Illustration from an ad for Neolite Soles, 1951
Can a song ever have too much in the "handclap" department? Heresy, I know, but let's consider a song with some very prominent handclaps. "Catherine Says" was the opening track to indie-poppers Aislers Set's 2000 album How I Learned to Write Backwards. It's a song with a fairly spare reverb-heavy arrangement built around Amy Linton's lackadiasical vocal style, and, when you get to the chorus, some very loud and crisp-sounding handclaps that dominate the song to the point of being pretty distracting. But does it work? I'd say "yes", so maybe (in my case at least) more is always better when it comes to handclaps.
"Catherine Says" by Aislers Set