Vocal songs where the actual hook or chorus is played by an instrument

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by elgreco, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Galeans

    Galeans Forum Resident

  2. Abuelo Igor

    Abuelo Igor Member

    Madrid, Spain
    Wow, six pages of thread with no mention of George Michael's "Careless whisper". Sure, it's got a chorus, but IMHO the sax melody is far more memorable than the "I'm never gonna dance again" part, and actually makes the song.
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  3. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Great example! :righton:
  4. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    The song basically is an instrumental with a verse and some shouts thrown in, although it's hard to make out a chorus.
  5. Steve Carras

    Steve Carras Well-Known Member

    Whittier,CA USA
    "Live and Let Die", Wings
    "Can't Take My Eyes off you"(borderline, anyways), Frankie Valli
    "Careless Whisper",George Michael
    "Baker Street", the first example mentioned, Gerry Rafferty.:)
    maybe "The Letter" (borderline again), Joe Cocker.
  6. Steve Carras

    Steve Carras Well-Known Member

    Whittier,CA USA
    I just added it. :D
  7. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

  8. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Forum Gangsta

    It actually works with and without vocals. The guitar riff is slightly more recognizable.
  9. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Active Member

    I was planning to suggest Careless Whisper, but at least three people have beaten me to it. Other than that, I can’t think of anything-I did wonder about Fiesta by the Pogues, but that does have a vocal chorus, albeit one that has more or less the same melody as the verse and which is played as an instrumental version at least once.
  10. Tom Schreck

    Tom Schreck Forum Resident

    "I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz
  11. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I guess it depends on what you perceive as the "hook".
    To me, the guitar line in Day Tripper is the hook and falls under this category even though there is a chorus. Too many songs to mention fall under the thread title but may vary from listener to listener.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
  12. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    The drums to me are the hook in this song.

  13. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

  14. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

  15. lesterbangs

    lesterbangs Forum Resident

    Hickville, indiana
    Another One Bites the Dust
    Achilles Last Stand
    Whiskey in the Jar
    Shake it off (Ryan Adams cover)
  16. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Careless Whisper and Baker Street are both great choices.

    Ones that also came to mind were:

    The Final Countdown - Europe
    Take On Me - a-ha
  17. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

  18. William Smart

    William Smart Forum Resident

    Fairfield, CT
    I thought the chorus there is
    It's cold gin time again
    You know it'll always win?!
    It's cold gin time again,
    You know it's the only thing
    That keeps us togetherrrrrr!
    I know some of you people like a little taste of alcohol!
    How many of you like that old Southern Comfort?
    I know some of you people like a little taste of Tequila!
    I was talking to some people back stage they said a lot of you like Vodka & Orange Juice!
    But when you're down in the dumps there's only one drink that's gonna do it for you. Only one things gonna get you out of the dumps!
    What's that?
    I can't hear you!
    uh sorry carried away, listening to KISS at the moment.... my bad Mea culpa Mea maxima culpa ..... Pax
  19. blutiga

    blutiga Forum Resident

  20. Mr wiggles

    Mr wiggles Well-Known Member

    Going up the country - canned heat

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