verse-chorus form

Verse-chorus form is a musical form common in popular music and predominant in rock since the 1960s. In contrast to AABA form, which is focused on the verse (contrasted and prepared by the bridge), in verse-chorus form the chorus is highlighted (prepared and contrasted with the verse). (Covach 2005, p.71)

The chorus often sharply contrasts the verse melodically, rhythmically, and harmonically, and assumes a higher level of dynamics and activity, often with added instrumentation. See: arrangement.

Contrasting verse-chorus form

Songs which use different music for the verse and chorus are in contrasting verse-chorus form. Examples include:

Simple verse-chorus form

Songs that use the same music for the verse and chorus, such as the twelve bar blues, though the lyrics feature different verses and a repeated chorus, are in simple verse-chorus form. Examples include:

Simple verse form

Songs which feature only a repeated verse are in simple verse form (verse-chorus form without the chorus). Examples include: and with a contrasting bridge: Both simple verse-chorus form and simple verse form are strophic forms.

Source

  • Covach, John. "Form in Rock Music: A Primer", in Stein, Deborah (2005). Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-517010-5.
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Format 7" single
Recorded ?
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Length 2:41
Label Philles Records
Writer(s) Phil Spector
Jeff Barry
Ellie Greenwich
Producer(s) Phil Spector
Peak chart positions

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Released February 13, 1967 (UK)
February 17, 1967 (U.S.)
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Recorded Abbey Road: 29 December 1966 – 17 January 1967
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Length 3:03
Label Parlophone (UK)
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Format 7"
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Heavy metal
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Released May 27 1957 (USA)
September 10 1957 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded February 25 1957, Nashville, Tennessee
Length 2:16
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Format Vinyl
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Label Capitol Records
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
Peak chart positions
• #3 (US) • #26 (UK)
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Released 7 July 1967 (UK)
17 July 1967 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Olympic Studios
14 June 1967
Genre Rock
Length 3:47
Label Parlophone R5620 (UK)
Capitol 5964 (US)

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Released August 1967
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded 1967
Genre Psychedelic Rock
Length 3:19
Label MCA
Writer(s) Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s) Jimi Hendrix
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