Best backing vocals


#21

Yeah, both of those are incredible and probably better than Call Me Al, but surely not as much fun to sing along to.


#22

‘Belong’, although, come to think of it, Mike Mills vocals are actually the chorus.


#23

First thing that comes to mind for me is Alice in Chains:


#24

Any excuse to post this:


#25

Has anyone seen 20 Feet From Stardom? Has a great bit with Merry Clayton who did Gimme Shelter. I think she was 6 months pregnant at the time.


#26

Yes! Incredibly insightful film. Netflix took it down ages ago though the bunch o’ pricks.


#27

Debaser!!


#28

Dave Grohl!


#29

I’ve always loved D’arcy’s backing vocals on “Beautiful”


#30

#31

I’m not sure what the best example is, but the New Pornographers always seem to do backing vocals well.


#32

Massive sucker for a good harmony here.

  • Ed O’Brien on Radiohead’s weird fishes jumps out as a particularly sublime example.
  • Pretty much every song by the Beach Boys.
  • Loads by Georgia from Yo La Tengo, ‘The lie and how we told it’ is a particular favourite.

#33

obvious, but best ever


#34

#35

I mean, I guess these aren’t backing vocals because it’s a group harmony with no leader, but they are divine.


#36

Came in here to say this, although it feels more like a duet. The isolated vocal with folk going apeshit in the recording booth is outstanding.


#37

An obvious choice, but the backing vocals on Help! turn it from ‘decent’ to ‘insane levels of awesomeness’.