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Album: Pitch Perfect: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released: October 2, 2012
By: Toni Basil
Pat Benatar
Boyz II Men
Sung by: The Barden Bellas
The Treblemakers
The BU Harmonics
The High Notes
Solos: Bumper
Jessica Jain (The High Notes)
Cynthia Rose
Place: Barden University Swimming Pool

Background Edit

A riff off is after the new recruits for the acapella groups have been chosen, and all groups compete by singing songs based off the category previously chosen


1. You must sing a song that's based off of the given category. If it doesn't match the category then they are "Cut Off", meaning they can no longer compete.

2. When you interrupt another group's song, you must start your song with the same word that the other group's song has landed on.

For example, during the riff off in the movie, the BU Harmonics (the group that sings Madonna songs) interrupts the Treblemakers "Hey Mickey" with "Like a Virgin" by landing on the phrase "so fine" - words and phrase that both songs share.

As another example, when Beca interrupts Jesse's song, he was singing "It feels like the first time" and she came in with "It's going down ..." --- not an exact match. This is what prompted their disqualification from the riff off.

Barden Riff-Off Edit

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 even though "It's" is just the abbreviated form of "It is". 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

Lyrics Edit

Oh Mickey, you're so fine

Bumper with Treblemakers:
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 (BU Harmonic #3: Ooh yeah)

So shiny and new (BU Harmonic #3: Oh yeah)

Like a virgin (BU Harmonic #4: Like a virgin)

Touched for the very first time (BU Harmonic #4: Touched for the first time)

Like the

Like the one in me

That's O.K.

Let's see how you do it

Aubrey with Bellas:
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

Cynthia Rose:
Na na na

Come on

Na na na na na

Come on, come on, come on

Cause I may be bad (Stacie: come on come on i like it like it come on)

But I'm perfectly good at it

Sex in the air (Stacie: come on come on i like it like it come on)

I don't care I love the smell of it

Cynthia Rose and Stacie:
Sticks and stones may break my bones

But chains and whips excite me

Cynthia Rose:
Cause I may be bad (Stacie: Come on, come on, i like it like it come on)

But I'm perfectly good at it


Donald with Treblemakers:
(Donald: 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

(Bumper: Alright)

Let's talk about sex

(Bumper: A little bit, a little bit)

Let's talk about sex, baby

Baby, all through the night

Stacie and Fat Amy:
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

Jesse with Treblemakers:
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 biz, she don't play around

Cover much ground, got game by the pound

(with Fat Amy: Getting paid is a forte)

Each and every day, true player way

I can't get her outta my mind (Fat Amy: well)

I think about the girl all the time (Cynthia Rose: Oh ooh)

Beca with Bellas (Cynthia Rose ad libing):
I like the way you work it No diggity, I got to bag it up, Baby (x6)

We out

Results Edit

  • 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.
  • 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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