Pop songs usually have a hook, a lyrical or musical phrase that catches the listener’s ear and draws her into the song. But some artists and producers don’t know when enough is enough and repeat the hook way way too many times. Here is a partial list of those songs, including the number of times the hook appears* along with YouTube links. (Use an ad-blocker when you listen.) Feel free to add more nominees for the Too Many Hooks Award.
√ Walk Away, Renee (4 times, feels like 8) by The Left Banke
√ Morning Train (6 times, feels like 12) by Sheena Easton
√ Werewolves of London (7) by Warren Zevon
√ The Weight (“Take a load off Fanny”) (10) by The Band
√ We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (10) by Taylor Swift
√ Still the One (14**) by Orleans
√ Can’t You See (16) by The Marshall Tucker Band
√ My Sharona (16) by The Knack
√ Blinded by the Light (19!) by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
√ Taking Care 0f Business (26!) by Bachman Turner Overdrive
√ U Can’t Touch This (26) by MC Hammer
Some might say that “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, whose nah-nah-nah-nahs repeat 18 times, deserves to be included in this list, but those people would be wrong. Eighteen wasn’t too many times then and isn’t too many times now.