The Millennial Whoop Is A Thing And It’s Happening In All Your Fave Songs

31 August 2016, 11:54 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Millennial Whoop
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

And it goes by the name of "The Millennial Whoop".

Ever wondered why the majority of pop music has started to sound the same? Well, not *completely* the same but you catch our drift. And have you noticed how artists are slacking off their their lyrical duties in favour of throwing in a couple of bars or "Oooohs" and "Aaaaahs" these days? No wonder everyone keeps suing each other over similar vocal riffs! (Looking at you, Bieber!)

Well, there's a reason for it. And it's called "The Millennial Whoop".


Patrick Metzger, from The Patterning, just proved that we are all in fact NOT crazy in thinking we've heard those damn vocal riffs before. He's identified the trend in popular music that is fast becoming the go to magic ingredient for a chart-topping smash. 

"The Millennial Whoop" is "a sequence of notes that alternates between the fifth and third notes of a major scale, typically starting on the fifth. The rhythm is usually straight 8th-notes, but it may start on the downbeat or on the upbeat in different songs."

For those of us that aren't fluent in music terminology, the Whoop is that catchy "Wa-oh-wa-oh" sound. You know the one. It's in Katy Perry's "California Gurls", it's in Taylor Swift's Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For" and it's even in Twenty One Pilot's "Ride". Yep, it's an actual thing.


It's been used COUNTLESS Pop, Pop Punk and Indie Pop hits across the past decade. One Direction, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Kings Of Leon, Fall Out Boy, and Queen Of The Millennial Whoop, Carly Rae Jepsen - some of them even follow the EXACT same note pattern. 

That explains why everyone is hellbent on suing each other over vocal riffs that take the same pattern. Damnnnnnn!

So, there you have it. Proof that your brain isn't slowly going crazy. Need some evidence? There's a video for that!