"We promised to sing the Birdie song 10,000 times, didn't we? Well, we've got 5,276 to go. So sing!"
They have one song to sing, and they'll sing it in practically every scene they're in. This may annoy the audience, and even annoy the characters if they do it several times in one scene.
Anime and Manga
- The national anthem of Freedonia in Duck Soup.
- The brass band in the inspection scene of The Dirty Dozen, who happily burst into their piece whenever the impatient colonel comes out of his office, to his increasing annoyance.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "Bravely bold Sir Robin/ Rode forth from Camelot..."
- The sheep in Animal Farm have been trained by the pigs to shout down dissenters by mindlessly chanting "Four legs good, two legs bad!"
- Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Vikings from the Spam sketch. "Lovely Spam, wonderful Spaaaaam..." "Bloody Vikings!"
- Done also in the "Cheese Shop" sketch, where there's a Greek band playing a song in the background, until Cleese turns around and screams "SHUT THAT BLOODY BOUZOUKI UP!"
- Used as a running gag in an episode of Muppets Tonight. The characters keep mentioning Istanbul and Constantinople as though they were two different places, and every time they do, a band of rats dressed up as Turks pop up from nowhere to sing the penultimate verse of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)".
- Another episode had a chorus of Whatnots pop up to sing a variation of "Whip It Good"
- Father Ted once featured a disco where the DJ for the night has forgotten his records, leaving him with just "Ghost Town" by The Specials, so he can only play that tune over and over, even in lieu of the national anthem.
- "Follow The Fold" from Guys and Dolls.
- In Bye Bye Birdie, Conrad Birdie's fan girls keep on singing:
"We love you, Conrad, oh yes, we do
We love you, Conrad, and we'll be true
When you're not near us, we're blue
Oh Conrad, we love you!"
- Fans of The Beatles completely missed the point and made their own version for John, Paul, George, and Ringo. And sang it to them. "We love you, Beatles..."
- The film adaptation had a second version sung by the boys about how much they hated Conrad Birdie.
- In the musical Wonderful Town, Ruth wants to interview a group of Brazilian sailors, but they want her to teach them how to do the Conga first. She shows them how, and then starts rattling off her questions (in song), but is interrupted every fourth line by their shouts of "Conga!" and increasingly wild singing and dancing. She tries to get them to stop and listen to her, but is in the end literally carried away by the Crowd Song.
- The town gossips in The Music Man: "PickalittletalkalittlepickalittletalkalittleCHICKCHICKCHICK..."
- A possibly accidental example in Jekyll & Hyde with the five times "Facade" is sung by the chorus. Even more egregious by the fact that the song is meant to hammer home the very concept of the play that "If we're not one, but two, are we evil or good? Do we walk the fine line that we'd cross if we could? Are we waiting to break through the fašade?"