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Riff - Off
By: Toni Basil
Pat Benatar
Boyz II Men
Sung by: The Barden Bellas
The Treblemakers
The BU Harmonics
The High Notes
Solos: Bumper
Aubrey Posen

At Barden, the Riff-Off takes place between the four main a cappella groups on campus- the Barden Bellas, the Treblemakers, the High Notes and BU Harmonics. The four groups battle through music in an abandoned pool hole. The prize in the 2011-2012 season was a microphone used by Hoobastank.

A virtual wheel is spun to choose a category. Any group may join in as long as the song matches the category. The categories are : Ladies of the 80's, Songs about Sex, Black Michael Jackson, White Michael Jackson, Christian Rock, Hair Bands, TV Theme Songs, Reggae Time, Medium Rock, The Judds, Famous Duets, Overplayed Black Eyed Peas, Puppet Songs, Songs Ruined by Glee, Party Rock Anthems, and Ugly Lead Singers. In the movie, however only two categories were picked- Ladies of the 80's and Songs About Sex. The Treblemakers beat out Aubrey to start,and sing "Mickey." The Harmonics cut them off with "Like a Virgin." Aubrey then cuts in with "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", joined by the Bellas, to be interrupted by a girl from the High Notes who tries and fails to sing "It Must Have Been Love", and the High Notes are disqualified.

The next category chosen was Songs About Sex. Two of the Bellas, Stacie and Cynthia Rose, start off with "S & M" (the rest of the group back them up with the beat). The Trebles cut off the two Bellas with "Let's Talk About Sex," and Aubrey tries to drag Stacie back to the group, but  Stacie makes somewhat of a comeback with "I'll Make Love to You." Stacie is soon cut off (by Jesse, one of the Trebles) with "Feels Like the First Time."   Beca soon cuts Jesse off by rapping "No Diggity." Fat Amy joins in with the rest of the Bellas following,and finally the Harmonics join in as well.

At the end of "No Diggity," Beca is seen saying to Jesse, "I mean, you're welcome," while being surrounded by her friends. Everyone laughs at this.

The Bellas lose the Riff Off. When Beca rapped  "No Diggity," the word she had cut Jesse off was "it." Beca rapped "No Diggity" with the first word being "it's," which unfortunately did NOT lead the Bellas to victory like she would have hoped. Though Aubrey protests this ruling, Justin hands the prize to the Treblemakers (the Harmonics also being disqualified because they were singing along with the Bellas).

Participants - Acepella

Oh Mickey, you're so fine
You're so fine you blow my mind
Hey Mickey, Hey Hey Hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, you're so fine


You're so fine and you're mine
I'll be yours till the end of time
Cause you make me feel
Yeah you make me feel
So shiny and new

Like a virgin
Touched for the very first time
Like the

Like the one in me
That's O.K.
Let's see how you do it
Put up your dukes
Let's get down to it

Hit me with your best shot
Why don't you hit me with your best shot
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away

Away - ay...
It must have been love
But it's over now
But it's over right now


Na na na
Come on
Na na na na na
Come on, come on, come on

Cause I may be bad
But I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air
I don't care I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me

Cause I may be bad
But I'm perfectly good at it


Sex baby
Let's talk about you and me
Let's talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let's talk about sex

Let's talk about sex
A little bit, a little bit

Let's talk about sex, baby


Baby, all through the night
I'll make love to you
Like you want me too
And I


And I guess it's just the woman in you
That brings out the man in me
I know I can't help myself
You're all in the world to me

It feels like the first time
It feels like the very first time
It feels like the first time


It's going down, fade to Blackstreet
The homies got RB, collab' creations
bump like acne, No doubt
I put it down, never slouch
As long as my credit can vouch
A dog couldn't catch me, straight up

Tell me who could stop when Dre making moves
Attracting honeys like a magnet
Giving them eargasms with my mellow accent
Still moving this flavour
with the homies Blackstreet and Teddy
The original rump shakers

Shorty get down, good Lord
Baby got 'em open all over town
Strictly b****, you don't play around
Cover much ground, got game by the pound

Getting paid is a forte
Each and every day, true player way
I can't get her outta my mind (well)
I think about the girl all the time

I like the way you work it
No diggity, I got to bag it up, Baby

We out



  • The Treblemakers won one year's riff-off
  • The Bellas came up 2nd in the aforementioned riff-off.
  • The Bellas lost the aforementioned riff-off because they sung 'it's' in the place of 'it'.
  • The High Notes were the one who got cut-off, or eliminated, first.
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  • The BU Harmonics were never officially eliminated. They sang "Like a Virgin" by Madonna in the first round, Ladies of the '80s. However, they did not participate vocally in the "Songs about Sex" challenge, which decided the official winner. Also, the BU Harmonics were singing alongside the Bellas, who were eliminated. Therefore, they were disqualified with the Bellas.
  • How to play in the Riff-Off is just like playing connecting words.

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