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Basically, "bump... bump... bump... BA-dump."

A rhythm used in blues and rock and roll music, [[TropeMaker made famous]] by BoDiddley , the artist for [[CaptainObvious whom it is named]]. He derived it from earlier rhythmic traditions, in particular Caribbean folk songs and Cuban Rumba dance music (in reflection of this influence, a lot of the songs you'll hear with this beat use maracas, and a lot of tom-toms), and the similar rhythmic device they sometimes employed known as a "clave". Songs using the Bo Diddley Beat are notable in that they usually have no chord changes, or nearly none, instead creating musical tension by modulation of the rhythm.

Ironically, while Bo Diddley used the beat in a number of his songs ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewwe89dtEyE&feature=related Bo Diddley]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17W7496230Y&feature=related Hey Bo Diddley]]", and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVRtQUTd7Gk Mona]]", mainly) it's not especially prevalent in his original version of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAGoqMZRLB4&feature=related Who Do You Love?]]", the song [[TropeCodifier most associated with it]], since cover versions of the song invariably ''do'' use the beat; George Thorogood even name-drops it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06qN66vEZVE&feature=related his version]], heard on all the "Sam Adams" beer commercials.

!!Here's some other songs that use it, in original or modified form:
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[[folder: Music ]]

* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxB8bP4haTM Not Fade Away]]", by Music/BuddyHolly and CoveredUp by Music/TheRollingStones and Music/TheGratefulDead
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_MkL2GGvFE&feature=related I Want Candy]]", by the Strangeloves and CoveredUp by Music/BowWowWow.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlAdt0dbmIM&playnext=1&list=PLF782A65F55D183AC She's The One]]" by BruceSpringsteen (It comes in grandly around 2:11, but you can hear it in the maracas before that. Be patient, it is, [[IncrediblyLamePun after all]], [[MarathonBoss a Bruce Springsteen concert]]).
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVYDnQwi3OQ Mr. Brownstone]]" by Music/GunsNRoses.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEeeGMpM_Nk Willie and the Hand Jive]]" by Johnny Otis.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkZyXl4-6nI Live It Up]]" by Music/TedNugent.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33WhIZLeu-Y Margarita]]" by Music/TheTravelingWilburys.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ISHYtccEs0 Faith]]" by Creator/GeorgeMichael, starting around 0:33.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBbZKZWfk4I&feature=related Desire]]" by Music/{{U2}}
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpV2CnJUa0E Get Me to the World on Time]]" by The Electric Prunes, at various points, mainly towards the end.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHd8Uo9j0oM Party at the Leper Colony]]" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdJktUVlA4I Opening Band]]" by Paul and Storm
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUYgiUqOVaQ Golden Thing]]" by Throwing Muses
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU1stt0okdM Rudie Can't Fail]]" by Music/TheClash
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CkF60_n8RY Car Jamming]]" also by The Clash
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0mRfECsHrc 1969]]" by Music/TheStooges
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=071xj_Y0vy0 Hare Krishna]]" by Music/HuskerDu (a faster version than most).
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXxmIcsmpnQ Panic In Detroit]]" by Music/DavidBowie
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd2clb5T8JA Golden Years]]" by David Bowie (rhythm guitar and handclaps; the other instruments keep a four-on-the-floor beat)
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjY_uSSncQw Love Is A Battlefield]]" by PatBenatar
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bf3S6VpCZE Baby Don't You Do It]]" by MarvinGaye, CoveredUp by Music/TheBand
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9zMo-BPADU Bad Blood]]" by Music/NeilSedaka
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl9bvuAV-Ao Magic Bus]]" by Music/TheWho
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhQh0O2dZI8 Deathwish]]" by Music/ThePolice during the verses presents a variation: the Bo Diddley Beat is actually held perfectly by Sting's bass, while Stewart Copeland introduces a slight delay in the rhythm, playing the last kick of every measure a quarter note after Sting hits the BA-dump.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-4vMQOOiUY New York Groove]]" by [[{{Kiss}} Ace Frehley]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svpeH3fC6Ik Hey Little Girl]]" by Dee Clark
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gW6WcwNirk Call Me]]" by Go West has a fairly modified version, but it comes through a little bit on the chorus.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5MRBzY1uM If It's Lovin' That You Want]]" by {{Rihanna}}
* "Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith)" by Todd Snider
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZZFqrvBflo Super Taranta]]", by Music/GogolBordello, around 20 seconds in.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7-EEGiABBU Aqualung]]" by JethroTull (off and on starting around 2:25)
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xXEtO3bEe0&feature=fvwrel Astronomy]]" by Music/BlueOysterCult, during the intro and the choruses.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XmXtykTgo Pilgrim]]" by Arch Enemy, during the choruses.
* "Bo Diddley Is Jesus" by TheJesusAndMaryChain.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHPQHxDo1qE Mantra Slider]]" by The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOaQAMC17GQ No One to Run With]]" by The Allman Brothers.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyBQKaaDWTs Phat Planet]]" by Leftfield uses a simplified but recognisable version.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUMh8GQnDW8 How Soon Is Now?]]" by TheSmiths represents a variation: the Bo Diddley Beat is played by Johnny Marr's tremolo-heavy EpicRiff against Mike Joyce's steady four-on-the-floor beat.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoeEqEPc_QI The Glenorchy Bunyip]]" by Augie March
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4gOnqvGuB4 I Couldn't Give It to You]]" by Hunters and Collectors
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0DztRhIeM0 Baby's Going Underground]]" by Helium
* "Freedom", by Tyrone Wells
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPuqA94-qCo Faster]]" by Matt Nathanson
* "Dice Man" by Music/TheFall
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu74Ws3qN7s Sweet Dreams]]" by Music/ToriAmos
* "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)" by Pam Tillis
* "Big Guitar" by Blackhawk
* [[http://www.broadjam.com/artists/songs.php?artistID=94463&mediaID=595790 The Combustible Trio]] gives us a Jazzier version on tracks like "Afro-Saxon."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjCanG6Jmpo "Song for Chesh"]] by Music/FatboySlim (starting at 20 seconds in).
* The second verse of "This Time" by Sawyer Brown.
* "We Don't Need No Colour Code" by Steve Taylor
* "[[IncrediblyLamePun Hole Hearted]]" from the [[NonindicativeName remarkably bland]] group [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-h4A7bF8wQ Extreme]] provides a periodic example, with the beat being used as a turnaround at the end of various phrases.

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTuGYFSykvg this]] commercial for Vick's [=DayQuil=] (the second half).
* And in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MteVYMwqIg this]] ad for the "Bud Light Hotel in Indianapolis", whatever the goddamn hell that is.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kJY9TF4GXc A commercial for Schick Hydro Silk]]
* [[http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7TGX/canada-dry-jacks-ginger-farm This]] commercial for Canada Dry ginger ale.

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* "[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xuhuo9_naruto-sd-rock-lee-no-seishun-full-power-ninden-opening-2-love-song-by-okamoto-s-tv-size_music Love Song]]" by Okamoto's is the second opening for ''RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth"

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* The title theme from ''Series/TheMusketeers'' begins with a very aggressive use of this, to make clear that this isn't your father's ''TheThreeMusketeers'' adaptation.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* "Born to Hand Jive" from ''{{Grease}}'' (an obvious derivative of "Willie and the Hand Jive").
* In ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', the "clave" rhythm can be heard at the very beginning of "America" (Tempo di [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seis Seis]]).
* As does ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', for the opening and eponymous song.
* ''PorgyAndBess'' has a similar rhythm going on in "Good Mornin', Sistuh!"
* "Ladies' Choice" from {{Hairspray}}.
* "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' uses it at the end of each verse during the semi-rap section. ("Don't talk to me about old King Kong...")

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* SuperMario64's rendition of the underground theme (e.g. the music in Hazy Maze Cave), played on the claves.
* Astro Man's stage music in [[MegaMan8 Mega Man 8]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The theme song to the otherwise risible ''QuackPack''.
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