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This past weekend I heard a song from a car stopped at a light. These are the details I was able to discern, as well as I can remember them.

The main section I heard featured:

  • A repeated rhythm line, similar to the famous intro to "Be my Baby" except with the bass drum riff repeated twice before the snare strike, which itself was replaced with a vocal "hah!" sound.
  • Male voices holding a long chord over the rhythm ("Ah" or "Ooh" syllable).
  • The chord progression was, I think, I, vi, I, vi (same as beginning of Hallelujah). Each chord was held for one complete repetition of the rhythmic figure (so, longer than Hallelujah).

After that, it went into a vocal section. I couldn't make out any lyrics, but it had a melodic line similar the verse that starts this song.

If I had to guess, I'd say it was a recent song, pop but not mainstream.

  • Hi!Is there any chance that the song could be 'Can't stop this feeling' by Justin Timberlake? I'm not clever when it comes to technical terms but 'hah' reminded me of this song. Just a guess.. – Nikki Mar 2 '17 at 14:21
  • @Nikki - thanks for the suggestion. You're welcome to make it an official answer, but it's definitely not the song I'm looking for. The vocal "hah!" has been popular now for a couple of years so a lot of songs feature it. At least it helps date it as a recent song. – Chris Sunami Mar 2 '17 at 15:31

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