Songs With Epic Sax Solos By kellaroot. Along with ‘Latch’ – Disclosure’s previous single, which put guest singer Sam Smith on the map – ‘White Noise’ was a surefire hit across clubs and festival tents. This list is chockablock with artists unafraid to stand apart, and if these songs are threaded through with an overarching, era-defining message, that’s perhaps it. The world is broken. RD, Feeling chilly? Arriving after the band had stepped away for three years, it was a tense and brilliant comeback. The results in this chart are not affiliated with any mainstream or commercial chart and may not reflect charts seen elsewhere. CK, Has there ever been a song that so precisely nails the thrills and falters of new love as ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’? Mmm… sacrilicious. To his credit, Glenn Frey of The Eagles had a pretty good '80s track record when it came to the presence of saxophone in his songs. Staging a blinged-out drag race featuring niqab-wearing women and supporting Saudi Arabia’s Women to Drive Movement – they were forbidden to drive in the country until 2018 – ‘Bad Girls’ didn’t just show us an artist who was totally in the driver’s seat, but one who was also trying to make the world a more equal playing field. CK, The Bristol band came along at just the right time, their righteous, boisterous anthems a soothing balm for a Britain savaged by division. A list of notable saxophone songs would not be complete without "Careless Whisper", a song which got overplayed both on the radio and MTV (and which Brooke Shields thought was about her after her breakup with George Michael--ha!) EH, Wrapped around a gorgeous, barbershop-style a capella vocal sample (The Persuasions’ ‘Good Times’), this jubilant mash-up of Caribbean steel drums and American soul features one of the distinctive rappers of his generation, Young Thug, and modern dancehall hero Popcaan. Play Saxophone hit new songs and download Saxophone MP3 songs and music album online on Gaana.com. (Kendrick is our winner, BTW.) EH, Part of Alex Turner’s soundtrack for the brilliant indie movie Submarine, ‘Stuck On The Puzzle’ captured the film’s coming-of-age melodrama in a haze of lyrical romanticism and graceful organ melodies. Nick Zinner’s guitar lines invoked ‘Gimme Shelter’ by those other sex-obsessives with messiah complexes, The Rolling Stones, while the song built and built to a glorious, frenzied climax complete – as you’d expect – with their very own gospel choir. LC, Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ revived grime and, with its skittish melodies, the song represented the unapologetic energy of London. Its Romain Gavras-directed video though added another layer to the seemingly innocuous tune. 2. SM, A yowled ode to geometry, Alt-J’s ‘Breezeblocks’ shares a wonky, lopsided charm with their album ‘An Awesome Wave’, which wooed the Mercury Prize judges. The 1975’s Matty Healy CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME. “Shouldn’t you have a real big-ass ego?” asks Matt Champion rhetorically. Yet it was RiRi’s unhurried, laidback cool that really stole the show. And so, for her second record, Lorde turned her focus inwards. Try it free. Kendrick Lamar has always been one to push boundaries, and his use of the sax on this track is no exception. “Shouldn’t these girls be flockin’ just like seagulls?” It’s a refreshing glimpse into their wider vision. I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time”). Pop sax songs. Yet that’s exactly what Lorde did on ‘Royals’, an astute antidote to the blinged out boasting of those who came before her. The off-kilter ‘Odessa’ – and the surrounding album ‘Swim’ – is filled with funky beats, chantable squeaks and a renewed creative direction and proved that, as EDM took a stranglehold on the charts, electronic music could still be freaky and experimental, continuing to embolden a new generation of eclectic ravers. TS, On ‘Work’, Rihanna brought the culture of her native Caribbean to the forefront, dropping Jamaican patois over a dancehall groove and subtle lashings of steel pan. EH, Josh Homme’s schtick has always been that there’s a touch of campness to his macho swagger, and here he delightfully hams it up over a shimmying groove, purring, “My heart, a ding-a-ling, a puppet on a string / C’est la vie”. Every middle school dance in America played … It still slaps seven years on. List of #1 Pop Singles for 1940. EH, Your problematic Uncle Tony thinks Kanye’s just a dickhead, but what Tony doesn’t realise is that Kanye kind of knows he’s a dickhead, yet loves himself anyway, so we get this: a sing-song ode to vulnerability and self-recrimination that’s also a bit boastful. CK, This gorgeous folk-pop anthem took on new, powerful meaning when it turned out it was all about Bridgers’ mistreatment at the hands of her ex, Ryan Adams. KP, A fantasy break-up letter penned to a new flame’s current partner, ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ is surely the most compassionate song ever written about a love triangle. And that’s before we even get started on that video. Something that sounds like "bapopdominicano". RD, Appearing on their masterful debut ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’, this track saw Scotland’s Chvrches achieve synth-pop perfection. Ultimately, though, ‘Green Light’ finds satisfaction in the shoal of gossiping sharks lingering just off-shore. “Jungleland is one of the most beautiful songs of all time. SM, ‘Boyfriend (Repeat)’ showcases the simple formula behind all that’s great about this MDMA-zing Antipodean dance duo: a Balearic pulse plus horizontal attitude equals pretension-free fun for the masses. Eurovision walked so that ‘The Edge of Glory’ could run. The track inspired the pop landscape to move on from songs about “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece” and onto the current crop of relatable young stars such as Billie Eilish, Mallrat and Clairo, who sing about subjects that are far more tangible to their listeners. ‘Two To Birkenhead’ is the album’s crowning gem, a gnarled tour around the Wirral town. NR, Hearing Banks’ unstoppable signature track for the first time was like losing your virginity: fucking brilliant, a bit scary and you’d never be the same again. RD, If there are two subjects rock’n’roll songwriters love above all others, it’s sex and religion. Over a synth loop that spun like a gently turning mirrorball, Ellie Rowsell walked us through early flirtations, anxiety-induced self-doubt, and butterfly rushes with such accuracy it felt like she’d hacked the group chat and turned your overthinking with your mates into a towering love song. There are also new effects being added to the saxophone, such as auto-tune. Can you sum up a decade in one track? RD, Harris gave ‘80s-inspired boogie a facelift to soundtrack a fantasy about living loose with money. Perhaps it was to be expected that Bree Tranter, a founding member of musical explorers The Middle East, would delve into some funky tone colours on her debut solo record. “I can’t give you my soul / Because we’re never alone,” Healy sings, the eyes of tabloids inevitably peering over his shoulder. Just when you thought you knew where it was headed, the band’s mastermind veered off course and straight into the middle of the dancefloor, glitching, twitching and dropping a load of classical strings in the forefront. A bombardment of gloom eventually makes way for strutting funk guitars while synthesised choirs burst into song. Hello! In another artist’s hands, having enough liquor to fill a swimming pool could have sounded glamorous or glorifying. “It’s really important.”. After, she was the zero-fucks-given maker of music you just couldn’t, well, shake off. The tune transcended past the sweaty clubs it was played in and became entirely timeless. 3. RD, The late rapper’s toxic legacy has understandably overshadowed his contribution to music, but 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy’s innovative combination of mumble-rap and emo set a template that American hip-hop continues to trace. This is a crushing depiction of loneliness – it really doesn’t get more brutal than loitering in the corner of the club, watching your ex kiss someone else, after all. Comedian Adam Hills: Music Trivia and TV vs Standup. If you’re going to do that, then you need something pretty mega to make it up to your crew. Teaming fragile, frightened lyrics (“I never walk about after dark… ‘Cause someone could break your neck / Coming up behind you”) with punchy pop beats, she removed the sting of the street harassment, taking charge of the narrative. The Cure – “A Night Like This” Saxophonist: Ron Howe The 1980s was a time where saxophone shops were finally in the red again. AF, Stiflingly hot and framed by the EU referendum, the summer of 2016 was also soundtracked by ‘Tilted’. NR, Never has a band captured the dichotomy of the bleak/comforting British seaside experience as sharply as Metronomy did with ‘The Look’ – haunting organ whirs aplenty. Then, ‘R U Mine’ arrived – the first taste of the ‘AM’ era – with the Arctic Monkeys frontman sporting aviator sunglasses and a gelled-up quiff. The whole point of this song was to be smooth; it was even in the title! Inspired by party-starters Parliament-Funkadelic, Talib Kweli producer Hi-Tek fulfilled .Paak’s request for “an infectious groove [and] a nasty bass line”. If there was a song that captured the ingenious artistry of Frank Ocean, it’s the nine minutes and 54 seconds of ‘Pyramids’, the second single from his debut studio album ‘channel ORANGE’, which also happens to be one of the decade’s best records. 5. RD, It’s the track that ran wild across the planet – and what a ride: from TikTok meme fame to global controversy (should it have been in the Billboard country chart?) Based on your votes and almost 400 comments, we summed this one up to a … RD, Look, you know an album is proper decent when it spawns six killer singles. In a nutshell: it’s perfection. Sound familiar? ‘Stairway to The Stars’ – Benny Carter. If you read between the lines, you also found a pop hit highlighting a very modern condition – the need to numb yourself to the onslaught of the world by any means necessary. “It’s cool to be in your own space, dance on your own terms, in the middle of all these other people doing the same thing,” she told NME last year, looking back on that influential night out. "True" by Spandau Ballet. LC, Close your eyes and stick this on, and we’ll bet you can see the wriggly dude from the music video dancing his little heart out for this gigantic, break-through hit for the Akron duo. DB, Pairing stark admissions of drug use and addiction with an infectious Metro Boomin beat, Future created one of the catchiest tracks of the year and one that’s still playing out in clubs today. EH, For all their retro reference points – Bee Gees disco swagger, Thin Lizzy guitarmonies – Philadelphia rockers Sheer Mag keep their focus trained firmly on the present. JB, A gigantic, joy-giving earworm. repeat the song as many times as you need to. Clarence Clamons saxsolo is one of the most beautiful parts of the song. Reminiscent of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, the 10-minute single managed to work its way through genres with numerous layered metaphors and clever wordplay.Â, And, swinging confidently between R&B slow jams to club-ready synthesisers, the track’s instrumentation is also a tour de force, epitomised by the beat shift halfway through. Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’ (Daft Life, 2014) You just need to read the lines “She’s up all night ’til the sun … (Another line no American would ever have written: “Simmer down an’ pucker up.”) Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley’s falsetto backing vocals provided a gorgeous counterpoint to Turner’s voice, while Jamie Cook’s riffs weaved around them all like a leopard on the prowl. A portion of Little Britain grows louder every day in its venomous attitudes towards immigrants. ‘Avant Gardener’ is a laidback tune for beach days spent rocking in a hammock, but it announced the emergence of a serious talent. RD, The 2010s were pretty much defined by Aubrey Graham, but ‘Hotline Bling’ proved to be one of the first times when he showed us he was capable of creating a monster – in many senses of the word. Mr. Saxobeat Alexandra Stan • Saxobeats. doesn't have any curse words, but many oversensitive radio stations played a "clean" version with the word "kitten" edited out, surely the first time that word was censured. Now, it's about time to decide, what are the best songs out there that rock the sax! “No?” responds a pitched-up vocal aside. 6:05 0:30. News and Entertainment from Australia's favourite youth publisher, The colours that moved thousands: Michiyo Yasuda, animator and Studio Ghibli mainstay, has passed away at 77. David Bowie - 'Modern Love' Well, what a decade it's been! Kanye was a national disgrace at this point, having ruined Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs in 2009 (“Yo Taylor! Taking us back to ancient Egypt (“Send the cheetahs to the tomb”), it flies forward to imagine the ancient Egyptian Queen Cleopatra as a modern-day woman of the night in six-inch heels (“She’s working at the Pyramid tonight”). DS, The 1975 love to slop on layers of irony: their 2016 record ‘I like it when you sleep…’ was riddled with self-depreciation and satirical fun-poking. That fun side shone through strongest in the centrepiece sample, a jittery and pitch-shifted cut from Hall & Oates’ ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’. One of the more retro examples of saxophone use on this list, This Must Be A Dream features a complete saxophone solo which is skilful enough to give Kirk Pengilly a run for his money. On America’s borders, families fleeing from unspeakable violence are being separated from their children. Sax Offenders: Death To Pop Songs With Annoying Horn Hooks . ‘Spanish Sahara’ was a bolt out of the blue from the Oxford band – a glacial, slow-building beauty that showed they could do emotional and affecting just as well as party-starters. Medicinals features sax lines which are based around a pentatonic blues scale, a scale favoured by jazz musicians since the dawn of the genre. Top 10 Greatest Drum Solos of All Time. Nevertheless, Fitz and The Tantrums' James King wailed away. Nearly every track features at least a cameo from the sax, with acclaimed jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin lending his trade to the album. It travels generations, centuries and millennia in its scope. 3:15 0:30. Huge cultural significance aside, ‘Video Games’ was also an assured first step, one that many artists deeper into their careers would have killed to write. Songfacts category - Songs with a saxophone part. Rhian Daly. The sax. The Grammy-winning ‘Redbone’ was  the jewel in that eclectic record’s crown. Parquet Courts – … I love the rolling stones, especially their hit Waiting on a … From INXS to George Michael, Spandau Ballet to Men At Work, everyone was trying their hand at this reed-clad fad of an instrument.. And just when you thought there was enough saxophone in the 1980s to last us until the end of time, the music world has been shocked to discover that the saxophone is back in 2016. It’s also sampled on many tracks. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Landfill indie it ain’t. This massive collection will keep instrumentalists busy with 101 pop hits to learn and play! Play on Spotify. Promise. It didn’t hurt that ‘Forever’ was as immediate and delicious as an In-N-Out burger, all Fleetwood Mac harmonies, crashing drum machines and one killer singalong middle-eight. LC, Damon Albarn has always been political but ‘Stylo’ was one of his – and his cartoon band’s – most pointed statements to date. To make matters worse, this wasn’t a chance meeting; she deliberately tracked the pair down like a drunken Nancy Drew, knowing full well what she would find. RD, Though many years had passed since their creative purple patch, and the world around Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon had changed, this melancholy piano ballad proved that – much like the bridge itself – their knack for public observations and stunning songwriting would stick around for another fruitful decade. She’s speaking to the same voice that LGBTQ+ people hear whispering at them constantly. CK, A haunted, pensive and ultimately transformative ode to man’s desperate but devoted relationship with a sex worker in Brighton – it doesn’t get much more Nick Cave than that. Some songs grow with you, and I hope you’ll find that’s the case with some of our 100 picks below. DB, Part of BTS’ ‘Love Yourself’ series, this track’s bruised guitars and thwacking trap beats were accompanied by a big message – if you’re not true to yourself, love (for someone else or yourself) doesn’t stand a chance. O.P.P.Naughty by Nature The Naughty by Nature hit "O.P.P." RD, Where some of ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ dwelled fully in sci-fi territory, ‘The Ultracheese’ occupied a more sepia-splashed nook. CK, “Look up here, I’m in Heaven,” Bowie sighed on this tender single from 2016’s ‘Blackstar’. A trio of perennially chirpy, charismatic sisters from Los Angeles who had been rocking out in a band with their parents since they were pre-teens, they were more pro than a band twice their age when they burst out of the San Fernando Valley with their debut single. Crucially, we leave Robyn holding her own in the corner: thrashing out her anger, jealousy, regret, and confusion in a tightly-packed club. JB, The “best boyband since One Direction” had a particularly prolific year in 2017, releasing all three records from their ‘Saturation’ trilogy in rapid succession. 2015 was riddled with tropical house music, and songs from the Canadian singer’s fourth album ‘Purpose’ featured some of the hookiest cuts imaginable. RD, .Paak sure knew how to make us boogie in the 2010s. SM, On their first two albums, The xx existed in a fairly monochrome space. “My childlike creativity, purity and honesty / Is honestly getting crowded by these grown thoughts,” Kanye rapped on the standout track from the extraordinary work of art that is ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’. The saxophone in pop music today is used as a throwback; a kind of nostalgia. JB, Whoever said grime was dead? AT, After building a cult following over two psych-drenched albums, Tame Impala defied expectations when they returned for album three with ‘Let It Happen’. Ironically, Del Rey wrote ‘Video Games’ when, she’s said, she’d “let go” of her musical ambitions – but the single instantly made her a hit. Chanted by 1000 rowdy lads in unison, it’s the track that launched 1000 pints. The band are still going strong today, proving the myth of ‘the Mercury curse is just that’. NR, Whack super-sultry Barry White into a blender with Jamie Cullum, and ‘Loving Is Easy’ is the feel-good smoothie that comes out the other side. EEZ-EH!” You can hear that battle cry right now, can’t you? This year’s ‘Bad Guy’ from Billie Eilish, an eccentric alt-pop masterwork from a talented teenager with an internet connection. RD, Rarely do pop stars emerge with such a culture-shifting debut single. ‘Bad Girls’ was MIA at her fierce, furious best as we launched into a new decade. Picking up in the middle of their swift rise to fame, ‘Sweet’ saw them try to make sense of the whirlwind. She certainly did that, perhaps most notably on the jazzy Your Rhythm. But Taylor knew what she was doing with the first single of the ‘1989’ era, a song that neatly redefined her narrative and struck a claim for the title of Queen Of Pop. As a monologue concerning women’s suffrage is read, two saxophones play off one another, propping up the powerfully political message of the song. ‘Fan the Flames’ is a call to rally against shithead landlords, gentrification and the rich getting richer. El Hunt, Robyn’s music often holds up the dancefloor as a utopian place. Bright and upbeat, it offered two fingers up to the world’s evils, serving them up with infectious sass. We’ve come a long way, baby, and while some things haven’t changed – the planet’s still fucked, if you haven’t noticed – the biggest trend of the 2010s was doing things off your own back, giving yourself permission to be brilliant. If “Live fast / Die young / Bad girls do it well” wasn’t one of the finest bars of the decade, it was bettered only by the line that followed: “My chain hits my chest when I’m banging on the dashboard”. And ‘Queen’ is Perfume Genius’ most defiant effort to date. EH, The dreamy intimacy, melancholic subject matter and lithe instrumentation on ‘Thinkin About You’ was a perfect introduction to one of the decade’s most intriguing artists. Top 20 Greatest Guitar Solos. Christine and The Queens celebrated not fitting in. The track features a recurring sax hook which is sure to get you moving. But, following Jamie xx’s solo album ‘In Colour’, ‘On Hold’ saw them swapping those hues for a palette far warmer and a little brighter. In that respect, ‘Somebody Else’ was something of an outlier: atop swooning ‘80s synths, Matty Healy tipped out the messy, post-breakup contents of his brain. ‘Melodrama’ zoomed in on the minutiae of a house party in order to delve into heartbreak, isolation, and detachment. The saxophone adds spice throughout Blood Orange’s latest record, but no more creatively than on this, the album’s opening track. PJ Harvey herself played the instrument on four separate songs from her latest record, The Hope Six Demolition Project. It’s sour, like chasing tequila with a slice of lemon.Â. With moments like the brief, but exquisitely rambunctious, sax solo on this track, it’s not hard to see why. Sax solo start time: 2:58. It was also a perfect example of one of the things that made Lamar the decade’s most compelling rap lyricist: his ability to simultaneously embrace and subvert musical clichés. Though tracks like ‘Born Free’ had seen MIA being outwardly political, ‘Bad Girls’ was all about having fun and looking like a boss while doing it. And the most recent? DB, Packed with punk attitude and the feeling that it was almost perpetually on the cusp of a massive drop, ‘I Love It’ proved to be the ultimate go-off anthem in the giddy days of summer 2012. Words: Dhruva Balram, Jordan Bassett, Leonie Cooper, Rhian Daly, Alex Flood, El Hunt, Charlotte Krol, Sam Moore, Hannah Mylrea, Kevin EG Perry, Zoya Raza-Sheikh, Nick Reilly, Thomas Smith, Dan Stubbs, Andrew Trendell, Kyann-Sian Williams, Over a four-to-the-floor funk beat, Kung-Fu Kenny displays a warning to his haters and “the powers that be” – all while channelling the rebellious slave King Kunta on what is surely the grooviest song from Kendrick’s seminal 2015 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. One of the more fleeting sax appearances on this list, the millennial supergroup didn’t have to look far to find someone who could contribute that extra layer of sound on Pattern. In Lil Nas X, there was a new sheriff in town. JB, Mallrat saw the rest of the world’s songs about blowing up the club ‘til dawn and raised them ‘Uninvited’, a painfully relatable bit of bouncy pop on which she begged, “Get me off the list”, like someone who would much rather spend her Friday on the sofa with a cuppa. SM, Drunk on Halloween and smoking joints with his brother on a crisp Christmas night, ‘Holocene’ finds Bon Iver quietly realising that, in the general scheme of things, our pain is an insignificant dot that barely registers on the universe. TS, It’s hard to remember quite how divisive an artist Skrillex was at the start of the decade because with ‘Bangarang’ he simply bludgeoned his critics into submission. RD, Only Hopkins could craft eight glorious minutes of churning, propulsive techno that sounds equally at home whether you’re on the dancefloor at 4am or en route to pick up a loaf of bread and a pint of milk. RD, Snobby dismissals of Bieber’s talent were dispelled when the 20-year-old pop star apologised to the world and upped his musical game on ‘Sorry’. Somehow there’s also a brief flicker of hope. On ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’, he shrugged off the peer pressure to prove he was an artist without equal. 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