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10 Great Rock Songs With Better Verses Than Choruses

Choruses, by design, are usually meant to be the catchiest and most memorable part of a song. Conversely, verses often get a bad rep for being the song’s biggest snooze fest when compared to its chorus, bridge, solo, or pre-chorus. However, the verses, unintentionally or not, often end up overshadowing the chorus of the song. We’ve compiled a list of 10 classic and modern rock songs where this supposed subversion of verses and choruses happens. With choruses ranging from mediocre to damn good, check out these 10 tracks below with fantastic verses.

1. The Beatles – “While My Guitar Softly Weeps”

The Beatles are repeat offenders when it comes to starring verses and choruses. One of the best songs from the iconic rock quartet and perhaps George Harrison’s finest Beatles contribution was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Track seven of the band’s 1968 self-titled double LP saw Harrison deliver beautiful vocals on both the verses and the chorus, but its jaw-dropping verses are easily one of the highlights of his musical career.

2. Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”

Smashing Pumpkins are one of America’s most essential alternative rock bands and albums like 1993’s siamese dream and 1995 Melan Collie and the Infinite Sadness helped propel them from cult band to mainstream rock stars. One of the group’s greatest hits, “1979”, perfectly represents their captivating rock melancholy, as referenced in one of their album titles. While the song’s chorus isn’t all that different from its verses, there’s 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 – “Acknowledge”

Britpop behemoths Oasis were one of those bands chastised for their album tracklist choices due to the incredible strength of their B-sides. The band had so many B-sides that became fan favorites that they took 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’s always preferred Liam’s vocals, his gritty, charismatic nasal verses trump Noel’s powerful and sympathetic chorus, even if it’s a hell of a chorus.

4. Courtney Barnett – “Elevator Operator”

Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 debut album Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I sit quickly caught fire internationally, making its way onto album of the year lists and culminating in a best new artist nod at the Grammys. The album’s lead track showcases Barnett’s talent for descriptive and intelligent 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 Refuge”

British psych-rockers Temples have enthralled listeners with their 60s pop and classic psych on both of their albums. One of the songs that helped break this band up was their single, “Shelter Song”. His chimey Beatle-esque guitar hook and hazy call-and-response vocals in the song’s verses bewitch from the get-go while the song’s bright pop chorus pales slightly in comparison.

6. Foo Fighters – “Always”

The Foo Fighters became giants of American rock, selling millions of albums, winning Grammys and dominating radio for years. I’m not a die-hard fan, but thanks to relentless radio listening, I could probably sing the lyrics to at least a dozen of their songs, including “Everlong.” The 1997 song’s verses have such solid rock melodies and compelling double guitars that even the anthemic chorus can’t quite live up to it.

7. Sunflower Bean – “I Was A Fool”

New York trio Sunflower Bean have impressed with their two studio albums including this year’s Twenty-two in blue—a classic pop/rock spin on their darker psychedelic debut. On one of their latest singles, “I Was a Fool,” lead singer Julia Cumming and guitarist Nick Kivlen take the reins of the chorus, which are well executed, but both are outdone by Cumming’s heavenly, luscious 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 boosting a hit single, “Steady As She Goes”. The song’s chorus has a strong voice and the title of the song is great, but I can’t help but think White’s bluesy, rocky verses are far superior.

9. T. Rex – “Go Ahead (Bang a Gong)”

Led by the late guitarist and singer-songwriter Marc Bolan, glam rockers T. Rex became one of the most influential bands of the ’70s with Bolan’s often scintillating, long-haired and feminine look, his power of fiery lead guitar and her sultry classic rock voice. . On the band’s most famous track, “Get It On (Bang a Gong)”, Bolan serenades with attitude in the verses while the song’s chorus features squeaky disco-like choruses that ruin the whole vibe. cool rockstar from Bolan.

10. Buzzcocks – “Everybody’s Happy These Days”

English punk rockers Buzzcocks had pure pop songcraft and fast punk energy boiling down to science that resulted in tons of great singles in the late 70s, all compiled on their Essential Singles Compilation, Singles stabilize. One of their best-known tracks, “Everybody’s Happy Today” is a perfect example. But while frontman Pete Shelley delivers the song’s verses with such a sassy, ​​playful punk vibe, the song’s chorus, good as it is, seems a little too cute.