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  • Chorus-Only Song: Frequently inverted; many of the band's songs only have verses, with an Epic Riff substituted where the chorus would be in a normal rock song ("Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Seven Nation Army", "Icky Thump", "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman", etc.).
  • Epic Riff: "The Hardest Button to Button", "Seven Nation Army", "The Air Near My Fingers", "Blue Orchid", "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Icky Thump"... Hell, it's actually harder to find a White Stripes song that doesn't have an epic riff, especially since the low-fi aesthetic doesn't let too much get in the way of them.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Jack sings the second vocal on "Danger High Voltage" (When we kiss! When we touch!) by Electric Six, an Intercourse with You song sung by two men. Jack does not appear in the video - his lines are mimed by a woman. Whether this makes matters more or less heterosexual is for the individual viewer to decide.
    • He covers Dolly Parton's Jolene without changing any of the lyrics, although he says in interviews that he interprets the lyrics as a man worried his friendship will be eclipsed by friend's new romance.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • If you want to start an epic internet throwdown, just go onto a rock music forum and say whether or not you think Meg White is a good drummer.
    • Also, the fact that they don't have a bassist. A ridiculous number of Internet debates have started over whether they should or should not be knee-jerk dismissed based on that alone.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Years after the release of "Seven Nation Army", football (soccer) fans began yelling the riff chorus of the song as a musical chant, as the song was catchy and simple enough for a lot of people to join in. Now, it's hard to go to an English football game (or Miami Heat game) without hearing the crowd sing the riff in unison at some point.
    • And in turn, the sports chant version of "Seven Nation Army" mutated into "Oh Jeremy Corbyn", sung by supporters of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at rallies.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The video for "Blue Orchid". It's set in an dark old house full of cobwebs, and everyone in the video is deathly pale and moves robotically. Plus, the video ends just as a woman is about to be stamped on by a ghostly white horse.
  • Moment of Awesome: The Foot in the video for The Denial Twist.
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  • Sequel Displacement: White Blood Cells has displaced their Self-Titled Album and De Stijl (and arguably Elephant has displaced White Blood Cells).
  • Signature Song: "Seven Nation Army".
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "We Are Gonna Be Friends."
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The video for "Seven Nation Army" can be considered this. The video for "The Denial Twist" could count as well.
  • Vindicated by History: The White Stripes were always very critically acclaimed and had a big cult fanbase, but the group never really had the commercial success of, say, Linkin Park or Coldplay. It was not until about the end of the decade where they started being acclaimed as one of the greatest rock acts of the 21st century, with "Seven Nation Army" became a defining song of the decade.


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