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The 10 best songs where someone yells Go!’

Here are the 10 best tracks that can incite a mosh-pit with a single word.

There are a handful of lyrical rallying cries in rock and metal that are guaranteed to provoke a reaction. There’s the classic Yeah!’, the sometimes hilarious Come on!’, the old-school All right!’, and in the world of extreme metal, the misanthropic Ungh!’

But when it comes to instantly inspiring a state of frenzy in a crowd of people, it’s hard to top yelling, Go!’ The shout is like a starting gun, commanding the listener to officially drop everything and start rocking.

Obviously, there are a lot of songs where someone shouts Go!’ – whether alone or as part of another command (‘Let’s go!’ and Here we go!’ being the most common). But there are only a handful of tracks in rock and metal where that single two-letter word is one of the most memorable lyrics, and will undoubtedly be screamed in unison by thousands of people when performed in the live arena. 

Here are 10 best songs where someone yells, Go!’ You’re welcome.

10. White Zombie – Grindhouse (A Go-Go)

Though infinitely better known for yelling Yeah!’ at any given moment, Rob Zombie has definitely yelled Go!’ in his day. Midway through this B‑side from White Zombies breakthrough album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1, the singer breaks into a chant of Go!’ to add a solid bounce to this chugging stoner metal anthem. It’s impossible to hear this live and not begin jumping in place.

9. Electric Six – Naked Pictures (Of Your Mother)

On this underground gem from the Electric Sixs 2003 debut album Fire, the band channel a sense of disco perviness that’s hard to lock down. Especially hilarious, though, is when vocalist Dick Valentine shouts, Naked pictures… of your mother, go!’ as though leading a charge into war after informing you he has nudies of your mom. A real classy rock track, this one.

8. Machine Head – A Thousand Lies

The Go!’ has always been a good way to usher in a truly crushing riff, and on this classic from Machine Heads 1994 debut Burn My Eyes, it does so perfectly. A slow, building guitar part blasts into a killer bouncing breakdown with Robb Flynn’s short, sharp cry. Arguably the father of all nu-metal Go!‘s, years before the genre was even an actual entity.

7. The Sweet – Ballroom Blitz

This one only narrowly makes the article, since it’s technically part of a Let’s go!’ and that’s a whole different list. That said, the way the word is screamed by Sweet vocalist Brian Connolly in this proto-metal classic is so recognizable that excluding it from here would be unfair. In many ways, this track kicked off the tradition of yelling Go!’ in a rock song, showing bands how a screamed command can get a whole room singing along.

6. The Misfits – Queen Wasp

It can be hard to tell Glenn Danzig’s Go!’ from his ever-present whoa’, but on the Misfitss frantic Queen Wasp, the word is notably audible. Given how fast the track is, Glenn’s persistent Go!’ sounds like he’s keeping the machine running, whipping both the band and listener into a frenzy. Sometimes, you just need to scream Go!’ at the end of every damn lyric.

5. Pearl Jam – Go

Even if this track from 1993’s Vs. wasn’t already named Go, Pearl Jams Eddie Vedder would make this list for the way he screams the opening line of the song’s chorus. The whole track feels like it’s building in pressure the entire time – and then, with Ed’s shout, Go!’ explodes with energy and excitement. If you’ve ever wondered how a single word could cause a speeding ticket, now you know.

4. Lamb Of God – Ruin

Sometimes, a good Go!’ isn’t about starting a song, it’s about kicking the energy up a notch. Lamb Of Gods mid-paced stomper Ruin turns into a charging thrash track midway through, and vocalist Randy Blythe’s snarled announcement is the perfect jump-off for that shift. Anyone who’s ever been to a Lamb Of God show also knows it’s shorthand for, Take a step back if you don’t want to get hit.”

3. Jane’s Addiction – Stop

This one’s basically the cue for a bar fight to break out. The most frantic and frenetic single by alternative rockers Jane’s Addiction launches with an excitable Here we go!’ but also features singer Perry Ferrel screaming Go!’ throughout. The beauty of this band has always been their mix and emotional nuance and hard rock simplicity, and this track nails that to a T. 

2. Slipknot – Before I Forget

The opening Go!’ of this single from Slipknots 2004 album Vol. 3: The Subliminal verses isn’t an ordinary call to arms. What’s powerful about it is that Corey Taylor sounds pained, almost reluctant to scream the word. As with a lot of Slipknot’s music, there’s a sense that the frontman is calling it into existence not because he wants to, but because he feels that he must. 

1. At The Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul

The Go!’ that launched a thousand pits. Swedish melodeath pioneers At The Gates will go down in history for inspiring every metalcore band and changing metal’s riff style as we know it, but the Go!’ that kicks off the title-track from their 1995 masterpiece Slaughter Of The Soul will forever be their most iconic lyric. This Go!’ is the sound of a leash snapping, a battle cry that every fan of hard rock and metal understands deep in their bones.

Posted on May 19th 2019, 3:50p.m.
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