Ooo La La

Many songs use non-words—ones with no semantic meaning—to add color or texture. Non-word examples include mmmm, ooh, la, ah, hmmm, whoo, doo, and bah. Usually, these are sung in the background to harmonize with the melody. Sometimes however, these non-words take the center stage in a song. Listen below to the non-word sections from 40 songs that were hits in the US between 1958 and 2004, then see how many song titles and artists you can name. Once you have gone through them, check your answers.

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