Songs with syncopated clapping?
July 3, 2018 9:31 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for songs in pretty much any genre that include syncopating clapping or a similar sound.

It turn out that songs with clapping make me weirdly happy. Suggestions?
posted by jeszac to Media & Arts (76 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
are you familiar with the diwali riddim that was popular back in the early 00s because that's the first thing i thought of when reading this.

frex wayne wonder's no letting go or lumidee's never leave you.
posted by poffin boffin at 9:39 AM on July 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


Probably not exactly what you're looking for, but Steve Reich has you covered.
posted by dforemsky at 9:42 AM on July 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums. Chacha Slide by DJ Casper.
posted by gryphonlover at 9:44 AM on July 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Lots of syncopated clapping: Myke Ptyson by Starfucker
posted by umber vowel at 9:46 AM on July 3, 2018


Dave Brubeck - Unsquare Dance / Paul Steffen & The Apollos - The Devil's Soul Is Black
posted by hydrophonic at 9:47 AM on July 3, 2018 [3 favorites]




Nikka Costa Stuck to You
posted by slipthought at 9:48 AM on July 3, 2018


When I'm Gone - Pitch Perfect
Girls (Who Run the World) - Pitch Perfect 2
Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart - The Chantrillenes (That Thing You Do!)

Motown/Phil Spector girl groups.
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:50 AM on July 3, 2018


The Magic Clap - The Coup
posted by brookeb at 10:04 AM on July 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


The Underdog - Spoon
posted by somanyamys at 10:05 AM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


These are fantastic! Thank you. (And don't stop.) To further clarify-- I've got the Motown side of things pretty much covered. I'm especially interested in songs where the clapping is a bit of a surprise.
posted by jeszac at 10:06 AM on July 3, 2018


Move - Saint Motel
posted by somanyamys at 10:11 AM on July 3, 2018


The Dixie Cups - Iko Iko
posted by hydrophonic at 10:11 AM on July 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


The band Tilly and the Wall has a tapdancer and clapping - for example Bad Education.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:13 AM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Mos Def - Quiet Dog Bite Hard
posted by runincircles at 10:16 AM on July 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


I want to hold your hand [clapclap clapclap]
posted by heatherlogan at 10:17 AM on July 3, 2018


Lots of hand claps in Rilo Kiley's work, perhaps especially in "The Frug" and "Silver Lining"
posted by dizziest at 10:18 AM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


The Meters - Hand Clapping Song
posted by stinkfoot at 10:23 AM on July 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


So much of Sloan’s music is v handclappy.
posted by Kitteh at 10:23 AM on July 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Nina Simone, Sinnerman, Thomas Crown Affair, 1999 version.
posted by XtineHutch at 10:27 AM on July 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


This is a little more of a stretch but it's tradition at Phish shows to clap at certain points during their song "Stash". First example is at 35 seconds or so, pops up a few other times as well.

I once saw Trey Anastasio (the guitar player and principle songwriter) perform with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. You could see little smiles and chuckles from the orchestra when the crowd dutifully supplied the claps during Stash.
posted by stinkfoot at 10:28 AM on July 3, 2018


Sylvan Esso - "PARAD(w/m)E" (Clapping throughout, syncopated clapping prominently in a few places, ex. 1:21)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:29 AM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


"Rehab"
posted by praemunire at 10:34 AM on July 3, 2018


Plus although it's bog standard for the genre, so not surprising in that sense, the clapping in sufi qawwalis is v persuasive
posted by runincircles at 10:34 AM on July 3, 2018


S A T U R D A Y Night!

Bay City Rollers
posted by wittgenstein at 10:49 AM on July 3, 2018 [3 favorites]




TV On The Radio - Quartz
posted by stinkfoot at 11:01 AM on July 3, 2018


Previously: Songs with hand claps.
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:01 AM on July 3, 2018


G. Love - Fixin' To Die
posted by stinkfoot at 11:02 AM on July 3, 2018


Wait for It from Hamilton has one of the best syncopated clapping rhythms around. I was personally pretty surprised the first time I heard it!
posted by lunasol at 11:04 AM on July 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


!what a fun question

here's a couple tunes that came to mind:
X Ambassadors - The Devil You Know
(Black Cab Sessions) Lykke Li - I'm good I'm gone
SON HOUSE - Grinnin' In Your Face
posted by speakeasy at 11:07 AM on July 3, 2018




This is not QUITE what you want but please watch this video, just trust me.

The studio version of this song, although I love it SO MUCH, does not have amazing flamenco handclap guys so watch that video also.

A fun exercise: clap along with First Circle. (It's in 22/8 time.) (Knowing this fact might not help you unless you are actually a drummer, it doesn't really help me.)
posted by clavicle at 11:14 AM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


T Bird and the Breaks - The Clap Hands Song is a personal favourite.
posted by Happy Dave at 11:14 AM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Pagode do Vavá by Paulinho da Viola (the clapped samba rhythm starts around one minute).
Asha Gedawo by Debo Band. The clapping is steady, but what's behind it makes it syncopated. The lead singer claps a little at the beginning, and then many players do on stage around 2:25.
Mcintosh County Shouters (Gullah-Geechee gospel with tresillo and habanera claps)
Samba de Coco Trupé de Arcoverde Brazilian samba de coco
Let X=X by Laurie Anderson
posted by umbú at 11:23 AM on July 3, 2018


This is instrumental and shorter than most songs, but: Washed Out - "Clap Intro"
posted by AppleTurnover at 11:25 AM on July 3, 2018


Sigrid - Don't Kill My Vibe
posted by blackjack514 at 11:45 AM on July 3, 2018


Water Fountain by tUnE-yArDs, plus bonus Song Exploder which breaks down the making of the song.
posted by damayanti at 12:00 PM on July 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


The song Seneca by Tortoise has this, starting around 4:45.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 12:13 PM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oláhos is a Hungarian dance. Non-Hungarians may spell it Olahos.
posted by theora55 at 12:37 PM on July 3, 2018


Jon Hassell - Malay uses Semelai water music

Not a lot of syncopated clapping, but a syncopated song about clapping: Shirley Ellis - The Clapping Song
posted by rhizome at 12:54 PM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]




Alfonso by Levante.

I recommend this song with great alacrity!
posted by ipsative at 1:32 PM on July 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Rasputin by Boney M has some good hand-clapping (and let's face it, perhaps the greatest music video of all time)
posted by just_ducky at 1:43 PM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Clapping - or "Palmas" is the base for so much flamenco. It can be highly syncopated.

Here a bulerias by guitarrista, Tomatito -with palmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BCoZiSbGtY
posted by Lucky Bobo at 1:59 PM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Shirley Ellis’ The Clapping Song!
posted by sucre at 2:06 PM on July 3, 2018


Sufjan Stevens' The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders
posted by fancyoats at 2:22 PM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


"Cecilia" by paul simon
posted by evilmonk at 2:38 PM on July 3, 2018


Le Tigre, Deceptacon
posted by Lawn Beaver at 2:45 PM on July 3, 2018


John Fogerty, Centerfield.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:47 PM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hey Hee Hi Ho by Medeski Martin and Wood has some damn funky clapping in the breakdown.
posted by STFUDonnie at 3:20 PM on July 3, 2018


I can't find a clip of it on YouTube, but Steve Reich's Selwa has some Tibetan clapping and singing that is extraordinary.
posted by effluvia at 3:54 PM on July 3, 2018


Steve Reich, Selwa, Tibetan singing and clapping. Unable to find a clip on YouTube, but it's great.
posted by effluvia at 3:56 PM on July 3, 2018


Bron-Y-Aur Stompby Led Zepplin forever.
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 4:19 PM on July 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hall and Oates Private Eyes
Steve Miller Band Take The Money and Run
posted by STFUDonnie at 5:01 PM on July 3, 2018


The Cars, Since You’re Gone might suit this mood well.
posted by armeowda at 6:04 PM on July 3, 2018


Sugah Daddy by D'Angelo (one of the patterns might be clapping, might be body percussion)
Brother John by The Wild Tchoupitoulas (with The Meters/Neville Bros)
Baka music from Cameroon
posted by umbú at 6:43 PM on July 3, 2018


There's a little bit of clapping in Sly and the Family Stone's Dance to the Music. Soul Clappin takes the same rhythm and delivers as promised.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:10 PM on July 3, 2018


Dog Days Are Over by Florence + the Machine.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 7:17 PM on July 3, 2018


Bill Laswell's remix of Miles Davis Black Satin/What If/Agharta Prelude Dub (kicks in at 38 seconds, hand clapping kicks in at 58 seconds or so and keeps going) is a pretty good track.
posted by furtive at 8:21 PM on July 3, 2018


Also Claude VonStroke's The Clapping Track
posted by furtive at 8:23 PM on July 3, 2018


The first thing that comes to mind to me is the Ghana Postal Worker's Song, even though it's more cancellation stamps than claps.
posted by that girl at 9:29 PM on July 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Jack and Diane, Mellencamp.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:40 AM on July 4, 2018


My Boyfriend's Back!
posted by Dolley at 2:48 AM on July 4, 2018


The coda of XTC’S I’d Like That.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:40 AM on July 4, 2018


Two suggestions:
posted by cardboard at 7:00 AM on July 4, 2018


15 Step by Radiohead!
posted by Lurch at 7:14 AM on July 4, 2018


As serious as your life, by four Tet, on rounds
posted by ch1x0r at 8:04 AM on July 4, 2018


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCyNjKLix9A

Sea Lion Woman for some reason linking isn't working for me.
posted by Splunge at 12:08 PM on July 4, 2018


Charles Mingus "Better Get It In Your Soul"
posted by oakroom at 1:50 PM on July 4, 2018


Karl Jenkins' The Song Of The Plains, from the Adiemus 2: Cantata Mundi album, has complex clapping almost throughout the 11 minute runtime. The clapping does fade in and out with other percussion, and is most prominent at the beginning and the end. (To me, this is the best Adiemus track outside of the original album).
posted by lhauser at 5:21 PM on July 4, 2018


Gilberto Gil - Pega a Voga, Cabeludo
posted by hydrophonic at 7:44 AM on July 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'm just going to keep posting these as I hear them:

Jorge Ben - Quanto Mais Te Vejo
Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up
Ahmad Jamal - Nature Boy
posted by hydrophonic at 5:41 PM on July 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


Edu Lobo - Upa Neguinho
Edu Lobo - Ponteio and then maybe watch the live version

Arnaldo Antunes - Lavar As Mãos
posted by hydrophonic at 7:08 PM on July 9, 2018 [1 favorite]


Carl Orff - Rondoapplause

The Animals - Clapping
posted by hydrophonic at 7:47 AM on July 10, 2018


Karen O—Heads Up
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:19 AM on June 18, 2019


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