The 28 Best Whistling Songs of All-Time

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Peter Bjorn & John had already released a pair of marginally-successful albums and were even beginning to gain a small amount of notoriety as being one of Sweden's most promising young pop bands by the time 2006 rolled around. But it was their third album, Writer's Block, that really put them on the forefront of indie-pop stateside, thanks almost entirely to the infectious single "Young Folks."

And, to think, it might not have been: According to All Music Guide, that contagious little whistle part was originally just a placeholder until the band could get around to replacing it with an instrument. One has to think the song just wouldn't have been the international earworm it ultimately became had they decided not to leave it in.

We couldn't go anywhere the summer of 2007 without somebody bringing up "that whistling song" to us, and, 100 percent of the time, they were talking about "Young Folks."

After several more popular albums with equally catchy hooks, the band has become a bit of a household name, but "Young Folks" has remained by-and-large their most popular song. Not only did it revolutionize the band's career, but we'll also contend that it did the very same for the act of whistling itself.

While that might sound a tad bold, just try Googling the phrase "that whistling song" and see what the top results are. So, on that note, and because the trio are performing at Granada Theater tonight, we thought we'd come up with a list of some of our other favorite songs with whistling.

Peter Bjorn & John - "Young Folks"


Roger Miller - "Whistle-Stop"


Beatles - "Two of Us"


Otis Redding - "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"


Billy Joel - "The Stranger"


Paul Simon - "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard"


Guns N' Roses - "Patience"


Andy Griffith - "The Fishin' Hole"


Lovin' Spoonful - "Daydream"


J. Geils Band - "Centerfold"


The Bangles - "Walk Like an Egyptian"


Beck - "Sissyneck"


Brother Bones - "Sweet Georgia Brown"
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Lastangelman
Lastangelman

Dude, how can you forget "Generals and Majors" by XTC? It's right up there with "Colonel Bogey March" from Bridge Over The River Kwai.

Steve
Steve

The Pixies:  La La Love You Barry Motherfucking Manilow:  Can't Smile Without You  Monty Python:  "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"

WIND OF CHANGE
WIND OF CHANGE

SCORPIONS, JESUS CHRIST, SCORPIONS. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

jamal
jamal

The Black Keys - "Tighten Up"

KD
KD

I can totally rock these: The 28 Best Whistling Songs of All-Time

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