Top 10 Songs with Fake / False Endings

Fake / false ending is when you think a song is finished (because it does sound like finished), only to hear it starts again... It's an element of surprise in songs.

The Top Ten Songs with Fake / False Endings

1 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Well it has like four fake endings so it has to be number 1. - JoLeKosovo

"I've got blisters on my Fingers! " - christangrant

2 November Rain - Guns N' Roses
3 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams

The original album version is 6:30 minutes long and the false ending became the real ending of the single/video edit of the song. - Metal_Treasure

4 Master of Puppets - Metallica
5 White Room - Cream
6 The Look - Roxette
7 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
8 Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley

Probably the best-known use of the "false fade." And a great song overall.

9 You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire - Queens of the Stone Age
10 Need You Tonight - INXS

The Contenders

11 The Blackest Day - Annihilator

At 4:10 the singer even says "This is the end" but after 3-4 seconds of silence music comes back for 1 more minute. I love this song - great riffing. The sample is from a live verstion. - Metal_Treasure

12 TV Eye - The Stooges
13 Bang and Blame - R.E.M.

Here music even comes back after 15 seconds of silence! - Metal_Treasure

14 The Resistance - Skillet

As this is the last song on the album you'd want it to go out with a bang. After the third chorus it seems to play the tune to close off the song, but just when you think it ends it then starts rocking up again with Seth Morrison blasting out a truly awesome solo.
What a song to end the album on. - SuperSonic17

15 I Am - Savatage

After the long instrumental part that sounded like an outro to me, the music came back. It's amazing. - Metal_Treasure

16 Miss Jackson - Panic! at the Disco
17 Problem Child - AC/DC

On the Dirty Deeds Version there's a false climax - christangrant

18 Tribute - Tenacious D

At the end it goes silent which then goes into about 15 seconds of more acoustic guitar riff - christangrant

19 Get Back - The Beatles
20 Marquee Moon - Television
21 Tired of Sex - Weezer
22 Rain When I Die - Alice in Chains

It has a fade-out false ending lasting for about 20 seconds and then the music comes back - Metal_Treasure

23 Dog Days are Over - Florence and the Machine
24 Future - Paramore
25 Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
26 Rain - The Beatles
27 I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles
28 Cry Baby Cry - The Beatles
29 Free as a Bird - The Beatles
30 Adel - Bushido & Shindy

After 2:25 minutes of music, the song stops for about a second. Up to this point, the song was a very sinister, almost surreal one whose beat was built around what sounds like an ever looping mosaic of chopped up soundtrack, scream and alarm fragments, over which drum kits and the rapping was put. After the one second pause, the soundtrack samples plays in its entirety, with drums and vocals on top, sounding much less expetimental and more melodic. The music video stops after 2:25. The album version lasts 4:10. - Martin_Canine

31 If I Was Your Vampire - Marilyn Manson

This actually has two false endings.
In its third minute the song becomes very slow, kind of like an extended outro, and at 3:38 it lets the guitar fade out for six seconds, but then another chorus breaks in. Then one minute later, at 4:42, the song stops again, you only hear the percussion echoing, but then five seconds later, a powerful bridge/extended outro section starts, and plays until the song actually is over at 5:56. - Martin_Canine

32 Needs - Collective Soul
33 It’s All Been Done - Barenaked Ladies

The chord progression sounds like the song is about to end, then there are eight more bars to the actual end.

34 That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore - The Smiths

Fades out and fades back in again. - Gg2000

35 Do You Love Me - The Contours

The song starts to fade, but before it gets too quiet, the volume jumps back up again. - Gg2000

36 To Defy the Laws of Tradition - Primus

The music stops for a few seconds. Then Claypool starts singing : "Suppose, the taxman, he comes to tooown..." and the music resumes. - JoLeKosovo

37 Rust in Peace... Polaris - Megadeth
38 I Kill Children - Dead Kennedys

Same as To Defy the Laws of Tradition, but it happens twice. - JoLeKosovo

39 Electioneering - Radiohead
40 Black Widow - Iggy Azalea
41 A Day in the Life - The Beatles
42 Quasimodo - Monuments
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