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Rocko: Why was everyone singing?
Heffer: We just got a song in our hearts!
Rocko: How is it you all know the words? Did you rehearse?
Heffer: Yeah, every Thursday. Didn't you see the flyers?
Rocko's Modern Life, "Zanzibar"

Any time a large group of people need to sing a song in unison, two things are inevitable: One, everyone always knows all the words; two, no one is ever off-key or out of sync. In other words, no matter how spontaneous the moment is supposed to be, they sound like they rehearsed the song.

In the world of storytelling, there are untold legions of men, women and children ready to burst into song at a moments notice, they only need a nice main character or two to inspire them. Lyrics? Got em memorized. Tricky singing pieces? Not a problem. Choreography? Goes off without a hitch. Every single time.

Naturally, this grows directly out of musical theater, where it's understood that all these people aren't REALLY bursting into song—they're merely acting as the Greek Chorus for the lead characters. For that matter, since the actual Chorus in many Greek tragedies speaks for the general public within the play, versions of this are Older Than Feudalism.


TV shows will sometimes make an entire Musical Episode out of this trope. Obviously, Musicals will have these all the way through.

Compare Crowd Chant. Often overlaps with Audience Participation Song. Made possible by Spontaneous Choreography. Taken to the extreme, it's because the lead cast Summon Backup Dancers. See also Sound Off where a military group uses a song or chant to keep everybody in time.

Bizarrely, this is edging its way into Truth in Television with the phenomenon known as a "flash mob," where the performers gather at a prearranged time and place and then assemble as if stepping from the crowd, giving the illusion of spontaneity. Here's an example.



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  • Parodied in Labatt's "Out of the Blue" commercial. A guy starts singing "Sweet Caroline" to his girlfriend, and various wood dwellers—including a park ranger, hikers, nudists, mobsters, a Swamp Thing, and a parody of the Blair Witch project—come out of the woods and join in.
  • Coca-Cola:
    "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony..."
  • Super Mario Sunshine: note 
    "'Cause clean is better than dirty, and dirty's meaner than clean!"
  • Adverts for British price comparision website Go Compare feature an operatic tenor named Gio Compario who appears out of nowhere to literally sing the site's praises. Although this always resulted one of these in earlier adverts, this trope is largely averted in more recent ads.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The horror anime Red Garden does this several times.
  • Nerima Daikon Brothers has a few. Usually either the villain's minions, or the NDB's neighbors complaining about all the singing!

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    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • It would be just a little too obvious to say that a good number of Disney films have 'em. But then, they are patterned after Broadway musicals, and it's been long established (ever since sound was added) that animated characters can sing, dance, and play any musical instrument perfectly without practice.
    • In Frozen, the trolls' song "Fixer Upper" is a Crowd Song, which makes sense as Frozen is a musical.
    • "Some Things Never Change" in Frozen II is sung by Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and the chorus of Arendelle's citizens.
    • "I've Got a Dream" from Tangled combines this with an "I Want" Song, as the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling show off their Hidden Depths and share their dreams with Rapunzel and Flynn.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest has a scene like this based on Zach's Walkman being turned on and playing "Land of 1,000 Dances". The faeries are weirded out and disturbed for a second, and then they're wholeheartedly participating.
  • A Goofy Movie has two, the second of which is a Traffic Song.
    • The latter also occurred in Goof Troop: when Goofy and Pete were in a traffic jam, Goofy started to sing to waste time and all the cars followed!
  • Happy Feet and its sequel has several of these.
  • In the climax of Horton Hears a Who!, the citizens of Whoville do this in a attempt to make enough noise to prove that the flower they live on is not uninhabited like the Arbitrary Skeptic trying to destroy it believes. It works.
    • The 2008 version additionally ends with every single character spontaneously bursting out into REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight this Feeling."
  • The song, "Corazion", from The Princess and the Pea.
  • An American Tail had "There Are No Cats in America", where a random character would sing a verse about a tale of woe from the old country involving cats, and then all the mice on the ship to America would sing the chorus.
    • The sequel had a similar crowd song called "Way Out West". The third direct-to-video film had the song "We Live in Manhattan".
  • Anastasia also had a couple of them.
  • Strange Magic ends with a crowd song Tell Him where the crowd of elves and goblins tell Marianne and the Bog King to confess their feelings.
  • The Lorax has a gospel-tinged song "Let It Grow", with the evil O'Hare overthrown from Thneedville.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • High School Musical. OH, NO, NO, NO! STICK TO THE STUFF YOU KNOW...Then again, the song isn't overly difficult to learn. Still, there's perfect harmonies and choreography that doesn't miss a beat...
    • Might be safe to say, the High School Musical movies are gonna have a few of these.
    • The students at the high school can all apparently autotune their voices on the fly!
  • Newsies "Carrying the Banner" gets the whole street a-rockin.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Let's do "The Time Warp" again! It's just a jump to the left...
  • The above's less successful sequel Shock Treatment "Denton USA"
  • La La Land opens to "Another Day of Sun", which takes place in the middle of a traffic jam, of all places. Pretty much the entire main cast gets involved.
  • Fame: Mostly averted, but "Hot Lunch Jam" is the exception.
  • The television film It Nearly Wasn't Christmas, and in fact many a Christmas Special.
  • Variation: The Japanese movie Swing Girls has a part where the remnants of a jazz band, after splitting up due to many girls not wishing to continue being part of a band, goes out and plays in front of a store. The girls who split up to live a partying life see them and are inspired to rejoin, at which point they go off to sell their expensive clothing and accesories, and use the money to buy musical instruments, at which point they rejoin those who were playing and play perfectly in sync with the others, despite not having practiced at all.
  • With regards to the Oompa-Loompas in film adaptaions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (see Literature below for more), in the 2005 version this is lampshaded when, after the first such tune, Mr. Salt comments "I do say, that all seemed rather rehearsed." Charlie notes that it's suspicious they knew Augustus Gloop's name and personality. Willy Wonka chalks this up to skilled improvisation. This oddity is not addressed in the book, which makes the dialogue further lampshading. (Then again, this movie's Oompa-Loompas are hive-minded drones, so of course they could improvise in harmony...)
    • In the 1971 film, "I've Got a Golden Ticket" was originally going to evolve into this, with much of the town celebrating along with Charlie and Grandpa Joe, but the director nixed that as unrealistic. Interestingly, much the same thing happened with "Easy Street" in the movie version of Annie.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the pirates and townspeople at the beginning get an epic one. When they join in the singing of "Hoist The Colors", they actually make the EITC marines back up apprehensively. It's starting to become clear that the pirates are far more organized than the British had anticipated, although Lord Cutler Beckett has been anticipating this all along.
    Groves: Lord Beckett! They've started to sing...sir?
    Beckett: Finally.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off takes this a step further. Not only does everybody in Chicago sing along to "Twist and Shout", but many of them dance in unison, too.
    • Somewhat justified. It's a well-known song/dance.
  • This happens in The Blues Brothers, too. During the concert at the end, Curtis manages to get the whole crowd singing along to parts of "Minnie the Moocher". A better example, however, may be the scene in Ray's Music Exchange - true, the crowd doesn't sing along to "Shake Your Tailfeather", but they do dance along, with remarkable accuracy and skill, after which everyone cheers. Presumably they were happy to get the take.
    • "Minnie" is totally justified, as it's a call-and-response song that Cab Calloway (who is playing Curtis) was known for performing the same way "Curtis" does it in the movie, and the audience would faithfully sing along. It's not like "hi de hi de hi de hi" are difficult lyrics, after all. The one time Calloway actually breaks out into something that's hard to follow (something like "zip-dot-deet-doot-diddly-zip-a-deet-dot-diddly-zip-zap-zeet-do-ooohh"), the audience just laughs in response.
    • Also when Mrs. Murphy (Aretha Franklin) starts singing at her husband, not only do the customers keep time, but the girls at the counter become spontaneous backup singers. After the song ends, they sit down as if nothing had happened.
  • Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy has a character in painfully transparent denial of his homosexuality...until he takes an antidepressant, and leads the town in a song-and-dance number about it.
  • Not Another Teen Movie spoofs this with all of the main characters and then some, singing a random dramatic montage ending with all of them dancing and posing at the end. Afterwards, they all look awkwardly at each other and walk off, as if it never happened.
    • It also got a lampshade hanging. One character comments "Funny isn't it? You would never suspect everyone at this school is a professional dancer."
  • In The Mask, The Mask uses his powers to get the police surrounding him to join in a big, splashy rendition of "Cuban Pete", which leads to the SWAT team getting an offer to open in Vegas.
  • Spider-Man 3 uses this when alien-possessed Peter interrupts Mary Jane's song, and the band plays and sings along with him perfectly.
  • Enchanted has the "That's How You Know" scene in Central Park. Robert accepts that Giselle sings (he thinks she's a Cloud Cuckoolander), but is completely astonished when the effect proves contagious and an increasingly large number of random people join in. Somehow, this scene manages to play the trope so straight it meets parody coming the other way.
  • Elf contains a sequence where the Love Interest leads a group of New Yorkers in "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"; this is slightly justified in that pretty much everyone does know the words to that song, and in that several people are fairly off-key.
  • Bran Nue Dae has the final number, a reprise of Nothing I Would Rather Be. Every character in the film gets a second in the limelight.
    • This Crowd Song was especially bizarre since the song really has nothing to do with anything that happened in the movie.
      • Although considering Horton's personality, him randomly bursting into song isn't that big a shocker...
  • The jilted boyfriends and husbands out for revenge against Leon Phelps in The Ladies' Man spontaneously break into an uplifting crowd the form of a camp Broadway musical number with elaborate choreography.
  • Mildly subverted in Hairspray, as Tracy Turnblad marches down the sidewalk singing "Good Morning, Baltimore" she walks through a group of women who spontaneously choose to follow her, only to be cut off by "the flasher who lives next door."
  • In Help!!, the entire earth sings the Ode to Joy (in its original German, no less) to save Ringo from a tiger.
  • Mildly subverted in the luncheon scene in My Best Friend's Wedding, wherein part of the joke is that the stuffy rich folk actually know the words to "I Say a Little Prayer" in the first place. That they know it in perfect multi-part harmony, accompanied by full-on instrumental track, is another story altogether.
  • Across the Universe features dozens of bystanders singing the "na na na naaaaaa's" during the "Hey Jude" sequence.
  • Dancer in the Dark by Lars von Trier turns this into a painfully straight lampshade. The protagonist, Selma, is explicitly delusional, having frequent hallucinations of the people around her joining her in choreographed song and dance. The idea is that she keeps imagining life as a Musical, because "In a Musical, nothing bad ever happens." Did I mention that she has the misfortune of living in a Crapsack World? I really shouldn't need to say it, though, seeing as Lars von Trier seems to hold a citizenship in that unfortunate place...
  • Tank Girl. When Tank Girl forces the Madam to sing Cole Porter's "Let's Do It" in Liquid Silver, everyone in the club knows the words and can sing along.
  • Happens in Yes-Man when Carl is trying to convince a suicidal man to come back from the window ledge. Having just learned guitar due to a 'Yes', he grabs the man's guitar and starts singing "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind. Then the crowd below starts singing. Then the firemen sent to rescue him start singing.
  • In Clerks II, there is spontaneous dancing in the parking lot of Mooby's to "ABC" by The Jackson 5.
  • Casablanca has one to La Marseillaise(France's National Anthem) in protest to the Nazis in the bar singing Die Wacht am Rhein. This is extra effective when you keep in mind that the extras were refugees and exiles who fled France due to the Axis Powers taking over.
  • Played with in Hot Rod, where Rod starts a normal uplifting Crowd Song of "You're the Voice". More and more people join in, their antics becoming increasingly energetic...until it eventually just devolves into an outright riot as people trash the street. The hero and his friends run like hell.
    Rod: What the hell?! Was that because of us!?
    Dave: I dunno man! It started out super-positive then it just got crazy!
    • Made even more funny by the fact that no one in the main cast was actually involved, which only added to their confusion. It simply happened around them.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail, quite famously. The King of Swamp Castle tries to stall the start of a Crowd Song, or any kind of musical number, for as long as possible.
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: "Every Sperm is Sacred"
  • (500) Days of Summer has a crowd DANCE number, though this is pretty obviously supposed to be a fantasy sequence.
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: When Ron tries to describe his new-found love, he goes into song ("Afternoon Delight"), followed by the entire News Team in perfect harmony.
  • Top Gun: Tom Cruise starts singing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". First Goose, then the entire bar goes along with him. Gets the girl's attention, and it's hilarious.
  • The Hunt for Red October has a scene where, after Captain Ramius announces their "orders" and gives an inspirational speech, crew members spontaneously start singing their national anthem, though a number of them are audibly off key.
  • In It Happened One Night, passengers on a bus sing the popular song "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" together. Unfortunately, when the bus driver joins in, he neglects where he is driving and swerves off the road into the mud.
  • Cannibal! The Musical has "Hang the Bastard", a cheery upbeat song where the whole town joins in to celebrate Packer's scheduled hanging by singing and dancing.
  • There are several Crowd Songs in Bride and Prejudice the Bollywood style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
  • The song, "Hey a Movie" in The Great Muppet Caper.
    • Also "Scrooge" and "It Feels Like Christmas" from The Muppet Christmas Carol. "Scrooge" is lampshaded when a chorus of vegetables sing a line about how mean Scrooge is:
      Produce vendor(as Scrooge passes): Even the vegetables don't like him.
    • Happens several times in Muppet Treasure Island. When "Real Professional Pirate" starts, Long John Silver tells his mooks to "Show 'em you've been practicing!"
    • "Life's a Happy Song" from the 2011 movie is another example. And when the leads leave, everyone else collapses from exhaustion.
  • In Battle of the Bulge, Colonel Hessler's tank recruits, who had hitherto left him unimpressed, break into a spontaneous chorus of the "Panzerlied", which impresses both Hessler and his adjutant. Semi-justifiable, since there would not have been a tankist in the Wehrmacht who didn't know the words, and as soldiers they would probably have the discipline to tap their feet in unison, on the other hand, where the cymbals and brass that cut in are supposed to come from is left unsaid.
    Ob's stürmt oder schneit, ob die Sonne uns lacht,
    Der Tag glühend heiß, oder eiskalt die Nacht,
    Bestaubt sind die Gesichter, doch froh ist unser Sinn, ja, unser Sinn.
    Es braust unser Panzer im Sturmwind dahin.
    Es braust unser Panzer in Sturmwind dahin.
  • Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na: "Hai popular!"
  • Hello, Dolly!:
    • "Put on your Sunday clothes when you feel down and out..."note 
    • "Dancing" escalates into this.
  • "Consider yourself" from Oliver!
  • The movie version of Hair has "Let The Sunshine In" turn into this as the finale.
  • Inverted in A Very Brady Sequel. The Bradys are singing and dancing through the local mall while everyone else are looking at them strangely, clearly not hearing the music.
  • In Lincoln, after the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, the abolitionist senators break out in a spontaneous rendition of "Battle Cry of Freedom". Justified, since this actually happened, and it was Lincoln's campaign song, and so popular that the publisher famously hired every printing press in Washington and still could not keep up with demand. They'd know the words.
    We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
    And although they may be poor, not a man shall be a slave,
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
  • Jack (the 2013 CBC movie) features a reconstructed approach to this trope; rather than the choreographed-looking crowd songs often associated with movies, this movie uses a more plausible kind where groups of people (in this case, Jack's campaign team) sing on a bus, whether it's singing Parachute Club's "Rise Up" earlier on, or a politics-themed parodical version of Home On The Range later on. Neither crowd song is shown in its entirety.
  • State Fair has "It's a Grand Night For Singing", which starts out as simply a serenade for waltzing couples, until everyone in the fair sings along.
  • Happens during a festival in The Hidden Fortress. Our heroes (and Matashichi and Tahei) join in, but they're all horribly out of step.
  • White Christmas: The soldiers of the 151st sing of their devotion to General Waverly in "The Old Man," first when he hands over command to their new CO at the start of the film, and again when the men rally to his struggling hotel for a surprise Christmas show and to help keep him in business.
  • In Sunshine On Leith, The Proclaimers' Juke Box Musical, when Davy stops Yvonne at Waverley Station to say he loves her, everyone in Princes Street joins in for "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)''. Granted, most people in Edinburgh know the words, but the Spontaneous Choreography is sophisticated enough that even the main characters look bewildered by it.

  • Plays a prominent part in the end battle in Much Fall of Blood.
  • Discworld:
    • Not an actual occurrence, but in Men at Arms the narration remarks that Carrot is the sort of person that could pull this off.
    • In the Thieves' Guild Diary, pickpockets get trained how to do this, as it's an essential part of the "image" (the accompanying illustration is clearly of Ron Moody as Fagin in Oliver!)
  • In the Star Trek novel How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford, the Direidians break out into crowd songs around the visiting Federation and Klingon diplomatic delegations on several occasions. It turns out that it was all carefully rehearsed and planned out ahead of time, as part of the Direidian "plan C" to prevent either of the two sides from taking over their planet and disrupting their way of life.
  • In Sky Pirates!, this is a stress-induced disorder called Rojahama's Song-And-Dance. It only exists in the System, where reality itself runs on Rule of Funny. (And, since the book expertly twists Rule of Funny into Fridge Horror and back, Benny is deeply traumatised at finding herself singing a song about trusting one another against her will.)
  • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Oompa-Loompas love to make up songs and perform crowd numbers (written in rhyming verse) to comment upon the fates of each of the bratty children over the course of the factory tour. See the Film and Theatre folders for how this is applied in adaptations.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Played with to great effect in Scrubs's musical episode. All the singing and dancing in the elaborate musical numbers is explained as the hallucinations of a patient with a brain aneurysm.
    • The episode "My Philosophy" featured a transplant patient telling J.D. that she hoped her death would be like a big musical number. When she died, J.D.'s imagination provided this with her performing a song accompanied by many of the cast members.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O simultaneously twists this around into a Crowd Dance and manages to justify it by having it be a result of the dance-happy spirit Ryutaros having the ability to command people, which he typically uses as the Michael Jackson-like ability to make everyone around dance to a hip-hop remix of the show's opening theme.
  • Happens periodically on The Mighty Boosh:
    • Series one, "Mutants": We are the mutant race! Don't look at my eyes, don't look at my face!...
    • Series two, "The Call of the Yeti": Look into our eyes, everything is good, you don't need your friends or family...
    • Series three, "Party": Bouncy bouncy/Oh such a good time/Bouncy bouncy/Shoes all in a line...
  • Fame, the TV show, not so much the movie. While somewhat justified in that the characters attend The School for the Performing Arts, they tended to break out into song an dance when not in class.
  • Most episodes of Fraggle Rock have at least one instance of this. Arguably justified, in that Fraggles are inherently musical creatures (as are nearly all creatures in the Rock, to a lesser degree), and are strongly implied in several episodes to be somewhat telepathic. Crowd songs often involve creatures other than Fraggles.
  • Reading Rainbow: The premiere episode in 1983 included an example of this: "Check It Out", an elaborate musical number introduced by the host, Le Var Burton, to a young child, staged at the Milburn Free Public Library in Milburn, NJ.
  • Barney from How I Met Your Mother goes into an Imagine Spot Crowd Song where a whole street in New York sings about the virtues of suits.
    • This was on th 100th episode, so it was kinda a special occasion.
    • Another (smaller) How I Met Your Mother example: In one episode, Ted explains the gang's presence on someone's front porch by claiming that they're carolers. They look at each other, then Marshall begins to sing "Silent Night." The rest of the gang joins in in perfect harmony.
  • Glee. Sure, sometimes the implication is that they rehearsed the song to take us through to the big song-and-dance-number we see as a final version. And sometimes it's a Dream Sequence. And they are a reasonably well-drilled show choir. But faaaiiirly frequently, this sort of thing happens, particularly when non-Glee-Club characters (like Emma Pilsbury) are involved...It gets a little ridiculous when they can invent a mash-up, with full choreography, on the spot, and the band can just keep up.
  • Television commercials will sometimes feature a montage of "real" people (i.e., actors pretending they're not actors) singing the ad campaign's jingle, with the lyric divided up and several different people each singing a fragment. To convince the viewers that these are "real" people, the montage will always include one or two schlubby types (always white, usually overweight) who are tone-deaf and can barely croak out the lyric. However, all black people in the same montage will invariably have trained singing voices with perfect pitch. Madison Avenue can't acknowledge the existence of black people with no musical talent.
  • The Kids in the Hall - Bruce McCulloch sings an upbeat number about "The Daves I Know", and all the Daves he knows join him in the last verse.
  • In a Monty Python's Flying Circus courtroom sketch, the court compliments Inspector Dim (Graham Chapman) on his cleverness, leading him to break into a music hall-style song about being a window cleaner, and the entire court joins in on a verse. The counsel (John Cleese) then takes up another verse about being an engine driver, and everyone just stares at him until he meekly sits down.
  • Remote Control - When a contestant is thrown "Off the Air" (eliminated), the audience usually sings "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", "Hit the Road Jack", or one of a couple other songs as the player is yanked through the wall.
  • In Daddy's Daughters, criminal Tolya comes to the girls' school and gets them all to sing a criminal song.
  • QI gives us "They say of the Acropolis where the Parthenon is..." To elaborate, Stephen gets tripped up while trying to explain the titular line. Jimmy and Bill proceed to turn it into a rousing crowd song and the rest just has to be seen.
  • The Legend of Dick and Dom has this in a Musical Episode, "Land of the Luvvies"; a Wacky Wayside Tribe have been bitten by a showbiz bug, which turned them into a song-and-dance troupe- and it's catching. ("Look out! Jazz hands!") As each person is turned, they magically pick up the songs and choreography; more mysteriously, so does a person who is only posing as one of them.
  • As a Variety Show the Colgate Comedy Hour had many of these.
  • Community: Season 3 opens with a particularly zany version of this. Turns out that Jeff is dreaming about how "normal" he hopes the new year will be.
  • Sesame Street has a number of these.
    • For instance, there's one song (featured on their 1995 greatest hits compilation and also featured on a same-named 1993 cassette) called "We Are All Earthlings", about all people on Earth being part of the same planet and thus friends. Naturally it is performed by a crowd of Muppet animals (and Jill Scott, depending on which version you're listening to).
    • Before then, they also had a parody of "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen, called "Barn in the USA" that was lyrically and thematically similar to "Earthlings", though it was mostly sung by barn animals (hence the title).
    • Then there was their 2010 "Music Magic" episode, which even worked in a parody of the "They Got The Mustard Out" song from Buffy!
  • Most of the songs in The Noddy Shop are sung by all of the toys in the shop. There have been several instances where only a few characters sing (like "Tooth Fairy" from "The Tooth Fairy" and "Lost and Found" from the episode of the same name) or where the other usual characters are present, but only a few are singing with the others commenting on what is going on in the song ("It's You" from "Skunked").

  • Opera is the genre that codified this trope, and possibly even made it (we don't actually know for sure what Greek plays actually sounded like, and early opera composers acknowledged that). The interesting thing, though, is that all early operas (such as Monteverdi's L'Orfeo) attempt to justify this, by having most of the music sound as speech-like as possible, or by having it sung by characters who possess supernatural powers.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • At ECW House Party 99, ECW World Tag Team Champions Rob Van Dam and Sabu defended the belts against Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten, who themselves sang along with RVD and Sabu's music, which was perfectly understandable since it was Pantera's "Walk."
    • A similar ECW example, at One Night Stand 2005 the crowd sang along to the Sandman's theme, "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, as he walked to the ring through the crowd. The WWE Network has since dubbed over this.
  • ECW events also gave birth to two songs "Taz is gonna kill you!" and "Fuck em up Taz, fuck em up!", which have since been adopted for other wrestlers in other promotions.
  • Samoa Joe's fans tend to sing "Ole, Ole Ole Ole!" whenever his opponent is knocked on their behind, which is usually right before he runs a lap and kicks them in the head. El Generico's fans tend to sing "Ole" whenever. On Mexican shows, particularly those run by CMLL, "Ole" may be sung for any popular rudo.
  • K-Kwik and later, R-Truth took this to the next level, as he makes his entrance through the audience and encourages them to sing along to his entrance song, What's Up?.
  • Starting in early 2002, whenever Kurt Angle's entrance music played, he was showered with "You Suck" chants in rhythm with his music. A couple months later, at Edge's insistence, they started chanting even louder, and the chants continued throughout the rest of his WWE Career, even being censored briefly in late 2005 when Kurt complained about it in kayfabe.
    • Though, when he returned from injury in the middle of 2003, he expressed how much he'd missed the accompanying chants as part of his in-ring promo. He even went as far as gleefully leading them!
    Kurt Angle: I can't believe I'm gonna say this, but you have no idea how good it feels to hear those words again! Play my music!
  • "(Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey) Goodbye" to add salt to the wound of a wrestler just fired or announcing he's quitting in the ring.
  • Buzzing for the Swarm/Hybrid Dolphins (London and Danielson in Pro Wrestling Guerilla)
  • During the Eric Young/Johnny Devine match at TNA's Hard Justice 2006 PPV, the crowd began singing "The Roof Is on Fire" for no apparent reason. It turns out the roof of the Impact Zone was actually on fire but the announcers tried to ignore it until the smoke became so bad that they could no longer hide it, but by then the crowd had switched to chanting John Cena's catchphrase, "You Can't See Me", which TNA probably hated more than the roof being on fire.
  • The North West Wrestling Alliance fans had their own song, to the same tune as "Taz is gonna kill you." "We don't wanna hear you!"
  • One of the funniest examples of this was during the Raw after WrestleMania 29. Fans began singing Fandangonote 's entrance music. However the song has no lyrics and is completely instrumental, so they just sang the melody.
    • Especially recently, popular wrestlers who have instrumental entrance themes will have the melodies of said theme either fully vocalised or accompanied by the crowd en masse. Notably, Sami Zayn's "Worlds Apart"note , Finn Bálor's "Catch Your Breath"note  and Shinsuke Nakamura's "Rising Sun"note . With that in mind, it would likely be a crime if Bobby Roode's "Glorious Domination"note  wasn't added to the list, especially given his recent entrances at NXT Takeover events.
  • Speaking Of Cena, it was clear the Raw audience was greatly displeased with his victory over Bray Wyatt following the 2014 WrestleMania where they were singing "He's got the whole world in his hands." along with them. They showed this displeasure by singing "John Cena Sucks" in tune with his Cena's entrance music and continued well into the show, long after the music had stopped playing.
  • Another from the Taz trend, the NXT crowds like to sing "Bayley's gonna hug you!"
  • During the Heart Of SHIMMER Tournament the fans sang "Heidi Lovelace" to the tune of We Will Rock You.
  • AEW fans sing along with Chris Jericho's theme "Judas" even after the music cuts out.

  • Need we even mention all of the Theatrical and Broadway musicals? Many of which mock themselves?
  • 1776 gets their Crowd Song out of the way first thing with "Sit Down, John". Basically, all of Congress wants John Adams to shut up already.
  • The "Governer Miller" song in the Takarazuka Revue presentation of Ace Attorney, done in praise of the titular politician by a gang of reporters.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has its own versions of the Oompa-Loompas' moralizing tunes plus two more crowd numbers: "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie" for the Bucket family and the arriving reporters when Charlie finds his Golden Ticket, and "A Little Me", which is a Pep-Talk Song / So Proud of You sequence to celebrate Charlie becoming Willy Wonka's heir.
  • Two songs from Guys and Dolls count: "Luck Be A Lady" first has Sky Masterson singing about how badly he needs to win this round of craps, and then all the gamblers around him join in apprehensively singing at him to shut up and roll the dice. "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" then features a prayer meeting full of missionaries and the aforementioned gamblers singing about the dream that Nicely-Nicely had last night (which is often implied to have been made up on the spot).
  • "My Shot" from Hamilton starts off as a solo "I Want" Song from the titular character before his friends join in, and then all of colonial New York, showing the spread of Revolutionary fervor that Hamilton spearheaded.
    • In a sense, almost every song in the show is a crowd song in one way or another, as the show heavily uses a Greek-style chorus that participates in every song except for King George III's (and they do join in at the end of "You'll Be Back"). Depending on the song, the chorus has different purposes - in "Alexander Hamilton", they join the main cast (except Hamilton) as omniscient narrators, while in the above "My Shot", they represent real people, and in songs like "Hurricane", "Wait For It", or the end of "Non-Stop", they simply echo other people's words and aren't meant to represent actual people present. Therefore, the "true" crowd songs, so to speak, are "My Shot", "The Schuyler Sisters", "Farmer Refuted" note , "Right Hand Man", "Yorktown", "Non-Stop", "The Reynolds Pamphlet", and "The Election of 1800".
  • This trope is subverted during a song in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. To get ahead at the office, Finch learns that his boss is a graduate of Old Ivy, and then Finch falsely claims to be an alumnus of that same college. When the boss starts singing the college song "Grand Old Ivy", Finch joins in ...but, rather than singing in unison, he lags slightly behind the boss so that the audience will understand that Finch doesn't actually know the lyric.
  • In the Heights:
    • The opening sees the entire community of Washington Heights join in as the Interactive Narrator foreshadows the events that will transpire the community.
    • "96,000" becomes this once Sonny spreads the news that someone won the lottery, leading the entire community to get caught up in excitement over what that money could mean for them.
    • "Blackout" sees all of Washington Heights look to the sky and see the July 4th fireworks light up the night sky, providing light in the face of the chaotic power outage.
    • Daniella gets everyone laundering around the streets to put their time into celebrating their Latin heritage in "Carnaval del Barrio".
    • "Finale" sees most of the characters reprise parts from previous song and provide back-up while Usnavi considers his future and how that will affect the Barrio.
  • From Les Misérables, "Do you hear the people sing?" - both the main song and the reprise at the finale. Being epicified by a 250 persons choir certainly helps.
    • "At the End of the Day", "Lovely Ladies", "Master of the House", "Look Down - Reprise", and "One Day More" also apply.
  • La Vie Boheme from RENT counts as a small-scale crowd song—everyone in the Life Cafe (except for Benny and his three associates) joins in right on cue after Mark's mocking prayer for the death of Bohemia. It's both spontaneous AND catchy.
  • Classic Lampshade Hanging in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore:
    Margaret: But see, they come - Sir Despard and his evil crew! Hide, hide - they are all mad - quite mad!
    Rose: What makes you think that?
    Margaret: Hush! They sing choruses in public! That's mad enough, I think!
  • Like the movie it was based on, the King of Swamp Castle in Spamalot is constantly trying to put a stop to these kind of songs, or any kind of singing whatsoever. He ultimately fails of course. Actual crowd songs from the show include "Finland", "Knights of the Round Table", "You Won't Succeed on Broadway", and "Act II Finale".
  • Sondheim averted some of this in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — there is a great deal of counterpoint in the crowd songs, with individual members singing different things. Most noticeably shows up in "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir" and "God That's Good!" "City on Fire," on the other hand, is perhaps the only straight Crowd Song in the bunch.
    • Sondheim himself has admitted that he doesn't like this idea, as it stretches Willing Suspension of Disbelief too much for him. As such, he makes it a point to avert the trope as much as possible, with many of his works, including Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along, containing large group numbers with people singing, if not different melodies, different lyrics in different tempos. When the trope does come up, he does his best to justify it with some kind of plot device (in Sunday in the Park, for example, the Act One finale is something of a dream sequence, so the characters aren't fully in control of their thoughts.)
  • The musical Titanic is made up almost exclusively of these, with only two solos and two duets of any appreciable length.
  • A few songs in Urinetown: The Musical count, but none moreso than "Act I Finale", in which the entire band of the poor people, the two local policemen, and the Big Bad and his henchmen all join in a song about the rebellion's goals.
  • Finale has several:
    • "Today is the Day", a song about how everyone is going to have a good day,
    • "Panic in the Streets", a song about everyone stressing out over the fact that the world is ending
    • "Finally", a song about everyone accepting their deaths and the end of the world.
  • ''The Drowsy Chaperone" has several, just like the musicals of old that it parodies. However, after the opening number and first Crowd Song "Fancy Dress", it's lampshaded almost every time it happens again:
    • After "Show-Off", a large spectacle about how Janet doesn't want to show off anymore, Kitty mentions she's surprised Janet didn't do an encore. Janet complies.
    • After "Toledo Surprise", Janet wonders aloud why they're all dancing if their dreams have been ruined by what transpired in the song.
    • The Act II Opener, "Message from a Nightengale", is a Crowd Song from an entirely different musical that the Man in the Chair put on by accident.
    • The true Act II Opener, "Bride's Lament", is a Crowd Song in which only one person is real - every other cast member on stage is a part of Janet's mental breakdown.
    • The Finale of the Show, "As We Stumble Along (Reprise)" plays it fairly straight, but like the above example, only one person - the Man in the Chair - is "real", and the rest is just the cast of the show coming to life in his mind.

    Video Games 
  • Elite Beat Agents: This is largely the point of the game, with musical numbers breaking out to inspire people in need of assistance from the titular secret agency.
  • The main characters of Squaresoft's Final Fantasy X at one point placate the Big Bad by having every person on the planet sing a soothing hymn. The net effect of this effort is a hauntingly beautiful song, suggesting that the United Choir of Spira had been practicing for such an occurrence for years.
    • Well, they had been. It helps that they had eight or ten psychics acting as mental cue cards.
  • Saints Row: The Third allows you to play as a errr, antiheroic sociopath. All of them really get into this.

  • Penny Arcade parodies Disney's tendency to do this in this strip.
  • Often in Looking for Group.
  • Martin of Questionable Content apparently engaged in one off-panel after he and Dora first had sex.
    Faye: A bluebird just landed on his shoulder! Random pedestrians are joining him in a complicated dance routine!

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • "The Words": Darwin begins a song about how he hasn't expressed his opinions too much, and several of his classmates join in. However, they leave after realizing the whole song is just him insulting them.
    • "The Singing": A showerhead sings a song during the morning. He is ripped off the wall for bothering one of the house's inhabitants, and the neighbor follows him in singing, then are followed by the newspaper man, and so on.
    • "The Compilation": "Weird Like You and Me" is a song sung by most of the cast about how You Are Not Alone, and there's a place for everybody no matter how weird you are.
  • As the page quote showcases, Rocko's Modern Life had a Musical Episode called "Zanzibar" - unfortunately, Rocko was the only one who didn't know the words, a fact that was repeatedly lampshaded throughout the episode.
  • Justified due to Mind Control in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Mayhem of the Music Meister" and notable for a Crowd Song that seemingly encompasses the entire world. Which is, again, justified due to the satellite transmitting the mind control.
  • The Simpsons has had many, many, many episodes which include a spontaneous Crowd Song.
    • One of the clip shows spoofs this:
    Lisa (singing): We can't even get any local laws passed, without everyone singing like a big Broadway cast.
    • Another time Marge was absent during the crowd song which stopped them from being one of their typical angry mobs and asked if they could sing it again. The reply was that it was really one of the spur-of-the-moment type of things, making Sprinfieldians even more impressive than those in the page quote, as they clearly do not rehearse. Good for them.
      • Marge attempts her own song to prove her point, with limited success.
      • Oddly enough ,it was established in a musical clip show that the whole song was video recorded, so if Marge had the song recorded on tape, why did she ask the crowd to sing it again instead of play the tape for her?
      • At the time, she didn't know there was a recording, since she asked for the song to be sung again immediately after it happened, without using the key phrase "One More Time!"
    • Also subverted in an episode where Grandpa bursts in with a line of song after the song has ended. Homer tells him off as he bemoans the fact that he had to take three buses to get to the scene.
  • Lampshade Hanging: My Life as a Teenage Robot and Rocko's Modern Life have featured characters wondering how everybody in a crowd scene happens to know all the words to a song. In the latter, Rocko's the only one who doesn't know them because he never showed up to rehearsals, as shown in the quote at the top of the page.
  • In the Futurama episode "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", the audience gets in on the action when the Robot Devil interrupts Fry's holophonor opera, including Dr. Zoidberg and Professor Farnsworth:
    Prof. Farnsworth: I can't believe the Devil is so unforgiving!
    Dr. Zoidberg: I can't believe everybody's just ad-libbing!
    • In "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", Bender's personality had been removed so all he could say was "I am Bender. Please insert girder." To find the disc his mind was uploaded to, Hermes had to sort and file dozens of canisters. He sings the "Bureaucrat Song" while he does so, which becomes a Crowd Song when his friends join in.
    Dr. Zoidberg: They said I probably shouldn't be a surgeon.
    Prof. Farnsworth: They pooh-poohed my electric frankfurter.
    Leela: I know I probably shouldn't fly with just one eye!
    Bender: I am Bender. Please insert girder.
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Peter becomes a receiver for the New England Patriots, and guest star/quarterback Tom Brady warns him not to showboat. So, after he scores a touchdown, Peter leads the crowd, cheerleaders, band, and other players in a full musical number — "Shipoopi" from The Music Manover two whole minutes, the punchline being that it was just as random in the original play.
    • There was that dance sequence Peter and friends did at a roller rink.
      "I can't believe we did all that! That was totally an accident!"
    • "The spirit of Massachusetts is the spirit of America/The spirit of what's old and what's new/The spirit of Massachusetts is the spirit of America/The spirit of the red, white and blue"
    • A small-scale example: The Griffins are on a road trip and Peter decides that they need some driving music and sings the first line of "The Rose." The rest of the family joins in, singing in perfect harmony.
      • well Chris came in a bit early, but otherwise perfect.
    • In the episode where Chris joins the Peace Corps he leads the tribe in a rendition of Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go which according to the tribe's traditions means that he must now marry The Chief's Daughter.
  • Subverted in Mission Hill, where everyone bursts into song with "Everybody Hurts," but not on key.
    • And justified, since not only was the song played earlier that episode, but it started off as one person singing it with everyone around joining in after a line or two.
  • South Park has several Crowd Songs, even making The Movie into The Musical. In a recent episode, the entire nation of Canada bursts into song (although there is Lampshade Hanging, saying that they've been rehearsing.)
  • Animaniacs pulled this off every so often, but this was also an animated series that frequently featured musical numbers in their skits, including an impressive rewrite of the Major-General's Song.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "Winter Wrap-Up" from the episode of the same name.
    • "At the Gala" from the season one finale, "The Best Night Ever".
    • Also "The Heart Carol" from the Christmas episode, "Hearth's Warming Eve" (this is the series' shortest crowd song, at only 38 seconds). Its also the most realistic, akin to people singing a well-known Christmas carol.
    • The Flim Flam Brothers started out themselves and got the whole crowd into the song celebrating their Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000
    • "Smile, Smile, Smile" from "A Friend In Deed" has a large cast of background ponies involved by the end.
      • A very good case can be made for this particular song happening entirely in Pinkie's mind.
    • "A True, True Friend" from "Magical Mystery Cure" Also has the entire town joining in by the end.
    • "Pinkie the Party Planner" from "Pinkie Pride" constantly switches between being this and an "I Am" Song.
    • Twilight leads "Friendship Always Wins" toward the end of "School Daze – Part 2". Dragon Lord Ember doesn't enjoy it, and would rather not hear another song.
  • "Small Ass Town (Big Ass Hearts)" from The Cleveland Show, episode, "The Blue, The Gray and the Brown".
  • Phineas and Ferb has an original song nearly Once an Episode, and so these abound. There's "I Ain't Got Rhythm", which begins as a duet between Phineas and the drummer-turned-librarian, but gradually morphs into one as everyone in the library gets in on the beat; "A-G-L-E-T", sung at the boys' aglet awareness concert; "Mix And Mingle Machine", performed by everyone on the titular ride; "Danville for Niceness" in the Christmas Episode, as the people of Danville petition the North Pole that they have been misidentified as a naughty city; "We're Going to War", the battle hymn of Planet Meap; "Troy", sung by the kids, the Trojan War re-enactors, and a talking horse.
  • The song "Hula-Baloo" from the ChalkZone episode, "Pop Goes the Balloon" might also qualify as a Crowd Song, as Rudy, Penny, Snap, and a bunch of cupid-like characters sing it along with chalk images of teen versions of Rudy's parents to repair their balloon of romance (read: their love for one another) just in time for their second honeymoon to Hawaii.
  • "Goin' To the Beach" from the episode, "Wiccan of the Sea" of Sabrina: The Animated Series. (This is also an example of the trope It Was All Just A Dream, as the musical sequence turned out to be a wishful thinking daydream sequence.)
  • Tangled: The Series: "Ready as I'll Ever Be", sung by the entire kingdom of Corona as they ready themselves to rescue Queen Arianna from Varian.
  • "Os Quindines De Yaya" from The Three Caballeros. Doubles as a Disney Acid Sequence.
  • On Total Drama World Tour, the very first episode the host Chris outright states the songs will not be rehearsed and will come without warning. However, they all do a very good job of guessing what everyone else is singing, though it's averted twice with Ezekiel and Owen not thinking of a rhyme/interrupting the song to start a new verse.
  • There was an episode of Pepper Ann made up almost entirely of these...
  • Duckman is peppered with musicals but they are usually duets, no crowd. One exception is "My Feral Lady". The crowds all start singing a lullaby.
    Duckman: How come everyone knows this song except me?
  • Tiny Toon Adventures made liberal use of this trope; even its own theme song was something of a crowd song ensemble performed by much of the cast!
  • The song featured in the Ready Jet Go! "Every Day Is Earth Day” episode is first sung by Jet, and then by everyone.

    Real Life 


  • University fight songs are frequently subject to this among raucous NCAA crowds. Sometimes, crowds will even sing along to sufficiently well-known popular music played by the bands.
    • It's also not uncommon for fans of professional teams that have relatively well-known team songs (e.g. the Philadelphia Eagles) to break out into song anywhere there's a large crowd (e.g. other public events, other sporting events in the city, especially if the Philly team is losing, in theaters...)
  • For some reason, American college kids feel the need to join into "Sweet Caroline" whenever they hear it. Apparently actual circumstances don't matter, good times have been so good.
    • "Sweet Caroline," specifically, is a crowd song of the Boston Red Sox and is played at every game at Fenway Park in the middle of the eighth inning. It's popular with a lot of teams, though, including college teams. "Dirty Water" has the same effect on Red Sox fans/the Boston area in general.
      • Fly Eagles Fly.....
      • BYU football fans have a crowd song and dance in one with "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree."
      • University of Wisconsin: "Jump Around!"
  • Several Youtube videos ("Reach!" and "Reading on a Dream") toy with this idea, showing pranks in which several college students burst into song and dance in, respectively, a college lecture and a library.
  • Most British Football clubs have their own club anthem, some of them quite affecting; hearing 50,000 Liverpool fans spontaneously singing You'll Never Walk Alone, for instance, is quite moving.
    • It is certainly rather more moving than most football chants/taunts, with a few of the more notable ones listed here, aptly demonstrating the average British football fan's usually warped, frequently profane and occasionally whimsical sense of humour. As Russell Howard observed (on the lack of out gay footballers), professional football - especially in the UK - is the only job where thousands people spend at least two hours a week singing abuse at you.
      • "Who ate all the pies? Who ate all the pies? You fat bastard, you fat bastard, you ate all the pies!" (Traditionally directed at heftier players, a notable example being Sheffield United's goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, the wording coming from pies being a traditional snack at football matches)
      • "Who are you? Who are you? Who are you?" (Mockingly directed at a team on the wrong end of a Curbstomp Battle. Aston Villa fans once self-deprecatingly responded with "Who are we? Who are we? Who are we?")
      • “Sacked in the morning, you're getting sacked in the morning!” (Directed by opposition fans at a struggling manager)
      • “Brazil! It’s just like watching Brazil! It’s just like watching Brazil! It’s just like watching Brazil!”
      • "No one likes us, we don't care! We are Millwall, super Millwall, we are Millwall, from the Den!" (Made up by fans of the universally reviled Millwall team, with fans and players alike known for violence)
      • “There’s only one x! One x! There’s only one x! One x!” (The name of the serenaded player is inserted here)
      • Parodied by Charlton fans with "There's only one Teddy Teddy Sheringham...with a walking stick, and a zimmer frame, Sheringham has pissed himself again." (Sheringham, formerly a legendary England striker, played until he was 42)
      • Likewise, "We love you x, we do! We love you x, we do! Oh, x we love you!"
      • And, "Are you x in disguise? Are you x in disguise?"
      • Celtic fans rather cruelly responded to stories that Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram was suffering from multiple personality disorder by singing, "There's only two Andy Gorams."
      • "He eats chow mein/He votes Sinn Fein/Walking in a Nakamura wonderland!" (Celtic fans about midfielder Shinsuke Nakamura)
      • "He'll shoot! He'll score! He'll eat your Labrador!" (A deeply politically incorrect, but probably well-intended chant, directed at South Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung when he was at Manchester United and more recently, his compatriot Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min)
      • “One song! You’ve only got one song! You’ve only got one song! You’ve only got one song!” (When one group of fans deems the other to be unimaginative)
      • "You're not singing anymore. You're not singing any-more." (When one group of fans has stopped singing)
      • On the same theme...“You’re supposed to, You’re supposed to, You’re supposed to be at home, You’re supposed to be at home.” (Home fans usually occupy at least 3/4's of the stadium).
      • And to the same tune...“You’re supposed to, You’re supposed to, You’re supposed to be a gnome, You’re supposed to be a gnome.” (Aimed by Port Vale fans at a particular short referee)
      • "When you're sat in row Z, and the ball hits your head, that's Zamora, that’s Zamora." (Bobby Zamora, the subject of the chant, was a striker known for not scoring goals)
      • "You should have stayed on the telly." (Aimed at Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer after he took over former club Newcastle United in a doomed attempt to keep them from being relegated).
      • "Your teeth are offside, your teeth are offside, Luis Suarez, your teeth are offside.", directed to former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and his biting incident against Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup.
      • "Your eyes are offside, your eyes are offside, Mesut Ozil, your eyes are offside.", directed to Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.
      • "He's one of our own, he's one of our own, Harry Kane, he's one of our own.", sang by Tottenham fans to their star player Harry Kane - a known Spurs fan that came through their academy.
      • "I want to go home, I want to go home, this place is a shithole, I want to go home.", sang by away fans invariably.
      • "He cheats, He dives, He hates the Jackson Five, Luis Suarez, Luis Suarez." (Created by Stoke fans following accusations of racism against Luis Suarez)
      • "He's big, he's red, his feet stick out the bed, Peter Crouch." At 6'7", Peter Crouch is the tallest player to have ever been called up for the English national team.
      • And to the same tune, by the same fans, "He's red, he's sound, he's banned from every ground, Carra's dad! Carra's dad!" (Referring to Liverpool vice captain Jamie Carragher's dad, who was caught drunk at a match and subsequently banned)
      • And another variation, by the same fans, "He's fast, he's red, he talks like Father Ted, Robbie Keane!"
      • And yet another..."He's bald, He's red, He sleeps in Fergies bed. Howard Webb, Howard Webb!" (Aimed at referee Howard Webb who was seen as favouring Ferguson's United)
      • "Green in a minute! Green in a minute! He's going green in a minute!" (Aimed by Arsenal fans at FC Porto striker Hulk when he came on as a substitute)
      • "John Carew, Carew. He likes a lapdance or two. He might even pay for you. John Carew, Carew." (Aston Villa striker John Carew had been fined for visiting a strip club after an away match).
      • "How wide do you want the goals? How wide do you want the goals?" (Aimed at teams having trouble hitting the target)
      • "Does the circus, Does the circus, Does the circus know you're here? Does the circus know you're here?"
      • "Whinge on the telly, he's going to whinge on the telly." (Directed at managers, e.g. Jose Mourinho, known for complaining after matches, usually about the refereeing.
      • "Deep fry your croissants, we're gonna deep-fry your croissants..." (Scottish fans prior to playing France, being well aware of their culinary reputation).
      • And against Italy..."Deep fry your pizza, we're gonna deep fry your pizza..."
      • "We've won it two times, we've won it two tiiiiiiiiiiimes. The Autoglass Trophy...We've won it two times!" (Stoke City fans self-deprecatingly responding to Liverpool's usual '5 European Cups' chant).
      • "You don't know what you're doing! You don't know what you're doing!"
      • "Lasagne-Whoao! Lasagne-Whoao! We laughed ouselves to bits, when Tottenham got the shits!" (West Ham and Arsenal fans referring to the alleged food poisoning incident that cost Tottenham a Champions League place)
      • "He's tall, he's quick, his name's a porno flick, Emmanuel! Emmanuel!" (In reference to York City captain Emmanuel Panther)
      • "There's only one Alan Rickman!" (Wigan fans noticed that then Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov looked like Professor Snape. Hilarity Ensued.)
      • "Harry Potter, he's coming for you!" (keeping with the Harry Potter references, West Ham fans poked fun at then Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, after noticing he looks like Lord Voldemort. Jonjo himself found the chant Actually Pretty Funny.)
      • "Jason Puncheon, he went for a shit!" (Everton fans towards then Southampton midfielder Jason Puncheon when he had to delay his substitution for, ah, the call of nature.)
      • “Rafa’s got his Dirk Kuyt, Rafa’s got his Dirk Kuyt, Nah nah nah nah.” (By Liverpool fans about manager Rafael Benitez after signing Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt - whose surname was often pronounced 'Cowt'. Think about it.)
      • “Oh Coloccini, you are the love of my life, Oh Coloccini, I'd let you shag my wife, Oh Coloccini, I want curly hair tooooooooooo!” (Newcastle fans about then captain Fabriccio Coloccini).
      • "Fergie, Fergie, sign him up!" (Usually sung by United fans when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge about a player they liked. Then, when Carlos Tevez joined local rivals Man City from United and scored two against his old club, the City fans started singing it).
      • "Yaya, Yaya Yaya, Yaya Yaya, Yaya Yaya Toure! Kolo, Kolo Kolo, Kolo Kolo, Kolo Kolo Toure!" (sung by Manchester City fans to brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure, who both played for the Citizens and enjoyed a good degree of success there. The chant was also picked up by many other teams, and even the Liverpool players joined in on the fun once - it helped that Kolo Toure joined them on a free transfer late in his career and became a fan-favourite)
      • "Will Grigg's on fire! Your defense is terrified!" (a chant from Wigan Athletic and Northern Ireland fans about talisman striker Will Grigg, which has also reached high levels of Memetic Mutation)
      • "We hate England, We hate England, We hate England more than you! We hate England more than you!" (Sung by Scottish fans in a Scotland-Wales match).
      • "Tom Vermaelen, Tom Vermaelen, Tom Vermaelen Number 5, Fuck your Rooneys, Fuck your Drogbas, ‘Cause he'll eat those cunts alive!" (By Arsenal fans about centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, referring to United striker Wayne Rooney and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba)
      • "Time to blame the referee!"
      • "So fuck off Adam Johnson, you're going down for noncin', you are a peeeeeedophile!" (Newcastle fans throwing shade at former Sunderland player Adam Johnson and his conviction for sexual abuse of a minor. It helps the fact that Sunderland are Newcastle's fiercest rivals)
      • "Heeeyyyyy, Sol Campbell, JUDAS! I wanna knoooooooowwww-ooohhhhh, why you're such a cunt!" (Tottenham fans lashing out against Sol Campbell, who famously ditched Spurs to join hated rivals Arsenal; and that's the least offensive chant they made for him)
      • "Head & Shoulders, you're having a laugh!" (Manchester City fans at their former goalkeeper Joe Hart's appearance in a shampoo commercial)
      • "Carroll, show us your tits!" (Manchester United fans teasing former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll about his effeminate appearance)
      • “We’ve come for our scarves, We’ve come for our scarves, We’re Norwich City, We’ve come for our scarves.” (Sung by fans of Norwich, who play in green and gold, to United fans, who were protesting the new takeover by going back the club's original colours of green and gold)
      • "Let's pretend we've scored a goal!" (Aston Villa fans making the best of a spectacularly dire 2015/6 season that saw them relegated)
      • "We love our, Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Baldy-headed Warren Feeney" (Northern Ireland fans to diminutive player Warren Feeney)
      • "Chelsea, Chelsea, wherever you may be, keep your wife from John Terry!" (Chelsea fans after the fact that captain John Terry had had an affair with the girlfriend of teammate Wayne Bridge)
      • "My garden shed is bigger than this! It's got a door, and a window!" (Sung by away fans when the home team's stadium is particularly small)
      • "Don't blame it on the Biscan, don't blame it on the Hamann, don't blame it on the Finnan, blame it on Traore. He just can't, he just can't, he just can't control his feet!" (Sung by Liverpool fans about beloved but famously error prone defender Djimi Traore)
      • "Is there a fire drill?" (used by away fans in case the home fans walk away during a particularly humiliating defeat)
      • "Lenell John-Lewis, his name is a shop!" (Bury fans on the name of one of their players)
      • "It's just like watching The Bill!" (Blackburn fans on the number of police at their stadium)
      • "What a waste of council tax, we paid for your hats!" (aimed at the unusually high number of guards in an amateur game)
      • "You're shit and you know you are!"
      • "You're shish and you know you are!" (Chelsea fans' less than savoury version when playing Turkish team Galatasaray)
      • "What do we think of Tottenham? SHIT! What do we think of shit? TOTTENHAM! Thank you! That's all right; we hate Tottenham, we hate Tottenham! We hate Tottenham, we hate Tottenham! We hate Tottenham, we hate Tottenham! We are Tottenham haters!" (Arsenal fans making their feelings about Tottenham very well-known)
      • "We want our Dick back!" (Sunderland fans after getting an inflatable penis taken by the guards during a match to celebrate their manager, Dick Advocaat)
      • "Who let the frogs out? Who? Who? Who? Who?" (Leicester City fans towards the notoriously French dominated Arsenal side of the mid noughties)
      • "Sheep-shagging bastards, we know who we are!" (Fans of Welsh teams like Cardiff City poking fun at themselves so that fans of English teams don't have to)
      • "Stand up if you pay your tax." (Aimed by pretty much everyone at manager Harry Redknapp after he was investigated for tax fraud)
      • "He's fat, he's round, he's sold your fucking ground, Al Fayed, Al Fayed..." (Aimed at Fulham fans by just about everyone, in reference to former Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed)
      • "Steve Gerrard, Gerrard. He slipped on his fucking arse. He gave it to Demba Ba. Steve Gerrard, Gerrard." (Aimed at Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after he literally slipped against Chelsea, allowing Demba Ba to score and ultimately costing Liverpool the 2013-14 league title.)
      • Liverpool fans came up with this to serenade then new manager Jurgen Klopp: “He’s taking over power. He’s only just begun, He’s going to bring us glory, And he fucking hates the S*n, Jurgen Klopp, na, na, na, na ,na.”
      • Save under very exceptional circumstances, (see the below renditions of "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the England vs France matches) fans are very particular about keeping chants to themselves - i.e. not joining in with the opposition. This led to widespread ridicule when a half-half version of a Liverpool chant was proposed by a City fan before the Liverpool-Man City Champions League quarter-final, which mixed the two teams' players together, and ended with a 'rousing' "Fuck off Mourinho!" It got nowhere.
      • And serenading record breaking Egyptian wing-forward Mohamed 'the Egyptian King' Salah, Liverpool fans came up with this: "Mohamed Salah, A gift from Allah, He came from Roma to Liverpool, He's always scoring, It's almost boring, So please don't take Mohamed away!"
      • After winning their 6th Champions League trophy, one started by manager Jurgen Klopp of all people (who can more or less be summed up as the Premier League's cool German uncle) was, "Let's talk about six, baby."
      • "Can we play you, can we play you, can we play you every week? Can we play you every week?" Aimed at a team getting utterly trounced, usually by a team that isn't doing so hot in a season, and especially at bigger clubs that are getting beat by smaller ones.
      • "If you have a job, stand up! If you have a job, stand up!" Sung by fans of pretty much anyone playing against Liverpool due to the Merseyside's historical unemployment troubles (though the problem has gone away over the last 20 years, but that doesn't stop old stereotypes from getting brought up). Even Everton fans get in on it, when their ground is less than half a mile away from Anfield.
      • "He's eating piiiiiie! He's eating piiiiiie, he's eating pie, he's eating pie, he's eating piiiiiie! Does he want some saaaaaauce? Does he want some saaaaaaauce? Does he want some sauce, does he want some sauce, does he want some saaaaaauce? He's got some broooooooown, he's got some brooooooooown, he's got some brown, he's got some brown, he's got some brooooooooown!" Bradford City fans singing about a random person in the stands eating a meat pie in the missle of an otherwise boring affair. The fan even danced to it.
    • "You can stick your [Russian rubles/Arab dirham] up your arse! You can stick your [Russian rubles/Arab dirham] up your arse! You can stick your [Russian rubles/Arab dirham], stick your [Russian rubles/Arab dirham], stick your [Russian rubles/Arab dirham] up your arse!", aimed at Chelsea or Manchester City supporters, due to their clubs' owners (Roman Abramovich of Chelsea and Sheikh Mansour of the United Arab Emirates) both taking the team over and flooding them with money, causing each team to go from relegation-fighters to title contenders.
    • 60,000 East London-accented voices singing "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"- the rather whimsical anthem of West Ham United - is quite a sight, quite a sound too, when you think about the stereotypes of British Accents.
    • When Liverpool face Scottish club Celtic, who also sing You'll Never Walk Alone, the results are something spectacular. Another honorable mention to Celtic during their match against Barcelona. Just don't try to start a debate on who did it first/does it better.
      • More amicably, when Liverpool face Borussia Dortmund, who have also adopted You'll Never Walk Alone, with both fans happily singing it in unison. It probably helps that a) Dortmund fans make no bones about having adopted it from Liverpool (as did about half the Bundesliga, for whatever reason), b) both teams and sets of fans are very alike in philosophy, with similarly atmospheric stadiums and legendary home stands (Liverpool's Kop End and Dortmund's 'Yellow Wall'), resulting in massive amounts of mutual respect, c) more recently, sharing a universally beloved manager, Jurgen Klopp, who joined Liverpool and quickly established himself as a fan favourite after leaving Dortmund, where he is very fondly remembered. When the teams played each other in the second leg of the 2016 Europa League Quarter-Final - which was, apart from anything else, an undisputed classic, ending 4-3 Liverpool - at Anfield, it was the day before the 27th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, which killed 96 Liverpool fans. The resultant rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone was so moving that FIFA picked it for its inaugural Fan Award.
  • In November 2015, France were scheduled to play a friendly match against their oldest and bitterest rivals, England, at Wembley. Three days before the match, the Bataclan Attacks took place, killing 129 people, with three suicide bombers blowing themselves up outside the Parc des Princes while France and Germany were playing, and a cousin of one the France players, Lassana Diarra, was killed. The match went ahead and the French fans and team were greeted with a Wembley lit up in the colours of the French flag, the French national motto of 'Liberté, égalité, fraternité' emblazoned on the side, floral tributes laid by both managers, the head of the FA and Prince William, the traditional giant St. George's Flag at the home end replaced by a French tricolore, an impeccably observed minute's silence and, at the end of that, all 71,000 fans, English and French alike, joining in a thunderous rendition of 'La Marseillaise', the French national anthem (and appropriately, a stirring call to arms). Try listening to it without tears coming to your eyes and/or hairs standing up on the back of your neck.
    • For additional sad yet sweet flavour, in June 2017, England played France shortly after the Manchester Bombing, that killed 22 people (not including the bomber). Like the Bataclan attacks, it also took place at a concert, and in a swap from last time, the match was played at the home of French football, the Stade de France. As their English counterparts had, the French fans joined in with England's national anthem, 'God Save the Queen', as well as Oasis' ''Don't Look Back in Anger''. Sometimes, football really does bring out the best in people.
  • England's rugby team has an unofficial anthem in the form of 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'.
  • Whenever a sporting crowd unites against someone - most commonly, the referee - they will use well-known insults ("REFS YOU SUCK!" in the US, "Go fuck yourself" in Brazil) or improvise something.
    • British classics (adopted by the US) include the ever popular "The Referee's a Wanker", which is sometimes rewritten as "The Referee's a Cunt." More specific ones "The Referee's Got Six Toes" (with interchangeable references to local towns known for inbreeding), "Who's the Fenian in Black?" (sung at referees, who wear black, that are perceived to be biased against Rangers in favour of Celtic, in an extension of the sectarian conflicts in Northern Ireland - Rangers being seen as the Protestant team, Celtic as the Catholic team) which is sometimes altered to the more generally understood "Who's the Bastard in Black?", "The Referee's Got BSE" (BSE being short for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, better known as 'Mad Cow Disease', which afflicted Britain from the mid 80's to the late 90's) and "You're Not Fit To Referee" (meant in both senses of the word when aimed by Arsenal fans at Mark Clattenburg when he went down with cramps in 2006).
      • And one, aimed by the entire stadium, at unfortunate referee Graham Poll, "World Cup - and you fucked it up! World Cup - and you fucked it up!"


  • At this point, JAM Project doesn't even bother shouting the "MOTTO MOTTO!" in the refrain of "SKILL" when in concert. They just hold their mics out to the audience. Watch here.
    • Lucky Star's "Koi no Minoru Densetsu" has this as well: the crowd is always chanting "Mi-mi-mirakuru! Minorun-run!" at the appropriate moments.
    • Another decent demonstration of this trope in action at a concert is this video from one of Barenaked Ladies' live shows of their song "If I had $1,000,000" which always results in a Crowd Song sing-a-long. If the audience doesn't follow the directions during the last verse, the band will make them do it again to get it right.
  • The Irish pub, The Wild Rover, does this religiously.
  • Let's do the Time Warp again!
    • In fact, any song with their own specific dance (Y.M.C.A., The Macarena, Thriller, The Chicken Dance, etc.). Play it in a crowded area, and watch them dance.
    • In Japan or at Anime conventions, you can get the same effect with arguably greater enthusiasm with Hare Hare Yukainote , the Lucky Star OP note , or Caramelldansen.
  • Similarly, "Still Alive" is pretty much guaranteed to have this effect if there is any number of gamers nearby.
  • Whenever any band dares to play the distinctive opening chord to The Beatles song "A Hard Day's Night" in front of a crowd of Beatles fans, the fans have been known to sing the entire song in response while the band stands there silently.
  • At a televised concert, Billy Ray Cyrus sang the first few words of "Achy Breaky Heart", then stood back as the audience finished the rest of the verse. This probably happens at all his concerts.
  • Any time "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" gets sung spontaneously, there's a good chance it's this trope in action.
    • Happened at Obama's inauguration as George W. Bush's helicopter flew out of Washington DC. At least hundreds of people began to sing "Na Na Hey Hey".
    • A common occurrence when a player fouls out of a basketball game. Subverted at North Carolina A&T, where "Hoe Sit Down" is played over the PA, and...
  • Protestors. Many of these are just simple chants, but Anonymous are quite happy to sing anything they know the words to - and there are some songs they all know the words to. "In West Philadelphia, born and raised..."
    • Debout, les damnés de la terre. Debout, les forçats de la faim...
    • And there's definitely nothing stopping them from a more old fashioned Rickroll.
  • The Last Night of the Proms. Hearing 40,000 people all sing 'Land of Hope and Glory' in unison is wonderful.
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody". If the beginning is too slow for some people, just wait. When it gets to "I see a little silhouette of a man," everyone in the nearest vicinity will join in. This has been proven in the car, on camping trips, and while listening to the radio both around the house and while cleaning up a theater.
    • Not Always Right has a post about it happening in a waiting room at a doctor's office: Bohemian Medicine
    • The same can be said of "We Will Rock You". *stomp stomp CLAP! stomp stomp CLAP! stomp stomp CLAP!*
    • "We Are The Champions." When it comes to Arena Rock, Queen are the Crowd Song champions, my friend.
  • Four words: We Are The World. The song was cleverly arranged as a crowd song, the crowd being composed of pop singers in both 1985 and 2010 versions...and many attendees at Michael Jackson's funeral in 2009.
  • This video. It starts out as a flash mob, but you can see random members of the public joining in. Granted not as well, but still....
  • Blind Guardian make this part of their music. They deliberately record lots of vocal layers in studio, which the audience sing live. The effect can be pretty astounding
  • Most national anthems are well known enough in their respective countries to cause this.
    • Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. All you had to do was just shout Oh Canada and everyone will jump on top of it.
      • Actually, we just love singing "O Canada". Hockey game, concert, waiting in line...any excuse is a good excuse.
    • In sports arenas, it's common to have people start singing along with the national anthem.
  • Along with that note, the Pledge of Allegiance is usually this with a large enough crowd.
  • Ditto for Bon Jovi. Any time, anywhere. Especially if it's "Living on a Prayer".
  • And Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" for sure.
  • And "The Final Countdown" while we're at it.
  • Anything by Abba is a good bet. For people currently in their 30s, it is highly likely they were exposed to the songs a lot as children depending on the age of their parents.
  • This unexpected performance.
  • This is a crowd song...done with guitar
  • The point of "Break Out into Song", which gets random people from around NYC to perform choreographed musical numbers in NYC places.
  • Start singing "La Vie Boheme" in a college setting. You'll have people rocking out in no time.
    • Similarly, put a bunch of theatre kids together, and more likely than not they'll break into song at some point. Sometimes even with harmonies.
  • There are accounts that British sailors, waiting to be rescued while their ships were sinking in the Falklands War, started spontaneously singing Monty Python's "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life".
    • Ditto that after the news got out that Sydney would host the 2000 Summer Olympics; the crowd gathered in Manchester decided to console themselves with it.
  • Gather Scotsmen and alcohol in any one place, particularly if it's actually within Scotland itself, and Flower of Scotland tends to fulfil this trope to a tee.
    • Also any of the classic Burns' songs tends to have this effect also.
  • This story. Somehow even more impressive for not having video.
  • Caramelldansen can easily end up like this at an anime convention.
  • A somewhat ironic example: The Offspring's song "Smash". Hearing several thousand people singing "I'm not a trendy asshole/ I do what I want/ I do what I feel like" in unison is...interesting.
  • In Metallica's S&M, there are several segments of "Master of Puppets" where the only singing is coming from the crowd.
  • Oasis have some guaranteed ones, with British people particularly liking "Don't Look Back In Anger".
  • "Bro Hymn" by Pennywise is utilized in the stadiums for both of San Diego's major sports teams; the chorus is "woah-oh-oh-oh, woah-oh, oh-oh-oh", which sounds oddly stirring with sixty thousand people behind it.
  • Watch a video of the Hold Steady performing "Stay Positive" and odds are the audience will join in in the "WOAH-OH-OH, WOAH-OH-OH!" part of the chorus
  • If you walk into a Hofbräuhaus anywhere in the world, even non-German-speaking countries, everyone will join in a round of Ein Prosit (A Toast) any time someone starts it. More to the point, everyone quickly learns Das Hofbräuhaus Lied (The Hofbräuhaus Song) if they spend more than a few minutes there since it's played quite often (every hour on the hour after 5 PM on Fridays and Saturdays at my local Hofbräuhaus).
  • "My Girl".
  • "Some people call me a space cowboy."
  • Post the first line of a song on Tumblr, and watch the other bloggers join in on the fun.
  • Approach any group of girls under the age of 30 and sing the line "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat". They will immediately start singing the rest of "Part Of Your World". This also works for "A Whole New World" most of the time.
  • "The Devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal."
  • This. Sort of. Organized, but it wouldn't surprise me if any of the bystanders felt compelled to join in.
  • No choreography or dancing involved, since the crowd at the time was so packed tight like sardines it might as well have been a mosh pit, but at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf after the 2012 Fourth of July fireworks show, the dance show DJ put Katy Perry's "Firework" on the loudspeakers. Cue the whole crowd joining in on the chorus.
  • There's a very distinctive arpeggio at the beginning of the Animals' cover of "House of the Rising Sun". Cue everyone over the age of 45 or so belting out "There is ...a New Orleans...THEY CALL THE RIIISING SUN", while the younger folk look on with a bemused expression. It usually falls apart pretty quickly after that, but everyone old enough to remember Apollo 11 knows the opening lyrics.
  • A Heroic Bystander version: BYU students spontaneously broke into song in order to distract their hostage-taker.. After he'd been apprehended, Howard W. Hunter continued his address, telling them how nice their voices sounded.
  • With the right crowd, almost any bar or pub can incite this. Queen seems to have the highest number of songs to which most people know the lyrics.
  • The Cha Cha Slide. When DJ Casper says "Everybody clap your hands," everyone in the room will join in.
  • The first Pokémon opening. Sing it at any anime or gaming convention. You will get an immediate and highly amusing reaction.
  • Every Saturday, the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival does "singing from the stalls", a tradition which, itself, dates back to the days when the authors themselves were still turning out operettas. During this, the Compair of the Festival tells the festival-goers which chori will be sung, and they are sung. In full, four-part harmony. By around 200 fans of Gilbert and Sullivan. For the best effect, the "anthem", Hail Poetry. All four parts are sung by everybody in the hall. (Hell, generally starting to sing, or indeed play from "Although Our Dark Career" from Hail Poetry tends to cause this reaction in any near-by G&S Fans.)
  • Try loudly singing "What Is Love" by Haddaway in any crowded area and see how many people start singing along.
  • This rendition of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" fits this trope.
  • If they don't know the main lyrics, then at the very least some people will recognize the chorus segments of "Shout".
  • "Sweet Caroline" again. Yes, really. Play this song anywhere in America, and 90% of the people present will begin belting out the lyrics (complete with "DUHN DUHN DUHN!" and "SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!") with the kind of ecstatic abandon usually reserved for drunk college kids.


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The first song in the Fairly Oddparents musical, "School's Out".

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