Five of the best: rock and pop songs with epic choir tracks

There's nothing like a good choir to add that extra sparkle and uplifting quality to a rock and pop anthem.  Here's our pick of the best:

1.  You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones

A beautiful choral sequence starts this rock classic which then picks up pace, cleverly weaving the choir around its funky rhythm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S94ohyErSw&feature=kp

2.  Proud - Heather Small

A fantastic uplifting tune about aspirations, Proud was used for the 2012 London Olympic bid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEoxGJ79PMs

3. Earth Song - Michael Jackson

A great call and response role for the choir with some dramatic vocals.  A rousing song with great chord sequences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAi3VTSdTxU&feature=kp

4.  Like A Prayer - Madonna

With a choir precence from the start, you can't fail to join in and tap your toes to this funky gospel vibe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fzeNUqQbQ&feature=kp

5.  New York - Paloma Faith

A big dramatic number which is elevated with great effect towards the end with a full choir sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZF7CDBj1U0

What have we missed? Do you have any favourite rock and pop choir moments? We'd love to hear from you.
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Victoria Hopkins Staff

Hi Pam. Your excellent comment seems to have ended up on the wrong post, so I've duplicated it on the article "The one thing you need to be a great choir leader" and replied to it there.
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