Best pauses/comebacks in the middle of a song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by raimiz1991inc, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    "Clearly," the new single by Grace VanderWaal:

    Based loosely (with permission) on Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now."
  2. Hadean75

    Hadean75 Forum Moonlighter

    Bee Gees--The Earnest of Being George

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  3. Overthehillsandfaraway

    Overthehillsandfaraway Forum Resident

    and the pause after the initial "sitting on the keyboard" noise, before the piano riff starts in "Shut Up" by Madness
  4. rsulzinger

    rsulzinger Forum Resident

    California, USA
    No one said "Hotel California" yet?
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  5. Captain Groovy

    Captain Groovy Forum Resident

    Freedonia, USA
    I see this thread title, first thing is not the best - but it's a clear stand out to me..

    That Whitney Houston version of Dolly's song - middle-ish end part (goes up a key too maybe)... "I will always love you, I will always love you, etc. etc. [BEAT].......... AND IIIIIII-yeee-IIIIII-yeee-III will always love youuuuu"

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  6. TFEC

    TFEC Opinion Holder

    "Going Down" by Jeff Beck does it a coupla times. I like to play it on the radio show and fool my cohost when he's running the board - he never remembers!
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  7. bloodisthin

    bloodisthin And after all, we're only ordinary men

    "In September, my cousin tried reefer for the very first time. Now he's doing horse...
    [pause]'s June."

    - Prince
  8. Surly

    Surly Bon Viv-oh-no-he-didn't

    Los Angeles, CA
    Back in '89 when the song was climbing the charts, a lot of DJs were compelled to stick in a sound effect on that one, because it was such an unusually long pause for a pop song. Lots of comical "boing!" sounds, etc.
  9. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    Lee Michaels "Do You Know What I Mean" about one minute 42 seconds in...

  10. ~dave~~wave~

    ~dave~~wave~ Forum Resident

    Lincoln, NE
    Joe Walsh & James Gang ~ Rides Again - The Bomber outro @ 6:44, 0:20 from the end of the track.
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  11. This is one of my favorites. 3:35 mark. Joe has a wonderful sense of humor. :D

  12. Black Magic Woman

    Black Magic Woman I wish I was as cool as Kim Deal

    When James Gurley plays a few chords, pauses, then he continues with his freak-psychedelic style
    Edit: it’s not in the middle, but it rocks!
  13. jervl/kg

    jervl/kg Active Member

    SFV, LA
    Devin Townsend Project: Heaven Send
    Very lengthy pause starting @7:18

  14. jervl/kg

    jervl/kg Active Member

    SFV, LA
    Styx: A.D. 1928/Rockin' the Paradise (@1:43)
    One of my favorite Epic Pauses

  15. painted8

    painted8 Forum Resident

    This one might be known to only a few on here, but the Crowes dropped in a great pause on live versions of their “unreleased” song, “Feathers”. See 4:40: a bass walk down, pause, and Chris Robinson leads the band back in.
  16. BiffJackson

    BiffJackson Forum Resident

    Northampton, MA
    "Short Skirt Long Jacket," by Cake. A great pause at :50.

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  17. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    Grand Funk - Gimme Shelter near the end you think the song is over then they switch into high gear for super finish.
  18. crustycurmudgeon

    crustycurmudgeon Forum Resident

    Hollister, CA
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned "Couldn't Stand The Weather", Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. The pauses are near the beginning, though:

    REMASTERANTER Ahhhhhh...

    Venom-At War With Satan
  20. Slack Babbath

    Slack Babbath Forum Resident

    Seven Seas Of Ryde
    The Auteurs -‘Show Girl’
    28 secs.
  21. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    "Too Much" - The Easybeats

  22. dprokopy

    dprokopy Forum Resident

    Near Seattle, WA
    There should be a subcategory of songs that stop on the word "stop."
  23. ~dave~~wave~

    ~dave~~wave~ Forum Resident

    Lincoln, NE
    Jimi Hendrix - If 6 Was 9

    'Cause I got my own world to live through, and uh.. and I ain't gonna copy you...
    1:29 [hiss] 1:32 White collar conservative flashing down the street...

    (Listening now to the new Axis SACD)
  24. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
    This has been my favorite pause song for a long time now. 11 second pause, so effective. Sit back, relax and let the whole song ride.

    Primal Scream - Give Out But Don’t Give Up (Portishead Remix)
  25. audiotom

    audiotom Ground Control to Major Tom

    New Orleans La USA
    Strawberry Fields - close thread

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