What are the most explosive choruses of all time?
It could make for an enjoyable pub discussion, but the NME think they've nailed a list of the 50 most explosive choruses of all time.
We're going to run down the top 10, but other entires in the top 50 included Blink-182 with "All The Small Things," Iron Maiden "Run To The Hills," Foo Fighters "Everlong" and Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
So what songs were good enough to beat out modern classics like those?
Remember, this is an NME list, but there's still some great entries here. So turn up your speakers, get a lyric sheet, and prepare to sing out loud all weekend:
10. Metallica "Enter Sandman"
The band may have called this a "one riff song," but its an indisputable classic. It's the highest ranking metal song on the entire NME list. Since we've all seen the video a million times, here's a great rendition from their "Monsters of Rock" show in Moscow, 1991.
09. Bon Jovi "Livin' On A Prayer"
The love-or-hate hit from Bon Jovi remains a popular choice at weddings, and if you've never sung along to the chorus, you haven't really lived. Great tip from NME: Don't start singing the first "woah-oh" too high, because the higher second one will really catch you out. We've all done it.
08. The Stone Roses "She Bangs The Drums"
If you were confused by the hype around The Stone Roses when they recently reformed and sold out their reunion shows in 14 minutes, then you probably didn't live in Britain in the late 1980s. Don't worry; this track will give you some insight into why some people adore the band (and perhaps why they're wildly over-rated, but that's another discussion).
07. Arctic Monkeys "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor"
This single shot the Sheffield-based rockers from obscurity to having the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history. It was a jolt to the heart for indie rock and brought with it a admirable punk edge, as proven in this chorus.
06. Blur "Song 2"
If one song ever truly qualified as having an explosive chorus, it's this. The secret is the thin twangy guitar strums in the verse, before the chorus jacks in a buzzing baseline and turns every instrument up to 11 in a snap. It's a common trick - just check out the intro to Queens Of The Stone Age "Songs For The Deaf".
05. Muse "Plug In Baby"
This video was the tipping point for Muse becoming famous. It came at exactly the right time for them to ride the wave of new digital music channels. The soaring chorus is both heavy and holy, but you'd have to chop off you knackers to sing it in the right key.
04. Kings Of Leon "Sex On Fire"
Even people who hate rock love this song. In turn, sometimes us rockers are quick to dismiss it, but step back a few feet to see the crowd enjoy it and you'll realize choruses like this demonstrate everything great about music. Powerful, communal and memorable.
03. The Killers "Mr. Brightside"
Alright, I defended Kings Of Leon, but right here's I'm gonna have to say the NME can be really damn predictable sometimes.
02. Ronettes "Be My Baby"
Why is this here? Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful song and deservedly classic. But does it really qualify as an explosive song? One great thing about this video is the reminder that these old tracks were recorded live. That's some tight s--t right there.
01. Oasis "Don't Look Back In Anger"
Oasis songs are always a crowdpleasers, and you know if you strum those pre-chorus chords that everyone in earshot will know what to do: sing their heart out. It might be a controversial choice for first place, but we think it's a fair winner considering the other entries.
What do you think? Obviously it's not a perfect list, and the NME are biased towards British acts, but there's still some great entries here.
How would you improve it? Let us know in the comments and we'll round up your suggestions in a future post.