Songs with Whistling
September 25, 2013 10:12 AM   Subscribe

What are your recommendations of pop songs that feature whistling?
posted by josher71 to Media & Arts (43 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Always look on the Bright Side of Life
posted by JenThePro at 10:13 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


"How Soon is Now" - The Smiths
posted by Seeking Direction at 10:13 AM on September 25, 2013


Walk Like an Egyptian. The Bangles.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:15 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks
posted by thirdletter at 10:18 AM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


Jealous Guy

Patience
posted by mattbucher at 10:18 AM on September 25, 2013


Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel

Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5

Centerfold - J Geils Band
posted by dotgirl at 10:19 AM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
posted by kimberussell at 10:21 AM on September 25, 2013


Oh, and Juelz Santana - There it Go
posted by thirdletter at 10:21 AM on September 25, 2013


The Whistling Song, by the Walkmen.

Here's a whole youtube playlist.

And here's a blog of whistling songs.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:25 AM on September 25, 2013


Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song."
posted by xenization at 10:25 AM on September 25, 2013


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

and the best cover of it ever
posted by janey47 at 10:26 AM on September 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


Depends on where your boundaries for pop are, but:

"Red-Eyed and Blue," Wilco

"Jimmy Jazz," the Clash
posted by COBRA! at 10:27 AM on September 25, 2013


I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman - Whistling Jack Smith
posted by in278s at 10:27 AM on September 25, 2013


Scorpions - Wind of Change
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 10:29 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Billy Joel, The Stranger.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:29 AM on September 25, 2013


Anything and everything by Andrew Bird, virtuoso whistler and violinist!
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:30 AM on September 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


Andrew Bird uses whistling copiously in his compositions. Masterfade is one of my favorite examples...Oh No is another good one.
posted by aecorwin at 10:33 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Paul Simon, "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
posted by candyland at 10:35 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


beatles - two of us
posted by steinwald at 10:38 AM on September 25, 2013


john lennon's jealous guy
posted by steinwald at 10:39 AM on September 25, 2013


Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges - Cravo e Canela
posted by hydrophonic at 10:51 AM on September 25, 2013


Taj Mahal - Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie
posted by j_curiouser at 10:52 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


GWAR - The Road Behind
posted by hydrophonic at 10:55 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's not a pop song but I can't not always shout out I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts by X. The whistling is at the end.
posted by thinkpiece at 11:00 AM on September 25, 2013


Mania's "Looking for a Place". They were a minor and mostly overlooked (#29! No bullet!) part of the Xenomania collective that produced Girls Aloud and the Sugababes. That hook's pretty indelible, though.
posted by bcwinters at 11:02 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Not sure that it counts as a pop song precisely but the Frankie Knuckles song "The Whistle Song" is indeed very whistley.
posted by elizardbits at 11:21 AM on September 25, 2013


Air - Alpha Beta Gaga
posted by asockpuppet at 12:44 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Eye Know" by De La Soul samples Otis Redding whistling on "Dock of the Bay." And it's great.
posted by Luminiferous Ether at 1:17 PM on September 25, 2013


This is maybe too obvious, but Whistle by Flo Rida.
posted by tinymegalo at 1:17 PM on September 25, 2013


Are Broadway show tunes considered pop? If so, I Whistle a Happy Tune from "The King And I". And of course, the original might be the Seven Dwarfs singing Whistle While You Work.
posted by Rash at 1:36 PM on September 25, 2013


I Wanna Go - Britney Spears
Good Life - One Republic
Joyride - Roxette
posted by yawper at 1:39 PM on September 25, 2013


Here's a list, most already mentioned, but a couple favorite old chestnuts of mine on it are Guy Mitchell, "Singin' The Blues" and "Magic Moments" by Perry Como.
posted by Rash at 1:44 PM on September 25, 2013


I'm guessing his material's much to archaic for most MeFites' consideration but Al Jolson was a great whistler. An old listing of his essential tracks has links to streaming RealAudio.
posted by Rash at 1:55 PM on September 25, 2013


Kent - Dom Andra
posted by Jelly at 2:06 PM on September 25, 2013


Not entirely sure this counts as pop per se, but if you'd like to hear something in the vein of breezy, acoustic, island-style music that's pretty catchy, Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga's duet on Country Road has a nice whistling section in the middle. You can find a studio cut on 1% for the Planet, The Music (Vol. 1), and another slower version with rawer vocals on Paula Fuga's album Misery's End. Just my two cents.
posted by resilient_raindrop at 3:24 PM on September 25, 2013


A Top Ten hit in 1956 - The Happy Whistler.
posted by hangashore at 3:53 PM on September 25, 2013


Oh man, if you are feeling like all of this isn't concatenated enough, a masher-up called DJ Riko did a great track called Whistler's Delight, too.
posted by zusty at 4:42 PM on September 25, 2013


Peter Bjorn & John's album Writer's Block
posted by fox problems at 6:32 PM on September 25, 2013


Make It Better - The Knocks
posted by sigmagalator at 9:49 PM on September 25, 2013


Roger Whittaker
The Beach Boys - Whistle In
XTC - Generals and Majors
Fhe Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream
Roy Orbison - Here Comes The Rain, Baby
The Black Keys - Tighten Up
David Bowie - Golden Years
Pixies - La La Love You
Ted Weems Orchestra - Heartaches (feat. Elmo Tanner)
Bing Crosby - I Whistle a Happy Tune, White Christmas
posted by hydrophonic at 10:23 PM on September 25, 2013


DJ Riko's Whistler's Delight samples a LOT of songs with whistling in.
posted by mippy at 2:21 AM on September 26, 2013


John Foxx Twilight's last gleaming
posted by monkey closet at 6:22 AM on September 26, 2013


Chubby Checker's Limbo Rock
posted by Rash at 9:37 PM on September 30, 2013


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