The 25 best songs with whistling


The art of whistling is rarely used anymore in contemporary music. Whistling sets a whimsical, light-hearted tone, often projecting a happy-go-lucky state of mind. Whistling simply helps to keep things positive.

UPDATED 5/15/14: We’ve updated this list based on your comments. We’re now including TV theme songs and film soundtracks, along with dance tracks. And we’ve added 10 new selections, bumping it up from 15 to 25. Whistle On!

Here are 25 songs that incorporated whistling most successfully. Listen to all these songs in one playlist.

25. The Andy Griffith Show Theme

24. STRFKR – “Miracle Mile”

23. Roger Whittaker – “Finnish Whistler”

22. Hanna Motion Picture Soundtrack (The Chemical Brothers) – “The Devil is in the details”

21. Angus Stone – “Wooden Chair”

20. Django Unchained Soundtrack – “Triniti”

19. Daedelus – “Bright Stars”

18. Claude VonStroke – “The Whistler”

17. Kill Bill Vol 1 Soundtrack – “Twisted Nerve” by Bernard Herrmann

16. The J. Gelis Band – “Centerfold”

15. Phish – “Guyute”

14. Bobby Day – “Rockin Robin”

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

12. Frankie Knuckles – “The Whistle Song”

11. Beck – Sissyneck

10. NONONO – “Pumpin Blood”

9. Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”

8. The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”

7. Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

6. Peter, Bjorn & John – “Young Folks”

5. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – “Home”

4. Andrew Bird – “Danse Caribe”

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

2. Guns N’ Roses – “Patience”

1. Otis Redding – “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay”


  1. my favorite GNR

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    Uh, the Globetrotter theme of Sweet Georgia Brown?

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  5. You helped me find a song I’ve been searchimg for scince 2013

  6. 2 songs by Break Machine comes to mind

  7. Roxette … Joy ride ?

  8. chill bill from the kill bill movie!

  9. What, no Billy Joel’s “The Stranger?”

  10. SusejER says:

    In my opinion, you should include “Caravan”, a great song.

  11. Susanne says:

  12. so where the fuck is “I follow rivers” cover by Triggerfinger??

  13. I came here looking for a catchy tune that is not in the list but I finally found it. It’s a dance song from the 80’s, quite popular in its day: “Street dance”, by Break Machine.

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  15. Zarellein says:

    Why isn’t this on the list

  16. Nice list, some I wouldn’t have on there because I believe they’re oboes or synthesizers but I may be wrong. One I would have on there, however – is Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Whistling at its best.

    • Janet Fish says:

      I totally agree, although i believe its For a Few Dollars More. The same whistler did the intro to Lone Wolf Mcquade with Chuck Norris and David Carradine, also a Homeage to the Great Spaghetti Westerns.

  17. The Walker by Fitz and The Tantrums

    Should DEFINITELY UNDOUBTEDLY be on this list. It’s so damn catchy I can’t get it out of my head.

  18. Magic Moments by Perry Como deserves to be on the list!

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  20. Can’t believe no one has said the X-Files theme

  21. AIR- alpha beta gaga

  22. Johnny doe says:

    You guys missed out on the best of all. Roger Whittaker – Finnish Whitsler

  23. 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.

  24. windsof change says:

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

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

  26. observer743 says:

    hanna (2011) the whistle song

  27. Dickie Shoutstone says:

    Awesome. Thanks for this!

  28. Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day

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

  30. This whistle song is also great 😉

    Daedelus – Bright Stars

  32. 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.

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

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

  35. How ’bout this oldie….
    Used to listen to it on the radio while my mom was ironing in the kitchens….. 1950’s.

  36. 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!

  37. 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…

  38. Mademoiselle Catherine says:

    Nice selection!
    This tune would’ve had its place in it, I think 🙂

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

  40. GNR Civil War.


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