For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to understand why people love a cappella. Heck, even for those of us who do actively enjoy it, it can be difficult to put into words why we enjoy this art form so. While we’ll never have a truly comprehensive list of everything cool about a cappella, 200 Reasons to Love A Cappella is our best attempt at assembling a list of what makes it great.
Reason #54: Thank You
I shudder to speculate just how many groups have covered Boyz II Men’s 1995 hit “Thank You” over the years. It’s a bit too new school to be called traditional, but in contemporary a cappella’s ascent over the last decade and change it has, without question, become a standard.
And it has become a standard with good reason. You take a song that is, itself, a cappella, but also cool and borderline hip hop, fill it up with harmonies, lead vocals that shift multiple times to accommodate multiple soloists, and vocal percussion built right into the song—it just begs for groups to make it their own. It’s always a treat when groups pull this out to rouse the crowd late in a show for the combined effect of showcasing the talents of the group and saying thank you to the audience.
I love it!