Top 10 Songs With the Most Unexpected Transitions

It's when in a song you hear something that you didn't see coming. It can be a whole song section. And the transition from one section to another is quite unexpected.

The Top Ten Songs With the Most Unexpected Transitions

1 Talk Dirty - Ten Second Songs

Transitions are used to create comical effects. It's a funny Jason Derulo cover where the singer (Anthony Vincent) changes the music style every 10 seconds (the reason he named the project Ten Second Songs). All transitions from one style to another are funny (20 styles altogether) but my fave transitions are between the styles of:
1. Aventura - Slayer - Bob Marley
2. Will Smith - Kataklysm - System Of A Down - Slick Rick (for me this is like the climax of the song)
3. Bee Gees - White Zombie - Hootie & the Blowfish (song sample features it)
4. Jason Derulo - ACDC - Ray Charles
5. Josh Groban - Muse - Metal_Treasure

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

I didn't add this song but I realized it deserves to be on this list. Thanks to whoever added it.
The song structure is like a labyrinth in the wonderland - every part is different and transitions from one part to another are pretty unusual every time; there aren't verses in the strict sense and there's no chorus! So imagine the transitions. - Metal_Treasure

It starts to sound like a completely different song!

Exactly! It's a multi-part song where every section is different and sections aren't repeated which might be one of the reasons some people can't understand and appreciate this song (music-wise). - Metal_Treasure

It's great how it always changes genres - PatrickStar3

The middle part of the song is just amazing. - PackFan2005

3 Hocus Pocus - Focus

Heavy rock guitars followed by happy yodeling (play the sample). Rock fans don't expect to hear yodeling... That transition always puts a smile on my face. - Metal_Treasure

4 Master of Puppets - Metallica

False /fake ending in the first half of the song - much more is coming after the fake end! - Metal_Treasure

Same deal as with November Rain, always gets me and I think it's a new song playing.

Amazing song - PatrickStar3

5 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

This one is pretty weird in terms of transitions, all sound funny to me - Metal_Treasure

And that makes this song good in my opinion. - Userguy44

6 Urgent - Foreigner

It's a hard rock song and the transition to the sax solo is unexpected because you expect a guitar solo. I love this song. And the sax in it. - Metal_Treasure

7 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

A song with false /fake ending - when you think the song is finished, music suddenly comes back. - Metal_Treasure

8 Flight of Torek - Aina

A power metal song where suddenly the singer starts singing jazz (singer is Tobias Sammet). But it doesn't sound bad to me. I love it. I was just O_O when I first heard that transition. - Metal_Treasure

9 Layla - Eric Clapton

This song starts out hard with singing on the 1st half, then the other half is very pretty instrumental, like 2 songs in one.

10 It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll) - AC/DC

That transition to the bagpipes sections is unexpected in a hard rock song. But I like it. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

After the false ending, music suddenly comes back. - Metal_Treasure

12 Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris

A violin solo in an extreme metal song. Violins used in the arrangement aren't unknown in metal but a violin solo IS a pretty unexpected transition. - Metal_Treasure

13 Phobophile - Cryptopsy

A long and soft piano intro followed by... brutal technical death metal. Most fans believe this is Cryptopsy's best song. - Metal_Treasure

14 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

Sick solo. - JCHOW

15 Fade to Black - Metallica

The transition to the "No one but me can save myself..." part specifically takes the song in a different direction. - truckturner

16 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

When Dave Murray's solo starts (around 2'30), the rhythm becomes different compared to the beginning of the song.

17 Coma - Guns N' Roses

This song is ten minutes long so there are many transitions. Especially around 4'00 with a quiet and peaceful midsection and from 8'05 till the end with a long singing section.

18 Age of Shadows - Ayreon

I mean the transition to the part where the lyrics are in a binary code - "01101000, 00010010, 11100010... " (and the singer sings "zero one one zero one,..."). It's a long section:
Zero (one) one (zero) one (zero) zero (zero)
zero (one) one (zero) zero (one) zero (one)
zero (one) one (zero) one (one) zero (zero)
zero (one) one (one) zero (zero) zero (zero)

Zero (one) one (zero) one (zero) zero (zero)
zero (one) one (zero) zero (one) zero (one)
zero (one) one (zero) one (one) zero (zero)
zero (one) one (one) zero (zero) zero (zero)

off (on) on (off) off (on) on (off)
off (on) on (off) on (on) on (on)
off (on) on (on) off (off) on (off)
off (on) on (off) off (on) off (on)
off (on) on (on) off (on) on (off)
off (on) on (off) off (on) off (on)
off (on) on (on) off (off) on (off)

no (yeah) yeah (yeah) no (no) yeah (yeah)
no (yeah) yeah (no) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
no (yeah) yeah (yeah) no (no) yeah (yeah)

no (yeah) ...more - Metal_Treasure

19 Sicko Mode - Travis Scott

The first time you hear this, no way do you see the beat switch-up coming!

20 Dna - Kendrick Lamar
21 To Live is to Die - Metallica

That part around 5'00 is quite surprising (and beautiful)

22 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

The part that precedes the solo

23 Orion - Metallica

When the bass solo comes in...

24 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

One of my favorite moments in this song is namely the unexpected transition to that powerful scream, after 7 seconds of soft background music (around 2:00). - Metal_Treasure

25 Take Out the Gunman - Chevelle

The solo kicks up out of nowhere and honestly sounds like another song suddenly starts up, until the main chords kick back in - RustyNail

26 Mind - System of a Down

Starts out very chill, and then all of a sudden, you hear "GO AWAY! GO AWAY! GO AWAY! GO AWAAY! "

27 On Sight - Kanye West

Early in, the electro beat cuts off to play an unaltered sample of a kid's chorus in a completely different tempo, just to stop after a few seconds and go back to the original beat. - Martin_Canine

28 Round Round - Sugababes

The third verse completely changes the tone without warning: much slower, in a different key... and in a 3/4 time signature. The transition back is more fluent. - Martin_Canine

29 The Last in Line - Dio
30 Dna - BTS


31 90210 - Travis Scott
32 Untitled Skitty Project - Tommy Wimmer
33 Band on the Run - Wings
34 Floods - Pantera
35 Dark Horse - Ten Second Songs

20 style Katy Perry cover. My fave transitions are between the styles of:
Tech N9ne - RHCP - Slipknot - Louis Prima
'N Synk - Iron Maiden - Jamiroquai - Pantera - Frank Sinatra - Metallica - Pavarotti
Boyz II Men - Type O Negative - John Mayer
Katy Perry - Nirvana - Metal_Treasure

36 Susan - The Buckinghams

The song itself is a happy 60s pop song, but in the middle, their producer stitched in a segment of Charles Ives' "Central Park in the Dark" to give it a psychedelic flavor. It's very scary sounding and doesn't fit in with the rest of the song at all. Look it up for yourself; I'm not making this up. - Gg2000

37 My Humps - The Black Eyed Peas

The album version ends with an extended piano outro that starts right at the last moment of the version that's widely known. It's completely unrelated. - Martin_Canine

38 Adel - Bushido & Shindy

It has a fake ending around 2 and a half minutes, which is also when the music video ends. But in the album version, after a second of silence, the beat suddenly comes back but while using the same sample, it completely changed its tone towards a slower, more melodic style, and the song continues until it reaches over 4 minutes of length. - Martin_Canine

39 Macarthur Park - Richard Harris

At first, the main song transists into a slower ballad style, which isn't AS surprising, as the transition is fluent, but what follows afterwards is hella unexpected: out of this slow ballad, suddenly dramatic orchestral score-like uptempo music emerges, much like from a chase scene. This segment goes back into the original style more fluently. - Martin_Canine

40 New Slaves - Kanye West
41 M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
42 Sese - 6ix9ine
43 I'd Come for You - Nickelback

The chord shift at the end of the chorus is quite unexpected and proves that on occasion Nickelback can mix things up, really well even.

44 Caribou - Pixies

It's a mellow song with screaming out of nowhere in the chorus. - JCHOW

45 King's Dead - Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake
46 Tha Fire Freestyle - Lil Flexer
47 Use My Third Arm - Pantera
48 Day of the Baphomets - The Mars Volta

The transition into the drum solo near the end caught me really off guard the first time I heard it - kempokid

49 Hyori Ittai - Yuzu
50 Fried Noodles - Pink Guy
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