The speed of any given song is vitally important to the message it’s trying to convey. It’s an inappropriate simplification to say sad tracks are slow and fast songs are happy, the right way to look at it is more aptly thought that faster songs convey more energy or stronger emotions. But fast songs can be happy, energizing, humorous, emotionally raw, full of confidence, or any number of other things. In this article, we’ll look at the 25 fast songs to sing along with that are both enjoyable and pose a bit of a challenge to keep up with.
1. Rap God – Eminem
There’s really no better place to start a list of fast songs to attempt on your own than some of the fastest rap verses of all time, but Eminem set the bar just a little bit higher with Rap God. It was the third single from his album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013, and it holds the title of the fastest song you can possibly sing.
He set a world record in the track—which has a tempo of 148 bpm by the way—for the most words in a hit single with 1,560. The two fastest sections of the song see him rap at a peak of 11.43 syllables per second and then rap 99 words and 157 syllables in just under 16.5 seconds—9.5 syllables per second. This is definitely not a track most people will be able to sing along with, but it can be fun to give it a try.
2. Break Ya Neck – Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes is known for being a speed rapper, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find him with at least one entry to this list. Released in 2001 and perhaps the fastest rap single he ever produced, Break Ya Neck lays down a blistering 3.28 words per second throughout the duration of the song. An official remix was quickly produced alongside another incredibly fast rapper in Twista and Do Or Die. It was also one of the tracks to solidify Busta Rhymes as one of the quickest rappers in history.
3. Look At Me Now – Chris Brown Feat. Busta Rhymes And Lil Wayne
Not all of the fastest songs to sing along with have to blaze past you for the entirety of the track. Look At Me Now is one of the best examples of tempo changes in rap that you’re going to be able to find. Chris Brown’s opening verse is nowhere near slow, but it doesn’t approach Busta Rhymes’s verse in the middle of the track. It turned out to be a massive hit with standout verses from both Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne that provided a speed challenge for sing-along fans in the middle but much more digestible verses on each end.
4. End of the World – Great Big Sea
Even if you only listen to R.E.M.’s original version of It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), it’s a fast song to sing along with. This fun, streaming rant of a track was originally released on their 1987 album Document and became a moderate hit single.
But the version recorded by Great Big Sea looks at the original and tells it to “Pump those rookie numbers up.” Recorded for their 1997 album Play under the title End Of The World, it’s a full minute and a half shorter than R.E.M.’s and contains all of the original verses of the song.
5. Chop Suey! – System of a Down
Chop Suey! isn’t the fastest song to come from System Of A Down, at least not in terms of bpm, but that’s okay because it’s still one of their biggest and most recognizable hits. Singing along with this one is an absolute treat with numerous tempo changes and beautifully layered instrumentals. The track is a major fan favorite with different tempo edits surfacing online that run it at both half and double-time speeds, giving you a chance to practice before testing your skills and knowledge of the song to the utmost.
6. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
Fast songs don’t have to be something relatively new. Bob Dylan was doing it as early as 1965, and Subterranean Homesick Blues became something of a signature track for him. The blues, folk, and rock song serves as a stream of observations and phrases, delivered alongside an equally quick instrumental section.
It was something of a groundbreaking track when it was released and remains one of the fastest classic songs you can still listen to today. It also became a track that helped shape the future of rock and roll and folk music, cementing his legacy as a pioneer in both genres.
7. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
I’ve Been Everywhere was originally written by Geoff Mack in 1959 and was mostly composed of a list of places in Australia. Numerous adaptations were made in the following years, replacing the Australian locations with native ones in other countries.
But perhaps the most well-known version of the song today came from Johnny Cash and his list of North American locales. He recorded the track in 1996 and was eventually used in advertisements by the US Postal Service. Most people will either need a good amount of time to memorize the list or one they can read in front of them to attempt to keep up with this one.
8. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
We Didn’t Start The Fire is the perfect mashup of rock, pop, and classic music. Billy Joel released it in 1989 and delivered one of the catchiest speedy rock tracks of the era. The lyrics are essentially a list of historical events and references spanning from the 1940s until the 1980s, providing both a quick history lesson and plenty of fun little lines to drop into conversation.
It isn’t the fastest thing on this list, but the tongue-twister-style of many of the lyrics combined with the pacing and danceability makes it an excellent choice for a speedy song to sing along to.
9. Spit It Out – Slipknot
Just about anything from Slipknot’s debut album in 1999 could have made this list. Spit It Out was the second and final single to be released from that eponymous album and was best described as a speed rap metal song.
If you’re a metalhead or a Slipknot fan, this is probably going to be your favorite track on the list to sing along with, and it also happens to be one of the faster ones. It was almost released as the first single from their album, but it was decided to go in another direction and fans got their hands on Wait And Bleed first.
10. Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident) – John Michael Montgomery
John Michael Montgomery’s Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident) is a song that remains near and dear to many classic country fan’s hearts. Released in 1995, it topped the country charts in both the US and Canada, taking the top spot of the year-end charts in the US that year.
The chorus is the part of the track that is particularly quick, full of tongue-twisting lines delivered in rapid-fire fashion. It’s no wonder the song has a fairly short runtime of two minutes and 32 seconds, as the narrator rushes through the auction to try to take home the woman he spotted in the crowd.
11. Happy? – Mudvayne
Happy? is a song that many nu-metal fans of the mid-2000s will know very well. It served as the second single to come from their Lost And Found album but found a place in other media as well including the likes of the WWE, racing video games, and even a track on a sports news TV program.
It’s plenty fast and just as angsty, actually turning out to be a pretty emotional song from the heavy metal outfit. It was a major rock hit in 2005, topping the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and breaking into the top 10 of the Modern Rock charts as well.
12. Hardware Store – “Weird Al” Yankovich
Singing anything that “Weird Al” Yankovic has written is bound to be a good time, but Hardware Store has the reputation of being one of the most difficult to pull off. It’s thanks to the massive amount of speedy lyrics throughout the song that it’s such a feat to successfully sing, but that takes nothing away from how great the track actually is. It is a parody of Stacy’s Mom, which is already a fun song to sing on its own. So there’s no way to make it better than to put a Weird Al spin on it.
13. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
It Wasn’t Me is probably Shaggy’s most famous single, and there are a ton of people who can sing it word for word. It also might be the most fun track on this entire list to sing along with. His sections have enough tempo to make it a fairly fast song, but it’s the tongue-tying Spanish verse in the track that makes it a challenge, especially to people who don’t fluently speak Spanish. It was his first number-one single in the US and a song that many people look back on fondly.
14. Callin’ Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks
Callin’ Baton Rouge is a lively country song that became one of Garth Brooks’ timeless classics. It’s already an uptempo track throughout the verses, but the chorus picks up the pace a little bit more and backs it with a fantastic fiddle tune. The song was originally recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys for their 1978 album Room Service, but it was Brooks’ version that became a chart-topper and the most famous.
15. Fergalicious – Fergie
Fergalicious is probably one of the best-performing songs on the list and one of the most fun to sing along with. Written by Fergie and will.i.am, the track was a major hit that comes only second to My Humps in her solo catalog. This electro-hip hop single remains one of the fastest and best confidence-boosting songs of the mid-2000s and is still a popular track today.
16. Mickey – Toni Basil
Mickey is a track that just about everyone has heard and knows the lyrics to, making it one of the easiest fast songs on our list today. Released in 1982, it’s one of those tracks that toe the line between obscene and radio-friendly in a way that upsets both sides of the aisle. It’s been used since it was first produced for all kinds of media, from films to sporting events and more.
17. The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels
Technically, The Devil Went Down To Georgia is spoken rather than sung. But that doesn’t matter, as it’s more about the storytelling and the tempo of the lines matches both the instrumentation and the energy of the story being told. A classic bet against the Devil himself, in this one, the narrator comes out on top and walks away a golden fiddle richer thanks to his incredible skills with the fiddle.
18. Rattlin’ Bog – The Irish Descendants
Rattlin’ Bog is an Irish folk song that follows the formula of other cumulative tracks, adding a line and picking up pace as the song goes on. Over 180 versions of the track have been collected from oral tradition in English alone, and you can find it under many different names. The earliest version appears to date to 1769 and each variation changes the verses to suit the local environment. This version by The Irish Descendents is an excellent example of a modern take on it.
19. One Week – Barenaked Ladies
One Week is another lively and playful song that’s plenty of fun to sing along with. It’s one of the quicker tracks to be released in 1998 and contains plenty of quotable one-liners and memorable lines. With more than a dash of humor, it’s a song that fans of pop, rock, and alternative music can all get behind.
20. Tightrope – Janelle Monáe
Sometimes, you just need a speedy song to feel good about yourself and give yourself a confidence boost. If that happens to be you, look no further than Janelle Monáe’s Tightrope. It’s an awesome pump-up track and puts all of her lyrical skills on display in an infectious way.
21. Got the Time – Joe Jackson
Got The Time is fast, sharp, and intense. The lyrics mimic a hectic day perfectly, frantically scrambling through the lines as the narrator discusses all of his daily obligations and challenges. The music is just as quick and it makes for a fun sing-along. And if you doubt the ability of the song to go fast, check out the thrash metal cover of it by Anthrax.
22. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Mr. Brightside is a song that became the anthem of a generation and a culture. It starts hard and fast and stays that way throughout the whole track, but it’s sure to have any fans of The Killers or the single itself belting out the lyrics in no time. It isn’t particularly a scorchingly fast song, but it’s got all the tempo it needs to make it onto this list.
23. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion
Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) might be a bit dated today, as it rehashes quite a bit of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s in the music world. More of a speech than a song, it quotes several of the most famous tracks out there and has been remade several times. If you’re a fan of those eras, this pattering speedrun through music history is right for you.
24. Get Out of Denver – Bob Seger
If you need a song that’s fast but easy to follow, then look no further than Bob Seger’s Get Out Of Denver. It’s a classic rock track that serves as a great outlet if you happen to be feeling frustrated and the pace of the single picks up as it goes along. But this one has some pretty simple lines and makes it easier than our fastest songs.
25. Kyle’s Mom – Eric Cartman From South Park
Is this song an odd choice? Absolutely. But it’s also one of the fastest ones on the entire list. Eric Cartman broke into this track several times during an episode of South Park, slowly speeding up the verse as he repeated it, much to his chagrin. For many, it’s a funny and zany little song that should have never come out of a nine-year-old’s mouth but that part just makes it even more fun to sing along with if you ask me.
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