Dots" - of Montreal

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Saturday, 10 January 2015 02:02 (four years ago) link

Geto Boys - 'My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me'

austinato (Austin), Saturday, 10 January 2015 02:35 (four years ago) link

If we want to be nerdy, shouldn't it be "refrain" rather than "chorus" in the thread title?

walid foster dulles (man alive), Saturday, 10 January 2015 03:10 (four years ago) link

Does R.E.M.'s "Belong" count here?

the strawberries are for the entrepreneurs (SlimAndSlam), Saturday, 10 January 2015 03:49 (four years ago) link

SPOTTIEOTTIEDOPALISCIOUS

quan voice (voodoo chili), Saturday, 10 January 2015 13:23 (four years ago) link

Pavement - Grounded

Darvin H.A.M. (AlexPh), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:12 (four years ago) link

Yo La Tengo - From a Motel 6

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:38 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuqEbRzy_t8

Tuomas, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 22:59 (four years ago) link

War - "Low Rider"

fan boy three (Lee626), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 23:52 (four years ago) link

Gary Numan - "Cars"

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 22 January 2015 03:29 (four years ago) link

David Bowie - "Ziggy Stardust"

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:09 (four years ago) link

A refrain is not the same as a chorus, "Living on the ceiling" has both..

Mark G, Thursday, 22 January 2015 07:52 (four years ago) link

A refrain is not the same as a chorus

it kind of is

you've got no fans you've got no ground (anagram), Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:31 (four years ago) link

Iiiiitt kind of is, yeahhhh..

Mark G, Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:28 (four years ago) link

If (chorus AND refrain)=0 AND (chorus OR refrain) = 1 THEN chorus=refrain

Mark G, Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:30 (four years ago) link

The main riff in Ziggy Stardust is definitely the chorus, the "So where were the spiders?" bit is the pre-chorus

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:14 (four years ago) link

True, if the riff was left out, this is a song without a chorus.

Mark G, Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:16 (four years ago) link

The Beatles, "I'm Looking Through You"

Οὖτις Δαυ & τηε Κνιγητσ (Phil D.), Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:58 (four years ago) link

^ where?

fan boy three (Lee626), Friday, 23 January 2015 05:09 (four years ago) link

yeah, two chords on the farfisa is not a chorus.

Mark G, Friday, 23 January 2015 11:53 (four years ago) link

Given how loose people are being with terminology, I don't see why not. Where else is the chorus? The "Why, tell me why did you not treat me right?" part is a bridge/middle eight, and the entire verse builds to the four-bar organ/guitar part.

Οὖτις Δαυ & τηε Κνιγητσ (Phil D.), Friday, 23 January 2015 12:00 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auJ_wkSxiKA
("if you ever change your mind..." is definitely the bridge)

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 12:48 (two months ago) link

Fever Ray - To the Moon and Back

Tuomas, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 13:50 (two months ago) link

I'm slightly hesitant to be the pedant here, but In that Squeeze song, isn't the "Never chew a pickle" bit the chorus?

enochroot, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 15:05 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPeQGWL7fok

This one counts too, right? I mean, the "can't stop now, don't you know / I'll never let you go, don't go!" bit is cleary the pre-chorus, and the chorus melody only starts after it.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:13 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbaygmy30Z8

And Yazoo's other big hit is an even more obvious example of this.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:15 (two months ago) link

For example "Party Fears Two" by The Associates

Also "Paper House" by The Associates.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:16 (two months ago) link

That M83 song

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:20 (two months ago) link

Thin White Rope’s version of “some velvet morning” where they simply replace Nancy’s bit with dual lead guitars

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 19:37 (two months ago) link

Does R.E.M.'s "Belong" count here?

No, there are (wordless) vocals.

Pavement - Grounded

The chorus is, “Boys are dyin’ on these streets...”

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Thursday, 9 May 2019 02:52 (two months ago) link

Geto Boys - 'My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me'

The chorus (if it has one) is, “My mind is playin’ tricks on me...”

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Thursday, 9 May 2019 03:20 (two months ago) link

UPTOWN FUCKIN' FUNKKK

Uh...

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Thursday, 9 May 2019 03:27 (two months ago) link

If the guitar bit in Grounded had vocals you - ok I - would definitely say it was the chorus, and 'boys are dying on these streets' the bridge, or the last line of it.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 9 May 2019 07:52 (two months ago) link

"21st Century Schizoid Man"

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Thursday, 9 May 2019 08:31 (two months ago) link


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