Top Ten Songs Where the Music Completely Stops in the Middle

As the title implies, this list is about songs where the instruments and vocals completely stop (usually for 4 beats) and start again. Songs that fade out and fade back in don't count (i.e. Helter Skelter), neither do hidden tracks (such as the end of Yes' Heart of the Sunrise). With that established, feel free to add to this list; if you do, tell me where exactly the break occurs.

The Top Ten

1 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

There's a short break after the first verse before Freddie comes back with "I've been singing with my band". - Gg2000

2 Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin

The reason this song is at the top is that there are a bunch of stops throughout the whole piece. It only makes it that much more difficult to master it. - Gg2000

3 Just - Radiohead Just - Radiohead

There's a pause in the middle of the instrumental break. - Gg2000

4 The Little Girl I Once Knew - The Beach Boys

This song has two stops, each time before the first two choruses. Unfortunately, this meant that radio stations were reluctant to play it (as they try to avoid dead air), and as a result, Capitol Records rush released "Barbara Ann", which became a big hit. This meant that TLGIOK never got past #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. - Gg2000

5 You're a Big Boy Now - The Lovin' Spoonful

There's a short pause after the bridge before they go back into the verse. - Gg2000

6 The Seeker - The Who

There are pauses both times they play the bridge, once before the guitar solo and once before the last verse. - Gg2000

7 Livin' on the Edge - Aerosmith

At the end of the last verse, you hear silence, a drum beating four times, and then... "Living on the edge! ". - Gg2000

8 Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals

There's a break after the organ solo before they go back into the chorus. - Gg2000

9 No Matter What -Badfinger

After the last chorus ends, you think the song is over - but they sing the last line of the chorus two more times. - Gg2000

10 Rock On - David Essex

The band stops both times towards the end when he says "Jimmy Dean". - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 After the Afterparty - Charli XCX

After she said “stop”, everyone at a party sat down.
- TheDuttyGyal

12 Sicko Mode - Travis Scott
13 Stinko Foot - Submarine Man
14 The Ocean - Led Zeppelin

The music stops and its just Robert saying "Na na na na na" - KillerQueen1774

15 Radio Song - R.E.M.

The whole thing stops completely for a few seconds before the outro. - Gg2000

16 Crawling Up a Hill - John Mayall

His first single. The music completely stops before the lead vocals come in. - Gg2000

17 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac

The music stops briefly before starting again, setting up the second verse. - Gg2000

18 (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
19 I Kill Children - Dead Kennedys

The music stops twice.

20 To Defy the Laws of Tradition - Primus

The music stops. Then Les starts singing : Suppose the taxman, he comes to town...

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