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

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

  1. Ash76

    Ash76 Senior Member

    I can't help but think there should be a Talking Heads song which qualifies but I can't think of it
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  2. Ash76

    Ash76 Senior Member

    How about When Doves Cry by Prince?
  3. Sevenkims

    Sevenkims Well-Known Member

    Austin TX
    I Dont Care Anymore by Phil Collins. A rare case where the drums actually play the hook/riff.
  4. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Thin Lizzy--"Emerald"

    verse 1
    instrumental chorus
    verse 2
    instrumental chorus
    instrumental chorus

  5. Freeman 024

    Freeman 024 Well-Known Member

    New Jersey
    Fly Robin Fly
  6. veon

    veon Well-Known Member

    United States
    This gets my vote. It’s probably the biggest international, cross-cultural example out there. Seemingly every crowd at every sporting event around the world will chant this hook at one time or another. We Will Rock You is the closest comparison I can think of, but I think it comes in a distant second.
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  7. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    Touch and Go
    by Emerson Lake & Powell
  8. William Smart

    William Smart 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Fairfield, CT
    Hocus Pocus by Focus comes to mind.

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  9. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    This comes right to mind. The string part (after "talk to me like lovers do") is effectively the chorus here:

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  10. dajokr

    dajokr Classical "Mega" Box Set Collector

    Yokosuka, Japan
    “Duncan” by Paul Simon.
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  11. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

    East TN
    Del Reeves- Girl On The Billboard. The hook is a Telecaster solo.
  12. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident

    Meridian, ID
    As a sax player myself, every time I hear Baker Street I'm reminded that the sax soloist was paid a one-time union session rate of less than £30 and no residuals or royalties.
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  13. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post
  14. vwestlife

    vwestlife Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat". It's really an instrumental masterpiece with only minor interruptions by vocals -- including what's probably the second best saxophone solo of the 1970s.

    Also, Chicago's "Colour My World". It's mostly an instrumental, with just one short vocal verse.
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  15. darling

    darling Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    I think this counts:

  16. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    The Weight moves from really good to great when that little piano hook before Take a Load Off is there.
  17. Hadean75

    Hadean75 Forum Moonlighter

    Poco Tulsa Turnaround

    Mostly an instrumental track, but does have a verse of vocals in it:

  18. PooreBoy

    PooreBoy ~Well Respected Man~

    East TN
    AC/DC - Down Payment Blues
    Kiss - Cold Gun
  19. Hadean75

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  22. kaztor

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  23. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
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  25. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    The main riff is only part of the chorus, imho.
    'I can't GET no..... NONO....NO!.....' is a pretty identifiable hook.

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