Top 10 Songs that Start with the Chorus

The songs on this list have non-standard structures because the most common song structure is this:




You see it's "normal" to end the song with the chorus but not to start it with the chorus.
However, some great songs start with the chorus. Enjoy!

The Top Ten

1 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

There are several songs I don't like (many people actually don't like them) and I didn't add them to this list, but they start with the chorus, too:
Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
Bad Blood - Taylor Swift
We Built This City - Starship
Pretty Girls - Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea
Let It Go - Wiz Khalifa
Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle - Metal_Treasure

2 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
3 I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley & The Wailers
4 (I Just) Died in Your Arms - Cutting Crew
5 Counting Stars - Onerepublic
6 We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
7 Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
8 Emotions - Mariah Carey
9 If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man) - Bonnie Tyler
10 Help! - The Beatles

Nope. The introduction doesn't appear anywhere else in the song. - Gg2000

I agree - somebody added this song and I put it on dishonorable mentions long ago but it's still too high on this list. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Get the Party Started - Pink
12 Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
13 Dancing Queen - ABBA
14 Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

I think both versions start with the verse. - Gg2000

15 Crawling - Linkin Park
16 Say You Will - Foreigner
17 Rain - The Beatles

Nope. - Gg2000

18 Cuts Like a Knife - Bryan Adams
19 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
20 She Loves You - The Beatles
21 You Don't Fool Me - Queen
22 She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer
23 (I've Had) the Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
24 There's No Place Like London - Shirley Bassey
25 Hello Mary Lou - Rick Nelson

I love this song. - Gg2000

26 Slip Slidin' Away - Paul Simon
27 One More Night - Phil Collins
28 You Gave Up on Love - Boston

This song starts with chorus. - zxm

29 Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
30 I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
31 The Monster - Eminem
32 Take a Chance on Me - Abba
33 The Beat Goes On - Sonny & Cher
34 Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake
35 Peaceful World - John Mellencamp
36 Minority - Green Day
37 Jumper - Third Eye Blind
38 Dream Police - Cheap Trick
39 Broadway - The Goo Goo Dolls
40 Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher
41 Any Way You Want It - Journey
42 Brick House - Commodores
43 Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar
44 I Love You - The Zombies
45 Rag Doll - Aerosmith
46 Bicycle Race - Queen
47 White Skies - Moonspell
48 Dancing with Tears in My Eyes - Ultravox
49 Catch a Wave - The Beach Boys

"Catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world". - Gg2000

50 Casey Jones - Grateful Dead

The Dead aren't exactly known for catchy choruses, but this one starts out with a real earworm. It's one of my favorites. - Gg2000

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Related Lists

Top 10 Songs with the Title in the Chorus Top 10 Songs that Have a Pre-Chorus Song With The Catchiest Chorus Top Ten Chorus in Songs Top 10 Best Songs that Have No Chorus

List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
2. You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
3. If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man) - Bonnie Tyler
1. Counting Stars - Onerepublic
2. Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
3. Emotions - Mariah Carey


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