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The Ten Moments In Radiohead Songs Which Give You Goosebumps

By Lucy Jones

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Posted on 17 Sep 12

 
 

Last week we asked readers to name their ultimate goosebump moment, that sliver in a song - a key change, drum solo, scream or howl - that gives you the shivers. The science behind chills in music is fascinating. "Frisson" as it is officially called, is caused by a flood of dopamine in the brain, in turn caused by the emotional effect of a certain moment in a song.




We worked out the Ultimate Goosebump Moment in a song by looking at over 1,000 responses - a bit in Foals' Spanish Sahara - but there has been so much discussion about Radiohead moments that we figured a stand-alone piece was in order. Also, they beat Muse and Pink Floyd to the top spot of the most suggestions for one band. So, which moment in a Radiohead song makes you shiver and prickle? Let us know in the thread below and here are the top ten moments already suggested.

Note: to make things easier for you, the YouTube clips kick in at the exact 'goosebump moment'.

10 The quickening moment in 'Reckoner' when Thom starts humming/oohing back into the chorus







9 When the celestial backing vocals come in on 'Separator'







8 The first five notes of 'Everything In Its Right Place'







7 The climax in "Climbing Up The Walls' where Thom screams the song title







6 The "for a minute there, I lost myself" vocals, especially live, towards the end of 'Karma Police'







5 "It's going to be a glorious day/ I feel my luck could change" climax in 'Lucky'







4 In 'Paranoid Android', when Jonny Greenwood's guitar solo ramps into gear







3 When the mellotron choir come in on 'Exit Music (For A Film)' at "breathing, keep breathing)







2 The beginning of 'Pyramid Song'







1 Thom's vocal in 'Let Down' after the bridge and when the harmonies come in at 4:00 with "one day, I am going to grow wings"



 
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