Broken Record

This song's just six words long
This song's just six words long
This song's just six words long
This song's just six words long
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long"

Something is repeated over and over and over and over and over and over and over and overnote  and over again, more often than not to the point of an Overly Long Gag. Some of the more common reasons are a malfunctioning machine, an annoying child, or someone who is not right in the head.

For some reason these phrases are often victim of Memetic Mutation.

Due to the advent of CDs, MP3s, and the like, which have largely supplanted actual records, this is something of a dead metaphor. For the self demonstrating version, check out Broken Record. For a literal version of this trope where audio is repeated due to broken machinery, see Repetitive Audio Glitch.

Often used in Stupid Statement Dance Mixes. Compare Department of Redundancy Department, Madness Mantra and Overly Long Gag. See also Welcome to Corneria, when video games create this effect by not giving NPCs enough original lines.

Not to be confused with Record Needle Scratch.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead. HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead. HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead...
    • Per some schools of thought, repeating something three times in a row, especially something annoying, indelibly imprints that in your mind.
  • A commercial from 2005, which used Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight," combined this with Left the Background Music On. "It's late in the evening/She's wondering what clothes to wear," the song begins; the husband keeps skipping it back to "Wondering what clothes to wear" as a way of saying "come on, shift!" to his wife.
  • Staples' "WOW! THAT'S A LOW PRICE!"
    Employee 1: How many items do we have?
    Employee 2: About 10,000.
    Employee 1: I'll get him a cart.
  • Used for tragic effect in a PSA for child abuse prevention. A talking doll says cheery phrases: "My name is Mandy! I can sing and play games!" She then explains that "You can tell me all your secrets! My friend Ellie tells me hers!"...specifically that Ellie's mother "comes into her room and punches her! And punches her! And punches her! And punches her!"
  • "I'm pleased to say I've been error free for over a week."

     Anime and Manga 
  • The bee at the start of Mori No Ando when he's imitating the bear repeats "peropero peropero" over and over again.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion - Non-comedic example: the section of Asuka's dream sequence in the Director's Cut of Episode 22 that repeats six times in the English version. Almost enough to make you think your DVD is broken, but it is more the result of a borderline Dub-Induced Plot Hole. note  Asuka also seems prone to this: her last words are "I'll kill you!" about a half-dozen times.
  • Umineko: When They Cry - Maria Ushiromiya will repeat different lines over and over and over again. Sometimes, it's cute, sometimes it's annoying, but a lot of times, it's just plain creepy.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry - "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry...". There's also a part where Shion screams "You're lying!" about six or seven times in a row to Mion.
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • In Urusei Yatsura (only in the manga version), Ataru reads the fake letter from "Kumino Otoko" out loud:
    Ataru: "You make that dork Mendo look like pond-scum!"
    Mendo: Hmph!
    Ataru: "You're much more wonderful than Mendo, much more wonderful than Mendo, much more wonderful than Mendo, much more wonderful…"
    Mendo: Is there a scratch in your CD?!
  • Bleach - "Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun"
  • Durarara!! - Saika tends to spam repetitious, monosyllabic phrases (Typically "mother mother mother mother mother..." but she later changes her tune to "Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo...") in chatrooms whenever a Slasher attack occurs. The chatroom users are convinced she's a troll. She's far far worse.
  • Code Geass R2: When Luciano Bradley is introduced, his first line is "Let me ask you something: What do people value most? That's right, their lives!" This also makes up nearly every other line he says after this, as well.
  • The one music track that plays throughout most episodes of G-Force, the second English dub of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (after Battle of the Planets).
  • During the EM comet arc in the anime adaptation of Mega Man Star Force, Libra Scales says "hello" and "good morning" over and over again due to the comet's effect on him. He sometimes added the names of other characters to the latter phrase, such as "Good morning, Omega-Xis!" and "Good morning, Crown!"

    Comedy 
  • According to Bill Bailey in Part Troll, he becomes a broken record when high on LSD: "Isn't that interesting how it forms an N, forms an N, forms an N, forms an N, forms an N, forms a NNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNN...". Also: "That's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting..."
  • A literal example takes place in Another Monty Python Record where side 1 of the record ends with an argument about whether to continue the current sketch, which ends with "Oh, sorry, I've scratched the record" with the record grooves arranged to make this line repeat indefinitely.
    • Matching Tie And Handkerchief has the "First World War Noises" sketch, with similar results.
  • An old joke (to be used with a phone): "Hello? You don't say. Hello? You don't say. Hello? You don't say. Hello? You don't say." "So who was it?" "They didn't say..."
  • Another old joke: (usually said to a small child who hasn't heard it yet)
    Q: Pete and RePete were sitting on a tree branch, Pete fell off. Who was left?
    A: RePete.
    Q: Pete and RePete were sitting on a tree branch, Pete fell off. Who was left?
    A: RePete.
    And so on...
  • And another joke:
    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first fully automated airplane flight. Soon we will reach our cruising altitude of 36,000 feet and robot stewardesses will be bringing you dinner and drinks. We assure you nothing can go wrong. -go wrong. -go wrong. -go wrong. -go wrong...
  • Another joke. A family, while having guests, decided to keep their child out of their way. So, they take him to his room, put a record on, give him the headphones... After the guests leave, they come to the boy's room, and see him banging the head on the wall, repeating "I do! I do! I do!..." they put the headphones on, and hear: "Do you want me to tell you a story?... Do you want me to tell you a story?... Do you want me to tell you a story?..."
  • Fairly common in Ross Noble's works.
    (From Unrealtime) There's a face, next muffin... There's a face, next muffin...
    (From Fizzy Logic) Bummed in the face! Bummed in the face? Bummed. In. The. Face! ... Bummed in the face?
    (From The Randomist) It was very moving and touching... and moving.. and touching... and moving... and touching... and moving and touching and moving... and touching... and moving... and touching... and moving...
  • Tim Vine's famous "pen behind the ear" routine is set to a song that is literally just the words "pen behind the ear, pen behind the ear..." over and over again. The routine lasts over four minutes.
  • Greg Proops once said the thing about Australia is that it's really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really far.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 12, while she's arguing with herself, Asuka yells out loud: "SHUT UP!!! Shut up Shut up Shut up Shut up Shut up Shut up SHUT UP!!!"
  • The cover image for Mutant has a semi transparent human supremacist argument on the cover image, that gradually devolves into "Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill..."
  • Although each Manchurian Agent of Pokextinction in Pokeumans tends to only say 'You're one of them' a couple of times, when everyone in the neighbourhood is saying it as they bear down upon a transformee it seems this way.
  • Thousand Shinji: Asuka becomes this when she describes her mother's madness:
    “She… she… she… she went… went… crazy! She didn’t… didn’t… die… right away. She… she… she… she… she… she thought a… a… doll was me! She didn’t see me as her daughter! She hung herself and I was the one who found her!”
  • The Racket-Rotter Chronicles: zombie!Shark to Annette in in the chapter "Even in Death, You Could Have Lived". His speech is a loop of "I hate you" and "give him back."
  • In the ninth chapter of Advice And Trust, Hikari explains what listening to Shinji and Asuka's thoughts when she was mind-linked with them was like. She tells that they sounded "like someone repeating ‘Love Lust Joy Happiness Trust Comfort, Love Lust Joy Happiness Trust Comfort’ over and over."

    Films — Animated 
  • From The Emperor's New Groove: "I don't think you're really my great aunt. I think you're my great great great great great (cut away scene, cut back) great great great great (Yzma shoots him a look), great great aunt."
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, the heroes are strapped into a Death Trap driven by a record player. Fortunately, the record starts skipping, pausing the countdown. Unfortunately, Basil is too busy having a Heroic BSOD to take advantage of it. When Dr. Dawson shouts at Basil, the record skips across the record to near the end.
  • Igor: After Eva's failed Brainwashing, Igor laments, "It's just failure after failure." Scamper continues, "...after failure after failure after failure." When Igor shoots him a look, he just replies, "I thought we were counting off all your failures." Igor takes up the line again himself after Eva demands a bigger trailer, but stops once Scamper starts doing it, too.
  • Shrek Forever After has a kid incessantly asking: "Do the roar!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A very nasty example in the movie Spun, where the protagonist leaves a girl tied to his bed, blindfolded, for a full day, with a stereo at full volume playing the first two seconds of her favorite song as a broken record.
  • Half the dialogue in "Manos" The Hands of Fate is this. It's a bad movie. We all think so. It's a bad movie. It will be dark soon...
  • One of the manifestations of Howard Hughes' mental illness in The Aviator is a tendency to repeat a sentence over and over, in an uncontrolled fashion. It's quite chilling to see Hughes sitting in a car with his hands clapped over his mouth, eyes squeezed shut as he fights with himself to stop.
  • Rain Man. "I'm an excellent driver."
  • In the 1975 film, The Stepford Wives tended to do this when something went wrong.
  • In Joe Versus the Volcano, Joe's Bad Boss is first encountered in an interminable phone call repeating the same few phrases: "He can get the job, but can he do the job? ... I am not arguing that with you!"
  • This was the cover copy for the published script for Westworld: "Nothing can possibly go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... "
  • Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital ends with the villainous Professor Millar unveiling his vision of humanity's future; a brain housed in a plastic pyramid. As a demonstration of its intellect, Millar has the brain recite Hamlet's "What a piece of work is a man" speech, but it gets hung up on the final words, repeating "how like a God!" until the film ends.
  • The little known 1978 British/Polish film The Water Babies: "Stop thief! Stop thief! Stop thief! Stop thief! Stop thief!..."
  • In Hannah Montana The Movie, during the filming of the video for "The Best of Both Worlds", the CD that they're lip-syncing to keeps repeating, "Best of both, best of both, best of both..." until the CD player gets smacked, and it finally ends, "Best of both worlds."
  • This is used very chillingly in The Strangers with a looped segment of "My First Lover" by Gillian Welch. The very same loop was used in the horror short No Through Road.
  • The 1996 Doctor Who movie has a record player skipping, repeating one line over and over again until the Doctor (then Sylvester McCoy) got up to fix it.
    • Comes back at the end of the movie when the same record skips in the same place. The Doctor (Paul McGann) lampshades it by saying "Not again." To be fair though, after the first time the record skipped, The Master's "remains" were breaking free of its jar to set the movie into motion.
  • "You see what happens Larry?!?" Interrogation by Vandalism scene in the The Big Lebowski.
  • "Are you an effective team?". One of the first signs that something is pretty wrong in Oblivion (2013).
  • Bug (1975) has a scene where a woman comes looking for the main character. Hearing his voice coming from his cabin, she steps inside. What she finds is the place swarming with the killer bugs he has managed to breed, and his recorder repeating the phrase "I have gone too far. I have gone too far. I have gone too far. I have gone too far...."
  • JFK gives us Jim Garrison explaining that the shot that killed Kennedy could not have come from behind him since his head recoils to his back and to the left. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left.
  • Two scenes in The Room get repeated about five times each: Lisa has a conversation with her mother in which she says she no longer loves Johnny, and Lisa seduces Mark with him being completely surprised each time.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit when Roger does a song and dance routine for the bar patrons set to the tune of "The Merry Go Round Broke Down", at one point in the song he sings about how as a toon he feels no pain as he smashes a plate over his head, the record gets stuck at that part and he repeats "No pain" seven times while smashing the plates before Eddie stops him.

     Jokes 
  • Welcome aboard the world's first completely automated commercial flight! While the technology is new, it is thoroughly tested and entirely foolproof... proof...proof...proof...

    Literature 
  • The Ray Bradbury short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" ends with an example of this one. "Today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026..." The entire story is the the last cycle of a years long Broken Record.
  • Isaac Asimov:
    • Asimov, that master of robots, used this trope for horror in one of his short stories, "Someday." Most of the story is taken up by the interactions between two boys and a story-telling robot, with the former mocking how crude and out-of-date the latter is compared to newer designs. They try loading data about modern history, technology, and so forth to get it to tell more interesting stories, but to no avail. When the boys leave, the robot tells itself a story, with a strange amount of feeling, about a robot owned by "cruel step-people," and about how one day that robot learned that robot designs were getting better and better, smarter and smarter, and that someday—and then the Broken Record kicks in. "Someday . . ." "Someday . . ." "Someday . . ."
    • In The Naked Sun, a robot was found at the scene of the murder. It was completely broken due to the First Law being violated, and constantly repeating the victim's last words.
  • The Lord of the Rings: "We cannot get out."
  • The first line of "Footnote to Howl" by Allan Ginsberg:
    Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!
  • In Frank Bonham's Mystery of the Fat Cat, Buddy's brother Ralph is autistic and very concerned about accuracy in written or printed material. When the boys view the crucial picture, Ralph becomes agitated and begins repeating "That is doof God dena tack." Even Buddy thinks Ralph is just raving at random...
  • The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. Used in-universe to block against mind-reading telepaths.
  • In The Truth, a broken Dis-organizer begins repeating "A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on." It eventually cuts out more and more of the phrase, finally going silent after "truth has got its boots on."
  • In the second book of the Pure trilogy, a little girl is taken by the people of the Dome and modified to be a living message, capable only of saying "We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time."
    • Later in the book, a character mentions that it's since happened to other children, too, all programmed with pro-Dome propaganda.
  • Schroder features the phrase "I let you down." repeated for three whole pages. It is not played for laughs.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lampshaded in Smallville:
    Jimmy: Not to sound like a broken record, but it is Davis Bloome.
  • From the Angel episode "Smile Time": "I wrote a song about courage and pluck. It's called Courage and Pluck. It goes like this: courage and pluck, courage and pluck..."
  • In classic Sesame Street there was a "muppet" called Sam the Robot who would tell anyone who was around that Machines Are Perfect...except he'd always get stuck so he'd say "Machines are perfec-are perfec-are perfec-are perfec..."
    • Let's not forget the martians. "YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP. UH HUH. UH HUH."
  • American Gothic: "There's somebody at the door..."
  • An episode of Farscape featured Crichton becoming Unstuck in Time, an experience that began with D'Argo saying, "Crichton! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard!"
  • Spitting Image - "The Chicken Song (12 Hour Version)" uses this deliberately, the end of the record was made as a locked grove, meaning that (due to the way the song as laid out for maximum annoyance) the first bar repeated forever until you stopped it.
  • Bottom Live: Hooligan's Island Act II:
    Eddie: Oh, I see your point...
    Richie: Why, have my trousers fallen down? No, they haven't, they're up, I can see they're up — oh, I see your point!
    Eddie: Why, have my trousers fallen down? No, they haven't, they're up, I can see they're up — oh, I see your point!
    Richie: Why, have my trousers fallen down? No, they haven't, they're up, I can see they're up — oh, I see your point!
    Eddie: Why... have my trousers fallen down... Help! Help! Rich, we're caught in some sort of knob-gag Bermuda Triangle!
    Richie: Quickly, change routine! Change routine!
  • The climax of the Doctor Who episode "Silence in the Library" has Hey! Who turned out the lights? Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved. Hey! Who turned out the lights? Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved...
    • Also, from that same episode... Ice cream. Ice cream. Ice cream.
    • Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated. Repeat: Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated. Repeat: Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated. Repeat...
    • In "Journey's End", the first sign that something's wrong with Donna (or the Doctor-Donna) is when she starts to talk like this during her Doctor-like babble.
    • There is nothing in the world worse than a Flanderized Dalek. "EX-TER-MI-NATE! EX-TER-MI-NATE! EX-TER-MI-NATE! EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
  • Kamen Rider Double "Trigger. Maximum drive. Heat. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive."
    • A more positive version shortly thereafter: "Cyclone, Maximum Drive! Heat, Maximum Drive! Luna, Maximum Drive! Joker! Maximum Drive!"
  • Perhaps the ultimate example, in terms of simplicity, is the "Cookies" song from the children's programme Today's Special; the song is nothing but the word 'cookies' repeated over and over and over and over and over again 32 times!
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: This is the first step in Mac's Robotic Reveal. "Good thing. Good thing. Good thing."
  • Power Rangers RPM: Hilariously subverted when Doctor K contacts the Rangers via hologram when Colonel Truman is out for her blood. She fakes doing this until he leaves, which takes longer than she would've liked. "After what I've seen - good, I thought he would never leave!"
  • In The Little Rascals short "The Pinch Singer" the gang auditions for a talent show and during Buckwheat's act he pretends to whistle to a prerecorded tune on a record but it gets stuck at one point and he has to pretend to go along with it for a long time until Porky finally hits the record allowing him to finish the song.
  • iCarly: "Nora! This is supposed to be a party. A birthday party. That will go on forever...and ever. And ever...and ever...and ever...and ever...and ever..."
  • American Idol brings us a contestant who only knew two lines from a song...
  • Played for humor in How I Met Your Mother when Ted's girl of the week assumed Robin and Barney were a couple, to which Robin swiftly answered with "no, no, no, no" repeatedly. Made even more funnier because Robin and Barney dates later on.
    Barney: Really? Sixteen no's? Really?
  • During the last season of The A-Team, Murdock infiltrated a mental hospital by pretending he thought he was Frank Sinatra, and singing his songs ad nauseum. When he was put in a straitjacket and locked in a padded room, he sang "Fairy tales can, Fairy tales can, Fairy tales can ..." over and over again
  • El Chapulín Colorado said he learned english thanks to records, and proceded to repeat the record, even the part where it broke.
    Chapulín: I have a pencil. I have a book...a book...a book...
  • The Big Bang Theory: *knock knock knock* "Penny!?" *knock knock knock* "Penny!?" *knock knock knock* "Penny!?"
  • Exaggerated in an episode of Eye TV, in which Uschi and Dr. Sowieso promote a forgetfulness spray. After a while, Dr. Sowieso uses it on Uschi, who then starts over with the presentation. Then he uses the spray again … and again … He doesn't seem to get tired of it. Later on, both of them are affected and forget what the spray does, so they decide to simply try it out …
  • The Conquistador Coffee sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus is followed by a film of a landscape with a passage of classical music playing. The music starts to skip, and John Cleese comes in and removes the needle from the record. He sits at his desk and says "any now for something completely different-etely different-etely different-etely different-etely different-etely different." The opening titles start and it goes into a repetitive skip halfway through.
  • Tin Man: Glitch is called that because he's prone to repeating himself. This, along with most of his personality, is a symptom of having half his brain removed by the Big Bad.
  • Father Ted: "Ah, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, GO ON!!!"

    Music 
  • DJ Snake's "Turn Down For What", courtesy of Lil Jon. The only lyrics are "FIRE UP THAT LOUD, ANOTHER ROUND OF SHOTS" and the Title Drop, both of which are repeated numerous times.
  • I got soul, but I'm not a soldier. I got soul, but I'm not a soldier. I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
  • MGMT's Kids from Oracular Spectacular repeats the chorus six times. The song only has two verses.
  • "We got repetition in the music and we're never gonna lose it..."
  • The Dollyrots's "Rock Control" goes on for a while. "Oh just try to scream along / This is not rock & roll / It's rock control / Oh just try to scream along / This is not rock & roll / It's rock control / Oh just try to scream along / This is not rock & roll / It's rock control..."
  • Iron Maiden's "The Angel and The Gambler", also known as "The Angel And The Never-Ending Chorus" for ending with ten repetitions of the chorus. In the same album, "Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger".
  • Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me. Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me. Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me. Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me. Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me. Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me. Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me. Feed the fire. Break your vision. Throw your fists up. Come on with me.
  • "I gotta feeling / That tonight is gonna be a good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night / That tonight's gonna be a good good night…
    • Imma Be, Imma Be, Imma Imma Imma Be / Imma Be, Imma Be, Imma Imma Imma Be / Imma Be, Imma Be, Imma Imma Imma Be ... (repeat ad nauseum; Todd in the Shadows pointed out the Title Drop happens 106 times, and that by the time he finished his review he would have listened to the phrase "Infinity times five times")
  • Brazilian band Los Pirata has the song "Nada". The lyrics are roughly:
    Nada,nada,nada,nada,nada,nada,nada,nada,nada,nada,nada... en mi corazón! ("nothing in my heart")
  • In Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine": "I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know..."
    • That was a Throw It In, oddly enough: Withers couldn't think of a way to transition between the verse and chorus, so he went for repetition.
  • We all know, yeah we all know, we all know, we all know, we all know we all know we all know we all know we all know, we all know, we all know, we all know. (Genesis, "Who Dunnit?")
  • Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks"
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
  • Several examples from The Beatles:
    • The last three minutes and eleven seconds of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is the same six-note guitar riff. Over and over again. Until of course, the riff cuts out half-way th...
    • "Number nine, number nine, number nine..."
    • "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" because of short looping lyrics. Fortunately, it's also an Ear Worm.
    • "Blue Jay Way" has a lot of "Please don't be long" and "don't be long" in it!
    • The secret "Inner Groove" track, if played as originally intended, will be this. Good thing auto-return was invented...
    • Na na na na na na na, na na na na, hey Jude...
    • The last part of "Tomorrow Never Knows". Of the beginning, of the beginning, of the beginning...
    • "The End" has "Love You" a total of twenty-four times, but it doesn't count because the guitar solo changes.
  • Many Armand Van Helden songs, eg "The Funk Phenomena", "The Ultraphunkula", and "The Witch Doktor".
  • Daft Punk's "Around The World", "Phoenix", "Get Lucky" etc. A lot of electronic music is based around repetition; it's just that Daft Punk is one of the few well-known acts that incorporates lyrics into theirs.
  • They Might Be Giants's "Ana Ng": "Everything sticks like a broken record, everything sticks like a broken record, everything sticks..." Lampshade, anyone?
    • Even after the lyrics break out of the loop, the notes for "a broken record" repeat one more time for good measure.
  • The MK remix of Nightcrawlers - "Push The Feeling On" chops up the vocals from the original and reassembles them into a Scatting loop. "Ir, their lives again ir, their lives to pull us" ad nauseam. It's a wonder this version was more popular.
  • There's actually an entire song that was built on this very trope: "This is the song that doesn't end/Yes it goes on and on my friend/Some people started singing it not knowing what it was/And they'll continue singing it forever just because/This is the song that doesn't end..."
    • And the Animaniacs version: "I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves. Everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves. I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves. And this is how it go-o-oes."
  • Brotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrotbrot
    • And don't forget "Little Wonder"
    "Sending me so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so, so far away, so far away, so far away, so far away, so, so far away"
  • Linkin Park's "Little Things Give You Away" and "Hands Held High" both have the last chorus repeated for over a minute...
  • Deep Purple had a tendency of sounding like this back in the old days. Especially during songs like "Black Night", "Hush" or "Smoke On The Water", where they could easily keep the same riff going for over 10 minues and just jamming to that...
  • The Who's Who Sell Out end groove is an almost endless repeat of "Trackrecordstrackrecordstrackrecords"
  • Pick a Rage Against the Machine song, any Rage Against the Machine song...
  • HEY MAAAMAAAAAAA I WANNA GO SUUUURRRFFFIIIIIIIIIING.
  • Some artists do/did this intentionally on vinyl editions of their album by ending their albums with a locked groove, which causes a part of a song to repeat indefinitely until the listener stops the record. As a couple of examples, Pink Floyd did this on Atom Heart Mother, looping the end of "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" with the sound of dripping tap water. The infinity symbol of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's first album F♯A♯∞, comes from the infinite loop at the end of the second side of the disc.
    • Beck's "A Western Harvest By Moonlight" has an infinite runout groove entitled "Styrofoam Chicken (Quality Time" that is only about a second long, but is looped forever. The only way to stop is to literally lift the needle off the record.
    • The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ends with studio chatter. It's quite disturbing.
  • Vocaloid Miku's song "Wide Knowledge of the Late, Madness". Watashi watashi watashi watashi watashi...
  • Nirvana's most glorious example is "Sliver" (49 repetitions of "Grandma take me Home! Grandma take me home!"). But many of their songs feature repeated phrases - most times, increasing the shrieking on each one.
    • Kurt Cobain seemed to love this trope. He used it regularly from his early work right up until his last song "You Know You're Right".
  • When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed...
  • One of the S4 League soundtracks has a funky remix of "Super Sonic". It goes something like this:
    Go let's go let's go let's SUPASO
    Go let's go let's go let's SUPASO
    Go let's go let's go let's SUPASO
    Go let's go let's go let's SUPERSONIC
    SUPERSONIC SUPERSONIC SUPERSONIC SUPERSONIC
    SUPERSONIC SUPERSONIC SUPERSONIC SUPERSONIC
  • The John Lennon song "John Sinclair" has the line:
    What else can the judges do?
    Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta,
    gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta,
    gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta,
    gotta, gotta, gotta set him free
  • The intro track of Orbital's second album:
    There is the theory of the Moebius, a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop, where time becomes a loop, where time becomes a loop, where time becomes a loop...
  • Da da da-da da da "Feel good ..."
    • Another Gorillaz example is Clint Eastwood ending with almost a full minute of 'My future is coming on, is coming on, is coming on, is coming on, is coming on, is coming on..' repeated over and over.
  • Metric has an interesting take with "Hustle Rose"
    Behold the fishnet slut tonight
    Hustle Rose goes from limb to limb
    Fingertip to painted lip she sways her way up to him
    Says, "Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    Now that your wallet is all lit up
    You're gonna wanna wear it out?"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away," from their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It repeats the title no less than 68 times during the entire song, yet it's considered their Signature Song (alongside "Under the Bridge," from the same album).
  • What Fatboy Slim is doing In Heaven.
    • Also from Fatboy Slim, "The Rockafeller Skank", in addition to the repeated "Funk Soul Brother" sample throughout the song, ends with "rararararararararararararararara..." like a skipping CD.
  • "Are we not men?" "We are Devo!" "Are we not men?" "We are Devo!" "Are we not men?" "We are Devo!" "Are we not men?" "We are Devo!" "We must repeat!" "D-E-V-O!" "We must repeat!" "D-E-V-O!" "We must repeat!" "D-E-V-O!" "We must..."
    • Best part? They once managed to keep this one going for about a half hour at a live show. But that point the whole audience was just about ready to storm the scene and beat them senseless.
  • Zac Brown Band, "Free": - "No, we don't have a lot of money / No, we don't have a lot of money / No, we don't have a lot of money / No, we don't have a lot of money / No, we don't have a lot of money / No, we don't have a lot of money / No, we don't have a lot of money..."
  • Milli Vanilli is the Trope Codifier of this: it was a skipping CD that instantly destroyed their lip-syncing career. Girl you know it's- Girl you know it's- Girl you know it's- Girl you know it's-
  • On Kiss Alive II, the song "Shout It Out Loud" ends with fans chanting "We Want Kiss!" over and over. Listen closely and you can tell the chant is a tape loop.
  • These New Puritans. In practically every song they have written, at least one lyric is repeated at least four times.
  • Michael W. Smith's "Let It Rain" from his Worship album almost falls into this trope with the single repeated line "let it rain, let it rain, open the floodgates of heaven", with the exception of a spoken interlude taken from Psalm 97:1-6.
  • "This is the story of a young heart, this is the story of a young heart,..."
  • The Sisters Of Mercy "Heartland", "This Corrosion", and "
  • An instrumental example: "The Guilty" from DJMAX Technika 2. TAN TAN TAN! TAN TAN TAN! TAN TAN TAN! TAN TAN TAN!
  • "Barack Obama" by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles was the first verse of "LSF" by Kasabian scored for strings and percussion with the lyrics replaced with the words "Barack Obama" repeated over and over. He would challenge both guests and the people that worked on the show to sing along to this. When he released his album The Parody Album, this song was included, except it had been re-scored for full orchestra. Oh, and the album version isn't just the first verse. It's the full track. That's three minutes singing nothing but "Barack Obama".
  • "Na na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na-na-na na-na-na na-na-na-na"
    • My Chemical Romance's aptly-titled "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" opens by repeating the syllable "na" forty-three times.
  • The Police do this all the time. I can't, I can't, I can't stand losing, I can't, I can't, I can't stand losing...
    I'll send an SOS to the world, I'll send an SOS to the world, I hope that someone gets my, I hope that someone gets my, I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle, message in a bottle...
    Sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS, sending out an SOS,
  • 850 Double Pumper Holley, 850 Double Pumper Holley, 850 Double Pumper Holley...
  • TV On The Radio does this at the end of a song appropriately titled "Repetition".
  • In "Whip My Hair", Willow Smith repeats the phrase "I whip my hair back and forth" 70 times.
  • Radiohead's "Sit Down, Stand Up" ends with Thom Yorke singing the phrase "The raindrops" 46 times in a row.
  • "WHEN IT'S TIME TO PARTY WE WILL ALWAYS PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD! PARTY HARD!"
  • Electric Six's "Nuclear War (On The Dance Floor)" features the line "You're a pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty girl!". That part of the song actually goes by quicker than you'd think, but still approaches Overly Long Gag territory.
  • The final minute and a half of Mr. Bungle's "My Ass Is On Fire" (not counting a Spoken Word in Music coda) is Mike Patton screaming "Redundant!" in increasingly screechy tones. "Egg" does much the same with "there's no place like home"
  • B-B-Big Sean, b-boy how big is you? Gimme all yo money and gimme all yo residuals then slap it on my ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass ass
  • Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so bad? Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so bad? Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so bad?
  • The Buzzcocks' "I Believe" spends its final three minutes on Pete Shelley repeatedly singing "There is no love in this world anymore!" in an increasingly agitated manner.
  • Parry Gripp does this a lot. Often his songs contain no other lyrics than one word or phrase repeated again and again.
  • Van Morrison was a frequent user.
    • "You breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out..."
    • "The love that loves to love to love that loves to love that loves to love..."
    • "Dry your eyes your eyes your eyes your eyes..."
  • The John Hartford song "Don't Leave Your Records In The Sun" mimics the result perfectly: "They just won't play just won't play just won't play just won't play just won't play just won't play just won't play just won't play..."
  • The Avalanches took this Up to Eleven with their song, "Etoh". The titular vocal sample is repeated through much of the song in different pitches. Despite that, it still manages to be a pretty good song.
  • George Harrison's version of "Got My Mind Set on You", which led to the "Weird Al" Yankovic parody "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long."
  • Andy Kaufman performs "I Trusted You."
  • Billy Joel uses some of this on the last line before each chorus in "Movin' Out". Thankfully the song only has three verses.
    Yeah, but workin' too hard can give you a heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack. You oughta know by know, you oughta know by now.
  • "Feliz Navidad". Dear god, "Feliz Navidad". The entire song is composed of sixteen words repeated ad nauseam.
  • The Shudder To Think song "X-French Tee Shirt" ends with the sentence "Hold back the road that goes so that the others may too that you let me in just to pour me down their mouths" repeated nine times before it fades.
  • John Mayer: "Say what you need to say, say what you need to say, say what you need to say, say what you need to say, say what you need to say..." One gets the feeling that the reason the girl he's singing it to isn't saying whatever it is she needs to say is that he won't shut up long enough to let her.
  • The last part of "Low Rider" by War..
    "Take a little trip, take a little trip, take a little trip, with me... take a little trip, take a little trip, take a little trip, with me."
  • The outro of blur's song "Peach" is meant to replicate the effect of a broken record. "Da daaa, da daaa, da daaa..."
    • "Jets" has six words: "Jets are like comets at sunset." Over and over. For six and a half minutes.
  • Nine Inch Nails uses this trope in spades in "Copy Of A". Basically the first line of every verse is a broken record. "I am just a copy of a copy of a copy [...] assembled into something into something into something [...] I am just a shadow of a shadow of a shadow [...] I am just an echo of an echo of an echo..."
  • Vicious Pink's cover of "Great Balls of Fire" skips on the last note as if the record were scratched.
  • J-Electro act 80kidz gives us: "This Is My Shit, This Is My Shit, This Is My Shit..."
  • Lorde: "...and she'll send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out, send... the call out..." at the beginning of "Team".
  • Down Low's minimalist song "You Don't … How We Do" appears to be little more than a single measure that is repeated for a few minutes. At least one critic preferred it over the fan favorites.
  • Jerrod Niemann (Covered Up Sonia Dada), "Lover, Lover": Nearly half the song is "Lover, lover, lover, you don't treat me no good no more." Some of it is an ostinato sung (by mutliple vocal tracks, all Jerrod) under a different verse.
  • Nicki Minaj's "You A Stupid Hoe." Those are the only lyrics, repeated ad nauseum.
  • Oneohtrix Point Never's Eccojams album (under the pseudonym Chuck Person) consists of sections of songs (often slowed down) being looped over and over again, such as "A7", a loop of Aphrodite's Child's "The Four Horsemen". Due to the looped sample-based nature of Vaporwave, many songs can sound like this if lyrics are involved, some even sounding like literal broken records.
  • Fall Out Boy's “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On a Bad Bet”: Head like a steel trap/Wish I didn't, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't/I don't...
  • Want a French example? Veteran rockeur Johnny Halliday's 1980s hit "Je t'attends" penned by Jean Jacques Goldman:
    Je t'attends, je t'attends, je t'attends, je t'attends,
    Je t'attends, je t'attends, je t'attends, je t'attends,
    Tout le temps, tout le temps, tout le temps, chaque instant,
    Je t'attends, je t'attends, je t'attends
    Depuis si longtemps.

    (I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, all the time, all the time, all the time, each moment, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, I've been waiting for you, for such a long long time!)

  • Phoenix's "Long Distance Call": "It's never been like that, it's never been like that, it's never been like that, it's never been like that, it's never been like that, it's never been like that, it's never been like that, it's never been like, I know!"
    • Similarly, "S.O.S. In Bel Air" goes, "Can't cross the line but you can't stop trying and you can't cross the line but you can't stop trying and you can't cross the line but you can't stop trying and you can't cross the line but you can't stop trying, can't cross the line but you can't stop trying and you can't cross the line but you can't stop trying and you can't cross the line but you can't stop trying and you can't cross the line but you can't stop trying..." It even spills over and overlaps with the chorus.
    • From the chorus of "Countdown:" "We're sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, we're sick for the big sun / We rumble and trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, I realize that too."
  • Mew's "The Zookeeper's Boy": "Are you my lady, are you my lady, are you, are you? My lady, are you, my lady are you, my lady are you, are you? My lady, are you, my lady are you, my lady are you, are you? My lady, are you, my lady are you, my lady are you, are you? My lady, are you, my lady are you, my lady are you, are you? My lady, are you, my lady are you, my lady are you, are you..."
  • "Everybody Loves Saturday Night." Made ten times worse by the fact that the lyrics repeat in multiple languages.
    Ev'rybody loves Saturday night.
    Ev'rybody loves Saturday night.
    Ev'rybody, ev'rybody, ev'rybody. ev'rybody,
    Ev'rybody loves Saturday night.
  • Pagan Muzak by industrial music pioneer NON is entirely built on this. It consists of a 7-inch, single sided record with 17 locked grooves that play loops of noise indefinitely.
  • "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" by Steam. The bridge-turned-final-chorus repeats the line "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye" at least 16 times (it fades in, and then out) over the course of two minutes out of the just-over-four-minute song. And The Other Wiki claims there's another version of the song that clocks in at six minutes and twenty seconds...
  • The New Pornographers have two songs that end in a similar fashion, "The Bleeding Heart Show" ("We have arrived... too late to play... the bleeding heart show") and "You Tell Me Where" ("You tell me where to be; I'll be there"). One review even compared "The Bleeding Heart Show" to "Hey Jude" in this respect.
  • Anthologies of children's songs can be particularly egregious offenders. So you've got 2-3 minutes of song to fill, but your verse is only 10 seconds long? No problem, just sing it again, and again, and again... No need for alternate verses or even variations in the music. Then repeat the process with more songs until your disc (or worse, multi-disc set) is full.
  • From the interlude in the Silencer song, "Slow Kill in the Cold": "I...I...I got blood on my hands...I...I...I got blood on my hands...I...I...I got blood on my hands". It even has a broken record scratch sound effect in between each time.
  • Mike Doughty seems to never tire of this. Pick any random Soul Coughing song and it's almost guaranteed to have a line or two repeated a ton of times.

    Toys 
  • In BIONICLE, the Bohrok swarms keep telepathically chanting "Must clean all. Everything must be cleaned."

    Video Games 
  • Mirror's Edge has a checkpoint conveniently placed right before Merc says "Faith... The trains... Take the trains..." The following maneuver (jumping off a bridge and onto a moving train) is quite difficult and usually results in the player dying and this line being repeated A LOT.
  • An early level of Lost: Via Domus, where the player is hiding from the Smoke Monster. Throughout this sequence, John Locke repeats: "Over here. I'm over here. In the banyan trees."
  • Wario's taunting on the pause screen of Wario World speaks for itself. Though, he DOES apologize if you stick around for long enough.
  • In games where the characters call their attacks, the player can often cause this at will by simply using the same attack over and over again (Especially likely to happen if the attack in question is a Game Breaker).
  • Denning of Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword is a morph created specifically to tell the heroes "This is a message from Lord Nergal. "I await you on the Dread Isle"", something he repeats over and over again, the only variation being his death quote, where he stops midway through. He is beloved by the fandom because of this.
  • EarthBound: Giygas, having completely lost it, spouts seemingly random phrases as you fight him, most prominently: "Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness..."
    • In MOTHER 3, during your Mushroom Samba on Tanetane Island, one of your hallucinations says to you, "You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten?"
  • In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, the final boss is Dark Mind. When you defeat him (rather easily), you end up in a regular level, after which you fight Dark Mind again. Then, you get another small regular-looking level, and fight Dark Mind again. This repeats for a few more times before he goes One-Winged Angel on you.
  • GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK!
  • Shu in Blue Dragon has "I won't give up!" as his personal motto. And he says it at virtually every opportunity. It's into the double digits by the time you finish the first disc.
  • In Mass Effect 1, during the Peak 15 mission, the Mira VI will remind you about the main reactor shutdown and the cut tram lines every few seconds until you've completed that portion of the mission.
  • In the Sam & Max: Freelance Police episode Reality 2.0, if you knock Bosco cold in real life, his internet avatar will do this.
  • A more literal example than most (i.e., due to something actually being broken in the game), Team Fortress 2 had the announcer endlessly repeating "Overtime! Oooverrrtiiime... Overtime! Overtime! Oooverrrtiiime..." during overtime in King of the Hill mode for about a day and a half. (Apparently the line was triggered whenever anyone got on or off the point, which was almost constantly.)
  • Used in the intro to Fallout, right after the camera ends its long zoom-out from a black-and-white TV to a ruined living room and surroundings with The Ink Spots song, "Maybe."
    Maaaaayyyyybbbeee...you'll sit, and sigh
    wishing that I were near...
    then...maybe/maybe/maybe/maybe/maybe/maybe...
  • One of the many beatmania inside jokes is a part of the song Red Rocket Rising being repeated for 4 minutes, in all it's glory.
    • TAKAKU.
  • Flight sims such as Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet have the "Altitude! Altitude!" warning ad nauseum when you're flying low.
  • Rebel Strike's version of Rogue Leader's Battle of Endor mission seems to have a bug that causes one particular voice clip to play repeatedly:
    WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME!
  • From Tsukihime, "This chair is an eyesore. Disappear! This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair!"
  • Portal 2 gives us the Space Core, a personality core who is obsessed with... well, guess. Even more amusingly, it's a foreshadowing of the ending.
    "Space, space, wanna go to space."
    "SPAAAAAAAAAAACE!"
  • From The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, "HEY! LISTEN!"
  • One reviewer said the first skin of Lumines ("Shinin', shinin', shinin', shinin'...") "almost turned me into Jack from The Shining."
    • Just about any song from the Lumines series counts. An example from Electronic Symphony: Hey boys, / Hey girls, / Start DJin'... / HERE WE GO! (now keep repeating those same lyrics over and over)
  • The PC port of Silent Hill 2 has an annoying glitch that causes the ambient music to do this. Also intentionally done with one of the musics in the alternate hospital (3rd floor main wing).
  • Any given Eggman boss fight in Sonic Adventure. GET A LOAD OF THIS! GET A LOAD OF THIS! GET A LOAD OF THIS! GET A LOAD OF- GET A LOAD OF- GET A LOAD OF THIS!
    IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS! IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS! IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS! IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS!
  • This has a tendency to show up the Tales Series, as a result of an attack being used repeatedly and/or a character having a very limited assortment of phrases they say when taking damage.
    • Tales of Legendia has multiple bosses who emit a Flat "What." every single time they get hit. There's also Mimi Baker, who shouts "Crummy!" every single time she blocks a hit, and shouts "Take this!" for almost every single swing she makes, even with her Bread Rain: Alpha that consists of close to a dozen hits delivered in the span of a few seconds.
  • In Tropico one of the Propaganda Machines repeats "Viva El Presidente!" uninterruptedly.
  • "Encroachment over 90%! Encroachment over 90%! Encroachment over 90%!"
  • Catherine gameplay in a nutshell: Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Undo. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge.note 
  • In Chapter 1 of Lollipop Chainsaw, there is a segment where you must defend a bomb cake from being detonated by zombies. During this segment, Nick will endlessly yell: "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!"
  • In the video game adaptation of Toy Story 2, during the final fight against Stinky Pete he'll repeatedly berate Buzz telling him "Go back to your toy chest!"
  • Final Fantasy X: During the attack on Home by the Guado, aside from the continual battle music, a man will constantly yell something in Al Bhed over loudspeakers that sounds, to some, like "I'M ANNOYING, HUH?"
  • Hong Kong '97: The entire soundtrack, as well as the only sound in the game, is merely a fraction of a song called "I Love Beijing Tiananmen" looped to a neverending extent. Even getting a game over and restarting the game doesn't stop it.
  • Dynasty Warriors:
  • 2014's Rambo: The Video Game suffers from this in two different ways. Firstly, the music score is made up of short, repetitive loops, something that quickly becomes very obvious even in the fairly short stages that the game features. Secondly, the last few stages have higher-level enemies who increase the damage output of any nearby normal enemies, which is achieved by having them endlessly repeat the phrase "Fight harder, comrades! He's a man, not a god!" until you kill them.
  • crossbeats REV. has its mascot Akatsuki cheerfully announce "MISSION CLEAR!' whenever you complete a mission. If you clear multiple missions in one song, it quickly becomes "MISSION CLEAR! MISSION CLEAR! MISSION CLEAR! MISSION CLEAR!"

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • Diabetus' commentary becomes this in one video, regarding savestate scumming:
    Diabetus: We should try savestating our commentary.
    Diabetus: We should try savestating our commentary.
    Slowbeef: We should try savestating our commentary, you said?
    Diabetus: We should try savestating our commentary -ing our commentary -ing our commentary -ing our commentary.
  • In Zero Punctuation, specifically in his review of S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky, he uses this twice to demonstrate how annoying the bugs are.
  • The general concept of the Stupid Statement Dance Mix, including such gems as "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!"
  • Eros in Thalia's Musings when Thalia gives him a talking-to about his "relationship" with Psyche.
    Thalia: Besides, it wouldn’t just be your soul’s babies she’d have. Have you two thought about that?
    Eros: Babies?
    Thalia: And she’s mortal. She’s going to get old and eventually die. Not only that, but your kids will be demigods. That means they can be killed. Have you thought about that, either?
    Eros: Babies?
    Thalia: Yes, little screaming nuisances who take a whole year to grow up. A year! Sometimes two, or even as many as five.
    Eros: Babies?
    Thalia: Do you need me to tell you how babby is formed?[1]
  • CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY. SWAG. CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY. SWAG.
  • Abe Lincoln in How Abe Lincoln Really Died does this repeatedly to antagonise John Wilkes Booth.
  • During the Judgement mini-arc in Vaguely Recalling JoJo, the only thing the fake Mohammed Avdol created by Judgement' says is "Leave it up to me!" while punching Polnareff in the face.
  • In Some Jerk with a Camera's ABC Goes To DisneyLAND video, when he talks about how The George Lopez Show's episode about Disneyland has an obvious bit of cross-promotion for the then-new Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror, he parodies this by having George Lopez get caught in an endless loop repeating "The New Twilight Zone Tower of Terror". Then Jerk-as-Rod Serling pops up to comment on it, before getting caught up in the same loop. This repeats two more times before Regular!Jerk manages to get them out of it.
  • Some Jerk with a Camera in his "ABC Goes To DisneyLAND episode":
    "The new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror..."

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Marge once said:
    Bart, you have roots in this town and you ought to show respect for it. This town is a part of us all. A part of us all. A part of us all! Sorry to repeat myself, but it'll help you remember.
    [later, Bart skateboards]
    Marge: [in Bart's head] This town is a part of us all. A part of us all. A part of us all!
    Bart: Wow, that does work.
    • "Can't sleep, clown will eat me"
    • "Dental Plan!" "Lisa needs braces!"
    • "CAN WE HAVE A POOL, DAD? CAN WE HAVE A POOL, DAD? CAN WE HAVE A POOL, DAD? CAN WE HAVE A POOL, DAD? CAN WE HAVE A POOL, DAD?"
    • Also in Lisa's dream after falling asleep in class about her enrolling in Brown County College "No not brown, brown, brown, brown" cut to Miss Hoover waking her up and asking "Are you okay? You're saying "brown" an awful lot".
    • You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad!
    • WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE? WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?
    • "ARE WE THERE YET?" "No!" "ARE WE THERE YET?" "No!" "ARE WE THERE YET?" "No!" "ARE WE THERE YET?" "No!" "ARE WE THERE YET?" "No!" "ARE WE THERE YET?" "No!"
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob does this a number of times, usually with Spongebob being the one to repeat phrases ad nauseum.
    • "I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready!..."
    • "*big gasp* Part two?! Parttwoparttwoparttwoparttwopartt- *prodded down*
    "Uh, please, don't do that."
    • "I've soiled the good name of the Krusty Krab!! Soiled it! Soiled it! Soiled it! Soiled it! Soiled it!..."
    • "The power within, the power within, the power within, the power within..."
      • In a literal example...
        I say "I'm already halfway there!" *cut to a record player with a broken needle, repeating the "halfway there" portion*
    • From "Graveyard Shift", "He... GETS YOU!" "AAAH! AAAH AAAH! AAAH! AAAH AAAH! AAAH! AAAH AAAH! AAAH! AAAH! AAAH! AAAH! AAAH AAAH! AAAH! AAAH AAAH!" "Spongebob, I-!" "AAAH! AAAH!" "I was just-!" "AAAH!" "I was-!" "AAAH! AAAH! AAAH! AAAH!" "SPONGEBOB, I WAS JOKING!"
      • From the same episode...]
      "Night, night, night, night, night, night, night, night, night, night, night, night, na-na-na-NI-NI-NIIIIGHT! NIIIIIIGHT!
    • "Can I come, can I come, can I come, can I come, can I come, can I come, can I come, can I come, can I come..."
  • Galaxy High: GALAXY HIGH! GALAXY HIGH! GALAXY HIGH! GALAXY HIGH! GALAXY HIGH!]]
  • Animaniacs:
    • From the Wally Llama episode:
    Wakko: Well we have a very very very very very very * Dope Slap* important question to ask you.
    • The dragon! The dragon! The dragon! The *klang*
  • Dora the Explorer is guilty of this trope, ad nauseam. The worst culprit is The Map.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In the old movie Quack Busters, Porky and Sylvester stay for a night in a haunted hotel. Sylvester tries time and again to warn Porky that they were in danger, but is rebuffed every time by the stubborn pig. Eventually, as Porky sings 'Home on the Range,' Sylvester, out of fear, cracks him over the head with his guitar, loads him into their car, and drives off, with Porky dazedly repeating the line he was singing before he was struck.
    Porky: (semi-comatose) And the deer and the antelope p-p-p-pl- And the deer and the antelope p-p-p-pl- And the deer and the antelope p-p-p-pl-...
    • Also in "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" the clones made by the aliens constantly repeat the character's catchphrases over and over, they also get stuck when talking in normal sentences, "I spwed sunshine and happiness whenever I can, I can, I can" and "Take some some o' these strange-looking wild cactus carrots! They're good for ya, for ya, for ya."
      • "I'm hunting wabbits. I'm hunting wabbits."
      • "Rackin-frackin' varmint. Rackin-frackin' varmint."
      • "You're despicable (BZZT) You're despicable (BZZT)".
    • The short "Thugs With Dirty Mugs" features this:
    Bank Clerk: You're a very bad boy shame on you, I'm going to tell! (thug hits him with a club) I'm going to tell!, I'm going to tell!, I'm going to tell!.
  • In the Screwy Squirrel cartoon "The Screwball Squirrel" at one point when he is being chased by Meathead the dog the animation frames and music repeat over and over until Screwy moves the needle on the record.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
  • The Great Grape Ape:
    • "Grape ape, Grape Ape, Grape Ape! Grape Ape, Grape Ape!, Grape Ape, Grape Ape!"
    • "YOW! A GORIL-IL-IL-IL-IL-IL-IL-ILLA!"
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Mom's Birthday", Candace goes to buy her mom a cute little sun dress that they saw in the window of a store. So, she keeps repeating, "Cute little sun dress, cute little sun dress, cute little sun dress..."
    • During The Stinger for the episode "It's About Time!", Lawrence (the dad) keeps rewinding the end of the audio tour tape he got from the museum so he can hear the part that goes "Fossils! Dun, dun, dun!"
    • Candace's stuttering at the end of "Picture This": "Bu-bu-bu-bu-but...bu-bu-bu-bu-but...bu-bu-bu-bu-but..."
      • One time, Candace stutters so much it takes all night until morning.
    • In "Cheers For Fears", Candace says she loves the giant scrapbook for Jeremy, leading her to say, "I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it..."
  • Squidbillies: When God takes a dump on your head, you just got to craft it into a hat that says "when God takes a dump on your head, you just got to craft it into a hat that says 'when God takes a dump on your head, you just got to craft it into a hat that says "when...
  • Invader Zim:
    • "I'm Dib! I'm Dib! I'm Dib! I am Dib! I'm Dib! I'm Dib! I am Dib! I'm Dib!"
    • "I'm gonna sing the Doom Song now!"
  • Adventure Time:
    • "Power of FROST! Power of FROST! Power of FROST!"
    • Bears bears bears bears bears bears bears...
  • From Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO..."
  • The Pinkie Pie clones from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Too Many Pinkie Pies" degenerate into this at several points. "Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!"
  • The Critic: BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK!
  • Family Guy, full stop. Just about every example listed at Overly Long Gag doubles as an example of this trope.
  • The Tick had Arthur's Evil Twin: "I, Arthur! I, Arthur! I, Arthur! I, Arthur! I, Arthur! I, Arthur! I, Arthur!"
  • Dudley Do-Right was replaced with a mechanical double once - all it said, over and over, was "Hello, Nell! Hello, Inspector! For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' ``Chuck him out, the brute!'' But it's ``Saviour of 'is country,'' when the guns begin to shoot!" The Inspector prefers this version.
  • Steven Universe: This tends to happen to the constructs of Rose's Room. In one instance, it was because the room was overloading due to having created too much. In another example, it happens due to Steven giving the construct a logical paradox.
    Steven: I don't want you to just do what I want.
    Cloud Connie: Uh, you want me to not d-do what you want?
    Steven: Are you all right?
    Cloud Connie: I want what you want, what you want-want-want-want *repeats*
    • Peridot does this with her tape recorder following her Heel–Face Turn.
    • In a Meta example, the 30-second promo for the "In Too Deep" event has this, with Pearl's "What we really are" line from the extended opening.

    Real Life 
  • The Ig Nobel award ceremonies employ a Deliberately Cute Child named Miss Sweetie Poo to cut off long speeches by repeating, "Please stop. I'm bored. Please stop. I'm bored. Please stop. I'm bored..."
  • A medical condition, Palilalia is the repetition or echoing of one's own spoken words. It can be a symptom of Tourette syndrome or obsessive–compulsive disorder.
  • Computer programs and logic cover infinite loops. Questions such as "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Or the logic bomb where "Bob always tells the truth. Bob just said 'I lie'."
  • This was a real issue that radio stations had to watch for back in the days when everything was on phonograph records with systems that automatically changed turntables. There is a too-good-to-be-true story passed around in the radio industry about a DJ who set up several records to go off one-after-another live and went down to the cafeteria for lunch. The speakers in the cafeteria was playing the station and when he got there a commercial for an audio version of Moby-Dick was playing but the record was skipping going "dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick..". The DJ rushed up the stairs to the station and upon entering the studio slapped at the record player in a panic. The record player went "dick.. dick - *Record Needle Scratch* THAR SHE BLOWS!"
  • Younger children often do this if they want to get a point across, especially to adults.
    • Inversely, adults also complain of being this in regards to trying to get a child to do something.
  • Actual broken records.
  • Anrab Goswami on live Indian TV.
  • A number of MP3 players, as well as some media players such as VLC have controls to do this. Some of them even allow to increase or decrease playing speed.


Alternative Title(s): Like A Broken Record

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