It makes me sad to think there are people in this world who don’t know how to whistle. That means they’ve never felt the satisfaction of whistling along to a song. Here are 10 songs that feature some very handsome whistling.
Peter Bjorn and John – “Young Folks”: While recording, they originally put the whistling on as a marker to be replaced by another instrument later on until they realized it worked perfectly. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but it’s pretty much the “Oriental Riff” slowed down.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – “Home”: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros let Jade go from the band, I hope she’s not the one who does the whistling in this song because that’s my favourite part.
Born Ruffians – “Needle”: This song doesn’t normally have whistling, but when Luke Lalonde did an acoustic version in The Collective Arts Black Box he added a little something special with his mouth hole.
Fitz and the Tantrums – “The Walker”: This is a song about one of those people who obsessively walks around a neighbourhood for hours everyday. Whistling is a very suitable activity to do while walking.
Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry Be Happy”: Musical proof about the way whistling makes you feel.
Beck – “Sissyneck”: I think Beck may have hired a seasoned whistler for this intro because it sounds pretty advanced.
Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”: Mark Foster claims he wrote and recorded this song in 5 hours. The whistling part took him 4.5 to get down right.
The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”: This is the only song on this list that went number 1 on multiple charts in multiple countries. It topped both the alternative and rock charts in Canada and the USA in 2010/11.
Pixies – “La La Love You”: You probably remember Doolittle for songs like “Wave of Mutilation” and “Debaser”, but fans of whistling remember it for “La La Love You”.
David Bowie – “Golden Years”: This song barely has any whistling but I didn’t want to end on an even number.