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The Clap sound

in this diagram shows a comparison between real hand claps and electronic or sampled clap sounds

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The 'real' hand clap sound is part of many songs since the beginning of early pop music. It appears either as addition to the (snare) backbeat or as individual rhythm pattern.

sound examples of the non-electronic, human handclap

1961 - Lawrence Welk "Calcutta"

1963 - The Four Seasons "Walk Like A Man"

1963 - Martha and the Vandellas "Heat Wave"

1963 - The Angels "My Boyfriend's Back

1963 - Trini Lopez "If I Had A Hammer"

1976 - Wild Cherry "Play That Funky Music"

1977 - Rose Royce "Car Wash"

2003 - Beyoncé "Baby Boy"

2003 - Justin Timberlake "Rock Your Body"

2005 - Weezer "Beverley Hills"

2014 - Pharell Williams "Happy"

The electric clap sound was established mostly in Hip Hop, R&B and Funk, in the later 1980s in EDM (House and Techno) and in the 2000s as standard rhythm sound in mainstream pop

Hip Hop examples

R&B examples

Funk examples

Mainstream examples

2004 - Petey Pablo "Freek-A-Leek"

1982 - Grandmaster Flash "The Message"

2004 - Outkast "The Way You Move"

2004 - Ciara "Oh"

1979 - Sugarhill Gang "Rapper's Delight"

2005 - Mariah Carey "We Belong Together"

2004 - Usher "Burn"

2002 - Jennifer Lopez "I'm Gonna Be Allright"

1970 - The Meters "The Handclapping Song"

1979 - Funkadelic "Kneedeep"

1981 - Zapp "I Heard It Through The Grapewine"

1997 - Backstreet Boys "Quit Playing Games With My Heart"

1989 - Fine Young Cannibals "Good Thing"

2002 -  Pink "Don't Let Me Get Me"

2014 - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and

Nicki Minaj "Bang Bang"

2014 - Taylor Swift "Shake It Off"

EDM examples

1984 - Mr. Fingers "Can You Feel It"

1985 - Model 500 (J.Atkins) "No Ufo's"

1986 - Steve Silk Hurley "Jack Your Body"

1987 - Blake Baxter "When We Used To Play"

1988 - Kevin Saunderson "Force Field"

1986 - Adonis "We're Rocking

Down The House"

1989 - Frankie Knuckles "Tears"

1997–  D.A.V.E. the Drummer "Shudder&Twitch"