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

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

  1. JLGB

    JLGB Forum Resident

    Rolling Stones "Under My Thumb"-Marimba.
  2. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    George Harrison "Something"
  3. JDeanB

    JDeanB Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC USA
    The horns in "Silly Love Songs" are a big hook as well.
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  4. therunner

    therunner Finn Fan

    Formby, England
    Dire Straits - Your Latest Trick
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  5. J Vanarsdale

    J Vanarsdale Forum Resident

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Breakdown"
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  6. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam "...don't look so good no more"

    Yep, good one !
  7. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH Forums.

    Lucinda Williams "Changed the Locks" doesn't have a chorus, only a verse, and is held by the guitar riffs at the end of each verse.

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  8. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH Forums.

    The flute riff in Men at Work's Downunder overrides the chorus as the song's hook.
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  9. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    The horn counter-melody in the chorus of Don't Ask Me to Choose by Fine Young Cannibals does the same.
  10. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Forum Resident

    This may not meet the requirements of the OP, but....

  11. Gems-A-Bems

    Gems-A-Bems Forum Resident

    The Duke City
    That method seemed to be INXS's forte
  12. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
  13. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    ! Tequila !!
  14. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army"

    It consists of three verse sections, each followed by a recurring guitar refrain that serves as a chorus. There is no sung chorus.
  15. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    I posted this earlier but deleted it because I was unsure whether it meets the criteria, but now I see it does:

    Gary Numan--"Cars"
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  16. murrow1971

    murrow1971 Active Member

    "Living In the Past" Jethro Tull
  17. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Baltimore, MD
    Redd Kross - "Uglier"
  18. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Toronto, Canada
    I don't know, I'd say the "and so it was...that later" vocal phrase is the hook.
  19. elgreco

    elgreco Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Agreed - this is not what I'm looking for. Though the organ part makes up for a memorable hook, the song itself has definitely a vocal chorus, starting at the 'and so it was...' line. Doesn' t meet the criteria.

    But many of the posts upthread do - Low rider, Cars, Seven nation army, Your latest trick, and even Tequila. The premise of this thread is looking for songs where the actual chorus is played by an instrument only, with no vocal additions. Keep them coming!
  20. Gems-A-Bems

    Gems-A-Bems Forum Resident

    The Duke City
    Depeche Mode "Policy Of Truth"?
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  21. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Are you sure about "Your Latest Trick"? There's a part that repeats fully one time and includes the title, and nearly repeats another time:

    I don't know how it happened
    It all took place so quick
    But all I can do is hand it to you
    And your latest trick
  22. idleracer

    idleracer Forum Resident

    :pineapple: Some people might disagree with me on this, but I think the two parts where it suddenly changes key, and Ronson takes over (at 1:11 and 1:54) are what sends this track through the roof:

  23. StereoMan56

    StereoMan56 Forum Resident

    Wow, theres hardly any songs that qualify. One I can think of: Devil Went Down to Georgia
  24. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH Forums.

    The main hook of The Hollies "Jennifer Eccles" is a whistle (which is close to being played by an instrument).
  25. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    Blondie's song Shayla qualifies, if you consider Debbie's singing "Whoa ah oh ah oh" as an instrumental passage. That is the chorus of the song.

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