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Songs We're Powerless To Resist

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cover to Weezer's debut album. From Al Green to Weezer, here are five singalong songs you cannot resist.

After today's interview with Dr. Alisun Pawley about her research into sing-along songs, Pitchfork founder and Soundcheck bullpen member Ryan Schreiber was inspired to compile his own list of irresistible songs. Two lists, in fact. 

See the lists, and hear the music, after the jump...

Five Irresistible Sing-Along Songs

The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"

Ryan Schreiber: A song which seems, here in America when it comes on, is one of those songs everyone wants to sing.


Al Green, "Let's Stay Together"

Weezer, "Say It Ain't So"

Queen and David Bowie, "Under Pressure"

RS: It's funny, when you really boil it down, Queen is almost the definitive sing-along band because not only do you have ["We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions"], you have "Bohemian Rhapsody," which everybody loves to sing. And then you also have David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure." I think that what makes [Freddie Mercury's] vocal so fun to sing along with is that it's so ostentatious…and you're really belting it out and giving it full drama.


OutKast, "Hey Ya"

RS: It's a little bit more complex, but what people really like to sing is the big hook. And I think that's really true for most of these songs: There are verses that happen, and then there's the big chorus or the big moment where it pulls it out of you. OutKast is one where there's a lot of stuff going on, a lot of stuff vocally -- there's different vocal parts -- and then there's moments where you're supposed to shout along, the "Shake it like a Polaroid picture" part. And then there's the big "Hey Ya" hook.



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