The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952. As the saxophone plays on, it is digitally altered for extra effect, epitomising the musical creativity that has come to typify the work of this Wisconsin-based group. She certainly did that, perhaps most notably on the jazzy Your Rhythm. “No?” responds a pitched-up vocal aside. But they really arrived with the aptly-titled ‘Singles’ in 2014, a record that sounded like a Greatest Hits album. You may never come down from hearing this one. The track features a recurring sax hook which is sure to get you moving. Though lost intimacy lingers like a shadow, there’s a new sound and an open road ahead: you bet that once those traffic lights change, Lorde is revving straight out of here, and into a better place. David Bowie - 'Modern Love' Kevin EG Perry. The booming big beat intro, the rapid-fire flow, Banks’ dead-eyed promise that “I’m-‘a ruin you, cunt” – this was a debut that never fails to raze everything in its path. Frank’s got you covered. EH, For all their retro reference points – Bee Gees disco swagger, Thin Lizzy guitarmonies – Philadelphia rockers Sheer Mag keep their focus trained firmly on the present. ‘Tilted’ is Chris’ reminder that loving yourself anyway is an act of defiance. EH, Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ drew a host of A-list artists to its otherworldly party, but the Houston rapper’s team-up with Drake on ‘Sicko Mode’ provided the rocket fuel for the album’s most astronomical moment. Inspired by a violent attack, the Canadian producer flipped victimisation into four minutes of empowerment. Learning to cover popular music by ear is very possible to do and just takes a lot of practice. This bubblegum punk track was perhaps their crowning glory, a roaring celebration of diversity and frontman Joe Talbot’s ode to his mate, a Ukrainian immigrant after whom the song is named. On first listen you might easily have mistaken this for a woozy, seductive drinking song designed to soundtrack a thousand nights out and wild parties, but if you paid full attention it soon became clear Lamar was satirising exactly that sort of vacant scene, and warning of the disastrous siren call of alcoholism. JB, Whoever said grime was dead? So there's this song, and I have just a few hints: - like 120bpm - club/dance song - the refrain is a rhythmic saxophone riff with no voice - female singer - I'd say it's from the last 5 years - Heard in a your typical pop-party playlist, no niche. But no, he was weaving his own life into art. It’s no coincidence that the second verse has Pharrell Williams smoothly singing, “Your gift keeps on giving.”, The robots knew they had created the summer soundtrack that refused to go away. It was Devon native Joe Mount’s clever way of likening small town inertia to a relationship in a rut. ‘Fan the Flames’ is a call to rally against shithead landlords, gentrification and the rich getting richer. The Cure – “A Night Like This” Saxophonist: Ron Howe The 1980s was a time where saxophone shops were finally in the red again. And ‘Queen’ is Perfume Genius’ most defiant effort to date. But, following Jamie xx’s solo album ‘In Colour’, ‘On Hold’ saw them swapping those hues for a palette far warmer and a little brighter. RD, The late rapper’s toxic legacy has understandably overshadowed his contribution to music, but 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy’s innovative combination of mumble-rap and emo set a template that American hip-hop continues to trace. RD, Mike Hadreas’ grand, gold-gilded pop rips right through you; it’s like being caught in a cranked-up wind tunnel. A list of notable saxophone songs would not be complete without "Careless Whisper", a song which got overplayed both on the radio and MTV (and which Brooke Shields thought was about her after her breakup with George Michael--ha!) AT, Where were you when you first heard those introductory bass drum kicks, that slap bass line, that wah-ing guitar melody? She was enchanted by the collective energy she found there: it was a democratic church, where everybody worshipped at the altar of house music. “Ain’t that just like me?” AT, Everyone knows ditching your friends to hang out with a romantic interest is a big no-no, but Charli XCX took things one step further in ‘Boys’, flaking out just to think about them. ... elevator grooves (late-1980s), and pop music’s saxual revival (2010-present day). All together now: “Dayliiight…” SM, The perfect song for a world gone wonky, Claire Boucher’s helium-powered vocals betrayed a darker side to this skittering, squelchy slab of experimental electronica. The charismatic singer-songwriter did the rest. Play Saxophone hit new songs and download Saxophone MP3 songs and music album online on Gaana.com. KP, Everyone’s down on ‘instant gratification culture’ these days, but Win Butler and co were moaning about it back in 2010, ahead of their time even as they longed for their lost childhoods with melancholy keys and an achingly wistful refrain. The whole point of this song was to be smooth; it was even in the title! One of the more retro examples of saxophone use on this list, This Must Be A Dream features a complete saxophone solo which is skilful enough to give Kirk Pengilly a run for his money. CK, This gorgeous folk-pop anthem took on new, powerful meaning when it turned out it was all about Bridgers’ mistreatment at the hands of her ex, Ryan Adams. “It’s cool to be in your own space, dance on your own terms, in the middle of all these other people doing the same thing,” she told NME last year, looking back on that influential night out. Glover’s falsetto – which, incredibly, wasn’t pitch-shifted in the studio – rightly drew comparisons with the late, great Prince. Though tracks like ‘Born Free’ had seen MIA being outwardly political, ‘Bad Girls’ was all about having fun and looking like a boss while doing it. It was a timeless introduction to an artist who would go on to be one of the decade’s defining stars and foreshadowed very special things to come. The list on this page is for all #1 hit Pop singles for 1940 using proprietary methods. Perhaps it was to be expected that Bree Tranter, a founding member of musical explorers The Middle East, would delve into some funky tone colours on her debut solo record. “I’d love it if we made it,” Healy insists, as the tirade finally breaks into melody. CK, A haunted, pensive and ultimately transformative ode to man’s desperate but devoted relationship with a sex worker in Brighton – it doesn’t get much more Nick Cave than that. Clattering around in her stilettos and tripping over smashed glass, Robyn is having an absolute ‘mare here. “I just came to say goodbye,” Robyn decides eventually. “I might / Empty my bank account / And buy that boy with a pipe,” sang Frank Ocean in a pitch-bent croon while Migos offered a dizzying display of wealth amid Harris’ feel-good grooves. It also became the second most iconic musical moment in Lena Dunham’s Girls (behind Robyn, obvs). RD, Rarely do pop stars emerge with such a culture-shifting debut single. Back then, the excess of ‘Royals’ was a distant fantasy. RD, Feeling chilly? Undoubtedly the heaviest dance song to ever be inspired by the 1991 Robin Williams movie Hook. TS, It’s hard to remember quite how divisive an artist Skrillex was at the start of the decade because with ‘Bangarang’ he simply bludgeoned his critics into submission. The tune transcended past the sweaty clubs it was played in and became entirely timeless. All the while, Frank’s velvet croon drapes luxuriously over the listener. Baker Street Gerry Rafferty • City to City. In a way, you can. The Something For Kate frontman enlisted the help of Paul Von Mertens to play saxophone on the track, who is perhaps best known for his work with legendary singer-songwriter, Brian Wilson. Well, what a decade it's been! The late David Bowie regularly cited the saxophone as the first instrument he learned, and his partiality for the instrument is evident on his final record. Words: Dhruva Balram, Jordan Bassett, Leonie Cooper, Rhian Daly, Alex Flood, El Hunt, Charlotte Krol, Sam Moore, Hannah Mylrea, Kevin EG Perry, Zoya Raza-Sheikh, Nick Reilly, Thomas Smith, Dan Stubbs, Andrew Trendell, Kyann-Sian Williams, Over a four-to-the-floor funk beat, Kung-Fu Kenny displays a warning to his haters and “the powers that be” – all while channelling the rebellious slave King Kunta on what is surely the grooviest song from Kendrick’s seminal 2015 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. Clarence Clamons saxsolo is one of the most beautiful parts of the song. Arriving after the band had stepped away for three years, it was a tense and brilliant comeback. © 2021 NME is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. Some songs grow with you, and I hope you’ll find that’s the case with some of our 100 picks below. Nick Zinner’s guitar lines invoked ‘Gimme Shelter’ by those other sex-obsessives with messiah complexes, The Rolling Stones, while the song built and built to a glorious, frenzied climax complete – as you’d expect – with their very own gospel choir. The song itself is an experience. The video, which flitted between moody shots of the singer and clips of skateboarders, Hollywood actresses and LA hotspots, also encapsulated Tumblr’s obsession with found-footage, predating – and perhaps helping to set – our collective obsession with the soft focus of Instagram filters. NR, Whack super-sultry Barry White into a blender with Jamie Cullum, and ‘Loving Is Easy’ is the feel-good smoothie that comes out the other side. Picking up in the middle of their swift rise to fame, ‘Sweet’ saw them try to make sense of the whirlwind. Despite the horrors referenced on this track – the death of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, the loss of Lil Peep – it prevailed with a note of hope. Its combo of isolated piano chords and snapping beats – teamed with Ferreira’s downcast vocals – created something instantly, gloomily intoxicating. What a painfully brutal metaphor. The debut single from Paul Dempsey’s second record features both tenor and baritone sax pretty much the whole way through, adding to the track’s dense texture and seemingly inexorable momentum. TS, This is sentimental synth-pop at its absolute finest, as frontman James Murphy achingly faces up to his own flaws in the name of love. EH, Half pretty pop, half attitude-filled rap, Nicki’s most iconic track captured the feeling of falling for someone and, in typical Minaj style, favoured empowerment over sentimentality. EH, The cover of Bill Ryder-Jones’ ‘West Kirby County Primary’ shows the prolific producer and former Coral member caught unawares in the bath and, on record, he’s similarly nakedly honest. Ultimately, though, ‘Green Light’ finds satisfaction in the shoal of gossiping sharks lingering just off-shore. But it was ‘Sorry’, all muted dancehall beats, sunny brass blasts and Bieber’s octave-hopping plea (”Is it too late now to say sorry?”), that saw him seek redemption after a whirlwind of very public misdemeanours. is coloured by a somewhat unexpected saxophone solo towards the beginning of the track, before M83 launch into catchy hooks and memorable vocal lines. In Europe, refugees drown as they attempt to make the dangerous crossing. ‘Melodrama’ zoomed in on the minutiae of a house party in order to delve into heartbreak, isolation, and detachment. Top 20 Greatest Guitar Solos. ‘Black Skinhead’ is not comfortable listening, but it’s a song that delivers its message with an unignorable death punch. If there was a song that captured the ingenious artistry of Frank Ocean, it’s the nine minutes and 54 seconds of ‘Pyramids’, the second single from his debut studio album ‘channel ORANGE’, which also happens to be one of the decade’s best records. Something that sounds like "bapopdominicano". Reminiscent of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, the 10-minute single managed to work its way through genres with numerous layered metaphors and clever wordplay.Â, And, swinging confidently between R&B slow jams to club-ready synthesisers, the track’s instrumentation is also a tour de force, epitomised by the beat shift halfway through. LC, Close your eyes and stick this on, and we’ll bet you can see the wriggly dude from the music video dancing his little heart out for this gigantic, break-through hit for the Akron duo. Having done the rounds as a summer radio staple in the USA, this track is sure to continue featuring on party playlists throughout the world for the next while. JB, A gigantic, joy-giving earworm. ‘Avant Gardener’ is a laidback tune for beach days spent rocking in a hammock, but it announced the emergence of a serious talent. Top 10 Bruce Springsteen Songs. The Best of Sax House: ALL Songs with Saxophone AND Electronic Music OVER 100! ‘Get Lucky’ was the ultimate summer banger. Up to today I couldn't find it … JB, If American farming bodies weighed in on banging indie songs, The Killers’ swaggering peacock ‘The Man’ would almost definitely come stamped “USDA certified lean”. Sounding like a banger ABBA thought might be too weird for ‘Super Trouper’, the Regine-fronted track hinted at the destination the gang would spend the remainder of the decade in: the corner of the club scaring off the other dancers. We know how that one ended. The resulting song somehow fused together the primal lurch of desert rock and the grandiose theatricality of a Bond theme, like an Aston Martin monster truck. Here was an artist who wasn’t going to play by the rules. KP, Sampling Brazilian singing legend Gal Costa, the multi-talented Montréal producer transformed her ‘Pontos De Luz’ into an utterly joyful and impossible-not-to-dance-to banger for our modern times. So it’s lucky that she’s also a top songwriter and could pen this glittery pop song to make it all OK. RD, Beginning with a vulpine howl, a snarl of bass and a thudding beat that thunders like a glam rock song by the devil, ‘Black Skinhead’ came with the full fury of a man invited to society’s top table but reminded that his colour would permanently affect how he was viewed there: “Enter the kingdom / But watch who you bring home / They see a black man with a white woman / At the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong”. AF, Stiflingly hot and framed by the EU referendum, the summer of 2016 was also soundtracked by ‘Tilted’. Inspired by party-starters Parliament-Funkadelic, Talib Kweli producer Hi-Tek fulfilled .Paak’s request for “an infectious groove [and] a nasty bass line”. A continual fixture on the radio, it blasted for months from coffee shops, car stereos and strangers’ headphones. Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” features Clarence Clemons from the E Street Band and Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) ‘Femboys’: The TikTok trend shaking up gender norms. TS, It takes a certain kind of bravery to unleash on the world a pop song as utterly joyful as ‘Shake It Off’, a track with a shameless onslaught of horns, key changes, acrobatic vocals and – yep – even a Swifty rap. 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