Saxophone in pop music

 

Here a list of songs which hit the top of the charts, proving the popularity of the saxophone in the public, especially in the 70s 80s. Click on the link to see (and hear) related videos.


Billie Holliday : All of me (Lester Young, T) 1941

T. Bone Walker  : T-Bone Shuffle (Jack McVea, T ?) 1949

Ray Charles : Mess around (B et T) 1953

Bill Haley : Farewell, so long, goodbye (Tony Lance B) 1953

Ray Charles : I got a woman (David «Fathead» Newman A) 1954

Fats Domino : All by myself (Herb Hardesty, T) 1955

The Fontane Sisters : Hearts made of stone (T) 1955

Screaming Jay Hawkins : I put a spell on you (Sam Taylor T) 1956

The Platters : It isn’t right (Plas Johnson T) 1956

Little Richard : Long tall Sally (Lee Allen, T) 1956

Bill Haley & Comets : Rocking through the Rye (Rudy Pompilli T) 1956

The Bobbettes : Mr Lee (Jesse Powell T) 1957

Pat Boone : April Love (A) 1957

Ray Charles : Night time is the right time (David «Fathead» Newman A) 1958

Buddy Holly : True Love Ways (Sam Taylor ? T) 1958

Ruth Brown : The Stroll (King Curtis T) 1958

The Silhouettes : Get a job (T) 1958

Sheb Wooley : The purple people eater (Plas Johnson T varispeed) 1958

The Coasters : Charlie Brown (King Curtis T) 1959


Johnny Tillotson : Poetry in motion (Boots Randolph T) 1960

Bill Haley & Comets : Florida Twist (Rudy Pompilli T) 1961

Gary US Bonds : Quarter to Three (Gene Barge T) 1961

Little Eva : The Locomotion (Artie Kaplan T) 1962

Elvis Presley : Return to sender (Boots Randolph, B) 1962

Chubby Checker : The Twist (T) 1962

Crystals : Da doo ron ron (Steve Douglas B) 1963

Supremes : Baby love (Mike Terry B) 1964

James Brown : I feel good (Maceo Parker A) 1964

Len Barry : 1-2-3 (Artie Kaplan B) 1965

Wilson Pickett : Land of a thousand dances (Charlie Chalmers T) 1966

Junior Walker : How sweet it is (Jr Walker T) 1966

Léo Ferré : Beau saxo (section+ A solo) 1966

Aretha Franklin : Respect (King Curtis T) 1967

Van Morrison : Moondance (Jack Schroer T) 1967

Beatles : Lady Madonna (Ronnie Scott T) 1968

The Doors : Touch me (Curtis Amy, T) 1968

Classics IV : Spooky (Mike Shapiro T) 1968

Jerry Lee Lewis - Turn On Your Lovelight (Boots Randolph) 1969

Frank Zappa : King Kong (Bunk Gardner A, Ian Underwood B, E. Sherwood T) 1969


Credence Clearwater Revival : Long as I can see the light (John Fogerty T) 1970

Taste : It’s happened before, it’ll happen again (Rory Galagher A) 1970

Beatles : You know my name (Brian Jones A) 1970

Joe Cocker : The letter (Bobby Keys T) 1970

Van Morrison : Domino (Jack Schroer A) 1970

The Stooges : Fun house (Steve Mackay T) 1970

Rare earth : Get ready (Gil Bridges A) 1970

The Rolling Stones : Brown sugar (Bobby Keys T) 1971

The Rolling Stones : Can’t you hear me knocking (Bobby Keys T) 1971

Carole King : It’s too late (Curtis Amy S) 1971

The Carpenters : Rainy days and mondays (Bob Messenger T) 1971

Marvin Gaye : What’s going on ? (Eli Fontaine A) 1971

Billy Paul : Me and Mrs Jones (Leon Zachery A) 1972

Manu Dibango : Soul Makossa (Manu Dibango T) 1972

Lou Reed : Walk on the wild side (Ronnies Ross B) 1972

Delaney & Bonnie : Soul shake (Andrew Love T) 1972

Roxy Music : Remake/Remodel (Andy Mackay A) 1972

James Taylor : Don’t let me be lonely tonight (Michael Brecker, T) 1972

Al Hibbler : Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Rahsaan Roland Kirk T+S) 1972

Frank Zappa's : Cletus Awreetus-awrightus (Ernie Watts C-Mel) 1972.

Wizzard : Angel fingers (Nick Pentelow, Mike Burney, Roy Wood TTB) 1973

Bob Seger : Turn the page (Alto Reed A) 1973

Chicago : Just you  n’ me (Walt Parazader S) 1973

Marvin Gaye : Let’s get it on (Ernie Watts A, mix discret) 1973

Pink Floyd : Money (Dick Parry T) 1973

Pink Floyd : Us and them (Dick Parry T) 1973

John Lennon : One Day at a time (Michael Brecker T) 1973

Mott the Hoople : All the way from Memphis (Andy McKay T) 1973

Aerosmith : Same Old Song And Dance (Michael Brecker T) 1974

The Carpenters : Please Mr Postman (Bob Messenger T) 1974

John Lennon : Whatever gets you through the night (Bobby Keys, T) 1974

ABBA : Waterloo (Christer Eklund T) 1974

Carole King : Jazzman (Tom Scott T) 1974

Elton John : The Bitch is back (Lenny Pickett T) 1974

Phoebe Snow : Poetry man (Zoot Sims T) 1974

Paul McCartney & Wings : Listen to what the man said (Tom Scott S) 1975

Neil Sedaka : Laughter in the rain (Jim Horn A) 1975

Jefferson Starship : Miracles (Irv Cox T) 1975

Bruce Springsteen : Born to run (Clarence Clemons T) 1975

David Bowie : Young americans (David Sanborn A)  1975

Paul Simon : Still crazy after all these years (Michael Brecker T) 1975

Paul Simon : Have a good time (Phil Woods) 1975

Bruce Springsteen : Jungleland (Clarence Clemons T) 1975

Paul McCartney & Wings : Silly Love song (A) 1976

Rod Stewart : Tonight’s the night (Jerry Jumonville T) 1976

Bernard Lavilliers : Les barbares (Michel Gaucher T) 1976

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 : Zombie (Fela Kuti T) 1976

Tom Waits : Step right up (Lew Tabackin T) 1976

Al Stewart : Year of the cat (Phil Kenzie A) 1976

Showaddywaddy : Under the moon of love (Jeff Daly T) 1976

Billy Joel : Just the way you are  (Phil Woods A) 1977

Billy Joel : Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Richie Cannata T) 1977

REO Speedwagon Little Queenie (Boots Randolph T) 1977

Steely Dan : Deacon blues (Pete Christlieb) 1977

The Manhattan Transfer : Chanson d’amour (Jay Migliori T) 1977

Odissey : Native New Yorker (Michael Brecker T) 1977

Leo Sayer : When I need you (Bobby Keys, T) 1977

Steely Dan : Aja (Wayne Shorter T) 1977

Stevie Wonder : Sir Duke (Trevor Laurence T, Hank Redd A riffs) 1977

Iggy Pop : Tiny Girls (David Bowie A) 1977

Flora Purim : Everyday Everynight (Michael Brecker T) 1978

Gerry Rafferty : Baker Street (Raphael Ravenscroft A) 1978

Ian Dury : Hit me with your rythm stick (Davey Payne T, AT biphonie) 1978

The Darts : It’s raining (Nigel Trubridge A) 1978

Boomtown Rats : Rat trap (Albie Donelly T) 1978

Kate Bush : The saxophone song (Alan Skidmore T) 1978

J. Travolta : Lightning-Grease (Sax ?) 1978

Bob Seger : Old time Rock'n Roll (Alto Reed T) 1978

Gino Vannelli : I just wanna stop (Ernie Watts A) 1978

Alicia Bridges : I love the nightlife (Tom Scott A) 1978

Carly Simon : You belong to me (David Sanborn A) 1978

Kleeer : Open Your Mind (Michael Brecker T) 1979

Earth,Wind and Fire : After the love has gone (Don Myrick A) 1979

Supertramp : The logical song (John Helliwell A) 1979

Rod Stewart : Da ya think I’m sexy (Tom Scott T) 1979

Linda Ronstadt : Ooh Baby baby (David Sanborn A) 1979

Peter Mafay : So bist du (T) 1979

Madness  : One step beyond (Lee Thompson T) 1979


Ambrosia : Biggest part of me (Ernie Watts T) 1980

Alain Bashung : Gaby oh Gaby (T) 1980

Lipps, inc : Funky Town (Dale Mendenhall, T) 1980

Elton John : Little Jeannie (Jim Horn T) 1980

Bill Withers : Just the two of us (Grover Washington T) 1980

Peter Maffay - Über sieben Brücken musst du gehn (Eddie Taylor T) 1980

Michael Stanley Band : He can't love you (Clarence Clemons T) 1980

Steely Dan : Gaucho (Michael Brecker) 1980

Kool and the Gang : Too Hot (T) 1980

Doobie Brothers : Real love (Cornelius Bumpus T) 1980

Piranhas : Tom Hark (Zoot Alors, T) 1980

Quarterflash : Harden my heart  (Rindy Ross A) 1980

Heart : Even It Up (cuivres Tower of Power) 1980

Cold Chisel : My baby (Joe Camilleri A) 1980

Billy Joel : It's still Rock n Roll to me (Richie Cannata T) 1980

The English Beat : Mirror in the bathroom (SAXA : T) 1980

Hazel O'Connor : Will You  (Wesley Magoogan A) 1981

Chaka Khan : What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (Michael Brecker T) 1981

Rolling Stones : Waiting on a friend (Sonny Rollins T) 1981

Gary US Bonds : This little girl (Clarence Clemons T) 1981

Men At Work : Who Can It Be Now  (Greg Ham T) 1981

Foreigner : Urgent (Scott Gilman T -version 1993 à Deer Creek ) 1981

Christopher Cross : Arthur's Theme 1981

Diana Ross : Sweet Nothings (Michael Brecker T) 1981

Patrice Rushen : Forget Me Nots (Gerald Albright T) 1982

George Thorogood & the Destroyers : Bad to the bone (Hank "Hurricane" Carter A) 1982

Supertramp  : It's Raining Again (John Helliwell T) 1982

Duran Duran : Rio (Andy Hamilton) 1982

Orange Juice : Rip it up (Dick Morrissey T) 1982

Eddy Mitchell : Le cimetière des éléphants (Lawrence Feldman A) 1982

Robert Plant : Pledge pin (Raf Ravenscroft A) 1982

The Motels : Only the lonely (Marty Jourard A)  1982

Jean-Jacques Goldman : Quand la musique est bonne (Patrick Bourgoin T) 1982

Haircut One Hundred : Love plus one 1982 (Phil Smith S,T)

Romeo Void : Never Say Never (Benjamin Bossi T) 1982

Alan Parson Project : Old and wise (Mel Collins A) 1982

Waitresses : I Know What Boys Like (Mars WilliamsT) 1982

Hall & Oates : Maneater (Charles DeChant T) 1982

Melissa Manchester : You should hear how she talks about you 1982Larry Williams A)

Quarterflash : Take me to heart (Rindy Ross chant, A) 1983

Marcus Miller : Suddenly (David Sanborn A) 1983

The Mary Jane Girls : All Night Long (Danny LeMelle T) 1983

Duran Duran - Union Of The Snake (Andy Hamilton ST) 1983

America : The border (Raphael Ravenscroft) 1983

Pink Floyd : The gunner’s dream (Raphael Ravenscroft) 1983

Tim Finn : Through the years  (Gary Barnacle T) 1983

John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band : On the dark side  (Michael Antunes T) 1983

Sharon O’Neal : Maxine (Tom Scott A) 1983

Spandau Ballet : Only when you leave  (Steve Norman T) 1983

Spandau Ballet : True (Steve Norman T) 1983

David Bowie : Modern Love (5 sax dont Lenny Pickett) 1983

Bernard Menez : Jolie poupée (B) 1984

Tears For Fears : The Working Hour (Will Gregory A) 1984

The Special Aka : Free Nelson Mandela (Nigel Reeve T) 1984

Serge Gainsbourg : Love on the beat (Stan Harrison A) 1984

Bruce Springsteen : I'm going down (Clarence Clemons T) 1984

Sheila E : The glamorous life (Larry Williams T, image d’un S) 1984

Icehouse : Don’t believe anymore (Joe Camilleri T) 1984

INXS  : Never tear us apart (Kirk Pengilly T) 1984

John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band : Tender years (Michael Antunes T) 1984

The Arrows : Meet in the middle (Earl Seymour T) 1984

Matt Bianco : Half a Minute (Ronnie Ross B) 1984

Matt Bianco : Get out of your lazy bed (Ronnie Ross B) 1984

Alain Bashung : SOS Amor 1984

Madonna : Shoo-Bee-Doo (Lenny Pickett T) 1984

George Michael : Careless whisper (Steve Gregory T) 1984

Sade Adu : Smooth operator (Stuart Matthewman T) 1984

Sade Adu : Your love is king  (Stuart Matthewman T) 1984

Wang Chung : Dance hall days (Dave Burnand A) 1984

Huey Lewis & the News : The heart of Rock’n Roll (Johnny Colla,T) 1984

Romeo Void : A Girl In Trouble is a Temporary Thing (Benjamin Bossi T) 1984

Glenn Frey : The Heat Is On (DAvid Woodford T) 1984

Rick Springfield : Don’t Walk Away 1984

Psychedelic Furs: Here Come Cowboys (Duncan Killburn) 1984

Billy Ocean : Caribbean queen 1984 A

David Bowie : Blue Jean (Lenny Pickett T +B) 1984

Queen : One year of love (Steve Gregory, T) 1985

Paul Janz  : Close my eyes 1985
David Foster : St. Elmo's fire's Love theme (instrumental 1985)

Bruce Springsteen : Trapped (Clarence Clemons T) 1985

The Manhattans : You send me (Crispin Cioe T) 1985

OMD : So In Love (Martin Cooper T) 1985

Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love (Clarence Clemons T) 1985

Al Jarreau : Moonlighting 1985

Corey Hart  : Never surrender (Andy Hamilton T) 1985

The Jets :  You Got It All (Eddie Wolfgramm T) 1985

Glenn Frey  : You belong to the city    (Al Garth T) 1985

Tina Turner : We don't need another hero (Tim Capello T) 1985

INXS : What You Need (Kirk Pengilly T)  1985

Bryan Ferry : Boys and girls (David Sanborn A) 1985

Phil Collins - One More Night (Don Myrick T) 1985

Debbie Gibson : Only In My Dreams (Jeff Smith T) 1986

Dire Straits : Your latest trick (Michael Brecker T) 1986

Dream Academy : Edge of Forever 1986

OMD : If you leave (Martin Cooper T) 1986

Jackson Browne : You're a friend of mine (Clarence Clemons T) 1986

Eddie Money : Take Me Home Tonight (3 notes himself) 1986

Eddie Money- I Wanna Go Back (Danny Hull T) 1986

Limahl : Love in your eyes 1986 (Dino Solera T)

Eric Clapton : Bad Influence (Michael Brecker T) 1986

Joe Cocker : You can leave your hat on (T) 1986

Mummy calls : Beauty has her way (Paul Howard T) 1986

Black : Wonderful life (Martin Green A) 1987

Love & Rockets : Waiting for the Flood (Daniel Ash vx et saxA) 1987

Vanessa Paradis Joe le taxi (B+2T, solo T) 1987

Cameo : Candy (Michael Brecker T) 1987

Joe Cocker : Unchain my heart (Clarence Clemons T) 1987

Patrick Swayze : She's Like the Wind  (film Dirty dancing) 1987

Eric Carmen : Hungry eyes (film Dirty dancing) 1987

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam : Lost in Emotion (A) 1987

Sting : An englishman in new york (Brandford Marsalis S) 1987

Tim Capello : I still believe (vocal + saxT) 1987

George Harrison : I got my mind set on you (Jim Horn, T) 1987

Blues Trottoir : Un soir de pluie (Olivier Defays) 1987

Serge Gainsbourg : Mon Légionaire (Stan Harrison T) 1987

Diamond in the rough : Where is love 1987 T

Boy Meets Girl : Waiting for a star to fall  (Andy Snitzer T) 1988

Corey Hart  : In your soul 1988

Diamond in the rough : Ain't good Lovin' 1988 T

The Carpenters : If I Had You (Michael Brecker T) 1989

Dan Fogelberg : Lonely in love 1987 (Michael Brecker T)

Debbie Gibson : Foolish Beat (Jeff Smith T) 1987

Paula Abdul : Forever your girl (Troy Williams A) 1988

Steve Winwood : Roll with it (Andrew Love T) 1988

The Beach Boys : Kokomo (T) 1988

Glenn Frey : Living right (Bill Bergman T) 1989

Debbie Gibson : In The Still Of The Night (A) 1989

Thierry Hazard : Le jerk (Patrick Bourgoin T) 1989 


De la Soul : Ring Ring (sax samplé ou électrifié ?) 1991

Shanice Wilson : I love your smile (Brandford Marsalis T) 1991

Tina Turner : Simply the best (Edgar Winter, T) 1991

Michel Jonasz : Groove Baby Groove (Michel Gaucher T) 1992

Cheb Khaled : Didi (Allen Hoist T) 1992

The Heights : How do you talk to an angel ? (Brandon Fields A) 1992

Whitney Houston : I will always love you-Bodyguard (Kirk Whalum) 1992

Björk : Aeroplane (Oliver Lake A, Gary BarnacleT, Mike Mower B) 1993

Björk : The Anchor Song (Oliver Lake A, Gary BarnacleT, Mike Mower B) 1993

Restless Heart : Tell me what you dream (Warren Hill A) 1993

Morphine : Cure for pain (Dana Colley B) 1993

Patricia Kaas : La liberté (Patrick Bourgoin, T) 1993

All 4 One : I swear (Dave Boruff, A) 1994

Big Mountain : Baby I love your way (Brandon Fields A) 1994

Dave Matthews Band : Ants Marching (Leroi Moore S) 1995

Céline Dion : Je sais pas (Sylvain Beuf T) 1995

Eddy Mitchell : Un portrait de Norman Rockwell (Michel Gaucher S) 1996

George Michael : Fast love (Andy Hamilton T) 1996

Dave Matthews Band : So much to say (Leroi Moore B) 1996

Divers artistes anglais : What a perfect day (Courtney Pine, S) 1997

Kenny G/Babyface : Every time I close my eyes (Kenny G S) 1997

Everything : Who’s got the Hooch (Richard Bradley T) 1998

Edwin McCain : I’ll be (Craig Shields T) 1998

Alain Souchon : Rive Gauche (sax samplé) 1999


Phoenix : Embuscade (Hugo Ferran, saxes) 2000

Air : Playground love (Hugo Ferran, T) 2001

Dave Matthews Band : Where are you going ? (Leroi Moore S) 2001

Eminem : Without me (T samplé ?) 2002

K-OS : Superstarr Pt.1 (Bill Runge T) 2003

K-OS : Crabbuckit (Christopher Plock T) 2004

Toby & Kristall Keith : Mockingbird (Mark Douthit T) 2004

The Pussycat Dolls : Don’t cha (Brandon Fields ? T) 2005

Jennifer Lopez : Get Right (A loop) 2005

Pascal Obispo : 1980 (M. Pinto T) 2006

Enur feat. Natasja : Calabria 2007 (T)

Stromae : Alors on danse (sax samplé ou électrifié ?) 2009

Napoleon Maddox : III Biz (Archie Shepp T, Oliver Lake A) 2009

Alexandra Stan : Saxo beat (sax samplé ou électrifié ?) 2010

Yolanda be cool & DCUP : We no speak Americano (T) 2010

Gayng : The last Prom on Earth (Michael Lewis T) 2010

Deerhunter : Coronado (Bill Oglesby, T) 2010

Destroyers : Kaputt (T) 2011

Lady Gaga : The Edge of Glory (Clarence Clemons T) 2011

Katy Perry : Last friday night (Kenny G, T) 2011

M83 : Midnight city (T) 2011

Fleet Foxes : The shrine/An argument (Morgan Henderson T) 2011

Le1F (Khalif Diouf) : Wut (T-A samplés) 2012

Maklemore et Ryan Lewis : Thrift shop  (sax samplé ou électrifié ?)  2012

Sébastien Patoche : Quand il pète il troue son slip 2013

Klingande : Jubel (Snake Davis/Arnold Pol A) 2013

Bakermat : Vandaag (Ben Rodenburg A) 2013

Jason Derulo : Talk dirty (sax samplé) 2013

Chet Faker : Talk it cheap (T) 2014

The amazing snakeheads : Memories at other voices (Andrew Pattie A) 2014

Ariana Grande : Problem (T) 2014

Redfoo : New thang (Sergio Flores ? A) 2014