Millennial whoop

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The millennial whoop is a musical vocal effect, often using the "Wa" and "Oh" syllables, in a repeating pattern on the fifth and third notes in a major scale. It has been extensively used in 2010s pop music.[1][2]


The term was first coined by the musician Patrick Metzger, who described it in a blog entry on The Patterning in August 2016[3], and later in a TED talk in February 2017[4]. He suggests that, while the millennial whoop gained popularity from the late 2000s to 2010s, it has probably always been around.[5]


Artists using the millennial whoop include Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Lonely Island,, Fall Out Boy,[1] Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen, Demi Lovato, Chvrches, and Andy Grammer.[6] The 2017 song "Millennial Whoop" by The Pilgrims was written as a response to the idea of older generations looking down upon the younger for using such tropes: the song makes use of the interval pattern.[7]

One notable use is in the 1987 theme song by Mark Mueller for the American animated television series DuckTales which ran for a total of 100 episodes.[8] It does not occur in some other language versions of the 1987 theme[8] nor in the 2017 English version of the theme song.[9]

A four part music question on the millennial whoop featured in a 2017 episode of University Challenge.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Haynes, Gavin (August 30, 2016). "The Millennial Whoop: the melodic hook that's taken over pop music". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Bui, Hoai-Tran (August 29, 2016). "What is the 'millennial whoop' and why is it in every pop song?". USA Today. 
  3. ^ Metzger, Patrick (August 20, 2016). "The Millennial Whoop: A glorious obsession with the melodic alternation between the fifth and the third". The Patterning. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  4. ^ Metzger, Patrick (February 28, 2017). "Why do so many pop songs sound the same?". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  5. ^ Bartleet, Larry (September 1, 2016). "What Is The Millennial Whoop? Once You Hear This Virulent Pop Hook You Won't Be Able To Unhear It". NME. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Epstein, Adam (August 27, 2016). ""The Millennial Whoop": The same annoying whooping sound is showing up in every popular song". Quartz. 
  7. ^ "The Best Vermont Music of 2017 (So Far) - County Tracks". County Tracks. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  8. ^ a b NerdSync. "Why the DUCKTALES Theme Song is Stuck in Your Head Right Now...", YouTube. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  9. ^ Disney XD. "Theme Song DuckTales", YouTube, 15 June 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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