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the sound of your morning: clap your hands

by Grace Bonney

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There are few things I love more in songs than a good hand clap. I naturally want to tap my feet or clap my hands when listening to music, so I appreciate when musicians build that right into the song so I don’t feel like such a doofus for clapping on my own. Whether the clapping is built into the song’s background or comes to a halt for a full-on clapping break down (like the Wild Flag track below), I love songs that make me stop what I’m doing and join in for a little dance break. Today I’ve chosen 10 of my favorite songs that feature great hand clapping (literally) sections, so I hope they’ll get your Monday started on the right foot. Please feel free to add links to your favorites in the comment section below, I could always use a new hand-clap favorite in my life… xo, grace

Wild Flag “Romance” – I’m so bummed all of the D*S Book tour dates clash with this band’s fall tour. If they’re coming to a town near you please go for me and clap along to this song. The clap break down here is at 2:00.

Spoon “The Underdog” – Such a great song, and the clapping kicks in around 1:02 and continues for each chorus.

Weezer “Photograph” – I love Rivers Cuomo. I know he seems to tick everyone else I know off, but I think he’s adorable. The clapping kicks in right away and continues throughout the whole song.

Beck “Where It’s At” – For a brief moment I forgot how much I love Beck. So kooky, so talented and so many great clapping sections in this song’s chorus.

6 More songs continue after the jump…

Parliament “Flashlight” – What’s not to love about this song? The hand claps start right away and keep going throughout the whole song. Perfect party song.

Feist “1234” – The clapping in this video comes with coordinating dance moves and lots of colorful outfits. Win.

T Rex “Bang a Gong” – I went on a mini T Rex bender a few weeks ago, so I’ll take this excuse to listen to this song again. The claps start in the beginning of the song and continue throughout the full track. More of a consistent beat than a breakdown, it’s still good to clap along to…

The Replacements “Alex Chilton” – Claps right before this chorus are one of the many things that make this song great.

Tom Petty “American Girl” – Amazing song, fun claps and a beat that makes it impossible to not stand up and dance around.

Iggy and the Stooges “Shake Appeal” – Clapping throughout the song, great for a midday dance break.

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