Chorus, by design, are usually meant to be the catchiest and most memorable part of a song. Conversely, verses often get a bad rap for being the song’s biggest rehearsal festival relative to its chorus, bridge, solo, or pre-chorus. However, the verses, unwittingly or not, often end up eclipsing the song’s chorus. We’ve compiled a list of 10 classic and modern rock songs where this supposed subversion of verses and choruses occurs. With choruses that range from mediocre to very good, check out these 10 tracks below with some fantastic verses.
1. The Beatles – “While my guitar cries softly”
The Beatles are repeat offenders when it comes to verses and choruses that put themselves in the spotlight. One of the best songs from the iconic rock quartet and perhaps George Harrison’s best contribution to the Beatles was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Track seven of the band’s eponymous 1968 double LP saw Harrison deliver beautiful vocals to the verses and chorus, but his jaw-dropping verses are easily one of the best moments of his musical career.
2. Shattering Pumpkins – “1979”
Smashing Pumpkins are one of America’s most important alternative rock bands and albums as of 1993’s siamese dream and 1995 Mélan Collie and Infinite Sadness helped propel them from cult band to mainstream rock stars. One of the group’s biggest hits, “1979”, perfectly represents their captivating rock melancholy as it is referenced in one of their album titles. While the song’s chorus isn’t all that different from its verses, there is something particularly magical about the verses, especially the nostalgic opening one that will instantly appeal to any teenager without fail (“Shakedown 1979 / The Children cool never have time “).
3. Oasis – “Acquiesce”
The behemoths Britpop Oasis were one of those bands berated for their album tracklist choices due to the incredible strength of their B-sides. The group had so many B-sides that became fan favorites that they got them. finally compiled for the years 1998, The master plan. One of their most famous was “Acquiesce”, which so openly demonstrates the musical dynamic between Liam and Noel Gallagher. As someone who has always preferred Liam’s voice, his twangy verses with a grainy charisma trump Noel’s uplifting and kind chorus, albeit one hell of a chorus.
4. Courtney Barnett – “Elevator Operator”
Australian singer / songwriter Courtney Barnett’s debut album in 2015 Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit quickly caught fire internationally, making its way onto album of the year lists and resulting in a nod to Best New Artist at the Grammys. The album’s main track shows Barnett’s talent for intelligent, descriptive storytelling and while the song’s catchy chorus is perfect for singing along, the verses are where Barnett builds a charming world of idiosyncratic characters.
5. Temples – “Song of the Vault”
British psych-rockers Temples fascinated listeners with their ’60s pop and classic psyche on their two feature films. One of the songs that helped break this band was their single “Shelter Song”. Her Beatle-style guitar hook and confusing call-and-response vocals in the song’s verses are spellbinding right off the bat while the song’s brilliant pop chorus paled slightly in comparison.
6. Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
The Foo Fighters went on to become American rock giants, selling millions of albums, winning Grammy Awards, and dominating radio for years. I’m not a die-hard fan, but because of the relentless radio play, I could probably sing the lyrics to at least a dozen of their songs at the right time, including “Everlong”. The verses of the 1997 song have such solid rock melodies and compelling double guitars that even the chorus of the anthem can’t quite measure up.
7. Sunflower – “I was a fool”
New York trio Sunflower Bean impressed with both studio albums, including this year’s Twenty-two in blue—A classic pop / rock twist from their darker psychedelic beginnings. On one of their latest singles, “I Was a Fool”, singer Julia Cumming and guitarist Nick Kivlen take the reins of the backing vocals, which are well performed, but both are surpassed by Cumming’s divine and succulent verses.
8. The Raconteurs – “Steady As She Goes”
Of all of Jack White’s many musical endeavors, The Raconteurs remains one of his strongest to date, releasing two albums in the 2000s and a hit single, “Steady As She Goes”. The song’s chorus has a strong vocals and the song title is awesome, but I can’t help but think that White’s blues and rock verses are far superior.
9. T. Rex – “Get It On (Bang a Gong)”
Led by the late guitarist and songwriter Marc Bolan, glam rockers T. Rex became one of the most influential bands of the ’70s with Bolan’s often scintillating, long-haired feminine look, his fiery guitar power. lead and her sultry classic rock voice. . On the band’s most famous track, ‘Get It On (Bang a Gong)’, Bolan launches alluring serenades with attitude in the verses while the song’s chorus features cringey disco-type backing vocals that ruin the whole crowd. rock star vibe from Bolan.
10. Buzzcocks – “Everyone is happy these days”
English punk rockers Buzzcocks had pure pop song and fast punk energy reduced to a science that resulted in tons of great singles in the late ’70s, all compiled on their essential singles compilation, Singles remain stable. One of their best-known tracks, “Everybody’s Happy Today” is a perfect example. But while their frontman Pete Shelley delivers the song’s verses with such a sassy and playful punk spirit, the song’s chorus, as good as it is, is a bit too cute.