The subject matter was still melancholy – fate not having your back in your relationship as you had once thought – but there was playfulness throughout. RD, .Paak sure knew how to make us boogie in the 2010s. 4. ‘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. No wonder it’s become a cultural reference point. What is a great saxophone solo played on a pop song? The Edge Of Glory Lady Gaga • Born This Way. It’s worth noting that the earliest track from this list of the best songs of the 2010s happens to be ‘Stylo’ by Gorillaz, a political funk banger that, released in the first month of the first year of the decade, warned about the harm that humanity is wreaking upon the environment. It was also a perfect example of one of the things that made Lamar the decade’s most compelling rap lyricist: his ability to simultaneously embrace and subvert musical clichés. 6 Songs. JB, One of The Maccabees’ last ever singles, this also happened to be one of their best, opening with an almighty yell from guitarist Felix White, before tumbling through chaotic, searing guitar lines and discombobulating time changes. 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.) is coloured by a somewhat unexpected saxophone solo towards the beginning of the track, before M83 launch into catchy hooks and memorable vocal lines. ‘Love It If We Made It’ is The 1975’s response. The real watershed moment came when their defining Letterman performance went viral, thanks in part to frontman Samuel T Herring’s fucking nuts pissed-uncle-at-a-wedding dancing and man-possessed guttural vocals, and in part to the fact it’s a solid-gold beaut about being in love, people changing and time escaping us. AT, “EEZ-EH! Go! It’s a reminder that we deserve better. David Bowie - 'Modern Love' But no, he was weaving his own life into art. 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. Promise. Here's a list of the 25 best sax songs ever recorded. ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ reintroduced the singer as one of pop’s most resilient stars who, despite the darkness that had descended on her, was still preaching messages of hope and optimism. RD, Though many years had passed since their creative purple patch, and the world around Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon had changed, this melancholy piano ballad proved that – much like the bridge itself – their knack for public observations and stunning songwriting would stick around for another fruitful decade. RD, Mike Hadreas’ grand, gold-gilded pop rips right through you; it’s like being caught in a cranked-up wind tunnel. Neither nihilistic nor naive, this was a bombardment of modern life. El Hunt. Famous sax songs. Here the reality was rendered in sombre, sober tones as he reminisced on family members he watched drown in the alcohol they poured themselves: “Granddaddy had the golden flask / Backstroke every day in Chicago.”, Lamar has said the song is really about growing up with the choice whether to become a casual drinker or a drunk. Top 10 Bruce Springsteen Songs. Up to today I couldn't find it … RD, Jamie T returned from a five-year absence armed with ‘Zombie’, a sure-fire punk anthem that compared being in a creative rut to being a member of the undead. Hello! 5. Like a millennial, chart-topping agony aunt, she set out the ultimate guide to the aftermath of a break-up, delivered in three easy-to-follow steps and catchy enough to repeat as a coping mantra when you’re really going through it. El Hunt. "True" by Spandau Ballet. “Jungleland is one of the most beautiful songs of all time. It took just 41 seconds of ‘AM’ opener ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ for him to make it clear that rumours of the death of his Sheffield accent had been greatly exaggerated. On the lead single from 2013’s ‘Mosquito’, Karen O brought the two themes neatly together by shagging a literal angel. In ‘Video Games’ and what followed, she unfailingly refused to kowtow to popular trends and built a universe around her – one filled with classic Americana typography, sleazebag men and romantic women, falling in and out of love in a vintage Hollywood dreamland. DS, Ariana Grande’s first release after the tragic terrorist attack at her Manchester concert in 2017 set the tone for her next two years. The manager of my local JB Hi-Fi has picked Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial as his album of the year for 2016. “I just came to say goodbye,” Robyn decides eventually. On one hand, the statistics speak for themselves – Drake’s mega hit became the first song to hit 10 billion streams on Spotify. The charismatic singer-songwriter did the rest. I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time”). Matty Healy screams out snippets from global news atop pent-up mechanical disco, as if yelling out Jenny Holzer truisms. Ronnie Ross did the sax solo. 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’. Clattering around in her stilettos and tripping over smashed glass, Robyn is having an absolute ‘mare here. Even the then-President called him a “jackass”, a fact Kanye acknowledged on ‘POWER’: “They say I was the abomination of Obama’s nation / Well that’s a pretty bad way to start the conversation.”, Yet this unchained track saw him puff out his chest, take the flak and vow to honour the childlike naivety that super-charges his creativity and also makes him act like, well, a jackass. Her frequent collaborator Drake also cropped up for a guest verse, promising: “If you had a twin I would still choose you”. The Cure – “A Night Like This” Saxophonist: Ron Howe The 1980s was a time where saxophone shops were finally in the red again. In a way, you can. EH, The dreamy intimacy, melancholic subject matter and lithe instrumentation on ‘Thinkin About You’ was a perfect introduction to one of the decade’s most intriguing artists. RD, Snobby dismissals of Bieber’s talent were dispelled when the 20-year-old pop star apologised to the world and upped his musical game on ‘Sorry’. 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. 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. “Screams from the haters,” he mocked, “got a nice ring to it / I guess every superhero need his theme music.” His vulnerability is compelling, but Kanye’s self-belief is contagious. ‘Melodrama’ zoomed in on the minutiae of a house party in order to delve into heartbreak, isolation, and detachment. It was a time when shoulder pads were more common than actual shoulders, when the entire television-watching world were collectively asking what “Willis” was “talking ‘bout” and when a golden woodwind instrument reigned supreme. RD, The London guitar heroes have been pinned as the form’s next great hope and, sure enough, here they showcase incredible versatility, depth and avant-garde style. Thanks for the A2A. It also became the second most iconic musical moment in Lena Dunham’s Girls (behind Robyn, obvs). What a painfully brutal metaphor. 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. 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. ... elevator grooves (late-1980s), and pop music’s saxual revival (2010-present day). “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. As with The Last Shadow Puppets, a familiar face picked up the sax on this track. EH, It took four albums before Baltimore’s Future Islands manage to bother the mainstream. K-SW. ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ was the breakout hit that first brought Kendrick Lamar to mainstream attention, giving the Compton rapper his biggest US hit to date and marking his first appearance on the UK charts. It’s sour, like chasing tequila with a slice of lemon.Â. Was there a better putdown this decade than, “These MCs wanna talk about Lord of the Mics / You ain’t even lord of your yard?” K-SW, File this alongside ‘Common People’ and ‘Last Nite’ as an automatic and undeniable classic indie dancefloor staple. RD, The 2010s were pretty much defined by Aubrey Graham, but ‘Hotline Bling’ proved to be one of the first times when he showed us he was capable of creating a monster – in many senses of the word. Baker Street Gerry Rafferty • City to City. But they really arrived with the aptly-titled ‘Singles’ in 2014, a record that sounded like a Greatest Hits album. Is it because of this sax solo? Driven by a rhythmic beat and bass melody, the slick track evolved to become a cultural marker through a single unforgettable hook: “We’re up all night to get lucky.”, Whether you love or loathe it, there’s no denying ‘Get Lucky’ struck a delicate balance between sounding uniquely new and oddly familiar – all at once – and achieved a kind of eternal playback loop, placed in our playlists and radio line ups forevermore. From this vantage point we can see how key Odd Future were in shaping hip-hop in the 2010s, from their self-starting independence to their taboo-busting subject matter. DB, Part of BTS’ ‘Love Yourself’ series, this track’s bruised guitars and thwacking trap beats were accompanied by a big message – if you’re not true to yourself, love (for someone else or yourself) doesn’t stand a chance. Once the mathy and awkward outsiders of UK rock, Foals outlived their trilby-wearing landfill contemporaries and thrived to become one of Britain’s biggest and best bands. Based on your votes and almost 400 comments, we summed this one up to a … When she sings, “But I am actually good / Can’t help it if we’re tilted”, she’s rallying against another, hidden voice that says otherwise. “No family is safe, when I sashay,” he roars, his words and their delivery laced with mischief. EH, If Haim hadn’t existed, someone would have had to make them up. ‘Dancing On My Own’ is a song that exists in this strobe-lit space – except, this time, it turns away from the high and faces the low: in other words, it’s about someone who’s lost and self-destructive amid the positivity. Police brutality, systematic racism, the proliferation of fake news, Donald Trump’s sexism and drug-fuelled hedonism all jostle for space with snatches of meme-speak (“poison me daddy”) and Healy’s take on a possible cause of global warming: “fossil fuelling masturbation”. W-When I premiere?” Prophetic and perfect. Its combo of isolated piano chords and snapping beats – teamed with Ferreira’s downcast vocals – created something instantly, gloomily intoxicating. This freestyle, set atop a zippy instrumental from grime pioneers XTC, really blew up – partly due to its flawless flows and partly because of the defiant tone that Stormzy delivered it in. It still slaps seven years on. I'm looking for a Pop/dancey song with mainly saxophone playing, but there is a guy that sings something in a foreign language before the sax drops. There are many great examples of sax … Then, ‘R U Mine’ arrived – the first taste of the ‘AM’ era – with the Arctic Monkeys frontman sporting aviator sunglasses and a gelled-up quiff. I love the rolling stones, especially their hit Waiting on a … When Stormzy emerged with ‘Shut Up’, he proved ‘em dead wrong. You may never come down from hearing this one. ‘Black Skinhead’ is not comfortable listening, but it’s a song that delivers its message with an unignorable death punch. 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. EH, Solange’s best song of the decade began with nearly a minute of handclaps and looped squeals, setting a cheery tone that couldn’t be toppled even when she sighed, “Tell me the truth boy / Am I losing you for good?” RD, Released as EDM was on the cusp of going mainstream, Rihanna’s collab with Calvin Harris was yet another example of her pushing boundaries and reaping the rewards – in this case, one gigantic, glittery banger and helping to change the sound of pop for the rest of the decade. There was a time when ‘Uptown Funk’ was inescapable, its froggy “doh-doh-dohs”, elastic bass slides and strutting yowls and yelps from Bruno Mars following you through bars, Ubers and the inner recesses of your mind. In that respect, ‘Somebody Else’ was something of an outlier: atop swooning ‘80s synths, Matty Healy tipped out the messy, post-breakup contents of his brain. Alex Turner went full crooner, pouring lounge singer theatrics over pumping Steinway chords. Ultimately, though, ‘Green Light’ finds satisfaction in the shoal of gossiping sharks lingering just off-shore. And just when you thought there was enough saxophone in the 1980s to last us until the end of time, the music world has been shocked to discover that the saxophone is back in 2016. 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. She was enchanted by the collective energy she found there: it was a democratic church, where everybody worshipped at the altar of house music. LC, Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ revived grime and, with its skittish melodies, the song represented the unapologetic energy of London. RD, Where some of ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ dwelled fully in sci-fi territory, ‘The Ultracheese’ occupied a more sepia-splashed nook. Impressively, the sax hasn’t always shown its face in the form of awkwardly timed solos this year. This track sees the sax play in conjunction with electronic sounds, creating powerful tonal fusions on the album that many are heralding as Bon Iver’s most ambitious. 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. Oh, behave! Here Bey definitely reaffirmed her place as the Queen of R&B. Mr. Saxobeat Alexandra Stan • Saxobeats. A portion of Little Britain grows louder every day in its venomous attitudes towards immigrants. Its Romain Gavras-directed video though added another layer to the seemingly innocuous tune. 3:15 0:30. (Another line no American would ever have written: “Simmer down an’ pucker up.”) Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley’s falsetto backing vocals provided a gorgeous counterpoint to Turner’s voice, while Jamie Cook’s riffs weaved around them all like a leopard on the prowl. On this sparse and lilting acoustic track he intoned: “I think I finally / Found a way to forgive myself.” JB, ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ was as simple as a pop song can be, but also as stunning. Turn your ipod to the song of your choice, preferably one you are very familiar with and start trying to play along with it. It's a personal database but everybody can access. Kendrick Lamar has always been one to push boundaries, and his use of the sax on this track is no exception. Pop sax songs. Full of confidence and eloquence, this was a sassy track that brought everyone together; the sensational sounds of a marching band created a truly grand feeling, helping ‘Formation’ to forge a celebratory mood. The Best of Sax House: ALL Songs with Saxophone AND Electronic Music OVER 100! We just thought it was a sublime and self-referential reflection on his life’s work. CK, Has there ever been a song that so precisely nails the thrills and falters of new love as ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’? This year’s ‘Bad Guy’ from Billie Eilish, an eccentric alt-pop masterwork from a talented teenager with an internet connection. Donald Glover’s bold reinvention as a 70s soul’n’funk crooner – with 2016 album ‘Awaken, My Love!’ – ultimately paid off. It’s a three-part behemoth, the duo – with a little help from an uncredited Swae Lee – going back-and-forth over hard beats with nods to Biggie, Sheck Wes and Drake’s inadvisable way of managing long-haul flights (“Had me out like a light”). One of the more fleeting sax appearances on this list, the millennial supergroup didn’t have to look far to find someone who could contribute that extra layer of sound on Pattern. As a monologue concerning women’s suffrage is read, two saxophones play off one another, propping up the powerfully political message of the song. There was a running theory back in 2013 that moving to LA had fundamentally changed Alex Turner. Here – after much debate – are the 100 greatest songs of 2010s. Nearly every track features at least a cameo from the sax, with acclaimed jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin lending his trade to the album. to Billy Ray Cyrus co-sign in just a few months. Dance/Pop song mainly saxophone from around 2010 or 2011. NR, Never has a band captured the dichotomy of the bleak/comforting British seaside experience as sharply as Metronomy did with ‘The Look’ – haunting organ whirs aplenty. If “Live fast / Die young / Bad girls do it well” wasn’t one of the finest bars of the decade, it was bettered only by the line that followed: “My chain hits my chest when I’m banging on the dashboard”. Although we didn’t know it at the time, Lana Del Rey’s debut single was a signpost for her career to come. The track inspired the pop landscape to move on from songs about “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece” and onto the current crop of relatable young stars such as Billie Eilish, Mallrat and Clairo, who sing about subjects that are far more tangible to their listeners. Blimey. The list on this page is for all #1 hit Pop singles for 1940 using proprietary methods. ‘My Number’ was the sound of them laying the funk on nice and thick, becoming the arena band they’d always threatened to be without losing their inherent weirdness. On her debut ‘Pure Heroine’, Lorde captured the banality of a torn-up town “with no postcode envy” – and her longing to escape it. There are also new effects being added to the saxophone, such as auto-tune. Kanye was a national disgrace at this point, having ruined Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs in 2009 (“Yo Taylor! Comedian Adam Hills: Music Trivia and TV vs Standup. Sax Offenders: Death To Pop Songs With Annoying Horn Hooks . Between the single’s massive riff and Helders’ thumping drums, the band took inspiration from ‘90s West Coast hip-hop. DS, The 1975 love to slop on layers of irony: their 2016 record ‘I like it when you sleep…’ was riddled with self-depreciation and satirical fun-poking. She’s speaking to the same voice that LGBTQ+ people hear whispering at them constantly. ‘Avant Gardener’ is a laidback tune for beach days spent rocking in a hammock, but it announced the emergence of a serious talent. On this track, the saxophone blends seamlessly with Clarke’s vocals, as it plays smooth jazz-inspired melodies and provides a structural foundation for the song. ‘Bad Girls’ was MIA at her fierce, furious best as we launched into a new decade. This list is chockablock with artists unafraid to stand apart, and if these songs are threaded through with an overarching, era-defining message, that’s perhaps it. That fun side shone through strongest in the centrepiece sample, a jittery and pitch-shifted cut from Hall & Oates’ ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’. And ‘Queen’ is Perfume Genius’ most defiant effort to date. From INXS to George Michael, Spandau Ballet to Men At Work, everyone was trying their hand at this reed-clad fad of an instrument. “It’s really important.”. DB, Packed with punk attitude and the feeling that it was almost perpetually on the cusp of a massive drop, ‘I Love It’ proved to be the ultimate go-off anthem in the giddy days of summer 2012. The 1975’s Matty Healy CREDIT: Jenn Five/NME. Available with an Apple Music subscription. ... Top 10 Saxophone Solos in Pop and Rock. © 2021 NME is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. Learning to cover popular music by ear is very possible to do and just takes a lot of practice. It travels generations, centuries and millennia in its scope. It wasn’t a protest song, but a brash, absurdist polemic that captures the age in which we live. All the while, Frank’s velvet croon drapes luxuriously over the listener. 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. Frank’s got you covered. Listen to Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G… EH, This shimmering slice of synth-pop – which New Order would have been pleased with in their heyday – declared, loud and proud, that the goths could dance. Their idiosyncratic vocals are surprisingly compatible, the wholesome chorus (“I know there’s gonna be good times”) offset by Thug’s bizarrely rude rhymes (“I’m-‘a ride in that pussy like a stroller”). 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