The other day I got that feeling again―that feeling I get when I hear a song that features killer horns. I can’t describe it and won’t waste time trying, but this time it happened when Spotify served up one of my all-time favorite horn songs, “Draggin’ the Line” (Tommy James), followed by another song with horns, “Time Won’t Let Me” (The Outsiders). So many feel-good songs use horns! Here are my top ten faves in alphabetical order:
- “98.6” (Keith)
- “Bend Me Shape Me” (The American Breed)
- “Don’t You Care” (The Buckinghams)
- “Draggin’ the Line” (Tommy James)
- “Good Morning Good Morning” (The Beatles)
- “Got to Get You Into My Life” (The Beatles)
- “Happy Together” (The Turtles)
- “Make Me Smile” (Chicago)
- “Susan” (The Buckinghams)
- “Uptight” (Stevie Wonder)
Narrowing the list to ten was no small task, as there are so many good tunes to choose from, but there you have it. I’ve loved these songs for decades, yet they remain as fresh today as when I first heard them. Give them a listen, see what you think!
2 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite Songs With Horns”
Nice list, Jerry, especially “Draggin’ the Line.” “Blind” by Talking Heads is not bad either, though not exactly pop…owes too much to James Brown. I like “Walk on the Water” by The Move, also, though the horn part is short and deliberately poorly played.
Thanks, Kris. I hear a lot of James Brown in the Talking Heads tune, and the other reminds me of The Who. Good stuff!
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