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PostSubject: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:12 am

Over on a music forum I monitor we're trying to come up with a list of hit songs that did not include a chorus.

The list is surprisingly short.

Can you guess what we've found so far?
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:03 am

Marty Robbins El Paso.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:28 am

That wasn't on the list but that's a good one. Other "story songs" like "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Ode To Billie Joe" too.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:55 am

El Paso immediately popped into my mind when I read your question, as it was recently used as the background music for the final episode of the TV show Breaking Bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:56 am

Haven't seen it.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:10 am

That's a shame. It's probably the best program ever on basic cable, and certainly superior to anything ever on broadcast tv.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:23 am

That's like saying beaver anal glands produce the best-tasting vanilla substitute among non-bean vanilla substitutes.

I haven't been able to watch network "entertainment" TV in decades.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:37 am

I'm with you on network tv. There are a couple of programs I watch because my wife likes them. But I can't think of any network entertainment programs I've liked in many years (except the Simpsons, of course).

On rare occasion, something decent will show up on cable. BBC America had a program called Copper, about the New York police in 1864. It was a unique program (and I'm using unique properly in this case) and actually quite enjoyable. So naturally it was cancelled after two years.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:51 am

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It's probably the best program ever on basic cable.
I guess Sopranos and Six Feet Under weren't "basic cable" were they.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:12 pm

Those were both on HBO, a premium channel, as was The Wire.

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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:18 pm

Frickin' FCC.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:28 pm

What's the FCC got to do with it? There's no law that says decent programming can't be on broadcast television. The FCC doesn't censor basic cable.

Back the the original intent of this thread: Hows does one define "chorus"? I can think of a couple  of Tom Waits songs that have a single repeating line ending a couplet in which the first line always differs. Is that a chorus?
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:34 pm

The distinction between a chorus and a bridge is fuzzy at best. Quite a few songs fall into gray areas.

But very few contain no repetition at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:42 pm

"Hey Jude"?
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:47 pm

Sing through the lyrics in your head. There's a chorus.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:54 pm

I guess there really is a chorus, although the words vary slightly.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:07 pm

NoCoPilot wrote:
Sing through the lyrics in your head.  There's a chorus.
Thanks a whole fucking bunch for this. Now I can't get the song out of my head. And I no longer have enough extra space up there to support musical accompaniment.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:44 pm

Sorry. Maybe you need to put another nickel in.
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PostSubject: Re: Hit Songs Without Choruses   Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:59 pm

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Sorry. Maybe you need to put another nickel in.
Put another nickel in? In the nickelodeon?
Great. Now a really old song stuck up there. Thanks again.Evil or Very Mad 
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