The Ten Moments In Radiohead Songs Which Give You Goosebumps

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 comments below and here are the top ten moments already suggested.

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

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9 When the celestial backing vocals come in on ‘Separator’

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8 The first five notes of ‘Everything In Its Right Place’

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7 The climax in “Climbing Up The Walls’ where Thom screams the song title

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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’
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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”