Surprise! The 12 Greatest Hidden Tracks In Music

by (@JordanRuntagh)

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The switch from CDs to digital MP3s has changed the way we listen to music in many ways, but one of the things we miss most is the excitement of discovering a secret hidden song, unmarked on the track list! Just imagine kicking back and listening to the latest album from your favorite band, and right when you hit the end, ANOTHER song comes bursting out of the speakers like magic! It’s pretty potent stuff. We miss those days…it’s just not the same on our iPods! So today we pay tribute to a dozen of the greatest tunes that ever took our ears by surprise. Play it loud!

12. “Blow On A Jug” off Black Sabbath’s Sabotage (1975)

The always-vocal Ozzy Osbourne was  quite annoyed when the jug playing band Mungo Jerry (of “In The Summer Time” fame) got a better reception than Free, Traffic and his own band at a 1970 music festival. “He was playing f—ing jugs and he stole the day,” he said years later.”So it just shows you it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks…after Mungo Jerry we didn’t have a hope. Blowing on f–ing jugs!” Apparently the indignation didn’t fade, because five years later he recorded this hilarious hidden cut mocking the jug band phenomenon.

 

11. “Her Majesty” off The Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969)

While assembling the long medley on the second side of the Beatles’ final (recorded) album, Paul McCartney initially intended this short ode to monarchy to be placed between “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam.” But upon further listening, they scratched the idea and told tape operator John Kurlander to destroy the recording. But it was company policy to NEVER destroy any music made by the Fabs, so he stitched the  fragment onto the end of the final lead-out tape, with 14-seconds of silence to separate it from the main session. It was promptly forgotten until the band discovered it while listening to the album’s finished mix. They liked the “surprise” effect of a song that pops out of nowhere (particularly with the jarring opening chord taken from the the final note of “Mean Mr. Mustard”) and decided to leave it in. The record jackets had already gone to print, which explains why it was originally left off the track list.

 

10. “Spiderman” off The Ramones’ Adios Amigos (1995)

The guys from Queens did a hard-rockin’ take on the Spiderman theme song for their aptly-named farewell album. For our money, it’s way better than Buble’s.