The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout”

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The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout”

The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” is one of their most distinctly rock and roll songs. Philadelphia R&B vocal group The Top Notes initially recorded the song in 1961. The tempo of this rock music is fast. Also, the song’s tone is upbeat. This is conveyed via the use of a captivating tune and a quick pace by the performer. This sentiment is echoed in the song’s lyrics. In general, a song on a pleasant mood is likely to be in a major key or scale. Aside from the vocals and the two guitars that make up this rock ensemble, there is a drumset, a bass line, and one drum kit. Clapping was a part of the music, too. Since all instruments and vocals are playing a single song at the same time, the texture is homophobic (Elliott and Loving).

The interesting thing about this live rock music is that there is an instrumental introduction that lasts four bars and generates a sense of suspense and anticipation. The 16-bar first verse, which has a question-and-answer delivery, follows. It is immediately followed by the second 16 bar verse, which has only minor changes to the lyrics (Elliott and Loving). The next portion of the song is the bridge, which is a 14-bar two-part piece. Eight bars of instrumental music precede the last six bars of the song’s climactic vocal arpeggio, which returns the song to the first verse’s third verse, which is also an exact duplicate of the first verse’s vocal arpeggio.

Popularity is built on the foundation of “Twist And Shout.” There’s nothing quite like “Let It Be” to thrill a crowd, and it’s this song’s chaotic character, particularly the song’s climax vocal chord, which appears twice (Elliott and Loving).

Works Cited

Elliott, Megan Catherine, and Lauren Loving. “Exploring the Cultural Influence of the Beatles through Dance.”, 24 July 2021, Accessed 29 Apr. 2022.

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