Top 10 Songs that Have a Pre-Chorus

Pre-choruses are optional parts in a song and not all songs have pre-choruses. Songs with no pre-chorus are fine but some songwriters decide to put more efforts.

A pre-chorus is that bit of music immediately preceeding the chorus - it's between the verse and the chorus. It's a transitional section preparing the listener for the "hook" of the chorus.

Pre-chorus is usually considered as part of the verse - its last part. It's really a transitional section and you can feel that when you listen to a song with a pre-chorus for the first time. What happens is that when the pre-chorus starts, you may conclude that the chorus starts... until you hear the real chorus. This happened to me many times and it proves the pre-chorus has a "transitional" function.

Pre-choruses can be long or short and are used in many genres - pop, rock, metal, etc (hypothetically, they can be used in every genre).

The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Pre-chorus starts with "Taste me you will see..."
Chorus starts with "Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings..." - Metal_Treasure

2 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight
Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We're off to Never Never-land - Metal_Treasure

3 The Throne - Blind Guardian

Similarly to Master of Puppets by Metallica, this song is also long (similar length - about 8 minutes) and pre-choruses work very good.
Moreover, the verses to 'The Throne' aren't exactly the same - they have different structures and aren't typical verses, and adding a pre-chorus is a good idea.
There are the 3 pre-choruses before every chorus (lyrics are not absolutely the same but music is):
The pre-chorus starts with "I've come to tell you once more..."
The chorus starts with "We must serve the fire...". - Metal_Treasure

4 Ride the Sky - Helloween

Pre-chorus starts with: "Send me a sign,..." (play the sample to hear the entire pre-chorus)
Chorus starts with: " Ride the sky,..." - Metal_Treasure

5 The Holy Grail - Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian songwriting is widely appreciated for being different, complex and experimental in terms of song structures. In this song they used the pre-chorus in a non-standard way but the pre-chorus is my favorite part of this song:
1) they put the pre-chorus in the middle of the verse and not at the end! Surprise!
2) they put a long section between the pre-chorus and chorus, so the pre-chorus sounds like a fake chorus when you first listen to this song
3) the chorus appears 3 times whereas the pre-chorus only twice
4) the pre-chorus comes with different lyrics
All 3 choruses start with "There on the battlefield she sings Praise, hallelujah,..."
pre-chorus 1 (in the middle of verse 1) - you can hear it on the sample:
"Don't call it hopelessly insane Oh Oh Oh
I go and grasp the grail Oh Oh Oh
But in a graceful way Oh Oh Oh
Illegally, my aim
The grail will cross the border now"
pre-chorus 2 (in the middle of verse 2):
"So after ...more - Metal_Treasure

6 Imagine - John Lennon
7 Judas - Helloween

Very strong pre-chorus, starts with: "Fight for freedom, fight for rights,..."
chorus starts with: "Judas - rulin' with an iron hand,..."
(play the sample to hear them both) - Metal_Treasure

8 Love's Tragedy Asunder - Demons & Wizards

A very strong pre-chorus, you may think it's the chorus when you hear this song for the first time.
Pre-chorus 1 starts with "She still has sunshine in her weary eyes,..." (it's in the end of the song sample);
Pre-chorus 2 starts with "I've buried sunlight when I shut her eyes,...";
Chorus starts with " Love's tragedy asunder,..."
The pre-chorus appears twice but with different lyrics: Hansi lyrics are great because only some keywords are repeated - sunshine/sunlight, eyes; also, some words from the 1st pre-chorus rhyme with the respective words from the 2nd pre-chorus, ex. try/cry. - Metal_Treasure

9 Stormbringer - Deep Purple

Ride the rainbow
Crack the sky
Stormbringer coming
Time to die
Got to keep running
Stormbringer coming
He's got nothing you need
He's gonna make you bleed - Metal_Treasure

10 White Skies - Moonspell

Interestingly, the pre-chorus here is much longer than the chorus (part of it is in the end of the sample):
"By these hands - untouched
By these lips - unspoken
Every heart - a jewel
Every heart - a stronghold
Skies come down! Come down"
"White skies roar with battle cries
Haters meet, lovers die") - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Firework - Katy Perry

I can believe I put in one list Metallica, Blind Guardian and Katy Perry, but this isn't a metal list and I wanted to give an example from pop music and also to create variety:
Pre-chorus starts with: "You just gotta ignite the light,..."
Chorus starts with: " 'Cause baby, you're a firework,..." - Metal_Treasure

12 Nightcrawler - Judas Priest
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