Music 101: When the lead singer steps aside

Sometimes the lead singer steps back from their duties and lets another band member take on the lead vocals. Occasionally, these songs will wind up being signature songs or hits, like “Beth” or “Gigantic.” More often they aren’t, but they are fun to hear. And that’s why we explore them on this episode of Music 101.

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Some of the songs on this list you likely know by heart. But can you name the person singing songs such as “Beth,” “We’re an American Band,” “Happy,” or “After Hours”? 


This episode of Music 101 airs again on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at 8pm MST. You can also listen to an archived version of the show for two weeks after it airs. See the full song list for this episode of Music 101 below.


Music 101 Playlist: Not Sung By the Lead Singer

The White Stripes – “In The Cold, Cold Night”

The Velvet Underground – “After Hours”

Nirvana – “Marigold”

Commodores – “Brick House”

KISS – “Beth”

Alice In Chains – “Heaven Beside You”

Grand Funk – “We’re An American Band”

The Clash – “Guns Of Brixton”

Pixies – “Gigantic”

Rolling Stones – “Happy”


In each episode of Music 101, your host Margot highlights a different chapter in music history, bringing you songs you love and the stories behind them.

Listen to Music 101 on the Colorado Sound every Sunday at 10am MST, with the same episode repeated Wednesday at 8pm MST.

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