The 5: Songs That Blow


This Weeks 5:  Songs With a Memorable Whistle

Seems like songs with whistling are popular again. The Black Keys are doing it, Foster the People are doing it too.  Maybe the resurgence can be traced back to the greatness of  featuring Twisted Nerve in Kill Bill.  The whistle has a long, wonderful history in American (and British) music.  So we picked 5 great “Whistle” songs.

  • (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding.  You can argue with almost any choice made on The 5, but you can’t argue this.  He’s got a voice that takes hold of you, and then he gives that moment of reprieve to stop and whistle.  Perfection.
  • Me and Julio – Paul Simon.  One of the more intricate whistles in a song. It isn’t so much as a respite as a solo. And it’s just so damned happy!
  • Jealous Guy – John Lennon.  Some folks might think The Beatles’ Two of Us is a better whistle song, it’s an after thought. Jealous Guy’s whistle is front and center, and executed perfectly. Remorseful? Check. Aloof? Check. Essential? Absolutely.
  • Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles.  Yes, it’s an “enhanced” whistle. And Mark McGwire was “enhanced” in 1999. As was Nicole Eggert on Baywatch. So what?!
  • Young Folks – Peter, Bjorn and John.  The most recent song on the list is one of the best whistles ever. It is the hook; very infectious and absolutely indispensable.


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39 Comments

  1. LizSetsFire

    April 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Ooohh. New playlist next to my list of songs prominently featuring a cowbell.

  2. jerkstoresean

    April 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    No Patience by GNR!? I’m gonna kick off the list animalizing

  3. tommy o

    April 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    you ain’t just whistling dixie with that list. 

  4. jerkstoresean

    April 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    J Geils Centerfold, Billy Joel Stranger,

  5. jerkstoresean

    April 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Next on the 5: Songs that suck. 5 songs featuring the sound of people smoking weed

    • LizSetsFire

      April 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      @jerkstoresean Sublime smoke 2 joints! Dying fetus Skull fucked!

      • jerkstoresean

        April 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        @LizSetsFire M-E-T-H-O-D Man. There’s a couple of Biggie songs. Actually most Method man songs have it haha.

      • shrekkalove

        April 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

         @jerkstoresean  @LizSetsFire Everything ever recorded by Snoop Dogg

  6. Kendall in Texas

    April 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The editors are geniuses!

  7. shrekkalove

    April 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I’m a huge fan of whistling and clapping songs. I’m also an 8 year old.

  8. shrekkalove

    April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I gave Julio a whistler down on the school yard, too.

  9. Cletus from Brooklyn

    April 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    How do you have a list like this & not have Frankie Knuckles “The Whistle Song”…
     

    • Wayne M

      April 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      @Cletus from Brooklyn Great song from a great time in my life

  10. Wayne M

    April 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  11. TyWanon

    April 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Fuck Whistling—I want Humming…Pepper Hicks Humming

  12. TyWanon

    April 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I would love to hear Pepper Hicks Hum these distinct whistling parts of these songs…..you know it would be totally unrecognizable

  13. TyWanon

    April 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song…most memorable whistling song of all -time

    • TyWanon

      April 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      and if you don’t think Show theme songs are songs…Look up how many made it to the top 40 Charts

  14. Brian_Baker

    April 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    The beginning of Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” starts out with some good whistling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6yQ14TGB8U 

    • OP4

      April 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

       @Brian_Baker I was thinking of that song too – as an example of a really shitty song with whistling.

  15. StonerJB

    April 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Winds of Change – The Scorpions

  16. agurga

    April 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Reba or Guyute by Phish EASILY beat out Peter, Bjorn & John… c’mon Pepper… jesus.

  17. elephant_droid

    April 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    That song from Kill Bill Vol 1?

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    April 6, 2012 at 4:24 am

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    April 6, 2012 at 4:24 am

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  20. RudeBoy

    April 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Robin Hood animated.   eeeeevery town……has its ups and downs.

  21. SpaceAnimal

    April 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

  22. porcupineracetrack

    April 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    what about zip-a-dee-do-dah? as in:

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=2GQSwMCHJNU

  23. Nova Pappas

    April 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

    The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song…most memorable whistling song of all -time

  24. teeprez

    April 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Why is Otis on this 5? Thats just messed up. The Macarena is worse than Sittin on the D of the B ANY DAY!!

    • Myo

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      @teeprez
      You blow

  25. Maxie Abreu

    April 10, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Seems like songs with whistling are popular again.
     
     
    http://www.flowershoptoronto.info/

  26. Lovie Reynoso

    April 10, 2012 at 2:21 am

    So we picked 5 great “Whistle” songs.
     
     
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  27. cal5000

    April 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I’ll defend Otis to I die.
     
    His rendition of “A Change Gone Come” is better than Sam Cooke’s (Horns by Stax)
     
    Come at me Bros.

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    April 10, 2012 at 6:32 am

    In our fashionable life, beautiful and lovely appearance are the pursuit of many girls. How can we mis

  29. AdrianeDewey

    April 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Robin Hood animated.   eeeeevery town……has its ups and downs.

  30. LuAinswor

    April 13, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Seems like songs with whistling are popular again. The Black Keys are doing it, Foster the People are doing it too.  Maybe the resurgence can be traced back to the greatness of Quentin

  31. jtpappas

    April 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

    One of the greatest GNR Patience!