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The 15 Best Songs with Whistling


UPDATE: This article will be revised at the end of January 2014. Leave a comment telling us what we missed and it might get included in the revised list.

The art of whistling is rarely used anymore in contemporary music. Whistling usually sets a light-hearted tone, and is now seen as a risky sound to make if you want to be taken seriously as an artist. There have been a couple excellent whistle-based songs that have emerged lately and influenced this list. But here’s a hint: There’s no Flo Rida involved.

Here are 15 songs that have incorporated whistling most successfully.

15. Loose Fur“The Ruling Class”

14. Kill Bill Vol 1 Soundtrack“Twisted Nerve”

13. BeckSissyneck

12. Phish“Guyute”

11. Monty Python“Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”

10. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes“Home”

9. Bobby McFerrin“Don’t Worry Be Happy”

8. Paul Simon“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”

7. Beatles“Two of Us”

6. The Black Keys“Tighten Up”

5. Peter, Bjorn & John“Young Folks”

4. Angus Stone“Wooden Chair”

3. Guns N’ Roses“Patience”

2. Ottis Redding - “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay”

1. Andrew Bird“Danse Caribe”

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  1. You need to add the wonderfully happy/creepy chemical brothers track; The Devil is in the details. If you’ve seen the movie Hanna you’ll know what i mean and if you haven’t go give it a watch and enjoy.

  2. windsof change says:

    wind of change by the scorpions… dayummm you forgot that one

  3. Came to this website looking for a specific song..didn’t find but eventually did. It was Pumpin Blood by Nonono..

  4. observer743 says:

    hanna (2011) the whistle song

  5. Dickie Shoutstone says:

    Awesome. Thanks for this!

  6. Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day

  7. “Centerfold doesn’t make the list? = Fail”–signed Cut Your Hair

  8. This whistle song is also great ;)

  9. Daedelus – Bright Stars

  10. take all the stupid hipster songs out and you got a decent list but as other have said some pretty obvious ones lift off the list and Bird is #1 is just wrong, should be below GNR and Paul Simon should be above both, Pumped up kicks is new but definitely needs to be on there.

  11. Where’s the theme to the Andy Griffith Show?

  12. Triniti (Titoli) From Django Movie. Simply awesome : )

  13. How ’bout this oldie…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SH37ksKseg
    Used to listen to it on the radio while my mom was ironing in the kitchens….. 1950′s.

  14. Patty F says:

    Thank you for the tip about DJ Riko Whistler’s delight, I got it for my conure parrot and he loves it and now it’s trying to whistle!

  15. Let’s not forget “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Moves Like Jagger”, “The Lazy Song”, “Winds Of Change”, “I Wanna Go”, “Good Life”, etc. I think those were pretty good, in a matter of opinion.

    • Oh, thank you so much! I felt so silly Googling “What’s the name of that song that starts with whistling”, but it had been on my mind all day since I just heard the whistling coming from a stranger’s cellphone, while walking past. You are the only one who lists “Winds of Change”. Big sigh, question answered. Knew I knew it, and really well – love that song! Thanks for not making me feel daft anymore…

  16. Mademoiselle Catherine says:

    Nice selection!
    This tune would’ve had its place in it, I think https://soundcloud.com/belleclose/questionmarks-first-demo :)

  17. Check out DJ Riko Whistler’s Delight. A must for any fan of whistling

  18. GNR Civil War.


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