5 Songs Without A Chorus

Tame Impala, Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead & more

A chorus is the part of the song that recurs at intervals usually following the verse. It’s often the one part of the song everyone knows the words to. Good luck singing along because these 5 songs don’t have a chorus.

Tame Impala – Elephant

Tame Impala was positive this would not be a hit. They just had fun while writing it, not paying attention to generic song structures. If you listen close, it’s three verses, a minute and a half worth of solos, and then another verse.


 

Neutral Milk Hotel – In an Aeroplane Over the Sea

This song has a few repeated lines but there isn’t a chorus. When you listen closely it’s the same four chords repeated by the guitar for the whole song.


 

Radiohead – Paranoid Android

This is three different songs stitched together. Radiohead said it originally started as a bit of a joke when they were getting drunk writing some songs together.


 

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

There is an argument to be made that this song has a chorus because so many of the lyrics repeat themselves. At its base the song is exactly the same the whole way through, repeating the same four chords. They use vocal melody and violin to make it sound fresh in parts.


 

The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

This song tells a very vivid story that builds and builds and you don’t even notice it’s just a series of verses.