What's the best "bridge" you've heard in a song?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by classicrockguy, May 12, 2018.

  1. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Livingston NJ
    What song has your favorite bridge? In case anybody doesn't know, the bridge is the part of the song that's not the verse or the chorus, and it's only sung once, usually before the last round of the chorus. My personal favorite is the bridge in the Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice", pure heaven in my opinion.
    "Maybe if we think, and wish, and hope, and pray, it might come true..."

    Lots of Steely Dan songs as well, such as "Sign In Stranger",

    "Love or leave her, yellow fever
    Sure, it's all in the game
    And who are you
    Just another scurvy brother..."
  2. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident

    a couple of my favorites are

    Jeff Buckley everyone here wants you

    The Smiths, Frankley Mr Shankly
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  3. Scott S.

    Scott S. Indie Music Curator

    Walmartville PA
    the one I love is in Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
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  4. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    If I thought about it I could probably come up with one I like more, but “Ticket to Ride” springs to mind.
  5. l-l-d

    l-l-d Forum Resident

    Denmark, Europe
    That guitar theme in the Cream song "Bridge"........or is it "Badge".... :sigh:

    I like the "Moving on is a chance that you take every time".....bit
    from Billy Joel's "Say goodbye to Hollywood"
  6. Damiano54

    Damiano54 Forum Resident

    The Zombie's "Tell Her No" - For the music not the lyrics, but the words are below

    I know she's the kind of girl
    Who'd throw my love away
    But I still love her so
    Don't hurt me now, don't hurt me now
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  7. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Oh will ya excuse me
    I'm just trying to find the bridge
    Has anybody seen the bridge?
    Have you seen the bridge?
    I ain't seen the bridge!
    Where's that confounded bridge?

  8. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    "Best" is such an overused word. Besides, there are far too many for me to pick just one. To make things interesting, I'll pick a good one nobody thinks about.

    The Girl Is Mine - Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney

    Why? The song plods along and is rather boring but then the bridge kicks in, the song becomes alive and takes off! Nicely written stuff and clever, too. Even nice how it goes back into the next verse. But then, I remember how the rest will be super boring so I stop it.
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  9. benjis

    benjis Well-Known Member

    From ELO's Turn to Stone - YesI'mturnintostonecauseyouain'tcominhomewhyain'tyoucominhomeifI'mturnintostoneyoubeengoneforsolongthatIcan'tcarryonyesI'mturninI'mturninI'mturnintostone....
  10. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Many great ones. One of my favorites is Deep Purple - Never Before. So cool!

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  11. NothingBrightAboutIt

    NothingBrightAboutIt Forum Resident

    The harmonies on the bridge of Cheap Trick's "Mandocello" are chillingly beautiful.
  12. TheMovieRad

    TheMovieRad Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Under Pressure
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  13. Mugrug12

    Mugrug12 Crome Yellow

    Love the bridge to "fall on me" R.E.M.
  14. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident


    I really like this one.
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  15. TheMovieRad

    TheMovieRad Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins

  16. AGimS

    AGimS Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    Something - The Beatles
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  17. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland
    Supertramp Poor Boy (the bridge kicks in at 2:27) from Crisis? What Crisis? is one I always liked.
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  18. bobc

    bobc Bluesman

    Lennon-McCartney were masters of the bridge or middle eight as they used to say, often using a bit of key modulation to make it more interesting. From Me To You and I Want To Hold Your Hand are marvellous early examples. Ticket To Ride is also an excellent one, as mentioned above.

    But for me the very best is You're Going To Lose That Girl. The modulation from E to G gives it an extra level of excitement which is further enhanced by the strong rhythm and vocal attack. It takes the song to another level.
  19. bobc

    bobc Bluesman

    Ignoring the Beatles for a moment, one of the greatest bridges has to be the one James Brown creates in Sex Machine. He certainly let's you know it's coming and when it does it's perfect!
  20. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

  21. schelti

    schelti Forum Resident

    Take Em As They Come by Springsteen.

    I know your heart is...
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  22. konut

    konut Prodigious Member. Thank you.

    Whatcom County, WA
    Don't Let Me Down

    I'm in love for the first time
    Don't you know it's gonna last
    It's a love that lasts forever
    It's a love that had no past

    The time signature change, the melody.......brilliant!
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  23. Yovra

    Yovra Forum Enthusiast

    The Pound is Sinking by Paul McCarney!
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  24. fishcane

    fishcane Forum Resident

    All I've Got to Do
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  25. Rukiki

    Rukiki Forum Resident

    Madrid, Spain
    Even though it´s not a bridge by definition (the song does not return to the original section/motto):

    Ryan Adams - Cherry Lane

    I like it to the point that I nearly hate the rest of the song, but I consider the 2:10 build up to be near perfect.

    Cherry Lane - Ryan Adams
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