If You’re Happy and You Know It CLAP YOUR HANDS!

The new ad campaign for the Fiat 500X features some fun examples of forced perspective . . .

. . . soundtracked by Fitz and the Tantrums‘ “HandClap”:

Has there ever been a bad “handclap song”? There are classics like The Stooges’ “No Fun,” John Cougar’s (pre-Mellencamp) “Jack & Diane,” George Michael’s “Faith” and, of course, Toni Basil’s “Mickey“:

I always think of T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” as having handclaps, but listening again I realize it’s really just trashcan lid cymbals and tambourine. However, handclaps are featured in the similarly themed “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield and “My Best Friend’s Girl” by The Cars.

And The Rembrandts channeled The Monkees on “I’ll Be There For You,” which is best known as the theme to Friends:

But I want to highlight a few less known examples. The ending of Bleached’s “Hollywood, We Did It All Wrong” . . .

. . .  seems to be an homage to the “pop version” of the punk song “Join the Professionals” that ran under the closing credits of the hugely influential movie Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains . . .

. . . which walks the line between homage to and parody of The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat”:

DC band Tuscadero often employed handclaps in their pop punk songs:

Soko‘s “Wet Dreams” is absolutely filthy, but somehow still endearing:

And let’s not forget Lulu and the Lampshades original performance of “You’re Gonna Miss Me” . . .

. . . which became a viral trend after being performed as “Cups” by Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect.

Even contemporary — does 1972 really qualify as contemporary? certainly not in pop, but maybe in — classical music has used handclaps:

If you’re happy and you know it . . .


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