Episode 23 – Take It To The Chorus!


On Episode 23 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge talk about choruses. They discuss the development of the modern pop chorus from the Tin Pan Alley AABA structure, look closer at some of our favorite choruses, and explore the baffling section labels of Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”

For more reading:
Mark Spicer “(Ac)umulative Form in Pop-Rock Music,” twentieth century music(1/1).
Megan Lavengood, “Max Martin’s Complement Chorus (Poster),” Academia.edu.

This episode features:
Fred Astaire – “They Can’t Take That Away”
Judy Garland – “Over The Rainbow”
Herbie Hancock – “Watermelon Man”
Buddy Holly – “Everyday”
The Beatles – “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
Fifth Harmony – “Sledgehammer”
Phil Collins – “Can’t Stop Loving You”
John Mayer (ft. Taylor Swift) – “Half Of My Heart”
Hailee Steinfeld – “Love Myself”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”
Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
Britney Spears – “Oops…I Did It Again”
Chumbawamba – “Tubthumping”
Cam – “Burning House”
Ga-In – “Bloom”
The Cardigans – “Lovefool”

Here’s a Spotify playlist with all these songs and more. Let us know in the comments or on twitter what your favorite choruses are and we’ll add them to the playlist.

People in this episode:

Scott Interrante

Scott Interrante holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from CUNY Hunter College focusing on contemporary pop music and masculinity. He hosts Pop Unmuted and K-Pop Unmuted

Kurt Trowbridge

Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to Billboard.com. He is the founder of Crownnote.com and the host of the Crowncast.

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