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Catch Phrase: Music

An alphabetical list of musical catch phrases:

  • "I buried Paul" - The final line in The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" (1967), which was actually John Lennon muttering "cranberry sauce". Nevertheless the phrase "I buried Paul" became an urban legend.
    • "Yeah yeah yeah" - The Beatles. Their early songs often use "yeah yeah yeah" as a refrain. In France early pop music was even named "yy music".
  • "Jah Rastafari!" - Bob Marley
  • "Hi-de-ho!" - Cab Calloway
  • "Say our name with us now, one time together, my brothers, my sisters, my blood... WE ARE! DISTURBED!"
    • "Spread the sickness, infect the world..."
  • "So far away" - Dragonforce
  • "We love you madly"- Duke Ellington's traditional closing message.
  • "Elvis has left the building." - Closing statement after Elvis Presley's concerts
  • "Doobie doobie do" - Frank Sinatra's famous scatting at the end of "Strangers in the Night" (1967)
  • "Oops upside your head- I say: oops upside your head" - "Oops Upside Your Head" (1979) by the Gap Band
  • "Bow wow wow yippie-yo yippie yeah/ Bow wow wow yippie-yo yippie yeah" - George Clinton in "Atomic Dog" (1983)
  • "Scream for me, (city name)]!" - Bruce Dickinson
  • "Scream for me <city>! SCREAM FOR ME <city>!"
    • "Up the Irons!"
  • "Ain't it funky now?" - James Brown
    • "Can't pass the people, can't pass me! Hit me!" -James Brown
      • "I feel good!"- James Brown, who used this line in his Signature Song "I Feel Good (I Got You)", but also dozens of other times in other songs and during public appearances.
  • "Hi/Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."
  • YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST! THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD...KISS!
    • YOU WANTED THE WORST, YOU GOT THE WORST: THE ONE, THE ONLY, LIMP BIZKIT!
  • "I wish my brother George was here." - Liberace
  • "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bop-bop!" - From Little Richard's "Tutti Fruttu" (1956), became a catch phrase still associated with the singer.
  • "Can't touch this!" - MC Hammer
  • "Thank you all, you've been great; we've been Megadeth".
  • "Shamone" - Michael Jackson (Reference to his song "Bad", though he actually says: "c'mon". It has been spoofed in popular culture as "shamone")
  • "We are Motorhead, and we will kick your ass/play rock 'n roll."
  • OFWGKTA has several. "Fuck Steve Harvey", "GOLF WANG", "swag me out" and of course "free Earl".
  • "Yeaaaaaah booooyyy!" - Flavor Flav of Public Enemy
  • "Gabba Gabba Hey!" - The Ramones
  • "We are R.E.M. and this is what we do."
  • "Look out!" - Ronnie James Dio
  • In Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera: "Jesus Saves!" is the catchphrase of both DT Jesus' music fans and his clients from his drug dealing days.
  • "No future!" - The Sex Pistols. Johnny Rotten mentioned this phrase in their song "God Save The Queen" and it quickly became a nihilistic slogan for punks everywhere.
  • "This is your new National-fucking-anthem! This is surfacing!"
  • "YOUUUUUU!!!!! Soulja Boy Tell Em..." - Soulja Boy Tell Em
  • "Put your hands up in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care" - Used zillions of times in any catchy song. The earliest use was probably "Rapper's Delight" (1979) by The Sugar Hill Gang.
  • "Is everybody happy?" - Ted Lewis
  • The announcement "The Official Adventures of..." from Grandmaster Flash.

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