The Top Ten Best Whistling Songs

6.01.2013

Happy New Year! Let’s start off with a skip in our step, and a whistle on our lips.

The Top Ten Whistling Songs

10. Goodbye, Stranger – Supertramp

Described as the “ultimate one-night stand” song, I couldn’t NOT include some classic Supertramp. A little 80s, a little campy, and awesome.

9. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon

I doubt if anyone really knows what this song is about, but no one can deny it’s catchy tune. One of my absolute favorite songs, period. Unfortunately for me, when I saw Simon live in 2011, he did not play this song. I think he’s just gotten too old for the whistling bit. If I could’ve come to the rescue….. **sigh**

8. The Fishin’ Hole – Andy Griffith Show

Who DOESN’T get this song stuck in their head on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Most people can recognize the whistling bit that comes at the beginning of each episode, but what you might not have heard is the great full song sang by Andy Griffith himself! Classic.

7. Jealous Guy – John Lennon

All my friends can tell you that in general, I am NOT a Lennon fan. He just doesn’t mesh with me well. To each his own. But I do love this song. Mostly because Elliott Smith covered it once live and it blew me away (uh, pun not intended). Here’s the live Elliott version. I think he kills it, and even though it’s not perfect, I love everything about it.

6.  Sissyneck – Beck

A lot of people tell me they aren’t huge fans of Odelay. I don’t get it. It’s a phenomenal album, and this is definitely a track that stands out. It reminds me, weirdly, of driving around in the middle of a hot summer day.

5. Sweet Georgia Brown – Brother Bones

Man, they could realllly whistle. I think the song speaks for itself here!

4. Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Another cute one from the Lovin’ Spoonful! I found these guys only recently and have been loving everything I’ve heard so far, but this takes the cake.

3. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

A sad story. This song came out a little while after Redding’s death in a plane crash, and went on to be his biggest success, winning two Grammy Awards. The carefree whistling at the end of this track is both uplifting and tragic when you think of the context of its release.

2. Life is Beautiful – Deadly Premonition (video game)

Recently, my boyfriend and I played a “horror/survival” video game called Deadly Premonition. While I can see why the game became a cult classic (by far one of the weirdest games I have ever played) there was a certain thing that totally stuck with me: the whistling theme that would come in at the most inappropriate times during cut-scenes. They would be talking about a murder or other sinister event and wham!, you’d be listening to this little ditty in no time.

1. Twisted Nerve

It’ll get in your head. And freak you out. Known for its inclusion in the Kill Bill movies, less well-known for the 60’s movie of the same name in which it first appeared. Check it out, it’s worth the watch.

Honourable Mentions:

Golden Years – David Bowie

Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel

& I guess pretty much anything by Andrew Bird.

Let me know if you have a favorite I didn’t list! I always love to hear new songs with whistling, hand claps, or stomping feet! :]

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