Put Your Two Lips Together and Think

Is there nothing more addictive, simplistic, and immediately memorable than the sound of whistling?   The ear perks up to it, the brain can’t shake it, and odds are you can play the same melody back without an instrument and 5-10 years of solid practice.  It seems primitive musicality — human-made sounds like whistling and the omni-present pop hand-clap — are immediately memorable.  Probably because they were the world’s oldest instruments.  Bobby McFerrin has known this for years, and now you do too.   With that in mind, I give you the Best Whistling Pop Songs of our lifetime.   Half the songs on the list below you probably recognize, and the ones you don’t immediately recognize you probably know as well.


The Standards

  • The Andy Griffith Show Theme
  • “Colonel Bogey’s March” by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts popularized by Bridge on the River Kwai

Disney

  • “Give a Little Whistle” in Pinocchio
  • “Heigh-Ho” in Snow White
  • “Spoonful of Sugar” in Marry Poppins

The Soundtracks

Classics

The 80s

  • “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
  • Walk like an Egyptian” by the Bangels
  • “How Soon is Now” by The Smiths
  • “The Stranger” by  Billy Joel
  • “Winds of Change” by Scorpions
  • “Patience” by Guns & Roses

The 90s

  • Waitress” by Live
  • “Games Without Frontiers” by  Peter Gabriel

Modern Rock
*”Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn & John
*”Shift” by Grizzly Bear
*”Oh No” by Andrew Bird

Sooo… what I miss?

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