Created By: Crane on May 15, 2012 Last Edited By: Crane on June 7, 2012

No Chorus

When a song has no chorus or refrain.

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Different from Single Stanza Song in that there can be multiple verses, but there's no full-fledged chorus linking them. There may be a recurring line or melody, but nothing fleshed-out enough to qualify as a chorus.


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  • May 15, 2012
    • "Austin" by Blake Shelton uses the same melody between verses, but the words are different each time, save for the last line: "And P.S., if this is Austin, I still love you".
    • "Daughter's Lament" by the Carolina Chocolate Drops from the The Hunger Games soundtrack

  • May 16, 2012
    Sort examples by rough genre?

    • "White Pearls Black Oceans" by Sonata Arctica has no repeating stanzas and no chorus.
  • May 16, 2012
    The description is self-contradictory: first it specifies that there's no refrain and then that there may be a recurring line. That recurring line is a refrain. For example, "Every Planet We Reach is Dead" has a refrain: "[I love you but] what are we going to do?"
  • May 18, 2012
    The little-known early gem "Butch Barbarian" by Ray Stevens. A good part of it is speak-singing, there's no real unifying melody, and it ends abruptly.
  • May 31, 2012
    "Orange Juice" and "Ass Milk" by Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt both have no chorus.
  • June 1, 2012
    A lot of Progressive Rock songs utilize this, but not all. "Jacobs Ladder" by Rush springs right to mind.
  • June 1, 2012
    I call People Sit On Chairs on this. This is so common in modernist poetry (and in poetry in general) that it's hard to find songs/poems with a chorus/refrain.
  • June 1, 2012
    This is also very common in rap, especially in biographical songs...
  • June 4, 2012
    ^^ It's a specific form of song, it cannot be PSOC. Being common does not mean PSOC and vice versa.
  • June 4, 2012
    Is there an entry for Chorus?

    Because you could think of the Chorus as a trope, and these are songs that avert it.
  • June 7, 2012
    ^^ Sorry, I confused PSoC with Omnipresent Tropes.