Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Clapping Songs

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Sweet Richard Simmons’ Dolphin shorts. There are a lot of clapping songs.


I have my personal favorites, but I crowd sourced this playlist of songs that feature clapping. Sometimes clapping is kitschy, sometimes it works; regardless, once the hand claps enter the scene they tend to define a song.

So here we go, no commentary just a whole bunch of clapping songs. Ready teddy?

“Don’t Bring Me Down,” The Pretty Things. Okay, I lied — you’re going to get a little commentary. The Pretty Things are the greatest British Invasion era band you don’t listen to. When Bowie covered this song on Pin-Ups, he replaced the claps with snares. I love Bowie, but come on — the claps are cool. Other than that his version is pretty true to the original, right down to the running time: Bowie’s version is only two seconds longer.

“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” Santa Esmeralda

“Car Wash,” Rose Royce

“Tenderness,” General Public

“Centerfield,” John Fogerty

“Hand Jive,” Sha Na Na

“No Fun,” Stooges

“We Will Rock You,” Queen

“Clap Hands,” Beck

“Jack and Diane,” John Mellencamp

“Genius of Love,” Tom Tom Club

“Rock and Roll Part 2,” Gary Glitter

“Take the Money and Run,” Steve Miller Band

“The Way We Get by,” Spoon

“Baby You’re a Rich Man,” Beatles

“Give Peace a Chance,” Plastic Ono Band

That’s all I’ve got. Do you have the clap? I’m listening.

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