We are convinced that bridges are the best part of the song. They’re the verse you wanna scream and the verse that puts the cherry on top of the song sundae. Here are 12 songs that prove it:
1. ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ by Beyoncé
The bridge of all bridges. Beyoncé’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ is a breakup anthem of regret and rebirth, and nothing punctuates that more than this iconic bridge. Bey’s powerful vocals infused with her signature growl hammer home a message that everyone can relate to deep down in their hearts.
2. ‘Loved By You’ by Justin Bieber ft. Burna Boy
Every time we hear this one it’s stuck in our heads for a minimum of at least 2 hours. This bridge is the definition of an earworm. Justin surfs over the beat with a melody that ebbs and flows. It’s the kind of song we wanna blast in the car with the windows down and the bass turned up.
3. ‘ON’ by BTS
There’s only one word for this bridge: iconic. When the striking beat falls away to showcase Jungkook’s delicate, crystal clear vocals, it’s completely captivating. Then, Jungkook soars into high notes that make us gasp at how effortless they seem. The bridge is what makes this song one hundred percent timeless because it only gets more and more stunning with every listen.
4. ‘Ghost of You’ by 5 Seconds of Summer
Overall, 5SOS were singing on ‘Ghost of You’ like the rent was due. But the bridge hits different, with the vocals stripped back to just the backing harmonies, showcasing drums that crash on all the right emotional beats and a guitar that tugs at the listener’s heartstrings. Calum’s repeated ‘too young, too dumb’ hits in a way that’s like pressing a bruise; painful, but in a twisted, good way.
5. ‘All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)’ by Taylor Swift
This song’s bridge will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time. Whether you’re a fan of Taylor Swift or not, that’s simply undeniable. In our opinion, ‘All Too Well’ is one of Swift’s best-written songs, and Taylor’s version is everything we ever needed and could have ever hoped for. This is the kind of bridge that will go on to inspire generations of songwriters. We’re already seeing this inspiration in action with artists like Conan Gray and Olivia Rodrigo. It’s the bridge we’ll be screaming at the top of our lungs in the car for the rest of our lives.
6. ‘Astronomy’ by Conan Gray
When Conan hits the high note at the climax of this bridge, he hits us all right in the heart. ‘Astronomy’ builds toward this moment throughout the verses and choruses, and it hits like a closing emotional release. The longing and heartbreak that build come to a breaking point in this bridge, and we will never emotionally recover from it.
7. ‘No Control’ by One Direction
When everything cuts away to showcase Zayn’s flawless vocals, it’s everything. Within an already catchy song, this bridge elevates it to straight-up infectious. The thumping beat makes you wanna jump and dance, and it’s irresistible with that build-up to the beat drop.
8. ‘Safety Net’ by Ariana Grande
This bridge is simple but powerful. ‘Safety Net’ is the kind of low-key R&B-influenced pop song that Ari does best. When everything else fades away, the bridge highlights Ariana’s delicate, dreamy vocals over harmonies with herself and Ty Dolla $ign before diving back into the chorus. It rises and falls like your hand out the car window floating over the breeze and does what it needs to do to make the song embody its title.
9. ‘Advice’ by Kehlani
The bridge in ‘Advice’ is a short one, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t impactful. Partly because of the lyrics and partly because of Kehlani’s signature honey-smooth vocals, this bridge shines. In a song about getting out of a toxic relationship, the bridge comes at a point in the song when Kehlani realizes exactly how her partner’s behavior has affected them. She sings “but I had to save me, baby, now or never.” Anyone who’s ever experienced a toxic relationship or friendship can relate, and that’s what makes this bridge so powerful, especially when paired with their contagious delivery.
10. ‘Lucky’ by Britney Spears
The ‘Lucky’ bridge isn’t a typical one, but in the context of the story, it’s one that does so much with so little. With just the beat and backing vocals accompanied by voiceovers of an announcer and reporter, the bridge serves as a break from the rest of the song. It’s a moment to reflect on Lucky’s story and lets it sink in for the listener. ‘Lucky’ will forever be legendary for the story Britney created through the Lucky character and the bridge adds another layer to that tale. It’s especially poignant to look back on now through the #FreeBritney movement.
11. ‘Butterfly’ by Demi Lovato
On their most honest album to date, ‘Butterfly’ is a standout. The bridge of ‘Butterfly’ solidifies the emotion behind this song. With soaring vocals, Demi sings about the loss of their father through the butterfly metaphor. It’s a cathartic moment for anyone who knows Demi’s story with their father, and for anyone who’s experienced loss. Layered over airy harmonies, this bridge takes the song to the next level.
12. ‘Deja Vu’ by Olivia Rodrigo
As a debut artist, Olivia Rodrigo has already cemented herself as the queen of bridges. ‘Drivers License’ and ‘Deja Vu’ in particular both have bridges that beg to be chanted in a crowd at a live show. They’re anthemic verses that you can’t help but sing along to, no matter your age. They’re smart, vivid, and catchy, and if she keeps writing bridges like this, she’s set to become Gen Z’s biggest popstar.
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