"Stupid drunken outtakes
Or an alternate mix
Or the whole band switches instruments
And takes a crack at track number six
Odes to inanimate objects
Unfunny inside jokes
Ad libs and off-key warbling
Stuff that doesn't rhyme"
— The Bobs, "Hidden Bonus Track" (which isn't)
It's been a good five minutes since the last song on the CD ended. By now you've kind of relaxed yourself (and by relaxing we most likely mean planning on spending the next 3 hours looking for examples for all those YKTTWs
), when, suddenly... is that... music?
Congratulations. You have just discovered a Hidden Track, the trope where the Easter Egg
and the Bonus Material
make love inside a music album.
At its most basic, the Hidden Track is just a song on the album that isn't on the playlist. However, musicians have sometimes played further tricks in order to play into the fact that they are rewards for faithful listeners who listen all the way through the album. Some have hidden it several minutes after the last listed song after some dead time. With Compact Discs
and digital technology, people have been able to play further tricks by hiding them in a Track 0 spot, or making them only accessible by computer or only when playing all the way through continuously.
The name harks back to when each song was a track running along the vinyl disc. The Beatles
are the Trope Namer
; they did it first on their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
. It's still a very widely used term for individual music pieces. If you knew this already, you should just roll your eyes at the lame squares who needed a widely used word explained to them. If you didn't then don't worry, those other people are jerks.
In video games, this trope covers music tracks that aren't used in the game but aren't so Dummied Out
that they're inaccessible without outright hacking the game. The hidden music might be accessible through the Sound Test
, or by inserting the game's CD-ROM into any ordinary CD player (taking care not to play the game data on Track 1).
This practice is dying out with the rise of iTunes and Digital Distribution
, partially because these services have lead to trends shunning albums, with material on the albums being more likely to be shuffled and thus not worth considering as much as a single continuous work, leading to more artists releasing more and more singles. Many songs that were previously hidden tracks are now being listed in album tracklists with many digital providers (even those listed under "Hidden in the Middle of the Album" below). It's also very easy to spot a hidden song when the last track is 20 minutes long. The music provider service Bandcamp allows artists to add hidden tracks to their digital releases, keeping the format alive in some respects. Some artists have also opted to keep bonus tracks available only on physical editions of the album.
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- AFI has pulled this off twice; once with The Art of Drowning 's "Morningstar", and once with Sing the Sorrow 's "...But Home is Nowhere".
- All Star United's self-titled debut had the hidden track "Vitamins". Their second album, International Anthems for the Human Race, had a hidden track called "Hurricane", a sort of sequel to "Vitamins". Then, on the same track, was another hidden song, a completely different take of the album track "International Anthem" played back at high speed. All told, the final track on the album contained three songs and was over eleven minutes long.
- All Time Low put a hidden track at the end of The Party Scene, immediately after the final song, "The Girl's a Straight-Up Hustler", called "Sticks, Stones, and Techno".
- Emilie Autumn puts TWO bonus and hidden tracks after Miss Lucy Has Some Leeches on A Bit of This and That. One an original song/short poem; another a cover.
- The Beatles did this on Abbey Road; "The End", which as the name implies is supposed to be the final track, is followed by ~12 seconds of silence and then by "Her Majesty". This happened by accident, but Paul liked the effect, so it was kept.
- The Barenaked Ladies song "Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel" has, after a much shorter pause, a short song known to fans as "Hidden Sun."
- BECK seemed to be pretty fond of doing this for a while:
- Mellow Gold: hidden track "Analog Odyssey".
- Odelay: hidden track "Computer Rock", which gets its own track on the Deluxe Edition.
- Mutations: "Diamond Bollocks" was hidden after the last track because Beck liked the song but felt it didn't fit in with the rest of the album. The UK version of Mutations averts this though: "Diamond Bollocks" is the last track on the album and is listed on the CD packaging.
- Midnite Vultures: a short untitled piece made of lounge music and static.
- Belle And Sebastian's 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light EP ends with the unlisted song "Songs For Children", which is on the same track as it's last listed song "Put The Book Back On The Shelf". While it still fits the "extra long final track" category, there's actually no more silence between the two songs than there normally would be if they were separate tracks. The compilation Push Barman To Open Old Wounds places it into the category of "hidden in the middle of the album" though, since the song still appears that way but isn't anywhere near the end of the track list.
- Another parody of the "extra long final track" version is on Ben Folds Five's Whatever And Ever Amen, where, after the final song "Evaporated," someone shouts "You want a bonus track? Ben Folds is a fucking asshole!". Some editions of the album forgo this hidden track.
- BT's ESCM has a very short edit of "Flaming June (Simon Hale's Orchestrata)" at the end of the last track, "Content", after a minute and a half of silence.
- Jimmy Buffett's album Banana Wind ends with the impressively long (nearly 10 minutes) track "False Echos (Havana 1921)". Then there's a sound gag in which Buffett and his bass man Ramos look for the hidden track. And then the hidden track, "Treetop Flyer", begins. The whole thing lasts 15 minutes, 54 seconds.
- The Butthole Surfers' Weird Revolution ends with a brief snippet of Gibby Haynes talking through a distorted effect meant to emulate a radio transmission from space, hidden about 18 minutes after the end of "They Came In". It's actually the original ending to the song "The Last Astronaut", which has him speaking through the same effect throughout - a version of "The Last Astronaut" with this portion intact can be heard on bootlegs of the Missing Episode album After The Astronaut.
- When Camper Van Beethoven reissued their album Telephone Free Landslide Victory with bonus tracks, they also added an extra track after a few minutes of silence - a dub-style experimental remix of the song "Heart".
- The title track on Catatonia's Way Beyond Blue is around 15 minutes, because it also contains 'Gyda Gwen', the final track of the For Tinkerbell EP, after a long delay and a minute or so of studio chatter.
- The final track of "Charlie & Lola's Favourite & Best Music Record" is an extended version of the show's main title theme. After about a minute of silence, an unlisted bonus, "It's Snowing!", in which Lola gets excited about the first snowfall of the season, set to a beautiful instrumental, plays.
- Several Chumbawamba CD's have hidden tracks at the end:
- The original 1988 version of "English Rebel Songs" ends with an unlisted reprise of the album's opening track, 'The Cutty Wren.'
- "Anarchy" ends with a reprise of 'Timebomb' - this time sung in a hilarious Elvis-style by a band member's father. (This proved popular enough that he was asked to perform the entire song for their live album "Showbusiness!".)
- The CD single of "Just Look At Me Now" ends with an unidentified men's choir singing the entirety of Welsh folk song 'On Ilkley Moor Baht'at'.
- After a period of silence, "Tubthumper" closes with a dialogue sample from the film 'Brassed Off.' (On editions that add bonus tracks, this is *still* heard at the end of "Scapegoat" even though it's no longer the last track.)
- "WYSIWYG" hides a synth-string rendition of 'I'm in Trouble Again'.
- "Uneasy Listening" has an extremely bizarre hidden track with spacey sound effects and slow, demonic-sounding chanting. This is actually an excerpt from an otherwise unreleased remix of 'Happiness Is Just A Chant Away.'
- Coheed and Cambria's album The Second Stage Turbine Blade contains "IRO-bot" after "God Send Conspirator", or after a bonus track, depending on the edition. "God Send Conspirator" itself features a short piano piece after it.
- Coldplay's album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends features one of these: "The Escapist", tucked away at the end of the song "Death and All His Friends". This was in addition to another example of the Hidden in the Middle of the Album variety, "Chinese Sleep Chant" (see below).
- Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions has "Subway Ride" as a hidden track following "Crash and Burn", the final track.
- Julee Cruise's The Art of Being a Girl has a hidden trip-hop remake of "Falling" (best known as the version of the Twin Peaks theme with Forgotten Theme Tune Lyrics intact). There's not that much silence before it though - "The Fire in Me" ends, a few seconds later there's a brief skit involving Julee singing in the shower, and then "Falling" starts about 30 seconds later.
- Dave Matthews Band has done this no less than three times: on Remember Two Things, after "Christmas Song" is an outro to "Seek Up" and some nature noises; on Before These Crowded Streets, after "Spoon" is a quiet tune called "The Last Stop (Reprise)"; and on Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King, after "You & Me" is a brief repeating snippet of saxophone.
- The Irish comedy band Dead Cat Bounce have one such track at the end of their 'Live at the Róisín Dubh' album (just after 'The Weeping of the Willows'), which they often play at the end of their live sets, as well. The singer notes, to the live audience present, that it is the 'super hidden bonus track,' and the band play it off as though the drummer wasn't told about the song beforehand. The rest speaks for itself.
- Counting Crows has done this at the end of Hard Candy and This Desert Life by placing a long period of silence after the last song followed by the hidden one. The hidden track on Hard Candy—a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi"—turned out so popular that it eventually garnered a single release and has now become a ubiquituous song in department store music rotation.
- Deftones' Around The Fur sort of has two: "MX" has a long period of silence, followed by "Bong Hit" (not a song so much as what sounds like someone chasing after some chickens), even more silence, and finally the actual song "Damone".
- Electronic legends Depeche Mode have a short reprise of the song "Wrong" after the final track ("Corrupt") of their 2009 album Sounds of the Universe.
- Descendents' Everything Sucks has a somewhat Surf Rock-influenced instrumental called "Grand Theme" hidden after the last track.
- The Desert Sessions' albums Volumes 7 & 8 and Volumes 9 & 10 contained hidden tracks that advertised upcoming albums on the Rekords Rekords record label.
- The bonus track on Dido's Life For Rent, "Closer", is generally reckoned to be better than anything else on the album and yet you have to wait through 2 minutes of silence on the final track to get to it.* On The Dingees' first album, the final song is followed by a few minutes of silence, then a dub remix of a prior track ("Could Be Worse").
- The end of Disturbed's Asylum has a hard rock cover of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" after "Innocence". The sad things, this was intended to be an extra final track but iTunes decided to split it, spoiling the cover long before the album came out. Salting the wound, the two are counted as separate tracks when the album is imported to iTunes, with "ISHWILF" having a minute-and-a-half silence before starting. Despite this, the cover is officially regarded as a hidden track, not listed anywhere on the album.
- Doba Caracol has not one, not two, but three hidden tracks on the album "Soley".
- All of Five Iron Frenzy's albums (except Electric Boogaloo) feature some kind of hidden track. Usually these were hidden in the final track after a long silence:
- Our Newest Album Ever! had "Godzilla", which was an extremely rough demo that ends very abruptly.
- Proof that the Youth Are Revolting featured Hilarious Outtakes from various concerts.
- Cheeses... (Of Nazareth) had a recording of the band messing around in the studio.
- The End is Near had another random studio recording, with one of the band members laughing uncontrollably at the suggestion that they "write some more songs!" When the album was rereleased as The End is Here, outtakes from their final live show were added to the hidden track.
- Godsmack's self-titled debut had an instrumental tribal set playing about two minutes after the end of the final track, Voodoo.
- "Nobody Listened" on Delta Goodrem's opus Mistaken Identity. Turning her 4 minute long "You Are My Rock" to a 8 minute long story.
- The debut CD by Gorillaz: Five minutes or so after "Left Handed Suzuki Method" (or "M1 A1" if you're not listening to the US version) is a bonus track, "Clint Eastwood (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Re-Fix)".
- Green Day's "Dookie" has "All By Myself" play after the last track "F.O.D.".
- The physical deluxe edition of Imogen Heap's album Ellipse featured one at the end of the disc of instrumentals. Since the song "The Fire" was already a piano instrumental, the instrumental disc featured "The Fire" simply as the crackling fire that played behind the piano piece. Meanwhile, the piano piece, without the crackling fire, was added to the end of the disc after thirty seconds of silence.
- Canadian band Hokus Pick had a hidden track on their album "Snappy," which was actually a 15 minute long Radio Drama spoofing Adventures in Odyssey, in which the band members were incapacitated one by one, and their show was performed by two chimpanzees, a poodle, and concessions vendor.
- Imagine Dragons' Night Visions has a short yet epic song called "Rocks" 17 seconds after the last song "Nothing Left to Say" ends.
- Incubus' S.C.I.E.N.C.E. features "Segue 1" at the end of the album.
- Jack Off Jill have one on each of their albums: 'Angels Fuck' on Sexless Demons & Scars, and a cure of The Cure's 'Lovesong' on Clear Hearts Grey Flowers. 'Angels Fuck' is programmed as track 99, meaning you have to skip through 86 blank tracks to get to it, and 'Lovesong' as track 66, which makes putting their stuff on your media player a pain in the arse.
- Jay Z's Blueprint album ends with a 14-minute long track entitled "The Blueprint(Momma Loves Me)". About 3 minutes of that track is actually Exactly What It Says on the Tin, however, two secret tracks ("Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise)" and a remix of "Girls, Girls, Girls") are included in the rest of the runtime.
- KMFDM's Nihil has a short but dissonant noise jam unofficially titled "Nihil" hidden a minute after the end of "Trust".
- Xtort also has a hidden track, which is a story narrated by Jr. Blackmail, a former member of the band.
- Cloak And Cipher by Land of Talk includes a short song with no known title hidden a minute after "Better And Closer".
- Quebecois absurdist singer duo Les Denis Drolet played with this on their first album: The last track ends with around five minutes of silence, before one of them declares angrily: "There's no hidden song!".
- Japanese Visual Kei artist Közi hid the intro to his song "MEMENTO" at the end of his album Catharsis. It fades out quickly right as the beat starts.
- The last track on the Hybrid Theory EP is the twelve-minute long "Part of Me", three-and-a-half minutes of which is the eponymous song. There is a short instrumental at the ten-minute mark, which is usually referred to by fans as "Secret" or "Ambient". The only thing notable about this song, aside from the fact that is sounds vaguely like VGM, is that elements were used four years later in "Session".
- The acoustic title track of Little Boots' Hands is hidden 2 minutes after "No Brakes".
- Amy MacDonald's A Curious Thing has a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" for a bonus.
- Marilyn Manson hid an answering machine message from an outraged parent of a fan at the end of Portrait Of An American Family. It's not exactly hidden after silence though - if you turn up the volume after "Misery Machine" you can hear a phone very quietly ringing for 7 minutes before you hear the message.
- Mastodon's Blood Mountain has a hidden voice recording from Josh Homme attached to "Pendulous Skin". Homme recorded the message, wherein he pretends to be a fan who found the band's demos and recorded his own voice over them, as a joke while recording his vocals for "A Colony on Birchmen" - Mastodon were amused enough to ask if it could actually go on the album. The message ends with Homme saying to "keep it real"…then a demonic voice repeating "REAL" and laughing.
- Paul McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard has an instrumental one of these.
- Meat Loaf's 2003 album Couldn't Have Said It Better hides "Mercury Blues" (a cover of the Alan Jackson hit) after about six minutes of silence following the last track, "Forever Young". The liner notes actually hint at a hidden track, with a picture of a hood of a mercury car (which is out of place given the rest of the liner notes), and on the page, a list of band members that are "on the bumper", which are the members of his backup band playing on the song. Clever, Meat!
- The Meat Puppets' Too High To Die has a re-recording of "Lake Of Fire" after a few minutes silence at the end of "Comin' Down". Some copies had stickers on the cover that ruined the surprise, presumably because the album was released the year after Nirvana covered the song for MTV Unplugged.
- Melvins' "trilogy" of The Maggot, The Bootlicker, and The Crybaby sort of used these as teasers for the next album in the series. The Maggot had a snippet hidden after silence that later turned out to be part of the opening track of The Bootlicker, The Bootlicker did the same with the first track from The Crybaby, and The Crybaby ended with... part of the first track from The Maggot, followed by someone yelling "Again!".
- Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion" features "Over My Shoulder," a hidden track after "Happy Ending." So if you weren't depressed enough after the Lyrical Dissonance and misleading title of Happy Ending, there was the hauntingly sad bonus track (about a man wandering the streets alone, cold and drunk) to back it up. The track was a bit of an Ensemble Dark Horse for reviewers, with many preferring it to the "main" songs.
- Mr Bungle's Disco Volante has an untitled one that consists entirely of noisy jamming and Studio Chatter, tacked on at the end of "Merry Go Bye Bye". Fans have mistakenly called this "Nothing" because the liner notes credit Danny Heifetz and Theo Lengyel with "Nothing" underneath the rest of the songwriting credits - in fact this was a Credits Gag about the fact that neither of these band members wrote anything on the album.
- Mushroomhead's XIII ends on track 13, with two versions of the "extra long": the original release contained a cover version of Seal's "Crazy," while another release had that AND a second unnamed hidden track afterward. Some online releases show "Crazy" as the 14th track.
- Sheila Nicholls' Wake ends with an extra track with four minutes twenty seconds of silence before it.
- Nirvana did this with their album In Utero, sticking the disorganised improv "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow through The Strip" after a long period of silence and making "All Apologies" look very, very long if you're using Winamp.
- Later pressings of Nevermind did this, too. After "Something In The Way", there's about 10 minutes of silence before the hidden track begins.
- No Doubt's Return of Saturn has an instrumental piano version of "Too Late" a few minutes after the last track "Dark Blue".
- Most of Nox Arcana's CDs are like this, sometimes with two or even three hidden tracks. For example, on Carnival Of Lost Souls, after the end of "Storm", there's a 2-minute silence before a new reading by Madame Endora is heard. Then, there's two more minutes before an eerie music box tune plays. Then, there's about thirty seconds before an epic rock remix of Spellbound. However, that last one is somewhat spoiled by the booklet's credit of "Guitar on rock version of Spellbound by..."
- The CD version of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange has "Golden Girl" hidden 90 seconds after "End". Faint static is heard in the 90 second gap and, if edited out, both "End" and "Golden Girl" segue into each other perfectly.
- The Offspring has done this with a few albums. Smash had "Come Out and Play (Acoustic Version)" after the song "Smash" finished; Ixnay on the Hombre' had a guy saying "I think you guys should try heavy metal, kiss my ass!", Americana had "Pretty Fly (Reprise)"; and Greatest Hits'' had "Next to You", a cover of The Police.
- ohGr's Undeveloped has "Collidoscope" attached to "Nitwitz" on the CD, but as an independent track in the digital download.
- The second album by Optiganally Yours, Exclusively Talentmaker, had nearly 30 minutes of silence at the end followed by... some noise. Noise that sounds somewhere between rubbing a microphone and scratching a record. To those familiar with how the Talentmaker works, it's clearly Pea Hix messing around with it in some way.
- One of the very first examples is Very by the Pet Shop Boys. The tracklisting tries to fool the listener by giving the final track length as 5:01, when it's actually around 8 minutes and is one of only two tracks where keyboardist Chris Lowe sings. The track wasn't named until the band posted the lyrics on their website, when it was officially titled, appropriately enough, "Postscript".
- P!nk has a short little song titled "Hooker" after "Love Song", the last song on her album "Try This".
- Plumb's self-titled debut album had "Pluto" hidden at the end of the final track, "Send Angels". Some Christian rock radio programs actually played "Pluto".
- Primus' Anti-Pop has "The Heckler" hidden after a long gap of silence at the end of "Coattails of a Dead Man". "The Heckler" actually dates back to their live debut Suck On This, and presumably they decided to revisit the song just because it was the only song on that album that didn't have a released studio recording at that point.
- Probot's self-titled album had "I Am The Warlock", a song featuring Jack Black, hidden after silence. Presumably it was relegated to a hidden track because it was sort of in the vein of Tenacious D, and could therefore be considered out of place in what was otherwise meant as a serious metal album.
- Radiohead's Kid A has a short chunk of silence after "Motion Picture Soundtrack", followed by a short instrumental and two full minutes of silence. The silences and hidden track are apparently supposed to be a part of the song proper.
- Rasputina's Cabin Fever ends with the downbeat suicide-themed "A Quitter", followed by an extended silence and a (slightly) Ominous Music Box Tune with a baby babbling along.
- Red House Painters have two, one on the final track of Ocean Beach and a rare hidden track on an EP titled Shock Me.
- Relient K's album Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... but Three Do has an untitled rap song... thing at the end of "Jefferson Aero Plane" after several minutes of silence. It kicks off with someone screaming "Pepperoni!", guaranteed to jolt you out of your seat if you left the player on and thought it was finished.
- Their first Christmas album, Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand, featured another hidden track at the end of "Auld Lang Syne." It was a clip from their version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," sped up to make it sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks, among other effects. Sadly, this wasn't included in the Updated Re-release.
- On the album Nevermind the Furthermore by The Remus Lupins, there's a track called Hidden Secret Bonus Track which starts 13 seconds after the end of the CD.
- Damien Rice's O had not one but two extra tracks attached to Eskimo: Prague and Silent Night. His album 9 can be found under Mixed below.
- Adam Sandler's "The Chanukkah Song 3" from the soundtrack CD for Eight Crazy Nights is the last track on the disc... and if you let it keep playing after it "finishes" you suddenly find that it starts up again with a radio-edit version (which replaces the lines "Jennifer Connelly is half-Jewish, too, and I'd like to put some more in her" with something a little safer for airplay).
- The original CD track listing on Santana's Supernatural ends with "The Calling". After a 7:48-long guitar jam, the music fades into silence...until the 8 minute mark, when "Day of Celebration" - with a surprise appearance of Eric Clapton doing vocals - closes out the album with a bang.
- On Sia's 2008 album Some People Have Real Problems, a hidden track called "Buttons" plays several minutes after the final track on the album, "Lullaby" (which are both in one track) finishes. Interestingly, an official music video was made for "Buttons", and (due to its surreal nature) the video and song are among some of Sia's most well-known tracks.
- Slipknot's self-titled album also had two in its original release, "Porn & Weed" and "Eeyore." Updated re-releases and compilations contain "Eeyore" as its own track.
- Spacehog have done this twice: One is an uncharacteristically creepy, eight minute untitled instrumental, hidden after the last listed track of Resident Aliennote . The other is a short song called "I Can Hear You", hidden after the last track of The Hogyssey.
- Squarepusher's single "My Red Hot Car" features an untitled ambient track 23 minutes after the final song, "I Wish You Obelisk".
- Purple, the second album by Stone Temple Pilots, has one of these. Its closing song, "Kitchenware and Candybars," ends at 4:25 with 30 seconds of silence before the entrance of "My Second Album," a goof on the idea of hidden tracks that sound nothing like what a band would normally play. In fact, the song isn't actually performed by the band at all, but by Richard Peterson, an eccentric Seattle street musician; it first appeared on one of his own self-released albums, almost 10 years before it ended up being a hidden track on Purple. Despite the fact that it's an unlisted song, Peterson does apparently get royalties for his "contribution" to their album.
- Tenacious D has two at the end of their self-titled album. A few seconds after the song ends, there's an outtake between JB and Kyle about belief in God. A couple of minutes after that, JB sings a song called "Malibu."
- Tool's debut album Undertow featured a phone message credited to "bill the landlord" 7 minutes after the final song "Disgustipated". The intervening space is filled with the sounds of crickets, which continues underneath the phone message.
- U2 has one on their greatest hits CD, The Best Of 1980-1990. After "All I Want Is You", there is about 45 seconds of silence before "October" (the title track off their second album" begins at around the 7:30 mark.
- Urge Overkill have a strange, sample-heavy hidden track after a long gap of silence on Saturation. It's been referred to as "Dumb Song" because Nash Kato can be heard saying "Dumb Song, take 9" at the start, but the official title is "Operation Kissinger".
- Armin van Buuren's Shivers album has the hidden orchestral track "Hymne", about a minute after the end of "Serenity". This was later used as the intro for "Sail".
- Sander van Doorn's album Eleve11 has a remake of van Doorn's "Intro Chants (Triarchy edit)", a mashup of his song "Intro" and Chocolate Puma's song "Chants", buried in the 19-minute track "Eagles" after an 8-minute wait. The song also swapped out samples from the Chocolate Puma song with van Doorn produced ones to help eschew legality.
- The W's had this on both their albums.
- Fourth from the Last ended with a parody of "Rock and Roll McDonald's" plugging their friends Five Iron Frenzy.
- Trouble With X ends with a recording of someone listening to an earlier track from the album ("Play the Game") and attempting to sing along. Attempting, and failing, hilariously.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "You Don't Love Me Anymore" on his Off the Deep End CD is 14:13 in length, though the song ends after only 4 minutes. The next few minutes are silence, ending in six seconds of ear-splitting cacophony officially titled "Bite Me." Al has stated that it is intended "to scare people to death" (it does, even without coming unexpectedly after 10 minutes of silence) and also is meant as a direct parody of the above mentioned "Endless, Nameless" (since Off the Deep End parodies Nevermind in its cover art and first track). The hidden track is not included on the cassette version of the album, for obvious reasons.
- If that's not enough, that Easter egg track contains a backmasking Easter egg of its own (believed by some to be the result of a mastering error and not intentional): reversing and slowing down the song will reveal a snippet of "Tears of the Earth" by David Hallyday, also released by the same record label as Off the Deep End.
- White Zombie's Astro-Creep 2000 has an instrumental officially called "Where The Sidewalk Ends, the Bug Parade Begins" fade in several minutes after "Blood Milk and Sky" fades out.
- David Wilcox's first live album, East Asheville Hardware Live, features (after a pause at the end of the last track) the sound of walking into a bar to hear David and a friend performing a (hilarious) country version of Eye of the Hurricane, one of his most popular songs.
- Robbie Williams albums from Life Thru A Lens onwards do this ("Hello Sir" and Escapology's "I Tried Love" are among the highlights; I've Been Expecting You has two hidden tracks, although their existence is lampshaded in the inlay; it cites credits for "tracks 12 and 13" of an 11 track album).
- In addition to this, the sheet music for the album includes the music for the hidden tracks, which are named "Stand Your Ground" and "Stalker's Day Off" respectively.
- He also lampshades the trope with the hidden "track" of Sing When You're Winning, which comes after twenty four minutes of silence, and consists of him simply stating that he's not doing a hidden track for that album.
- One issue of the music magazine Uncut included Acid Daze, a compilation CD of British psychedelic rock from the sixties and early seventies. A few minutes after the end of the final track, Donovan's "Atlantis", the opening shout of "Fire" by The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown can be heard ("I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE!"). Since the whole song isn't included, it was clearly just thrown in to make unsuspecting listeners jump a few feet out of their chairs.
- On the Command & Conquer: Red Alert soundtrack CD, after a minute or so of silence there's a remix of "No Mercy" a.k.a. the Brotherhood of Nod theme from the original Command and Conquer. A "surf" remix.
- The Digimon the Movie soundtrack, of all CDs, did this too. There was a small clue in the CD booklet about these hidden tracks to give the kiddies a chance to figure it out.
- The OST album for Dreamfall: The Longest Journey contains a hidden track repeating the game's Arc Words some 5 minutes after the end of the final song.
- On the Final Fantasy Song Book album, a lively version of "The Place I'll Return to Someday" plays after over a minute of silence on the final track, "Unfathomed Reminiscence."
- Halo's soundtrack CD has the piano tune "Siege of Madrigal" from Bungie's earlier game Myth, hidden in the final track, "Halo Theme", after a minute of silence. The Anniversary OST hides it at the end of the second track, which is the remastered version of the series theme.
- There's one in the Homestar Runner CD Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits.
- The soundtrack for Legally Blonde The Musical contains the theme for Kyle the UPS guy in the last 35 seconds of the last track after a long pause.
- The Ōkami soundtrack has one song that, if you let it play past the point where the usual Japanese-styled music fades out, rewards your patience with a fun Chiptune version of the Idaten Race music, a.k.a. Amaterasu's "theme".
- On the Silent Hill OST, the track "Silent Hill (Otherside)" has six minutes of silence before the actual song starts.
- The soundtrack to Lost in Translation includes Bill Murray's karaoke performance of "More Than This" by Roxy Music from the film, hidden after a few minutes of silence at the end of the last track. The song isn't listed on the back cover, but it is credited in the liner notes.
- The "final" track of The Verve's album Urban Hymns, "Come On", concludes with several minutes of silence followed by the hidden track "Deep Freeze".
- The Yes album Fragile has a reprise of We Have Heaven, a song from earlier in the album, hidden at the end of the album, seperated by a few minutes of silence. Also doubles as a Brick Joke, since the first time We Have Heaven is played it ends with a door closing and the music cutting off, and the hidden second time begins with a door opening
- A list of pre-gap tracks (most of which are before the first song, sometimes called "track 0") can be found here on The Other Wiki. Essentially, each track on a CD has Start and End markers; placing something before the Track 1 Start marker generates a pregap hidden track.
- The first pressing of Arcturus' La Masquerade Infernale has a bizarre example which is basically a short electronica piece featuring Garm reciting passages from the Book of Revelation. As with the Mayhem example directly above, it was removed from the remaster for unknown reasons, and considering the remaster was also Loudness War'd, this means the original pressing is definitely the version to get. (The album also has another easter egg: track 6 has 66 subtracks, meaning that at the end of the piece, the display on some CD players will show 666).
- British copies of Autechre's EP 7 have a seven minute pregap song, followed by three minutes of silence before the first proper song.
- Blind Melon's Soup has an untitled two minute experimental piece hidden in the pregap before the first track. It's essentially the band jamming along to an acoustic guitar piece by their friend Mike Kelsey, with backwards vocals from their song "New Life" laid over it.
- "Ambulance" on blur's Think Tank is preceded by a hidden track called "Me, White Noise".
- Calexico had a two-minute long instrumental song hidden in the pregap of Feast of Wire.
- Fall Out Boy has a hidden track in Folie a Deux before the first track: Lullabye, which requires the person to rewind the CD at the start of the first track.
- Five Iron Frenzy had the 10-second-long "What's Up" hidden at the beginning of All the Hype that Money Can Buy.
- Kylie Minogue hid the song "Password" at the start of the album Light Years.
- Sarah Masen's 2001 album The Dreamlife of Angels had the song "Longing Unknown" hidden before the first track.
- Mayhem's Grand Declaration of War has one of these on initial pressings, which was apparently removed or changed to silence on later pressings. It is a backmasked version of the final song on the album, "Completion in Science of Agony (Part II of II)".
- The Album Songs for the Deaf from Queens of the Stone Age has "The Real Song for the Deaf" as its pregap, which is, appropriately, a short electronica song entirely in the lowest audible frequencies and is meant to be audible to those who are actually deaf, via vibration.
- Some editions of Rammstein's album Reise, Reise contain a recording of the last moments of the black box recording for the Japan Airlines Flight 123 disaster (currently the worst single-aircraft accident in history) before the first song. It's a pretty horrifying listen. Unsurprisingly, it was removed from the Japanese editions of the album.
- The Sister Machine Gun album Burn contains a cover of "Strange Days" by The Doors in the pregap.
- Tait, a band fronted by Michael Tait from dc Talk, had several minutes of what sounded like intentionally bad singing into an answering machine in the pregap of the first track on their album Empty.
- They Might Be Giants' Factory Showroom album has the bonus track ("Token Back To Brooklyn") before' the first track of the CD. John Flansburg used the technique again for the second album of his side project, Mono Puff.
- Unkle's Psyence Fiction has "Intro (Optional)" hidden before the first track (but only on the Japanese version and some UK promotional copies). Making it a hidden track was probably the only way the band got away with having it be released at all, as the track manages to fit in samples of over 50 songs in two minutes - it's an homage to a similar audio montage from Contact and features miniscule clips of songs being played in reverse chronological order from the time the album was released (1998) to the mid-60's.
- The Final Fantasy VII Reunion Files soundtrack includes the iconic "One-Winged Angel" without the Ominous Latin Chanting in the pregap to the first song.
- The very first X-Files soundtrack (for the TV show) had a track 0. Since no CD players at the time could read track 0, the only way to access it was to rewind the first track beyond the beginning.
- The a capella "On Earth My Nina" uses the tune of "Thunderbird" reversed, and the lyrics are Mondegreens of the backmasked vocals. Ironically, the backwards version was released five years before the original song.
- The soundtrack to The X-Files: Fight the Future includes a secret track where Chris Carter explains the whole backstory to the conspiracy. A pity he didn't do it through, you know, the plot of the movie itself…
Unlisted independent track
- Alien Ant Farm's cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" was originally a hidden track on their first album, Greatest Hits, entitled "Slick Thief". The version people are familiar with was a re-recording they put on their second album, Anthology.
- Gary Allan's CD It Would Be You also features a hidden track, "No Judgment Day." The label was reluctant to add the song at all; making it a hidden track was the compromise.
- The Beatles did this twice.
- "Inner Groove" on British editions of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, was made by having an endless loop of laughter and gibberish right at the end in the inner groove where the vinyl needle stops, designed to play forever until the needle was lifted. Some fans consider it a coda to the preceding song A Day in the Life and CD versions append it to the end of that song.
- "Her Majesty" was an actual song on the Abbey Road album, and arguably the Trope Maker. It was supposed to be cut from the album, but EMI's policy was to never throw away anything that The Beatles recorded. So the engineer stuck it on the end of the master tape, preceded by 14 seconds of silence. It made its way into the final version when they played it back and the Beatles liked the effect. "Her Majesty" isn't hidden anymore, though—later prints of Abbey Road include it on the track listing.
- BECK's album Stereopathetic Soulmanure included "Ken" and "Bonus Noise"; the latter contains 5 minutes of silence before 11 minutes of tape experiments and feedback. Some pressings did not include "Ken".
- The Benjamin Gate's album [Untitled], has over 60 tracks of silence following the final listed song, and then the song "True (I Love You)".
- Blink182's live album The Mark, Tom and Travis Show, features 29 hidden tracks of onstage banter. Collectively, these short snippets are titled Words of Wisdom.
- Bloodhound Gang went nuts with this, putting 40-odd blank tracks at the end of their Hooray For Boobies CD, with Easter Eggs hidden at random among them. It played merry hell with your enjoyment when you put the CD on random.
- That's not true at all.... the hidden track (a compilation of outtakes from the HFB sessions and, if you bought the UK CD, a snippet of Jimmy Pop on Love Line) is the final track on the disc.
- "Hefty Fine" ended with a brief sound byte of Bam Margera giving his opinion on hidden tracks.
- The original version of "One Fierce Beer Coaster" (with 'Yellow Fever' intact) had a long hidden track containing, among other things, a jaw-droppingly homophobic televangelist and a loooong answering machine message from an extremely drunk woman.
- The Blue's Clues album "Goodnight, Blue" has a bonus at the end called "Hidden, Blue's Dream" that isn't listed on the album itself, though plays as a separate track. There's just under two minutes of night noises and snoring before the dream part actually starts.
- Bowling for Soup's album A Hangover You Don't Deserve has about 30 or so extra tracks at the end that are just a few seconds of silence. There are two bonuses on the last two unlisted tracks just before the album ends.
- Built To Spill's There Is Nothing Wrong With Love ends with the unlisted track "Preview": The track is introduced by Record Producer Phil Ek as "a preview of the next Built To Spill record", but it's really a series of snippets parodying different rock subgenres; none of the songs actually turned up in full on any subsequent albums.
- C418 hid "What now?" at the end of Life changing moments seem minor in pictures. As this album was released on Bandcamp, it is impossible to hear the song (or even know it's there) without buying the full album.
- The Clash's album London Calling included the song "Train in Vain" as an unlisted track. However, it wasn't intended to be secret. It was simply added at the last second after the album sleeve had already been designed, and the Non-Appearing Title was scratched into the inner ring of vinyl on the record itself. Ironically, the song wound up becoming the band's first major American pop hit. By the time the album came out on CD, the song was given its own track and appears on the track listing.
- Coheed and Cambria's album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 features the song "21:13" after 12 blank tracks known as "A Lot of Nothing I-XI".
- Coldplay's third album, X&Y, features the hidden track "Til Kingdom Come". It was written by Coldplay for Johnny Cash, but he died before he could record it, so Coldplay recorded it themselves. While it was a separate track, the last listed track, "Twisted Logic", was also given an extra long period of silence at the end in order to better hide it.
- Covenant's latest album, Modern Ruin, has a hidden drone/dark ambient track titled "Modern Ruin Part II"; this is only on the CD and not the digital releases. Ironically, the digital version still has the two minutes of silence at the end of "The Road".
- Cracker's Kerosene Hat has several hidden among a bunch of short silent tracks: track 69 is "Euro-Trash Girl", Track 88 is "Ride My Bike", and track 99 is a short outtake of the title track. Oddly enough, the last listed track, "Hi-Desert Biker Meth Lab" is also preceded by a couple of tracks of silence.
- Gentleman's Blues has "Cinderella", a song featuring guest vocalist L.P., hidden after four tracks of silence and three unlisted tracks of a touch-tone phone being dialed. All three of the touch-tone tracks correspond to actual working phone numbers (or did at the time of the album's release).
- The Cruxshadows' Ethernaut has three hidden songs; the first, "Esoterica (Through the Ether)" plays immediately after the last listed track, the second, "Helen", is hidden behind three tracks of silence, and the third, "Live, Love, Be, Believe(Recalling the Dream)" plays after yet another silent track.
- Dynamite Hack's Superfast has three tracks hidden this way, but only one contains actual music: "Just Another Day" is a snippet of Studio Chatter, and "Laughter" is, well, a deliberately annoying two minute loop of band members laughing. The actual song hidden among silent tracks is more interesting - a Softer And Slower Cover of their song "Anyway" (officially titled "Anyway (Mellow Version)") performed by vocalist Mark Morris' sister, Emily. Digital versions of the album just place "Anyway (Mellow Version)" as track 13, eschewing both the silent tracks and the non-musical hidden ones.
- Eels' album Daisies of the Galaxy has the album's first single, "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues," as an unlisted track. The artist didn't want to include it, but the label insisted, so it being unlisted was the compromise.
- The back cover of Five Iron Frenzy's Quantity is Job 1 EP only listed 8 tracks. The liner notes listed "These are Not My Pants (The Rock Opera)" as the 9th track, but it's actually 8 tracks long itself. It's then followed by track 17, which consists of about three minutes of silence, and then a recording of the band messing around in the studio.
- Heatmiser's Mic City Sons has "Not Half Right" as an unlisted twelfth track - Elliott Smith would later do a solo version of the song under the title "Half Right".
- Subverted by the album Witching Hour by Ladytron. The final track is nine minutes long, which would normally scream "hidden track". However, this last indexed track is entirely blank. It did not appear on some pressings of the album.
- Japanese visual kei artist Közi's album Iyazoi no Tsuki features an instrumental version of "Kaikou" as track 16. Tracks 11-15 are varying lengths of silence.
- L.E.O.'s album Alpacas Ogling had a hidden cover of Electric Light Orchestra's "Don't Bring Me Down" - notable because the entire point of the band was a Genre Throwback-like attempt to emulate ELO. The digital version of the album leaves the cover unhidden and places it alongside the bonus track "Money and Music".
- Live's song "Horse" on Throwing Copper, which is unlisted but kicks in a few seconds after "White, Discussion" ends.* Marilyn Manson's album Antichrist Superstar featured a hidden track (known as "Empty Sounds of Hate") as track 99. The tracks in the middle are 4 seconds each.
- Los Campesinos!!' debut album, Hold On Now, Youngster... contains an unlisted track, the largely instrumental "2007: The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)" as its 12th song. The band claims its supposed to be an epilogue and not an actual song on the album, hence it being an unlisted, separate track and not hidden after the 11th song.
- Dave Matthews Band, on the original CD release of Under the Table and Dreaming, put the song "#34" as track 34 on the CD, and put 22 blank tracks between it and the eleventh song on the album, "Pay For What You Get".
- Early printings of Paul McCartney's Driving Rain have "Freedom" as a hidden track. The song was recorded in October 2001 as a response to the 9/11 attacks, and the album was released in November 2001. There was no time to change the outer packaging to reflect the addition. It wasn't much of a secret though: Given why "Freedom" was recorded, Capitol decided to announce its presence on the marketing stickers. It still counts because the stickers are gone as soon as the CD is unwrapped. (The later editions with the coloured cardboard sleeve make the track's existence fully open.)
- Ministry have had hidden songs as separate tracks on a few occasions:
- Dark Side of the Spoon has "Linda Summertime" as track 69 - it's apparently a recording of a woman singing over the phone on a call-in radio show of some kind.
- Houses of the Molé has hidden songs on tracks 23 and 69 - "Psalm 23" is an extended version of the album's opening track "No W", while "Walrus" is a strange instrumental that sounds the same when played in reverse.
- Cover Up has hidden songs on tracks 24, 44, and again, 69 - tracks 24 and 44 are both alternate versions of their "What A Wonderful World" cover, while track 69 is a fan singing "Stigmata" In The Style Of Willie Nelson.
- Allison Moorer's The Hardest Part featured a hidden track, "Cold, Cold Earth," a song about her parents' murder-suicide.
- Mudhoney's My Brother The Cow has the hidden 13th track "woC ehT rehtorB yM". As the sdrawkcab title would suggest, it's just the entire 39 minute album played backwards.
- My Chemical Romance has "Blood" in the album The Black Parade which is a distinct track but also only starts after a minute and a half into that track.
- The New Power Generation (one of Prince's songwriting outlets) hid "Wasted Kisses" as track 49 on their album Newpower Soul.
- Nine Inch Nails' Broken has "(You're So) Physical" and "Suck" as tracks 98 and 99 (or 7 and 8, on some editions.) While not listed on the back cover, there's a slight hint to their existence in the liner notes - since one is a Cover Song originally by Adam Ant and the other was Reznor's own version of a collaboration with Pigface, there's a songwriting credit listed for both. The songs were hidden as TVT, NIN's label at the time, refused to release both the cover and the collaboration. This is averted by the first pressing of Broken, which featured "Physical" and "Suck" on a separate 3" CD.
- Nirvana did this with their album Nevermind, having the dissonant jam "Endless Nameless" show up after a long silence as an independent track (as opposed to "Gallons", which was pretty much pasted onto "All Apologies"). Notably, an error left early editions lacking "Endless", which drew complaints from Kurt Cobain. "Endless Nameless" has remained unlisted on the back cover of Nevermind to this day, even if it is on all copies now.
- Oasis' greatest hits album Time Flies features "Sunday Morning Call" — the only UK single not on the main tracklisting — as a hidden track after "Falling Down". The reason for this is unknown. In fact, the American version of the album drops the unlisted "Sunday Morning Call" for "Champagne Supernova" and the Japanese version puts it after "Don't Go Away" (both were released as a retail singles in those countries) instead of "Falling Down", so some fans might not even know that "Sunday Morning Call" was supposed to be there at all.
- "Verse Chorus Verse" (AKA "Sappy"), Nirvana's contribution to the charity compilation No Alternative, was unlisted at the end of the album at the band's request. Apparently this was an effort to not overshadow the rest of the album, as at the time they were easily the most popular band who had contributed to it. Of course, word quickly got out anyway...
- Optiganally Yours's first album, "Spotlight On Optiganally Yours", had a bonus track officially titled "I Will Always Love You". Based on the liner notes and keyboardist Pea Hix's habit of collecting people's old home movies that they accidentally donated to thrift stores and the like, it's most likely someone's old tape of their daughter singing the Dolly Parton song of the same name. Badly. With Hix attempting to accompany it on his Optigan. Also badly.
- Prince hid the song "Laydown" as track 77 on his album 20ten.
- Some editions of Radiohead's Pablo Honey include the radio edit of "Creep" (which replaces "you're so fucking special" with "you're so very special") as an unlisted track.
- Gerry Rafferty's "Another World" included the hidden track "The Grinches."
- Rascal Flatts's album Feels Like Today had a hidden track called "Skin", which was made hidden because the label wouldn't let them put twelve songs on the CD. After a DJ at WUSN in Chicago heard the song, he began playing it on-air, giving it enough of a boost to enter Top 40 despite not being a single. As a result of its success there, the label later released it as a single (under the title "Skin (Sarabeth)") and officially added it as a listed track on later pressings of the album.
- She Wants Revenge's self-titled album that was released in 2005 that does this whole thing in a pretty creative way. Instead of there being five minutes of silence at the end of the last track, there are about fifty 5-second tracks full of silence before the hidden track, which is arguably the best track on the album.
- "One Day" from Skinny Puppy's Bites (1993 edition and up).
- Silversun Pickups' EP Pikul has 7 listed tracks, with the song "Sci-Fi Lullaby" hidden after several tracks of silence.
- Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin place an unusual hidden track at the end of their album Spin: a lengthy instrumental prelude to the album's cover of "Eight Miles High". The music fades out at the place where the song begins.
- The Stone Roses' "The Foz" is hidden after 12 short silent tracks on Second Coming. Presumably just to mess with the listener, there are eight more tracks of silence after that too, with nothing else hidden after them this time.
- Subverted by Tool's debut album Undertow. While "Disgustipated" is clearly listed as track 10 on the packaging, most editions featured it as track 69. Some editions of the album featured as track 30, track 70 (in Japan, which contained "Opiate" as track 10) or just plain old track 10. A European repress of the album hid "Disgustipated" by placing it on the same track as the previous song, "Flood", after a minute of silence. As listed above, "Disgustipated" features its own hidden message at the end.
- Several music critics bemoaned the composition of U2's Best of 1980-1990 for excluding "October", proving that they looked at the track list rather than listen to the album. They'd have found it hidden at the end.
- The Keith Urban song "You're Not My God" (about getting over drug addiction) has a hidden track after it.
- There's an instrumental 11th track on Woven Hand's Ten Stones.
- Xorcist's Scorched Blood EP has one, partly hidden by a minute of silence at the end of "Scorched Blood (Rising From The Ashes)".
- The IDM compilation Autonomous Addicts has its final track, "808303", hidden after three blank tracks.
- The trance mix album Tunnel Trance Force Volume 13 has a one-minute clip of "Blue Lagoon (Bervoets & De Goejj Remix)" by Nudge & Shouter/Tunnel Allstars.
- Dramarama have several songs (with no official titles) hidden among silent tracks on their album Everybody Dies. More unusual are "Steve Is Here" from Vinyl and "Hey Grandpa" from Hi-Fi Sci-Fi, both of which are unlisted individual songs split up into many very short tracks of a few seconds each. That format could prove irritating if you had a cd player that automatically inserted silence between tracks, let alone if you decided to put the CD on shuffle... But thankfully, the digital versions of Vinyl and Hi-Fi Sci-Fi include "Steve Is Here" and "Hey Grandpa" as single tracks.
Hidden in the middle of the album
- The Beatles hid a short piece on their self-titled album after "Cry Baby Cry" which is usually referred to as, "Can You Take Me Back".
- Beck's album Midnite Vultures contained a segue between "Mixed Bizness" and "Get Real Paid" of two robots having sex, while spray painting sound effects segued between "Beautiful Way" and "Pressure Zone". These were added to flesh out the concept of the album and are usually listed as separate tracks on digital retailers.
- Coldplay's album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends features "Chinese Sleep Chant" hidden in the same track as the listed song "Yes". The album also has an Extra Long Final Track variant, "The Escapist" (see above).
- The Crystal Method's Vegas has a short track hidden in the pregap to "Comin' Back".
- One-album trance artist Dejin's As You Dream has an unlisted thirteenth track, "Color of the Sky", between "Andromeda Strings" and "Ocean Blue".
- The Dingees' The Crucial Conspiracy has "Conspiracy Against the Youth" in the middle, stuck at the end of the track "Moving Underground".
- Dir En Grey hid nearly all of "GAUZE -mode of eve-" as a pregap on the end of "Akura no oka", on their album GAUZE.
- Five Iron Frenzy's Upbeats and Beatdowns featured an unlisted 16th track, but the majority of the recording (the outtakes from "Combat Chuck"'s spoken-word intro, and the background shouting from the "Beautiful America" finale) is in the three-minute-long pregap between track 15 and 16.
- Front Line Assembly's Civilization hides "Parasite" between "Fragmented" and "Dissident".
- CD copies of Goldie's album Saturnz Return featured an eight minute ambient piece titled "The Dream Within" directly after "Truth", in the style of an extra long hidden track. However, since was the end of the first disc, the song is effectively hidden in the exact center of the album.
- Havalina Rail Co.'s self-titled debut album has an unlisted cover of Woodie Guthrie's "Take You Rid'n in my Car" at the end of "Train Song".
- A rather obscure Christian Rock band called Human buried an unlisted cover of U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky" between tracks 5 and 6 on their one and only album Out of the Dust.
- Limp Bizkit's debut album, Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, contained the song "Blind" hidden after "Faith".
- Significant Other featured the song "Everyday" between "N 2 Gether Now" and "Trust?", the song "Yeah Y'all" between "Trust?" and "No Sex", and several hidden skits throughout the record. The album ends with two hidden tracks ("Radio Sucks" and "The Mind of Les"), followed by a short blank track to preserve the pregap hidden nature of the work.
- Marillion's concept album Brave contained one on its vinyl pressing. The final side of the album features the song "The Great Escape", however this side is double-grooved. The needle will either land on the groove that plays "The Great Escape" and "Made Again", representing the happy ending to the story; or "The Great Escape (Spiral Remake)" and twenty minutes of water noises, representing the downer ending to the story. The CD version contained the happy ending, while the film version contained the downer ending.
- Maxwell's album Now lists "Get to Know Ya" as track 1 and "Lifetime" as track 3. The first two notes of "Get to Know Ya" appear as track 1 while the rest of the song is on track 2.
- Sarah McLachlan's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is this variant in the international editions; there's an acoustic version of "Possession" after track 12 which is the final track in the US edition but in the UK and Japan release there's a track 13 after that.
- The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief vinyl record was billed as a three-sided album, which could have been written off as a joke...but it's true. Side 2 has two completely different grooves cut side-by-side; the needle could land arbitrarily on one or the other. Since the record has no selection list, it could take a while to realize it. The CD version contains all of side one, followed by sides two and "three".
- Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile features a slight segue into "10 Miles Migh" after "The Mark Has Been Made", only to hard cut into "Please".
- Pat Metheny Group's album Quartet" features a hidden bass and piano duet at the end of "Sometimes I See".
- Imaginary Day features a 23 second hidden segue between "The Heat of the Day" and "Across the Sky". The intro to "The Roots of Coincidence" is also hidden directly before the song proper.
- Speaking of Now features a hidden intro to "On Her Way" before the song proper.
- REM's Up hides "I'm Not Over You" in the middle of the album, rather than the end.
- Rilo Kiley's "And That's How I Choose To Remember It" is unusual in that it's broken into three parts that are hidden in the pre-gap tracks of different songs on The Execution Of All Things: The first verse comes after "So Long", the second comes after "My Slumbering Heart" and finally the third comes after "Spectacular Views", the album's last song (like the Limp Bizkit example above, a short silent track follows.) It's only sort of hidden, in that the back cover lists the title as though it's the last track on the album.
- The CD version of Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever has a short segue after "Running Down a Dream", referred to as "Hello CD Listeners...":
Hello, CD listeners. We've come to the point in this album where those listening on cassette, or records, will have to stand up, or sit down, and turn over the record. Or tape. In fairness to those listeners, we'll now take a few seconds before we begin side two. [pause] Thank you. Here's side two.
- Sigue Sigue Sputnik hid commercials between songs on their debut album Flaunt It. Several commercials advertised real products, such as L'Oreal Studio Line hair gel and i-D Magazine; the album ended with a message that the album was "brought to you by EMI" and that the band had intentions to buy their label.
- Spinal Tap's Break Like the Wind album has an unlisted and untitled Track 13.
- The Tea Party's Transmission has two pieces hidden in the pregap between other songs: Between "Babylon" and "Pulse" is a two minute instrumental called "Embryo"; and between "Release" and the title track is an untitled 15 second sound collage.
- One edition of The Ramones' Loco Live has a version of "Carbona Not Glue" that went unlisted and was indexed on the same track as "Pet Sematary", which was track 17 of a 32 track album note . There was actually a legal reason for this: "Carbona Not Glue" was originally deleted from their album Leave Home because of a potential lawsuit, as Carbona is a trademarked brand of cleaning solvent. Though Loco Live was released 14 years later, apparently there was still enough risk that they had to try to sneak it by.
Accessible by other technology
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has a hidden track "Alucard's Vengeance" on the PlayStation version which can be heard by playing it on an audio CD player.
- The original Monster Rancher game had a strange techno track available if you put the disc in a CD player. This is highly appropriate since the game itself has a feature intended to read CDs and generate monsters from the data stored on them (some special CDs would even unlock secret monsters).
- When The Dillinger Escape Plan and Mike Patton's Irony Is a Dead Scene is placed in a computer's cd player, a video file appears in the directory — it's a short montage of behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album, mainly Patton recording vocal tracks. There is nothing on the packaging indicating this cd-rom material is there.
- Fear Factory's Transgression has an extremely hard to find song called "My Grave" only accessible by digital download by putting the CD into a CD-ROM drive and accessing the shortcut. Good luck trying to find it though, its link died years ago making it exceedingly rare to find.
- Information Society has a track at the end of Peace and Love, Inc. that was meant to be placed into a dial-up modem of the time in order to decode it. It's the band's lead singer talking about a surreal experience he had in Brazil.
- Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals hidden track came in the form of a program that automatically ran when the CD was placed in a computer.
- Dragon's Fury, the Technosoft-developed Sega Genesis port of Devil's Crush, had special passwords that switched the music with tracks from previous Technosoft games such as Thunder Force II and Herzog Zwei.
- The Japanese version of Super Double Dragon, which is more complete than the US version and had several stage musics changed, has two unused songs in its sound test. The first is the title theme from the US version (the JP version uses the classic DD theme), which was meant for the credits, the latter is Duke's Theme, which was supposed to be the Final Boss music.
- Zanac has a hidden track, which can be heard in the sound test or by pressing a certain button combination in Area 10.
- In addition to the above listed Secret Song, the CD ofStrong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits includes a movie file containing a music video for "These Peoples Try to Fade Me".
- If you were to play "Weird Al" Yankovic's Running with Scissors CD on a PC, you might find a rather enlightening documentary of what it's like to grow up as a polka-obssessed white accordion player in an all-black family.
- The Final Fantasy XIVA Realm Reborn OST includes the entire soundtrack in 320K MP3 format, along with a single bonus track in a password-protected ZIP file: the password is 'gilgamesh', and the track is a remix of his iconic theme, "Battle on the Big Bridge."
- The soundtrack for Chrono Trigger featured the time travel sound effect at the end of the first and second discs, and at the start of the second and third discs (not as a pregap track.)
- Jarvis Cocker's self-titled album has "Running The World". What version of the trope it takes depends on which format you have it in.
- The CD version has it hidden after 30 minutes from the final track.
- The vinyl version just included it as a separate single.
- Soul Junk's album 1956 is inconsistent on this. There are two tracks that come after two minutes of silence following the final proper song—but they're listed right on the back cover (though specifically labeled as "bonus tracks").
- Sound Horizon often includes Hidden Tracks on their albums, some of which are damn near impossible to discover; Nobody's managed to find the alleged hidden track of Seisen no Iberia, for example.
- Sponge's Rotting Pińata has a track called "Candy Corn", which is hidden in the gap between the last listed song and a short track of silence.
- The Skunk Anansie album Stoosh includes both a funky (in multiple senses of the word) jam in the pregap and a rather disturbing loop of laughter several minutes after the last song.
- At first, Boards of Canada's "Farewell Fire", the last song on The Campfire Headphase, seems to be another hidden track fake-out, as it fades out completely with about four minutes of silence at the end. However, there sort of is something hidden there - if you turn the volume up enough, you can hear that the song didn't fully fade out after all, and it's still playing at an extremely low volume for the rest of the track's run time. BOC are just fond of messing with listeners like that.
- Not exactly an inversion: on The Bobs album Coaster, there is a track titled "Hidden Bonus Track" [see above]. It offers the group's typical ironic pop-culture commentary, but, ironcally, isn't hidden in any way; it appears as a regular track in the middle of the album and is clearly listed and identified.
- In Gradius III(arcade)'s third stage, if you destroy a certain enemy generator, the music changes to a medley of "Free Flyer" from Gradius I, "Fly High" from Salamander, and "Burning Heat" from Gradius II.
- Follow The Leader by Korn is a hidden album - the first 12 tracks on the disc consist solely of silence, with the actual music not kicking in until track 13.
- Likewise, 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra started the album on track 13. The album opens with an intro of feedback, which is divided amongst the 12 previous tracks.
- Damien Rice's 9 had a really long final track that went on for over 21 minutes. It featured "Sleep Don't Weep" followed by 16 minutes of wine glasses, Tibetan singing bowl and gibbering in Czech. Then the actual hidden track, "The Rat Within the Grain" came after as an unlisted number.
- MAD issued a flexidisk in 1980 that had 8 interleaved grooves, rather the normal single spiral groove. Depending on which groove the needle picked up when you set it down, you would get one of eight different versions of "It's a Super Spectacular Day!"
- In a web original example, Todd in the Shadows included one in his review of Alejandro. It was a cover version of the Carol King song It's too late. It wasn't uploaded to That Guy with the Glasses, but only to his bliptv account. He's done a couple more since then that can either be found at his his bliptv page or clicking on "related videos" after a review video finishes.
- The pinball game Monster Bash has six tracks, one for each of the game's Universal Horror monsters. The seventh track, "Lyman's Lament", is only available after the player shoots the Concert Hall scoop 44 times in a single game. It features all-new music while programmer Lyman Sheats provides running commentary on the player's progress.
- Parodied by Fleming & John on their album The Way We Are. The final song is named "The Hidden Track", but it's listed right on the back cover.