History of lyrics that aren't lyrics (video)


17 Responses to “History of lyrics that aren't lyrics (video)”

  1. I recognized every one up to 1983, and not a single one after. That’s just fine with me.

    But if you want to see this done right: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZIQ2pHaJ1I&feature=related

  2. Jeremy Tate says:

    Great modern compilation. With a downe, derrie, derrie, derrie, downe, downe.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      With a downe, derrie, derrie, derrie, downe, downe.

      You need a little lightening up after, she lift up his bloody head, kist his wounds that were so red.

  3. HokkaidoHillbilly says:

    Damn…girl’s got some pipes!

  4. Jim Saul says:

    Bwha!  She almost broke on Hanson.  ;-)  Amazing how quickly each tune is recognizable.

    This may be one of the things that filters out the real singers from the rest of us Bam-Bam in the shower types… I have a resonant voice, but could never imagine pulling off the non-verbal vocalizations.

    Some awesome glossolalia is done by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins and Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance (with whom most would be familiar from the Gladiator soundtrack).

  5. shutz says:

    I’ve got more extreme non-lyrics for you.  This guy is one of our best songwriters in Québec (these are not his most inspired lyrics.)  He sings mostly in French.  If this had been in English, I’m sure this song would have been included in the medley above:

    Claude Dubois – Comme tu voudras

  6. Trent Hawkins says:

    Kind of thought it would be something like this:

  7. Miss Cellania says:

    Love it, but they didn’t go far back enough for my tastes. Here’s more:


  8. Skully says:

    What, no Rah rah ah ah ah, ro ma ro ma ma, ga ga ooh la la?

  9. amnyc says:

    And I missed Mmm mmm mmm mmm. (Crash Test Dummies, 1993).

  10. EvilPRGuy says:

    This is one of those ideas that is so clever, you wonder how no one thought of it before, illustrating how clever it actually is. The execution is fantastic as well. What a fun video.

  11. noah django says:

    really missed the boat not including “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (or whatever it’s called.)

    also, the Michael Jackson “mama ko mama sa mama makossa” probably are actual lyrics, but in whatever language Manu DiBango speaks (pre-dates Mike by about a decade, and Mike flubbed the words):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4I9iBZNUu4&feature=related

    I dare you to listen and not move.

    also, didn’t recognize a thing past 1999    ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ_彡☆バンバン!!

  12. Antinous / Moderator says:

    She’s also singing, ♫ La-ti-da-hee, la-ti-da-ho ♫ instead of,  ♫ Ma-ia-hii, ma-ia-huu ♫ for O-zone’s Dragostea Din Tei.

  13. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Y’all,

    In Hebrew we call them niggunim (the plural of nigun, which means tune or melody.





  14. Risser says:

    Also, for the record, the Will Smith bit is actually sampled from the Bar-Kay’s “Sang and Dance”.

  15. Leo Horovitz says:

    What, no TROLOLOLOLOLO? http://youtu.be/yunSRfnsVck That was weird…

  16. kentkb says:

    “Oh Ee Oh Ah aha Tang Ting Walla Walla Bing Bang” (sez the Witch Doctor!)

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