%% Please move any examples involving screaming over to CarefulWithThatAxe.

-> ''"Repeat after me / It's a scoo-be-doo-bee-doo-bee, scoo-be-doo-bee mel-o-dy"''
-->-- '''Music/ScatmanJohn''' [[note]](leading his listeners through [[MotorMouth easy mode]])[[/note]] ''[[http://youtu.be/pVHKp6ffURY "Scatman"]]''

Scatting (sometimes referred to as 'vocalese') is vocalization that isn't lyrics. It is, for the most part, improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables, whistling, or even humming without words at all. It's sometimes used to mimic the sound of other instruments. Scatting gives the singer a chance to improvise his own melody and rhythm, basically creating the vocal equivalent to an instrumental solo. Rappers who do this during their songs are sometimes said to be "beat-boxing." In a-cappella bands the rhythm-focused form of this is referred to technically as "vocal percussion" or "mouth-drumming".

Not to be confused with anything regarding bowel movements.

Compare IndecipherableLyrics and WordSaladLyrics. Many {{Lyrical Tic}}s are this.



* This is a major component in {{jazz}} music.
* The earliest scatting on a recording is generally acknowledged to be Music/LouisArmstrong's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EL7XyME-k8 Heebie Jeebies]]'' (available from ''Music/TheCompleteHotFiveAndHotSevenRecordings''.
* Music/EllaFitzgerald's facility with scatting is legendary.
* Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers got his nickname for his absolute skill at scatting, which he did in nearly every song he sang.
** Similarly, "[[NamesTheSame Scatman]]" [[Music/ScatmanJohn John Larkin]]. What makes him particularly amazing is that he had a stutter... which incidentally [[DisabilitySuperpower gave him amazing scatting abilities.]]
* Just about every up-tempo song by Music/RogerMiller is bound to have some of this.
** His song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg7DcCI39GY "Dang Me"]] may be his best example, as it ''opens'' with scatting, and has further scatting all through the rest of it.
* "Shooby" Taylor made a "career" of scatting in such a [[SoBadItsGood hilariously terrible]] way that it has to be heard to be believed. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX_120DMFDQ Here, start believing.]]
* Installation from the soundtrack of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''.
* Music/{{Goldfrapp}}'s songs ''Voicething'', ''Slippage'', ''Oompa Radar'' and ''Felt Mountain''- although the last two have lyrics that are basically 'Do do do do do', ''Slippage'' has her clearly saying, 'La la la la la la la' and 'Oh, yeah' before [[CarefulWithThatAxe screaming.]]
* Music/{{Orbital}} had several songs like this: "Dŵr Budr", "Out There Somewhere?" (both featuring the aforementioned Alison Goldfrapp), and "Way Out".
* Ray Barretto's song ''Acid''.
* "The Great Gig In The Sky" from ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' by Music/PinkFloyd.
** "Pow R Toc H" from ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn'' is mostly instrumental aside from a section of really strange scatting.
** "A Saucerful of Secrets" from ''Music/ASaucerfulOfSecrets''.
** "Atom Heart Mother" from ''Music/AtomHeartMother'', with the choir scatting lines that sound like choir warm-up exercises.
* Music/SigurRos have a name for their gibberish, ''Vonlenska'' (or ''Hopelandic'').
* Music/ThePolice songs that do this include "Masoko Tanga" from ''Music/OutlandosDAmour'', "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da" (yes, it's the song name, and it gets a TitleDrop in the chorus!), and "A Kind of Loving". Sting [[LyricalTic likes to interject his popular "Eee-yooooh!"]] into a lot of songs as well.
* Creator/JackBlack often does this (or as he calls it, the "Ventrila-solo") in his singing.
* Some songs by Liv Kristine.
* Music/{{Disturbed}} are an interesting case - when lead singer David Draiman is writing lyrics, he listens to the band's completed track until he can imagine a tune to follow, scat-sings until his voice satisfactorily gels to the song, and then applies actual lyrics as late as possible. Basically, every Disturbed song was Scatting at one point.
** And in some cases, Draiman decided that any lyrics he wrote didn't have quite as much punch as the Scatting, so he left it in. Examples include ''The Game'' (Ramidi ma ma ba di ma, ramidi ma ma din do) and ''This Moment'' (Bi-ya-ta! Bi-ya-ta![[note]] Though Draiman claims [[http://twitter.com/#!/DAVIDMDRAIMAN/status/77664430401404929 he was actually saying "Better Yet (ah!)"]][[/note]]).
** Taken UpToEleven in the parody video "[[https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi8gdvUgd7SAhWN3oMKHQPBDJMQyCkIHjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D66gSvNeqevg&usg=AFQjCNGhpN9dxGKQi-68tMKxHyaupFGeSQ&sig2=AFo03-yKZj5rgXjuTJp45A The Greatest Hit of Disturbed]], where ''all'' lyrics are replaced with "yuh-muh-nuh" and variations on it. David Drainman finds the video hilarious.
* If vocal bridges qualify under this trope, then Music/{{Korn}}'s "Freak on a Leash" definitely fits in.
-->"''Boom na da mmm dum na ema / Da boom na da mmm dum na ema / Go!''."
** Seed, BBK, Twist and Ball Tongue are a few examples.
* Music/TalkingHeads' "I Zimbra", which is based on a dada poem full of nonsense words by Hugo Ball.
** Otherwise, lead singer David Byrne used the same method as Disturbed, singing nonsense over the band's instrumentals and then coming up with lyrics to fit. The title of ''Speaking In Tongues'' is a reference to this.
* Ponytail do these kinds of songs exclusively: their vocals generally consist of "ooh", "whooo!", nonsense syllables and screaming - although "Sky Drool" starts with a very clear "mmm baby, mmm mmm".
* Msic/LambOfGod's "Black Label". Even with the lyrics handy, you can hardly make out what Randy Blythe is singing there.
* Music/{{Focus}}' song "Hocus Pocus" has a Dutch man yodeling as the only lyrics. And it's [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]].
* It picked up real words by the time it appeared on an album, but the lyrics to Music/{{Weezer}}'s "Burndt Jamb", as heard in demos and live performances, were originally just long stretches of "do" and "ah". The ''Maladroit'' version did still retain some scatting in the backing vocals ("doot do doo doo").
* Projects related to musician Music/MikePatton almost always feature at least a little bit of this. As the title might suggest, Mr Bungle's "Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz". "Chemical Marriage" off of the same album is just scat singing. At one point in time you could have sent two dollars to a P.O. box listed in the Disco Volante liner notes to get some stickers and the "lyrics" to "Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz" and "Chemical Marriage."
** Another Mike Patton project, Fantomas, plays this straight. Their self-titled debut features Patton singing on every track without ever uttering a single word. ''Suspended Animation,'' which came after, has him using his voice to emulate sound effects from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation.
** Patton also released two solo albums, one of which is just him making sounds into a tape recorder with his voice in various hotel rooms. The second one is a series of songs based off of bizarre recipes from an Italian Futurist cookbook.
** Yet another Patton project with saxophonist John Zorn has him blabbering nonsense in the vein of Crowleyist high-magic.
* Music/AnimalCollective is made of this trope. Most of their songs have got actual lyrics, but they love to include all sort of non-word shouting, singing, speaking in their songs. Particularly noticeable on Sung Tongs, or any live performance.
* Music/JeanMichelJarre's song 'Zoolookologie'.
** The whole "Zoolook" album, for that matter, what with all those voice samples.
* Robert Maxwell's "Solfeggio", best known as the song Ernie Kovacs used in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Uw03hS_EMY Nairobi Trio]] sketch, has "lyrics" consisting of the scale notes of the melody ("mi sol la, re fa re sol...").
* [[Music/CrosbyStillsNashAndYoung David Crosby]]'s "Tamalpais High (At About 3)".
* Music/BobDylan's "Wigwam" from ''Music/SelfPortrait'', with Dylan mostly singing variations on "la da da dee." It was actually a minor hit in 1970.
* Most Music/DeadCanDance songs are like this. As are most songs by Lisa Gerrard since going solo.
** And "One Perfect Sunrise" by Music/{{Orbital}}, which features her.
* The instrumental version of Music/{{Cake}}'s ''Arco Arena''. No real lyrics, just John [=McCrea=] occasionally muttering something or interjecting with his usual {{Lyrical Tic}}s ("Yah!").
* Music/TheBeatles instrumental "Flying" from ''Music/MagicalMysteryTour'' with no words aside from chanting "Lah, la-la, la-laaa" near the end.
** "Girl" from ''Music/RubberSoul'' has a rather amusing background harmonic vocal accompaniment of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar 'tit tit tit tit']] appear before the chorus.
** "Hey Jude" has about four minutes of "nah na nah na na na nah, nah na na nah, Hey Jude".
** In ''Music/AbbeyRoad'', 'Sun King' segues into 'Mean Mr. Mustard' with a lovely triplet of harmonically sung lines in some kind of mock-Italian.
** Music/JohnLennon's solo hit "#9 Dream" from ''Music/WallsAndBridges'' has a chorus with the phrase "Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé" repeated over and over.
* Brazilian singer Vanessa da Mata actually named a song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_GUp5Hk66o&feature=fvst Ai, Ai, Ai]]" after the inane singing on it.
** Also from Brazil, Samuel Rosa of the band Skank loves scatting. It gets even worse during concerts.
** Brazil has arguably an entire genre for this: axé music! "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWsS2w3-h_c Aê aê aê aê!Ê ê ê ê! Ô ô ô ô ô ô ô ô!]]"
*** So much that the question "[[http://www.frazz.com.br/frase.html/Casseta_e_Planeta-O_que_seria_da_music-88134 What would Bahian music be without the vowels?]]" already was asked.
* Music/FleetFoxes' "Heard Them Stirring", which has nothing but harmonized "whoa-oh"'s for vocals.
* "Mah Na Mah Na".
** Doo doo, doo-doo-doo!
* Chacarron Macarron, also known as the "Ualuealuealeuale" song, is a dance-esque song that's comprised entirely of...''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ85cZS0_jY something]]''. The singer originally composed the song using the David Draiman method mentioned above -- he ''intended'' to write actual lyrics, but decided at some point that the mumbling sounded too funny to drop.
* The song "Davnesaur," by To Slay Zombie Newton, contains a few genuine lyrics, but mostly it's nonsense that the band members claim is an ancient Scandinavian language... but were actually written by a random syllable generator on a graphing calculator.
* The band Music/RelientK has a song titled "Gibberish" that is comprised of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin mostly gibberish]], outside of the chorus, which tells you to "Stop talking gibberish or just stop talking."
* Adriano Celentano's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BqNcXz-tsc Prisencolinensinainciusol]]", gibberish specifically written to sound like English.
* The much-covered song "Land Of A Thousand Dances" consists of pretty much nothing but "na na na na na na". Creator/DaveBarry once commented on how easy it was to make song lyrics by quoting the chorus in its entirety.
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "[[Film/TheGraduate Mrs. Robinson]]" starts with "doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo... dee dee dee dee de dee" (with some more "doos" and "dees" in there).
** From the same duo, ''The Boxer'''s choruses go "Lie la-lie, lie la-lie lie lie la-lie..."
* The plurality of Roxette's "The Look": "Na." I.e, "Na na na na na, na na na na na, na na na na na na na, na na na na na, na na na na na na na na, she's got the look."
* Music/RobbieWilliams' song "Road To Mandalay" has a refrain consisting of him going "dah duh duh dum, da, duh, dum dum" a few times.
* Eiffel 65 has the song "Blue (Da Ba Dee)". The lyrics are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Paps N Skar has "You Want My Love (Din Don Da Da)".
* Pendulous Skin by Mastodon has this. The vocals are so unclear that the band actually describes the song as an instrumental.
* Nadia Oh has a song called "Hot Like Wow". The final minute is nothing but chorus and la la la la.
* ''[[Music/LadyGaga Rah rah ah-ah-ah / Ro mah ro-mah-mah / Gaga Ooh-la-la!'']]
* The bridge of Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Memory Remains" is Marianne Faithful singing nonsense syllables in a ''very'' [[NightmareFuel creepy]] tone of voice.
* The Ting Tings, "Impacilla Carpisung" is the closest to actual Scatting ever heard.
* Music/CabCalloway was famous for this. He admitted that he first began singing 'scat' it was because he'd forgotten the words to a song, but after it went over well with his audience he began to purposely write it into his songs.
* {{Ska}}-swing band Cherry Poppin' Daddies has some scatting in the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IqH3uliwJY Zoot Suit Riot]]" right before the coda (basically during the bridge).
* The Music/{{Gorillaz}} song "Rockit" consists mostly of "blah blah blah".
* Music/FrouFrou really liked this trope.
* So does Akara.
* Insects vs. Robots, ''Sacred Moose''.
* Karl Jenkins' ''Adiemus'' is several albums full of this trope - while the words sound like they're in some exotic foreign language, they're just nonsense syllables arranged into a pleasing order.
** Bonus points for the Scat being constructed for appropriate influences. All albums have a certain 'world' component, but the first has quite a Latin feel to mirror the more classical nature of the music. The second plays around with scales: do lah mi so fah etc, because it's an album playing with structure. The fourth is influenced by Celtic sounds (especially from Jenkin's native Wales) and has a lot that sounds rather like Welsh.
* In Music/FiveIronFrenzy's early years, they would test their songs at live shows before the lyrics were finished, and Reese would just sing gibberish for the unwritten parts. Only one of these performances was ever recorded and released, but this particular performance (the version of "Fistful of Sand" on the b-side album ''Cheeses of Nazareth'') was so embarrassing that they never did it again.
* Music/CocteauTwins.
* Morrissey of Music/TheSmiths likes this trope.
* Many of Blue Amazon's early works, eg "Never Forget" "The Javelin", and "Four Seasons", the last of which sounds like [[OminousLatinChanting Gaelic chanting]].
* The refrain of O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei": "Maya hi, maya hu, maya ho, maya ha ha". [[RefrainFromAssuming Often mistaken for the title]], as is "Numa Numa".
* Very nearly the complete works of Meredith Monk except for ''Do You Be''. The only actual lyrics in Monk's brilliant "Book of Days" are a humming "these things, these things, these things" and a rhythmic, rising-and-falling "come and go and go and come and come and go and go and come". I am ready to swear there is an entire stanza of "hop bdlyena hop bdlyena hop bdlyena hop pah, hop bdlyena hop bdlyena hop bdlyena hop pah ... "
* "Give It Up" by KC and the Sunshine Band. "Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na, baby, give it up..."
* [[Music/{{REM}} R.E.M.'s]] "Endgame" is mostly instrumental, aside from some wordless harmonizing and Michael Stipe singing variants on "ba ba ba" a few times.
* "Rubber Biscuit" by the Chips. If you don't know it, you might be more familiar with the Blues Brothers versions. [[http://www.phenix.bnl.gov/WWW/tracking/pc/rubber_biscuit.htm The original does have lyrics of sorts, though...]]
* "Centerfold" by the Music/JGeilsBand has a Scatting part right after the second chorus and one near the end.
* "Godspeed" by BT, featuring Jan Johnston. "If, if, if, nyow nyow aah", and "uh hoooo, you you you". The vocables appear to be snippets from their earlier collaboration "Remember".
* Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On (Dub of Doom and its re-remixes): "Er/Their lives again/Er/Their li/To pull us/Er"(LoopedLyrics). The rarely-heard original had full lyrics, which were chopped up into vocables in the remixes.
* Music/WovenHand's "Slota Prow" has David Eugene Edwards [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossolalia speaking in tongues]], set to music.
* The refrain of Opus III's "It's a Fine Day": "Nanananana nee na nee nah". This part was SampledUp ( [[SubliminalSeduction backmasked]]) by Orbital in "Halcyon".
* Music/RiseAgainst actually performed a [[{{Scatting}} Simlish]] version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAf5XTOrPM4 Savior (youtube link)]] written for a Sims 3 advertising campaign. It is remarkably similar to the actual version ("it kills me not to know this" becomes "ta kil me naka no dis", for example), suggesting that either Simlish is closer to English than thought or that Rise Against is unimaginative.
** There are other Scatting song versions too, including Katy Perry's "Hot n Cold." Quite a number of the lyrics are also remarkably similar to the original.
* "Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot" by Caramba.
* Much of Music/{{Supertramp}}'s material, especially with Roger Hodgson on vocals.
* Music/SoulCoughing songs contain a little bit of scatting on occasion in general, but the most Scat-heavy song is "Paint", which ended up that way as sort of a ThrowItIn moment: Mike Doughty had written chorus lyrics, but not any verses, so he just started spouting rhythmic nonsense over the verse section, then decided it sounded cooler that way.
** Doughty's live album ''Smofe + Smang'' features an early version of "Grey Ghost" where he admits he didn't write any lyrics for the bridge yet, so he has to sing "fake words". The title of the album actually comes from part of that very same scat bridge.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGM0-G8x_pg Haru Mamburu]] by the Russian band Nogu Svelo! has "lyrics" made of vaguely English-like gibberish.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ2lWyTi0oY Bla Bla Bla]] by Gigi D'Agostino (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin), and the refrain of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjP1Z8ffrbc&feature=related Elisir(Your Love)]].
* Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Tourette's" from ''Music/InUtero'' has no lyrics, just lots of screaming that sounds vauguely like it might be lyrics. Of course, given that some people think all Nirvana lyrics sound like "[[IndecipherableLyrics garbled, vaguely word-like gibberish]]", many are convinced that is also true of this song, and that there are real lyrics there if you listen hard enough. There aren't. It's just gibberish.
** To make it worse, Kurt Cobain had habits of decending into this anyway. If you listen to a lot of the unreleased stuff on the "With The Lights Out" box set you'll know what I mean.
* "Witch Doctor": "Ooh ee, ooh ah ah, ting, tang, walla walla bing bang..."
* DeathMetal vocals are rarely if ever this. More likely IndecipherableLyrics.
* Cows' version of the ''Film/MidnightCowboy'' title theme substitutes the string part of the original with vocalist Shannon Selberg singing "ooh".
* A good part of the lyrics of Music/{{Queen}}'s "Under Pressure".
** During Music/{{Queen}}'s legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance, Freddie Mercury led the crowd at Wembley Stadium, all 72,000 of them, in what might have been the largest group-Scatting session ever recorded. His ability to do so might be part of why he's considered one of the greatest front-men of all time.
* The refrains of many Eurodance and Bubble Gum Dance songs used this, such as "oh la oh la eh"(La Bouche's "Sweet Dreams"), "iai iai iai"(Smile.dk's "Butterfly"), "na na na na way-oh"(Alice Deejay's "Will I Ever"), "li da di da di da di"(Amber's "Sexual"), etc.
* ''Hush'' by Music/DeepPurple, what with its unforgettable "Na nana na na nana na" opening the song.
** The last twenty or so seconds of "Bloodsucker" from ''Music/DeepPurpleInRock'', where Ian Gillan starts screaming incomprehensibly.
* Pretty much the basis of the chorus from "Goodbye": "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye."
* Music/MyChemicalRomance has a new song ''called'' "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)". Guess how the chorus goes.
** There's also a version literally ''in'' [[VideoGame/TheSims Simlish]].
** From the same album is "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back" which also has parts of the chorus that come with five na's.
* Music/{{Hanson}} song "Mmmbop".
* John Zorn's famous Jazz {{deconstruction}} band Naked City featured Yamatsuka Eye of The Boredoms and Music/MikePatton (see above) doing everything ''except'' singing: screaming, crying, babbling, gurgling, screeching, howling, gargling, barking, snarling, croaking, growling and generally sounding like men possessed by demons.
* Music/ArethaFranklin is well-known for scatting in pretty much all her songs. Especially since the 80's. Even on a cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
* Music/{{Yes}} could really make this work when they used it, e.g. on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UivtWeJgvMg "Leave It"]] from ''90125''.
** Trevor Rabin's ''90124'', a collection of old demo versions of songs he'd later record with Yes, included an excerpt of an acoustic version of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" recorded before he'd really written any verse lyrics. Needless to say, it's sort of amusing to hear the first few lines rendered as "move yourself, ya da da da da da, ya da dada da da dada".
* Music/KingCrimson weren't immune. "Easy Money" featured the repeated line "Ooooo da di dow dow, da diddy dow, da dow dow- da do doooo -"
* The Rhinemaidens from Music/RichardWagner's ''Der Ring des Nibelungen'' cycle engage in this frequently. ''Weia! Waga! Wagala weia!'' Also, anyone listening to "Ride of the Valkyries" in its original context for the first time may be surprised to hear that the Valkyries are singing ''"Hojotoho! Hojotoho! Heiaha! Heiaha! Hojotoho! Heiaha!"'' over the music. This is usually left off when the piece is played by itself.
* "Played" by Mindless Self Indulgence features a part sung/shouted in gibberish.
* "I'm the One" by Music/VanHalen features this phrase towards the end: "Bop-ba-da, shooby-doo-wah, bop-ba-da, shooby-dooby-shooby-doo-wah."
* "Ooby Dooby" by Roy Orbison has the chorus "Ooby dooby, ooh, ooby dooby, ooby dooby, ooby dooby, ooby dooby, ooby dooby, doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah."
* "I Like to Sing" by Teresa Jennings has the lyrics "I like to scat like minnie mop mop moop moop me/I like to scat like oo-wee mummy mummy/I like to scat like that dat dab-a dab-a dat dat dat..."
* Music/{{Vocaloid}} producer Hachi is very fond of this; "la lu la" with variations can be found in many of his songs. [[http://youtu.be/_JGaQ3g8WU4 Matryoshka]] has "chu-chu-chu-chu, la lu la, pa-i-ya-i-ya-aa-ah i-ya-pa-pa" and [[http://youtu.be/8ZQ2tvqLgok Panda Hero]] has "pa-pa-pa-ra pa-pa-pa-ra-pa," to name a few.
* "[[WordPureeTitle Bawitdaba]]" by Music/KidRock, unsurprisingly. This last the entire chorus and is the song's hook.
* Loreena [=McKennitt's=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iijklrtljnw Tango to Evora]] is like this, essentially "lalalala" repeated over and over.
* French parody band Music/TheBratislaBoys composed an '''entire''' album with gibberish and meaningless words. Their first single, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpE1bJp8-4w Stach Stach]]", is the 30th best selling single in French history.
* Most vocals in spacesynth are vocodered scat-singing, although a few songs like Laserdance's "Digital Dream" have real, albeit [[IndecipherableLyrics hard to decipher]], lyrics.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yAI5_YXNqI]]" by Music/{{Iamamiwhoami}} is [[FanNickname nicknamed "papachoo"]] for its meaningless lyrics.
* Music/{{Ministry}}'s "Jesus Built My Hotrod"; five minutes of MotorMouth Scatting ("ding-a-ding-dang my dang-along-ling-long"?) to an equally energized background.
* Music/TheCrystallineEffect's "Where The World Ends".
* Music/PrinceBuster does some semi-scatting in the song "UsefulNotes/AlCapone", by making "Chk-a-tk" noises to mimic a snare drum, along with "Hik" noises towards the end of the song. This scatting had an effect on later {{Ska}} songs.
* Ah Oh, a song by the israely band Gazoz, is about the band trying to write a song, but only comeing up with a tune, but no words. the chorus is basically the band Scatting the tune
** Similarly, Kaveret, un older and more well-know israely band (that share some band members) have LuLu, another song with a Scatted chorus.
*** Kaveret also got שיר המחירון (The Price List Song). Na Na Na Na Na...
** an even better example will be Doda's (that had most of the same members as Gazoz, but a Different style) שקט שקט הגרסה הפחות משודרת (Quite Quite - The Less Aired Version) , is basically "Quite Quite" , but shorter and all the lines beside the first and the last are Scatting
*** they also have ריקוד הגשם (Rain Dance), which is pure Scatting
* נוף אחר (A Different View) by the israely artist Yoni Bloh might be a love duet, but all of the woman's lyrics is "A-ah-a"
** another song of his, תפוזים (Oranges), is mostly the same- but the woman get more variety of sounds (she starts with Oh whoa Whoa, and ends with Badi-ba-da)
* a very unknown song by the israely singer Danny Sanderson הגיע ממטולה (Came From Metoola)got a lot of this. but it's not like the parts with REAL WORDS [[WordSaladLyrics make any sense]]
** Danny Sanderson is also the voice of your conscience. Wo oh oh oh oh!
** and there's also Ole Le-La, another song whose chorus is mostly nonsense sounds
* Mashina's רכבת לילה לקהיר (Night Train to Cairo) also has a chorus of Oh-oh oh oh-oh-oh oh...
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}: even when Steven Tyler isn't actually trying to sing the drum parts (Heart's Done Time, Livin' on the Edge) he's quite happy to go off the end of the lyric sheet (Rag Doll, Livin' on the Edge, many others).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM I am very glad, because I'm finally returning back home (Trololo)]] by Eduard Khil, was performed with {{Scatting}} in place of the original lyrics, ostensibly for artistic reasons. Since then it's been embraced as the official {{Troll}} song of the Internet. Go figure.
* The fadeout of "What Can't Be Seen" by Music/EverythingElse features the melody scatted at a faster tempo.
* Many songs by Music/ImogenHeap.
* Music/JagaJazzist: "Swedenborgske Rom" has an ''a cappella'' lyricless interlude. And "All I Know Is Tonight" has lyricless singing in unison with the main horn riff.
* Scott Walker starts doing this over the fade out of "The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalnist Regime)".
* Towards the end of Music/TheDoors' "Cars Hiss By My Window" from ''Music/LAWoman'', Jim Morrison takes a wordless vocal solo where he imitates a harmonica: "whoooh, wha-wha-whaoo-ooh...".
** "My Wild Love" is entirely acapella (with stomping and hand-claps as the only non-vocal accompaniment), so naturally there's a lot of this.
* Music/JasonMraz does quite a bit of this, especially in his live performances. It features at least once in the majority of his songs.
* Music/LedZeppelin does this in "D'yer Mak'er" and "The Ocean" from ''Music/HousesOfTheHoly''.
* "Zeitgeist" by Solarstone uses this, along with OneWomanWail. Same for "Ultraviolet" and "The Last Defeat"(both versions).
* Music/BonJovi's "Born to Be My Baby" has a "na na na" chorus at the beginning and end of the song.
* The chorus to Music/OtisRedding's "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa", surprisingly, goes
-->''Fa fa fa fa fa''\\
''Fa fa fa fa''\\
''Fa fa fa fa fa''\\
''Fa fa fa''
* Music/PDQBach's madrigal "My bonnie lass she smelleth" ends with a long scat cadenza.
* Music/TheSimpleMinds' have done this occasionally. Most famously during the coda of [[BlackSheepHit Don't You (Forget About Me)]]
--> "I say la, lalalala, lalalala, la la la la la la lalala la!"
** Stands out as one of the only parts of the song they actually wrote (aside from the [[EpicRiff intro]].) Singer Jim Kerr has expressed that this part is [[SarcasmMode "very meaningful"]]
* Devastatin' Dave the Turntable Slave does some scatting in his anti-drug song "Zip Zap Rap".
* Pretty much all of the vocalizations on Damo Suzuki-era Music/{{Can}} albums are wordless.
* "Into the Ether" by The Crüxshadows solely has [[OminousLatinChanting ominous gibberish chanting]] for vocals.
* Too many novelty songs to count, from "Three Little Fishies" to "Chickery Chick" to "The Hut Sut Song."
* Music/{{The Rolling Stones}} had a couple:
** "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" from ''Music/GoatHeadsSoup'', which had those six "doos" in the song along with the lyrics about street life and the police in TheBigRottenApple.
** And "Miss You" had it's "woo-oo WOO-oo woo-oo-oo" line between the verses.
* Music/{{Ylvis}}: "What does the fox say? Ring-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding gering! Hatty-hatty-hatty-ho! Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!", etc.
* Music/PhilCollins redid "Trashin' The Camp" for ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'''s soundtrack and employed Music/{{NSYNC}} to help him pad it out.
* Music/VanMorrison often employs this, most notably on the intro to "Jackie Wilson Said".
* [=THePETEBOX=], in addition to his usual beatboxing, occasionally ventures into scat. Seen most prominently in the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93-Y8pH4oOk V.O.D.K.A.]]
* Country music singer Steve Wariner incorporated scat signing in a guitar solo bridge of his 1989 No. 1 hit "I Got Dreams," later reported as the first chart-topper at least in that genre to have scat singing..
* Scatting actually became a minor religious controversy in Churches of Christ during the late 80s and early 90s, because of "a capella vocal bands", which exist somewhere between old-style gospel music and ChristianRock. For complex historical reasons, Churches of Christ generally don't permit the use of musical instruments in religious music, which made it difficult to perform popular religious music. To compensate, vocal bands began scatting, in particular to imitate the sound of certain instruments, whereupon conservative elements began to argue that proper religious music should contain only meaningful words, and bands engaging in scatting were heteroprax.
** The Hillsong worship song "Every Move I Make" purposely has "na na, na na na na na" sung between the verses.
* The Scottish Traveller and storyteller Duncan Williamson would sometimes work "the mouth music" into his stories.
* Zapp & Roger songs tended to have scatting in them in the vain of 1950s Doowop groups. Examples include "Heartbreaker", "Computer Love", and "Slow & Easy".
* Music/{{Eurythmics}}' "There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart)" opens and closes with Annie Lennox scatting something like this: "Doo da da da doo da". Even the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmPJu15bgpo karaoke version]] includes that!
* Music/TheFourFreshmen would sometimes perform a number in wordless vocals. Examples include "Tuxedo Junction", "Satin Doll" and "Dynaflow".
* The Music/RedHotChiliPeppers song "Around The World" replaces two lines of its last chorus with scatting. Singer Anthony Kiedis will use scatting as a placeholder for unfinished lyrics, and for "Around the World" they left some scatting in the finished song on urging from Flea's daughter Clara.
** Also, the song "Soul to Squeeze" includes a line of scatting in its last verse: "Doo doo doo doo dingle zing a dong bong
ba-di ba-da ba-zumba crunga cong gong bang".
* [[Music/PeterHollens Peter]] "Everything you're about to hear is made by the human voice and mouth. And some claps." [[Music/PeterHollens Hollens]].
* The chorus of "The Child (Inside)" by Qkumba Zoo: "Neho ne yahe hayo..."
* The entirety of OneHitWonder George Kranz's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKgXvuDILrQ "Din Daa Daa"]].
* The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" (later covered by Shaun Cassidy), with "da doo ron ron ron, da doo ron ron."
* Music/{{Journey}}'s song "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" has "na na na na na" sung over and over at the latter end of the song, which has [[MockingSingSong a sing-songy tone to it]] given that it occurs right after "Now it's your turn, girl, to cry."
* Music/EarthWindAndFire's "September" has the nonsense syllables "ba-dee-ya" as a prominent part of its refrain - Ailee Willis, who co-wrote the lyrics with Earth, Wind And Fire singer Maurice White, was insisting that the scatting should be replaced by something more meaningful, but White convinced her otherwise; She'd later say she learned from him to "never let the lyrics get in the way of the groove".
* Music/{{Enya}} doesn't actually use this, but [[{{Conlang}} Loxian]] originated from her singing parts that didn't have lyrics yet.

* In ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', Some of Sharon Apple's songs are in a made-up "language" of nonsense words chosen only for their sound and the emotional tone they conveyed.
* Common in Yoko Kanno's soundtracks in general. She's done the same thing in ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' and ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''.
** In a similar vein, some of the pseudo-Latin song in the soundtrack of Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica qualifies. The best-known example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MaQ6m6mho8 Credens Justitiam]].
* May's lullaby in ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker'' is just singing, "Doo-doo-doo". And gaining a Japanese accent in the process.
* Many had wondered what were the lyrics behind ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' opening theme World Without Logos. When the official soundtrack included nonsensical lyrics where half of the words weren't actually English, people started realizing something.
** It was, however, obvious from the outset that "Shubidubidu, shubidubidu, shubidubidu turu" was ''supposed'' to be scat singing.
* The refrain of "Cha La Head Cha La" from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "Komm, Süsser Tod"]], being inspired by "Hey Jude", has the backing chorus chanting "Ah-ah-ah-ahaaaa."
** Some other tracks on the ''End of Evangelion'' soundtrack feature indistinct "aaaah" sounds as well.
*** Yes, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7q3WQIEWHE Shinkou e no Kinkyuhinan]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUTRPePatrI Hajimari e no Touhi]]'' are both based off of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ZA2vPj_to Splitting of the Breast]]'' from the Original Series' soundtrack. And yes, all of them involve the nonsense "aaaah" sounds, although both ''Hajimari e no Touhi'' and ''Shinkou e no Kinkyuhinan'' do have lyrics in, you guessed it, GratuitousEnglish!
** Are we forgetting the background choir in the theme song, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAdbpAaTc2U Zankoku na Tenshi no Teize]]'', itself? First of all, they go "aaaah" in the intro, and then, during the chorus, you're tone deaf if that "Ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhhh, haa-haa-haa-ah, haa-haa-haa-ah, ahhh-ahhh-ahh-ahhh-ahhhh" doesn't get stuck in your head for weeks.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtseEEX4YyA track]] from one of the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' soundtracks has lyrics composed solely of some particularly weird vocalizations.
* Scatting is omnipresent in the soundtrack for ''Manga/DotHackLegendOfTheTwilight''.
* "Rose and Release" from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is a version of the Opening sung entirely in "la-s".
** A borderline example is the ending of the song "Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku", which consists of the jumbled syllables of "Mokushiroku" ("Apocalypse").
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9DdSyZaFu4 "Dogs and Angels"]] from ''Anime/WolfsRain''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Smurflings in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story adaptation "The New Smurfs On The Block" do this with an anachronistic parody of a Hanson song: "Smurfbop, smurf a bop, I smurf a bop, smurfy smurfy do wop, smurfbop, smurf a bop, I smurf...yeah, yeah".
* In Chapter 22 of ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex is so caught up in the absolute ''awesomeness'' that is being a superhero that she scats an iffy, top-of-her-lungs version of John Williams classic "Superman Theme" while lifting a sinking cruise ship out of the water and flying it back to the Port of Miami. A couple of the people she is rescuing manage to catch the "performance" on their iPhones, and it goes viral almost immediately.

* Played with in ''TheSimpsons Movie'': as Music/GreenDay perform the Simpsons theme, the 'lyrics' are shown on their prompter as a scrolling wall of "Da Da Da Da Da Da..."
* Some of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' songs fit. Try [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxs2vS2gJ-c&feature=player_embedded Exploration]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnIUVHtLC08&feature=player_embedded end credits song]].
* Creator/CharlieChaplin's one and only speaking role as TheTramp in ''Film/ModernTimes'' features him singing a gibberish song that sounds vaguely French/Italian. Chaplin didn't want the character to be limited by language barriers.
* Most of the musical score of ''Winged Migration'' is Scat... sometimes it's even hard to distinguish from percussions. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc_qpk2d-ao&feature=PlayList&p=36636ACDD5863876&playnext=1&index=17 The trailer]].
** The composer, Bruno Coulais, also did the ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' soundtrack.
* "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a" from ''Film/HighSchoolMusical2'' has the Hawaiian gibberish lines "maka hiki mala hini hu" and "waka waka waka niki pu pu".
* The March of the Winkies from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': "Oh eeh uh, yo ah", and repeat.
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' has a sequence where Terk and the other animals singing in gibberish as they obliviously break everything in the camp as the noise of things breaking make up the music.
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'' featured the voices of jazz singers Phil Harris and Scatman Crothers in both speaking and singing roles. During their songs, the two would scat constantly.
* Phil Harris also sang some scat with Louie Prima toward the end of "I Wanna Be Like You" in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. Harris also does this when he makes his first appearance in the movie.
-->'''Baloo:''' Do-be-do-be-do-be-do-be-do-be-de-do. Well, it's a do-bah-de-do. Yes, it's a do-bah-de-do. I mean a do-be-do-be-do-be-do-be-do-be-de-do.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-vSMGTEnBs theme song]] to Creator/DingoPictures' ''Wabuu the Cheeky Raccoon'':
-->Schupp di dapp di du, Ich bin der Wabuu! Und mir geht es schuppi-di-dapp-di-du-bi-dab-di-duuu!

* The [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]] national anthem, [[http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/We_Can_Rule_You_Wholesale We Can Rule You Wholesale]], has a second verse composed almost entirely of gibberish. It was written that way because the writer figured people would [[SecondVerseCurse sing it that way]] anyway. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAqCbOJc6RU performed it]].
* Dadaist poet Kurt Schwitters wrote a fairly long poem called the ''Ursonate'' ("primitive sonata") that goes on for quite some time like this. You can listen to a excerpt of it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X7E2i0KMqM here]].
* In Edward Eager's ''Seven-Day Magic'', the father of the protagonists works as a backup singer, and it's because he's short not because he doesn't sing well enough for a star. So the kids make a wish that he'll be noticed during a TV show... and all the other music falls silent, leaving the father's voice to ring out, singing the lines that the backups had been scatting: "Chickadee tidbit, chickadee tidbit, skedaddle skedaddle pow!" It's a sensation, of a sort: the newspapers rave about what a novel comedy idea that was, and how "the look of surprise on the little man's face was priceless." And he gets an offer to sing "piccalilli kumquat, piccalilli kumquat," which he turns down; but it comes out all right in the end.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Many of the musical cues in ''Series/HannahMontana'' are of Miley scat-singing whoa-ohs and yeah-yeahs for a line or two.
* The theme for ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has an alien version of this trope.
* In ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', music snob Howard mocks Vince for being confused and unsettled by the formless flow of jazz. He starts scatting, which causes Vince to panic and punch him.
* For what was believed to be one week only, the ThemeTune to the game show ''Series/AllStarBlitz'' had some scatting mixed in. The results were… [[http://www.gameshowthemesongs.net/sounds/All%20Star%20Blitz/ALLSTARBLITZ.mp3 surreal]].
* HGTV's ''Divine Design'' has a noticeable scat solo over light jazz as its theme song.
--> "Whee-dow, ba-bop-bop-bah-bwee..."
* The ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' theme song. "Na na na-na-na na...na na na na na-na! Hey cool!"
* Vic and Bob use it in the theme tune for ''Series/TheSmellOfReevesAndMortimer''. Vic also uses it when "singing a song in the club style" in ''Series/ShootingStars''.
* Various ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', ''Series/{{Mirrorman}}'', and ''Series/{{Fireman}}'' all feature a variation of the scat chant "Wandabadadbada, Wandabadadabada" featured for the Science patrol teams.
* A scene in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' had Bertie wondering aloud about the lyrics to Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher".
--> "All this 'ho dee ho dee ho' stuff is pretty clear, but what do you suppose is a ‘[[JiveTurkey hoochie coocher]]’?"
* ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'': Joe does this as an apparent attempt to distract diners that he's stealing food from their plates. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* Andy [[TheCastShowOff does this in a band practice]] on ''Series/TheOfficeUS''. He's got the "words" ''written on a piece of paper'', and at the end of the song apologises because "I think I sung a bebop instead of a doowop in there somewhere."
* This trope becomes a creepy distant cousin of the OneWomanWail in "Missy's Theme" in ''Series/DoctorWho'', with a solo, dreamy female voice scatting. As composer Murray Gold puts in the Series 8 soundtrack liner notes, "It's not backwards -- in that, if you reverse it, it doesn't become the right way round. But it sounds backwards."
* In the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSBpvh4y_lU Singing Sisters]]", the 1940s-style Christmas carols that the Dundee Sisters[[note]]played by Cecily Strong as Helen, Creator/KateMcKinnon as Eileen, and Creator/AmyAdams as Frebecca[[/note]] perform essentially consist of nonsense with a few English words and Santa's name thrown in.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, Courtney Rush scatted ''The Final Countdown'' or its basic melody in the presence of Wrestling/SaraDelRey.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The ''Series/SamAndFriends'' sketch "Visual Thinking" shows what happens when you combine scatting with PaintingTheMedium. It's not pretty.
* The opening theme to ''Series/FraggleRock'' starts with Gobo (Jerry Nelson) and Wembley (Steve Whitmire) scatting, before the other Fraggles join in for the words.
* There's a scene in ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' in which Kermit/Bob Cratchett (Steve Whitmire) and Robin/Tiny Tim (Jerry Nelson) scat "One More Sleep To Christmas".

* Most Creator/CirqueDuSoleil songs use "Cirquish" nonsense vocals. Such as "Elma om mi lize, elma om mi lize away, baby o ma ley, m baby o ma ley", from ''Theatre/{{Amaluna}}''. Only on rare occasions do they perform a song in English or a real foreign language.
* In the misleadingly cheerful opening number of Music/LeonardBernstein's ''Trouble in Tahiti'', members of the GreekChorus sing scat phrases like "skid a lit day" and "ratty boo, sofa so far so."
* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', Judge Turpin hums "Ladies In Their Sensitivities" while waiting to be shaved by Sweeney Todd.
* The intro and outtro of "Setting Your Sights" from ''Vanities: A New Musical'', as well as the ending of "Looking Good", use "do do da da da" singing.
* "Alleluia" from Music/LeonardBernstein's ''Mass'' is mostly scat syllables sung in canon.
* "Da Doo" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' has the GreekChorus mostly doing this under a spoken word monologue.
* In ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', "If I Were A Rich Man" represents some sort of Yiddish version of this trope.
* From time to time in ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge,'' Georges hums "Bum-bum-bum, bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum..."
** The above is parodied lovingly in Jonathan Larson's ''Theatre/TickTickBoom'' when he sings about working in a diner on an ordinary Sunday, and seeing all the "Bums, bums, bums, bums bums bums..."
* "It Ain't Necessarily So" from ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess'' has a refrain which combines scatting with call-and-response.
* The chorus of "Good Morning Starshine" from ''Theatre/{{Hair}}'' is practically nothing but nonsense syllables.
* "Keep-A-Hoppin'" from ''Theatre/TheUnsinkableMollyBrown'' uses the 19th century music-hall version:
-->Keemo kimo derro art\\
Me-hi, me-low, humdrum pennywinkle\\
Tit tat, pitty pat, pussy cat,\\
Hey kitty, can't you ki-me-oh
* While ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'' surprisingly doesn't feature this in any of its actual songs, Rosie jokes that she knew Albert was giving up on being an English teacher when he wrote a hit song for Conrad Birdie titled "Ugga Bugga Boo."
* In ''Theatre/CloserThanEver'', "Miss Byrd" and "Back on Base" both have jazzy codas which the singer (originally Sally Mayes) is encouraged to improvise in her own style.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Grox Empire's anthem in ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''.
* Much of the music in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'' features wordless [[OminousLatinChanting chanting]] as a backing track. No words, just "Oooo-oooo-oooo-OOOOOO-ooo..."
** Even the regular ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98RdRDaOsNg have it at times]].
* ''VideoGame/LocoRoco'' used this for all its music in order to have a universally accepted soundtrack that wouldn't need translating. The nonsense sung by the Rocos sounds uncannily like real language due to the way it's structured, but it's just cute-sounding gibberish.
* The sound "Giant Egg" from ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'' is mostly composed of children going "La la la la la la la lalala..." They do spell "G-I-A-N-T E-G-G" at one point, but that's it.
* A number of the playable songs in ''VideoGame/MagiciansQuestMysteriousTimes'' feature random vocals. "Cerulean" has a guy yelling "Yeaaah, behbeh!" at several points, and "Corusican Betrayal" has a wordless soprano wail in it, for example.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has several BGM songs in Simlish to help create the impression of an alien world (and one in Spanish).
* Venus's song in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The background music to the "Secret of..." levels in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' is "Do-do-do" sung to the tune of the classic Mario theme.
** The choir added into the [[BigBad Bowser]] battle themes from both ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' whenever Bowser takes damage.
** The secret level theme of Battleblock Theater features gratuitous scatting by William Stamper.
* The original ''Aria di Mezzo Carattere'' from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''.
** Technically it has lyrics--it is part of an opera, after all--but the SNES couldn't really handle extended voice recordings, so they're displayed as subtitles while the MIDI voice synth goes "ooo-OOOOO-ooo-OOOO".
* In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'', K.K. Slider's singing consists of "we" "oh" and other such sounds. His voice is even an instrument in ''Wii Music''.
* The Grand Fonic Hymn from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', made up of seven short verses, uses single-syllable words that don't come from any particular language, used to explain why only the first verse works like a magic spell. Each verse apparently has a "deeper meaning" that must be learned before its magic can manifest.
* As VideoGame/TheSims characters [[SpeakingSimlish speak Simlish]], the songs heard on the radio are also sung in gibberish, in all three installments and their respective expansions. The Sims: Unleashed hired a real band (Zydeco Flames) to perform their songs in Simlish, and The Sims 2: University started the now-famous series tradition of getting a whole selection of artists to re-record their songs in Simlish for each expansion.
* On ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'''s pre-game tutorial level, there's a version of the theme song that just has the "na na na na na na na" for vocals, on top of the backing beat from the NES version of ''VideoGame/LodeRunner''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} 2: Lunatea's Veil'' has a snowboarding level with a very catchy song. Sung by Klonoa. In Phantomilian. [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/file/374317/20263 Check out the lyrics.]]
* ''Awakening The Chaos'', [[SNKBoss v-13's]] theme from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', has lots of [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Wordless Chanting]].
* ''VideoGame/YoshisStory'' has the eponymous dinosaurs singing in an incomprehensible chatter that would become the establishing voice of Yoshi forever on.
* Many songs in the ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II]]'' soundtrack feature a choir singing made-up lyrics. Some (Angels of Death, Khaine's Wrath, For The Craftworld) are presumably supposed to represent the fictional languages of the 40K universe, while in others (The Green Horde Rises, The Great Devourer) it's most likely just for effect.
* Rouge's levels in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' all have this. Her theme is about half Scat, half English. Eggman's [[VillainSong own]] [[ImageSong theme]] also begins and ends with a few seconds of scatting.
** ''Sonic Mega Collection Plus'' includes a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xddu4wUWUhE video]] with an early version of the ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' theme. The words "Sonic Heroes" are in place, but everything else is nonsense.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtbNgfrtGrs Tidal Tempest Present]] theme in the US version of ''VideoGame/SonicCD'' has jazz-style scatting.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' use this for the singing of Malon and Lulu, respectively. Use of this trope goes back to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', where Marin (of whom Malon is an {{Expy}}) sings [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "The Ballad of the Windfish"]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has a really cool version of this. The Hymn of the Fayth ''sounds'' like Japanese, but it's actually nonsense syllables. However, when you ''rearrange'' the syllables into a square, and read them from top to bottom, it actually ''does'' spell out words in Japanese. They roughly translate into "Praise be to Yevon".
** Into a [[Creator/SquareEnix Square]], you say?
* Much of the music in ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' and its sequel has wordless singing or chanting.
* In some entries in the ''VideoGame/MySims'' series, some songs have Simlish vocals. There's a lovely example in ''My Sims Kingdom'', which plays on The Royal Academy island. Also, in ''My Sims'', a Sim can activate a karaoke machine, and sing the song in his or her particular voice.
* The soundtrack to ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' has a piece called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPb8ZTfQb14&feature=related "DangerousZone"]] that features a woman who sounds like she's trying to blow her voice out. There are no lyrics; this would be a true OneWomanWail, except that it's not sad at all. Given that this track is only played in dangerous areas, it works.
* The song "Rainy Rose" and its remix "Poison Queen" from the ''VideoGame/GodHand'' soundtrack (Shannon/Demon Shannon's boss themes, respectively) are entirely sung in "nya"/"nyo" sounds.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Machinarium}}'', the song "Clockwise Operetta" has a part where a robot sings glibberish.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. From the moment you hit the main menu in almost every game you are treated to wordless chanting.
** In some parts of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', you can find holograms of the Prophets [[ThemeTuneCameo chanting the series theme]] in alien gibberish.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' episodes 2 and 3 had plenty of songs with nonsense words. It's a preferred style of Yuki Kajiura, a composer for both games.
* The track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVeQhEW_L3Y "Knight of Fire"]] in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' sparked countless debates among fans as to what a voice was saying in a certain portion of the song. After years of speculation, somebody [[MundaneSolution simply messaged]] Yasunori Mitsuda via Twitter, and [[WordOfGod he replied]] that the words were "coined" for the song. In actuality though, it's a cut-up vocal sample saying [[https://soundcloud.com/wzrd517/xenogears-knight-of-fire-voice-source "Total sentence imposed is ten [years in state prison]"]].
* Wasn't the entire point of The Urbz to build a game around Music/TheBlackEyedPeas {{Scatting}}?
* Much of the soundtrack of ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' consists of this. To quote the liner notes of the official soundtrack: "Note to the listener: Should you choose to sing along to any of the following songs, we wish you luck. You're gonna need it!"
* A few ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' songs break into this. "Golden Sky" earns bonus points for the lyrics devolving into "la de da" ''at two separate points'' in the chorus.
** "Wild Rush", whose vocal samples are also used in "Genom Screams" and "Paranoia Survivor", as well the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfWys2g3q28 "Lavande Bleu"]] music in ''VideoGame/RayCrisis'' and the outdoor shooting range music in ''VideoGame/SilentScope 2''.
** The "sharara shaara" part of TËЯRA's "Flowers" after the TruckDriversGearChange.
** "Howling" by PON from ''VideoGame/{{beatmania}} IIDX''. One who doesn't understand Japanese could be forgiven for thinking PON is actually singing something coherent.
** The refrain of "Dam Dariram" by Joga.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'', some parts of the Frozen Throne Human and Night Elf songs do this.
* Most of the music in ''VideoGame/NieR'' is sung in a made up language, stated to be a "possible future evolution of our current languages" by the composer. There's several versions of the ending theme depending on the ending and at least 1 of them is in English though.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vapPKW-5R_M Eve's Asylum Int Music]] from ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet 2''.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': One of Heavy's quotes as he destroys a building is him singing the Sabre Dance melody with the lyrics [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9wJUD0bw8s "Ya ta ta ta!"...]]
* [[VideoGame/JetSetRadio Hideki]] [[VideoGame/SonicRush Naganuma's]] sampling tends to turn vocals into this. A good example is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMMANIT5v-M "Ethno Circus"]].
* Fuka's theme in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' is a remixed version of a previous song ("You Go, Girl!") WithLyrics... well, sort of. More accurately, it has ''a'' lyric ("la") repeated about six hundred times or so.
* Several songs from ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterLogansShadow'', which was soundtracked by Azam Ali, have this type of vox.
* In ''VideoGame/GrooveCoaster'', many of Shohei Tsuchiya's songs feature this. Notable examples include [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Yp1JOq2ps "Play merrily"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4KX2pZSp9U "Just no friend"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m83ybr4WwO8 "Sleep"]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCQYcnYrzeY "Fess up!"]].
* Not a straight example, but ''VideoGame/RockBand'' passes of some of the less-than-comprehensible lyrics of [[Music/{{Disturbed}} Disturbed's]] "Stupify" as this, most likely to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar avoid actually censoring the harsher cuss words]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', where Strong Bad includes "Songs that try to pass off na-nas, la-las and doot-doos as legit lyrics" in his [[Recap/StrongBadEmailE133Bottom10 Bottom Ten]]. As an example, he plays a track from the fictional Limozeen album "Feed the Childrens", which meets this description to the letter.
-->'''Limozeen:''' Na, na, la la laaaaa,
-->Hey, hey! Doo-doot doo!
-->Na, na, la la laaaaa,
-->Hey, hey! Doo-doot doo!
-->Na, na, la la laaaaa,
-->Hey, hey! Doo-doot doo!
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Ugh. What were they thinking? More like, "We need to feed ''our'' children, so we made this terrible song."
** [[HypocriticalHumor Ironically, Strong Bad later sings a song that includes na-nas.]]
* The [[http://www.leekspin.com Leekspin]] video is set to a 20-second loop of Finnish scat singing from the bridge of Loituma's cover version of "Ievan Polkka". (The song lyrics available on the internet obviously don't include the random gibberish, leading to confusion among Internet denizens trying to find the part that the girl is singing.)
* ''WebAnimation/NapsterBad'', in the "Sue All The World" short:
-->There are people stealin' our copyrighted tunes \\
Bwaighlo weirhlo, bwaighlo weirhlo lailolailo... prunes!
* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', Scootaloo only communicates by scatting. [[TheUnintelligible She requires subtitles for anyone else to understand her.]] Also, during Rainbow Dash's verse in the song "At the Gala", she realizes she's not very good at improvising lyrics, so she sings gibberish to fill time for a few lines.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_OzM2mE_uo History of Lyrics That Aren't Lyrics]] is a three-minute medley of 26 of these.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb have a lot of fun with this trope when they sing "Gitchy Gitchy Goo".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' uses this behind the scenes. Bender's singing is almost always Creator/JohnDiMaggio scatting. Frequently mentioned (and demonstrated) on the DVD commentaries.
* 75% of the background music in the Nickelodeon version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''...and it was ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]]''.
* Bradford Marsalis capped off his ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' appearance by leading the cast in a round-robin scat session (although [[ComedicSociopathy Zorak had to threaten him with a laser rifle first]]).
* The opening theme to WesternAnimation/TheTick. Bop TWEEE-dot-dot-dot TWEEE dah!
* {{Popeye}} had a charming habit of scatting to himself as he went about his business.
* This is a characteristic of the [[{{Music/Devo}} Mothersbaugh Brothers]], such as their work on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
* During its first season, the closing theme of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' was basically the opening theme with its lead vocals mixed out - leaving just the scatting in the background.
* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' song "I Love My Lips".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Springfield Up", Declan Desmond does this when Homer asks him to join in on his rock song "Satan, You're My Lady". Homer isn't impressed.
-->'''Declan''': Shooby dooby doo-wah, shooby dooby...
-->'''Homer''': Those aren't the lyrics! It goes "Satan, you're my lady"!
-->'''Both''': Satan, you're my lady, stick me with your pitchfork thing!
-->'''Declan''': Shooby doo-wah, shooby doo-wah!
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' song "Scat", which consists mainly of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the main trio singing scat]]. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome It's considered by many viewers to be one of the best songs in the series]].
-->''Ba dee ba da ladda (scat)/Ba doo bee a ba na ba (scat)/Ba de ba da ladda lady lo dee oh do...''
* Scaramouche, the MusicalAssassin from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', uses scat singing to control his [[FlyingWeapon flying scimitar]].