Blow My Whistle: Best Songs With Whistling

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With August behind us, we are inching closer to the sold-out Foster the People show going down at The Venue Scottsdale on Tuesday, September 13.

When the band's single "Pumped Up Kicks" came out, the dreamy synth pop sound washed over us like a wave of euphoria, even if we didn't catch the chorus right away.

The song reminds us about how much whistling is more than a functional communication tool used to get a girl to turn around. (Stop lying, you know you've done it at least three times in your life.) It's the one sonic reproduction most of us can do without that stupid thing called talent musicians possess. Here's a look at five other songs that effectively use whistling to create music magic.

Pucker up and start blowing.

"Young Folks" (Peter Bjorn and John)
Sure this is an obvious choice but come on. It's whimsical, carefree spirit is everything whistling is supposed to be. Unlike some of the other songs on this list we get to the whistling right away, and get a steady dose of it throughout the song. Hard to believe it's been five years since this giddy diddy popped into our heads.

"There It Go" (Juelz Santana)
As if I needed validation in that "whistle to get a girl's attention" comment from earlier, Juelz single-handedly proves that this method of communication is the most effective way to let a girl know you're trying to get at her.


"Home" (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero's)

By far the most "whistle while you work" mantra of the list. This whistling can inspire the happiest of communes to get up and march to just about anywhere.

"Two Of Us" (The Beatles)
A "Best Of" list that includes the Beatles? Damn straight. This song doesn't get to the good stuff until the last 20 seconds or so of the song. The shortest amount of whistling on the list, it's a feint and subtle touch.


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

Another whistling outro, and arguably the best of the bunch. Throw your feet up and lock your fingers behind your head as you take a second to relive the calm and tranquility of doing nothing but wasting time.


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18 comments
willoc
willoc

"Shoulder Pads" by The Fall/fini

Guest
Guest

Ennio Morricone (several),"The Stranger" Billy Joel

Mike R. Meyer
Mike R. Meyer

"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the end of Monty Python's Life of Brian is another good one...

M. Yim
M. Yim

"Whistle Song" from Kill Bill!!!

Ed Baker
Ed Baker

I second what Mike said. You missed "Patience", dude.

Anthony85203
Anthony85203

No "Me and Julio"? Another epic fail... although if you had missed otis you would have been fired, so you get one point

Lindsey Holder
Lindsey Holder

I'd include "Five Years' Time" by Noah and the Whale, too. Try to be sad when listening to that song, I dare you.

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