What you waiting, what you waiting, what you waiting, what you waiting, what you waiting for
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, take your chance you stupid hoe.
This is when the music has ticking clock sound effects to it, or similar, such as instruments, metronome sounds, clicks, or even onomatopeia. This is sometimes used to make you remember that, yes, time is running and hasten the pace.
[[folder:Live Action Television]]
- John Williams' theme tune from The Time Tunnel
- One of Beat the Clock's theme song, natch.
- Heroes has Sylar's Leitmotif which is not so much a "time is running out" as a creepy "this guy knows how things tick" thing.
- The theme tune from Callan is suspenseful and includes the suggestion of a slowly-ticking clock, reinforced by the image in the opening credits of a swinging lightbulb as a substitute pendulum.
- Tic Tac Dough''
1, 2, You hear the clock ticking?
Tick tock, you're about to stop living
Tick tock, I want you to remember me
Tick tock, but the day don't have no memory
- Time's Up by Living Colour starts with ticking clocks and bells.
- Its only in the chorus, but Tick Tick Boom!
- A nice old example from 1876: Henry Clay Work's "My Grandfather's Clock."
- Even older, from 1794: Joseph Hayden's Symphony No. 101 in D major (the "Clock" Symphony), the second movement.
- Gustav Holst's "Saturn the Bringer of Old Age" from The Planets, though it's hard to decide whether the alternating chords are meant to stand for the tick-tock or the chime.
- "Oily Night" and "The Earth Died Screaming" by Tom Waits.
- The techno song Insomnia starts with a jangling, ticking clock. Intentionally annoying, to put you in the same perspective as the title implies.
- Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands" and it's ticking away, ticking away with me, etc.
- Gwen Stefani's "What You Waitin' For?"
- Ligeti's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0UAx3ZjmAY&feature=related Poeme Symphonique for 100 Metronomes" uses, well, metronomes. It doen't inspire any ratcheting tension, but expand your horizons by exposing yourself to it anyway .
- The classical American song "The Syncopated Clock".
- "Frantic" by Metallica.
- Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock".
- Phineas and Ferb has "Watchin' and Waitin'" which is a song about watching to see how the boys' inventions disappear before Mom gets home.
- There's also one with a clock theme for Candace waiting by the phone for Jeremy to call.
- The BBC news theme.
- There was a 1960s novelty instrumental called "Time Beat" by Ray Cathode, based on an interval theme by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop with added instrumentation by George Martin.