The Most Explosive Choruses of All Time? has put together a list of The 50 Most Explosive Choruses.

The site defines an “explosive chorus” as, quote, “[It’s] like take-off:  The bit in the song that makes you A) Sing, B) Cry, or C) Sprint to the dance floor.  Or all three.” is a British music site . . . so the list seems a little weighted on British artists.  Also, they’re serious about that “sprinting to the dance floor” thing, because the list is definitely more pop than rock, and more contemporary than classic.  BUT there are a bunch of HFS artists on there.  Which is good.

Nine of the Top 10 most explosive choruses are from songs released after 1985.  Here’s the Top 10:

1.)  “Don’t Look Back in Anger”Oasis  (1996)

2.)  “Be My Baby”The Ronettes  (1963)

3.)  “Mr. Brightside”The Killers  (2004)

4.)  “Sex on Fire”Kings of Leon  (2008)

5.)  “Plug in Baby”Muse  (2001)

6.)  “Song 2”Blur  (1997)

7.)  “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor”Arctic Monkeys  (2005)

8.)  “She Bangs the Drums”The Stone Roses  (1989)

9.)  “Livin’ on a Prayer”Bon Jovi  (1986)

10.)  “Enter Sandman”Metallica  (1991)

Here are a few other interesting entries that popped up elsewhere on the list:

14.)  “Life on Mars?”David Bowie  (1973)

15.)  “Lithium”Nirvana  (1992)

18.)  “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”Whitney Houston  (1987)

27.)  “Summer of ’69”Bryan Adams  (1985)

30.)  “Since U Been Gone”Kelly Clarkson  (2004)

33.)  “Go Your Own Way”Fleetwood Mac  (1976)

34.)  “Don’t Stop Believin'”Journey  (1981)

49.)  “Empire State of Mind”Jay-Z and Alicia Keys  (2009)


One Comment

  1. Adele Abrams says:

    I would add, “In A Big Country” (by Big Country) and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (U2)

  2. Dan says:

    I would definitely add “Viva La Vida” the energy to which people sing along when the chorus kicks in is just amazing!

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