Songs with Go! parts

Sometimes it’s right before the solo. Or just after. Sometimes it signals mosh and really sets things off. Some tunes go! right out the gate.

James Ellis@jamesellisnyc

Chris Black@donetodeath

“Let’s Go.”

It’s great to say. People say it all the time. LFG gets everyone jazzed.

We hear it a lot in new music, often as an ad-lib. And there have always been songs titled “Let’s Go” about going out, having a good time. However:

A go! part is different. It’s more signature. It’s a special moment in the tune.

What follows is a list of memorable go!s we jotted down as we encountered them. We put them in order for you. Here’s our list as of 2022-06-16:

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0:00 The Beach Boys – Little Honda

0:00 Quadiliacha – Sandy Springs War Hymn

0:00 The Futureheads – Man Ray

0:00 Sublime – Jailhouse

0:03 Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman

0:06 At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul

0:06 Wage War – The River

0:08 Quadiliacha – Ken’s Squirrel

0:11 Gameface – Ten Blue Sticks

0:13Young Thug – Halftime

0:17 At The Gates – World of Lies

0:20 Queen – Another One Bites The Dust

0:22 Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl

0:26 Fun Size – Abacus

0:29 Talking Heads – Artists Only

0:34 Gojira – Explosia

0:40 Knocked Loose – Denied By Fate

0:41 BTS – Dynamite

0:50 Alan Jackson – Mercury Blues

0:50 Quadiliacha – Frankly Scarlett

0:52 Tones on Tail – Go!

0:54 The Devil Wears Prada – Untidaled

0:58 Lifetime – Rodeo Clown

1:01 Quadiliacha – Stomp Proud or Die

1:03 Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once

1:06 Quadiliacha – Admitting Defeat

1:22 Converge – Forsaken

1:31 Primus – Jerry Was a Racecar Driver

1:58 Metallica – Creeping Death

2:02 The Weight – Nowhere Now

2:08 Alexisonfire – Adelleda

2:20 The Smithereens – A Girl Like You

2:40 Lamb of God – Ruin

2:55 Metallica – The Struggle Within

3:02 Korn – Freak on a Leash

3:02 Janet Jackson – Escapade

5:55 Faith No More – War Pigs

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This list is a work in progress. Go!s are hard to find. It took us a while to get this far. If you stumble upon any in your day to day listening, consider writing operator@ and share.

Lastly, we must recognize the following Honorable Mentions:

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The Misfits – Queen Wasp

The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop

Spazz – Lets Fucking Go!!!!

Pearl Jam – Go

Matt & Kim – GO GO

Matt & Kim – Let’s Go

The Cars – Let’s Go

Rancid – Let’s Go

Cartel – Let’s Go

Devo – Here to Go

Jane’s Addiction – Stop

Republica – Ready to Go

Public Service Broadcasting – Go

Panic! At The Disco – Ready to Go

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We all know and love these, but unfortunately they don’t qualify as songs with a distinct go part. Most of these tunes are built around the larger concept of go or let’s go and usually have it in the chorus. We also recognize that many of these honorable tunes have distinct go! parts within them that would otherwise qualify. For example, we debated including Pearl Jam – Go due to the go! at 0:54, which is a good one. But we must draw the line somewhere. Ultimately this post focuses on songs with a “go part” as a special feature of the tune. A special and distinct sonic exclamation point.

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Many thanks to @bournyesterday, @KevDearborn, @reboundernyc, @emilynigro, @themjeans, @davistrice, @hoyabambe, @nate.hoe, @wyethh, @studioivstrings, Matt Ray, @dietznutz, Steve Hall for your consideration and contributions.




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