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10 Songs Featuring Sweet Whistling

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.

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