Say What? A Brief Audio History of Lyrics That Aren’t Lyrics

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What do Elton John, Seal and Eminem all have in common? Well, apart from fame, they all have hit songs with lyrics that aren’t actually words.

This short video clip spans 49 years of nonsense lyrics from 26 different songs. Sung by Jane Lui, with musical accompaniment from Michael T. and Jonathan Batiste, this fun little video flies through some of the best (and worst) songs from the last few decades and proves that no two sets of “la la la” are alike.

It’s pretty amazing how recognizable nonsense can be.

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