Top Ten Most Powerful Choruses of the 2010s

Whether it is the vocals, the instrumental or the whole package - when these choruses kick in, it knocks you off your feet.

The Top Ten

1 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

What can be more powerful than a power metal band playing this masterpiece with a full symphonic orchestra? - Metal_Treasure

2 Written in Blood - Beyond the Black

While it is propably their least symphonic song, it contains their strongest chorus. Jennifer Haben, backed by a choir, delivers a strong melody that immediately gets stuck in your head like a great catchy pop song, while the band gives a harmonic and impressively melodic performance. This song is not all too complex, but it is extremely memorable and powerful. - Martin_Canine

3 Paradise - Coldplay

I can't even describe why I love this song so much. Maybe it is because it was featured in the Life of Pi trailer, and much like in the movie, the images and the music formed a majestic and enchanting audiovisual experience. But also on its own, this song gives me goosebumps throughout - especially when the chorus kicks in. - Martin_Canine

4 Anthem - Iced Earth
5 Rise Like a Phoenix - Conchita Wurst

The "Queen of Austria", as media dubbed vocal talent and drag queen Conchita Wurst (yes, this voice comes from a biological male), performs a dramatic and soulful chorus that leaves great impression on the listener and is worthy of serving as a James Bond theme song.
It gets more and more bombastic as it goes on, and in the last chorus it is simply jaw droppingly big.

The song won the Eurovision Song Contest, where each European country can contribute one song which will be performed live in the country that won the year before. The winner is chosen by international voting. This is a very big event and Austria only won once centuries ago (and no, I am absolutely no patriot, I always want the best song to win, but this song and Jamala's "1944" are the best in ages).
I say that because I doubt many Americans know of this event. - Martin_Canine

6 Sabre & Torch - Edguy
7 Shot In the Dark - Within Temptation

Not only is this opening track (not counting the 1 minute spoken intro) of "The Unforgiving" a perfect preview of the less symphonic and more modern sound they were going for, it also has one of those choruses that kick in with maximum impact and feature a earworm melody every pop composer would be proud of. - Martin_Canine

8 King for a Day - Primal Fear
9 Kings of Suburbia - Tokio Hotel

Wow, for once the title track is actually the best song of the album. Doesn't happen too often. KoS is the album that started their change in style, away from emo and closer to electro-pop, and yeah, I like the old sound better. But this track in particular is outstanding and one of their greatest. It's anthemic and sounds like the soundtrack to a movie about the rebellious youth in a futuristic but filthy cyberpunk city district. This chorus is blockbuster-like, mostly due to the great instrumental track. - Martin_Canine

10 Wing$ - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

The haunting chorus consists of a choir of children singing about how they can fly away pulling the strings (on their brand shoes). Consisting that throughout the verses Macklemore becomes more and more obsessed with his shoes to a level where he sounds like a paranoid drug addict, it makes this chorus even more bittersweet (the song is AGAINST the cult following of brands).

This chorus was also sampled in the German rap song "Alles hat sein Sinn" by Farid Bang feat. KC Rebell but in a different context. In that song, the two rappers sing about how they came to Germany as immigrants and lived in poor quarters, and made their fortune working hard on their music career, but will never forget from where they started. So the children wanting to fly away are young immigrant kids dreaming of a better way.

I also praise the use of the sampling, because it's not just stolen but uses it in the context of the verses. Also, "Wing$" is not such a well known song, at least it wasn't ...more - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Ride Into Obsession - Blind Guardian
12 Set Fire to the Rain - Adele

Everything - the metaphoric imagery in the lyrics, the energetic singing, the perfectly arranged instrumental, the melody, the build up that leads to the chorus - is perfect in this one. - Martin_Canine

13 Freedom - Beyoncé

Beyoncé at her full potential. I wish she'd do something like this more often. She has one of the best singing voices of her generation, but often her songs are so-so pop tracks that don't even stand out like e.g. Christina Aguilera's, Shakira's or Anastacia's.
But wow, she's great in this one. AMAZING singing, an instrumental mixing gospel and psychadelic, and Beyoncé leading a choir in the chorus. The choir alone sounds amazing, but Beyoncé is in the spotlight and gives an extremely powerful performance.
A 5 out of 5 song if you ask me. - Martin_Canine

14 The Throne - Blind Guardian
15 Are You Happy? - Bo Burnham

This is especially powerful to fans of him, although people who don't know him can find this song powerful as well. It's so emotional. It's about how he was unhappy about his choice to become a stand-up comic and how he wanted to close the book. He constantly asks 'Are you happy? ' and it really does make you think about how happy you really are. Before ignoring this song and choosing a more famous one, please, I beg you, search this one up. It will take less than 5 minutes to search this up and listen to it in it's entirety. This will bring tears to your eyes. - LemonComputer

16 Rolling in the Deep - Adele
17 Let It Go - Idina Menzel
18 Art Is Dead - Bo Burnham
19 A.C.A.B. - SpongeBozz

When SpongeBozz was still Sun Diego he was panned for his unbearable autotune choruses. Then he put on the costume, became SpongeBozz, stopped using autotune and was praises for melodic yet atmospheric choruses.
He does not have that much a great singing voice, but again, the overall package is awesome: the orchestral beat and the earworm melody go together extremely well. Also: the fact that the lyrics contain highly violent lyrics makes it sound very eerie as well. - Martin_Canine

20 Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar

No, I don't mean the "pour up - drank! " portion everyone knows, but the actual sung chorus.
In that, Kendrick recites the words of the "popular" that lead to his alcohol addiction. It sounds frightning - the imagery of a pool full of liquor so deep that you can dive in it is delivered with drowzy singing heavy on the feedback effect over a sinister and dark beat. It sounds like Lamar is already far away in horror trip land. Nevertheless, it is also extremely addictive. What an irony. - Martin_Canine

21 Elan - Nightwish
22 Das Öl Wurde Zu Blut - Kay One

Not only is this chorus, sung by the completely unknown German RnB singer Michelle Mendes, extremely vulnerable and emotional, the lyrics are also very haunting (the entire song is a conscious hip hop song about how our world goes down, against war, against populism, and against how all beliefs start working against each other instead of working together, just for a little context). Here’s the translation:

“The oil turned to blood / The sky starts loathing / Peace turned to rage / Everyone is waiting for a new start / We destroy ourselves / And children’s tears don’t lie / There she goes, the world (x2) / It is too late…” - Martin_Canine

23 Skyfall - Adele
24 Unchained - Blood on the Dance Floor

Hate the band as much as you want, I won't stop you... but this chorus consisting of a gospel choir is simply amazing. It basically says: "hate me all you want, I still made it and have many people who are on my side, and I won't let you get me down, I'm still standing."
And yeah, I know many people will be very sensitive about this one. But I still included this because... well, it sounds great and is powerful. And it was also the point where I decided: "yeah, this band definitely falls into the "overhated" category. Their old stuff is underwhelming to bad, but at this point, they are far from sucking." - Martin_Canine

25 Weak Fantasy - Nightwish
26 God, If You Are Above... - Falling In Reverse
27 Why Didn't I Learn - Strawbellycake
28 In the End - Black Veil Brides
29 King for a Day - Pierce the Veil
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Top Remixes

1. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Anthem - Iced Earth
3. Sabre & Torch - Edguy
1. Written in Blood - Beyond the Black
2. Paradise - Coldplay
3. Rise Like a Phoenix - Conchita Wurst


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