Twist and Shout chords



You can learn how to play Twist and Shout by The Beatles!

The Beatles honed their craft through playing covers, most famously in Hamburg nightclubs during the early 60s.

One of the songs they learned and to some extent modified was Twist and Shout, originally by a band called the Top Notes, although the Isley Brothers reworked it first and it must have been this that the Fab Four heard as it’s much closer to their version.

The original came out in 1961 and was produced by Phil Spector.

Isley Brothers released their version in 1962. It charted at #2 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles. The bridge section was added to this version.

The Beatles released their version on their first album, Please Please Me in 1963, and as a single in the U.S in early 1964.

However, this wasn’t their first U.S hit, they’d already released She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Saw Here Standing There, and Please Please Me.

Including Twist And Shout, The Beatles had sold almost 9 million singles in the U.S alone between the fall of 1963 and spring of 1964. Beatlemania was real!


Twist And Shout chords and lyrics


| N.C (A B C#) | D5 G5 A5 | A5 (C#) |
| D5 G5 A5 |

||: A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 :||
Well, shake it up, baby, now (shake it up, baby).
Twist and shout (twist and shout).
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (come on baby).
Come on and work it on out (work it on out).

||: A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 :||
Well, work it on out (work it on out).
You know you look so good (look so good).
You know you got me going now (got me going).
Just like I knew you would (like I knew you would).

||: A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 :||
Well, shake it up, baby, now (shake it up, baby).
Twist and shout (twist and shout).
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (come on, baby).
Come on and work it on out (work it on out).

||: A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 :||
You know you twist, you little girl (twist, little girl).
You know you twist so fine (twist so fine).
Come on and twist a little closer now (twist a little closer).
| A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 | A5 |
And let me know that you’re mine (let me know you’re mine). Oooh.

||: D5 (F#) G A | N.C (D G F#) :|| x4

||: A5 | A5 :|| A5 |
Ah, ah, ah, ah, wow, ah, yeah.

||: A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 :||
Well, shake it up, baby, now (shake it up, baby).
Twist and shout (twist and shout).
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (come on, baby).
Come on and work it on out (work it on out).

||: A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 :||
You know you twist, you little girl (twist, little girl).
You know you twist so fine (twist so fine).
Come on and twist a little closer now (twist a little closer).
And let me know that you’re mine (let me know you’re mine).

||: A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 :||
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it, baby, now (shake it up, baby).
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it, baby, now (shake it up, baby).
| A5 (C#) | D5 G5 A5 | A5 |
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it, baby, now (shake it up, baby).

| A5 | A5 | A5 | (A Bb B C C#) | D N.C D9 |
Ah, ah, ah, ah!


Twist and Shout chord progression

Based on the good old I – IV – V chord progression, Twist And Shout could be boiled down to two riffs and that build-up over chord V.

I’ve put the chords with lyrics above but in the case of Twist And Shout, TAB is much better at explaining what is going on here.

On the recording, there are two guitars but the reality for the working guitar player is that you are probably going to be the only guitarist so you need one part that works.

Here’s TAB of how I would play for the two main riffs if I was playing Twist And Shout with a band tonight as the only guitarist.

Twist And Shout TAB

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