My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na" is the best sort of trend-hopping piece of art. Not only does the video run with the "karaoke as story line" concept thatCee-Lo's "Fuck You" used so successfully
but the song itself follows the successful lineage of using a semiannoying but undeniable syllable instead of bothering with real words. From MCR's upcomingDanger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
, file this track under "Stadium Anthem the Offspring Will Never Have but Still Awfully Similar toThis Hot Hot Heat Track
Below, watch "Na Na Na," and listen to a gathering of ten songs that paved the way for this one.
My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na"
And now, the precursors:
10. Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head": Technically, the song below has umpteen "las" -- but for the purists, there's a bit of "na-ing" in "Come Into My World." Regardless, the infectiousness here is twofold, lyrically and melodically.
9. Beck's "E-Pro": He has remarked that his was the song that his son Cosimo likes best.
8. M.I.A.'s "Boyz": Back before Maya was annoying for every other reason on the planet, it was earworms like this one that got us simultaneously riled and reverent.
7. J. Geils Band's "Centerfold": Whether whistled or sung, this chorus can never be unheard.
6. The Beatles' "Hey Jude": Only the Beatles could tack on a coda so relentless that it could render the rest of the song almost useless.
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5. The Kaiser Chiefs' "Na Na Na Na Naa": For those who remember this English band -- Franz Ferdinand coined the sound first, but just barely -- if you didn't already have about 20 other melodic lines bouncing through your head, this one might be worth another listen.
4. Pink's "So What": Imagine Pink sitting around with her cowriters saying, "How can I write the biggest song of my career while royally dissing my estranged husband at the same time?"
3. Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye": Major League Baseball's favorite song to bid a pitcher adieu.
2-1. Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." and "Man in the Mirror": No big surprise that the King of Pop has two of the best examples of the "na," both used sparingly but memorably.