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Lyrics can be profound, but they can also be ridiculous. A good beat with terrible poetry leaves everyone feeling cheated. That's why, every now and then, an artist or band just has to let the music do the talking. Today Scott's taking note of the that with his little list of instrumentals. Have you guessed the first one yet?

The Allman Brothers - Jessica

 

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Yes, it's the theme to Top Gear, but it's also Dickie Betts's tribute to his then-baby daughter. The love really pours out of every note, and maybe that's why this instrumental became a Southern Rock classic the very day it was released. Is it possible to hate this song? I think not.

After the jump you'll find four other music-only hits from the past. When you're done reading, why not throw down a choice of your own in the comments? We'll see you inside…

Glenn Miller - In The Mood

 

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If you're thinking early pop hits this probably comes to mind, even if you've only ever heard a silly cover. Of interest is that In The Mood was the smash seller of 1940, but back then the music industry still thought sheet music was the way to go. Naturally all those swingin' cats at the dancehall didn't care about buying sheet music, so In the Mood was never officially considered a chart topper. Way to keep it real, RIAA! Missin' the point for over seventy years straight!

The Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein

 

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How many instrumentals allow everyone in the car to sing along? Bah bah bah baah, bah bahbah baaaah! Not only that, how many other rock albinos can you think of? Not only THAT, but did you know this song marks one of the very first times a keyboard became a mobile instrument? And even if we overlook every word above… it's still pretty rockin'.

Meco - The Theme From "Star Wars"

 

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No, go on, laugh. Meco deserves your scorn. This was even cheesy for a little kid in the 70s. But like all things Star Wars, it did really well, and it's a fine example of the disco instrumental at its… can you really call this best? Just like A Fifth Of Beethoven, it leaves you understanding where all the anger in punk music came from. It's very of its time.

Darude - Sandstorm

 

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By 1999 things had changed, and "hit" didn't really mean what it had previously. However this instrumental is still played at sporting events and even if you don't know it's name, you probably know it when you hear it. What better definition of a hit could there be? For a bunch of beeps and growls, it sure is catchy.

You've got a favorite instrumental pop hit, we know you do. Why not post it in the comments below? And after that, stop by our Turntable.fm room to spin the morning away with your fellow wooters. Additionally, images taken from the corresponding Wikipedia pages are here under fair use.



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tedzilla99


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I don't know about it being "pop" but Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" won a Grammy and was a big rock radio hit. Um back then anyway :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55nAwmVLQSk

motospyder


quality posts: 16 Private Messages motospyder

Hocus Pocus -- Focus

Quiet Village -- Martin Denny

Miami vice Theme -- Jan Hammer

These are my faves.

Mancho


quality posts: 4 Private Messages Mancho

Can you really call anything an instrumental when there's only one instrument? If so, I'm all for Metallica's Anesthesia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_HmN4cHkvk.

Cliff Burton was one of a kind.

kanedax


quality posts: 9 Private Messages kanedax

I'd have to say Metallica's Orion, but that's not really "pop".

Ditto with the title track on Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness. Second best song on the album behind Tonight Tonight, but it's verging on classical.

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AbEnd


quality posts: 4 Private Messages AbEnd

Does Rock & Roll Part 2 qualify?
http://youtu.be/pEG0zKC03GE

DaLemming


quality posts: 7 Private Messages DaLemming

There's a typo in the Miller link. It should be:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=teJprocreatedzbOo&

Rather than:

http://www.woot.com/Blog/www.youtube.com/watch?v=teJprocreatedzbOo&

Slydon


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DaLemming wrote:There's a typo in the Miller link. It should be:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=teJprocreatedzbOo&

Rather than:

http://www.woot.com/Blog/www.youtube.com/watch?v=teJprocreatedzbOo&



I'm not sure what caused that, but thank you. I'll get that fixed.

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abitterwoman


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What? No love yet for Joe Satriani's "Surfing with the Alien"?

Probably because you said Pop. Ah, well. I'm going to listen to it right now, anyway.

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NascarDad


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Not sure it counts as "pop" but Rush YYZ was really cool. Although la Villa Strangiato is far more amazing technically, YYZ was on the radio much much more.

maxrfb


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Popcorn - Hot Butter

Rock-it by Herbie Hancock
But I personally love the EEC version of FockIt which remixes Axel F into Rock-it.
http://soundcloud.com/ecc/the-ecc-fock-it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu2F2dq4px8

wow. I actually bought a Robot Elvis.
What was I thinking?

DaLemming


quality posts: 7 Private Messages DaLemming

I'd like to suggest various Floyd songs. I'm not sure if Floyd really counts as "pop", nor do I think any of these charted though.

Most of them did get a lot of play in the dyas of "rock blocks" and "album sides".

One of These Days

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdlggaDF6eI&ob=av2n

On the Run

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLQrzPZB58A

Any Colour You Like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbKAh3zJmH8

Shine on You Crazy Diamond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SqFPNTBnv8

joshaw


quality posts: 24 Private Messages joshaw

Come on, no Raining Blood by Slayer? Bring back the SCABs... ;-)

Listen2Reason


quality posts: 4 Private Messages Listen2Reason

Uh, hello? Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles?

http://youtu.be/7rOMGIbY-9s

Perhaps most famous as the theme song of the 1978-79 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" BBC radio series and then the 1981 television series, it's a wonderful, haunting track in its own right.

waggy401


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I didn't realize just how talented Edgar Winter is (was?). Frankenstein is a popular song among many marching bands, so I've played it many many times but I didn't know he played all those different instruments plus all the synthesizer stuff.

The Meco album was interesting - I actually used to have that. The A side was remixes of various Star Wars themes. The B side, however, was one very long song that was only very loosely inspired by the movie. I think I only listened to the B side a few times, but the front side got worn out. Unfortunately, one day I left it where it got direct sunlight and warped. I cried.

keir23


quality posts: 2 Private Messages keir23

I've always loved Classical Gas. Those horns busting out of nowhere in the middle always make me smile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhMuCiAe6vA

hcsencsi


quality posts: 13 Private Messages hcsencsi

Cliffs of Dover for me as well. Really liked that one.

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Woodpecker


quality posts: 15 Private Messages Woodpecker

Glad by Traffic? OK, maybe not "pop"
Classical Gas by Mason Williams
Get It On by Chase
Flying by The Beatles

jakeline


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I'm not sure that "In The Mood" really counts. Yes, that particular version does not have any singing, but the song does have lyrics. I'm not sure of the lyrics were added afterwards though, so depending on how you look at it, you're probably still right. But I'm still technically correct, which is the best kind of correct.

BrianLayman


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Somehow the video mixing the two Star Wars trilogies is actually more offensive than the disco music in the background...

jwedding


quality posts: 1 Private Messages jwedding

Oscillate Wildly by The Smiths
Memphisto by Depeche Mode (among a pretty long list they made actually.)

todaresq


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maxrfb wrote:Popcorn - Hot Butter

Rock-it by Herbie Hancock
But I personally love the EEC version of FockIt which remixes Axel F into Rock-it.
http://soundcloud.com/ecc/the-ecc-fock-it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu2F2dq4px8



You got two of my faves... Popcorn and Rock-It...

Popcorn through the years has always been good. I do thank Gershon Kingsley for creating it, and it was way ahead of its time in 1969. The 1972 Hot Butter version is great too... however I think the Ben Folds acoustic version from 2005 is awesome.

The whole evolution can be found here: http://www.popcorn-song.com/

However I really love The Chase by Giorgio Moroder... and the many remixes.

HarryFishnuts


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HarryFishnuts


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NascarDad +1,000,000

Rush = Best...Band...EVER!!!

monarq7


quality posts: 3 Private Messages monarq7

How dare you not have Axel F up there? Thats just blasphemy.

"I gotta banana in muh tailpipe!"

monarq7


quality posts: 3 Private Messages monarq7

Chase was just too darn long though. I mean...its good for about 2 minutes, then it just drags on forever!

RWoodward


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Foreplay, the intro to Long Time. Boston, of course.

sethorama


quality posts: 2 Private Messages sethorama

Peaches en Regalia, by Frank Zappa, is amazing.

motospyder


quality posts: 16 Private Messages motospyder

Also:

Lonely Bull (and other) -- Tijuana Brass

Theme from "A Summer Place" -- Percy Faith

The Entertainer -- Marvin Hamlisch

There are lots of movie/TV themes that were instrumentals that made the pop charts in the '60. Most of them by Henry Mancini.

Walk Don't Run -- Ventures

motospyder


quality posts: 16 Private Messages motospyder
sethorama wrote:Peaches en Regalia, by Frank Zappa, is amazing.



I agree that most everything by Frank Zappa was excellent. But would you call it "Pop?"
I think the closest he ever got to Pop was Nanook of the North.

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If you guys want to test it out, I made a Spotify list of the original post + all the additions you made. You can open it here.

A couple notes:
Metallica and Beatles aren't in the catalog, I found some nice covers (IMHO).
Marvin Hamlisch's The Entertainer wasn't in there, but I added Bond 77!

Otherwise, it's a hell of a mix, highly recommend it.

Our plan right now is to link these lists on the next week's blog post so I can get everyone's suggestions. That being said, I can post the list in the comments section on Tuesdays as well.

ETA: I promise to update the Spotify list with everyone's suggestions!


Slydon


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motospyder wrote:I agree that most everything by Frank Zappa was excellent. But would you call it "Pop?"
I think the closest he ever got to Pop was Nanook of the North.



And Valley Girl! But I'm rounding widely on this, though you're kinda right.

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CatCK


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I'll second "Classical Gas". One of the best.

How about "Joy" from Apollo 100 (1972). Always makes me happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S8jd8WhxoI

Also "Love is Blue" by Paul Mauriat (1968)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIKpko4Ln90&feature=related

tjamil


quality posts: 26 Private Messages tjamil

Many excellent suggestions by earlier posters. No mention of Apache, originally by The Shadows in 1960

and then this AWESOME cover by Tommy Seebach, perhaps the greatest video EVER

LarryLars


quality posts: 65 Private Messages LarryLars

I can't believe you missed the maestro himself of pop instrumentals, Billy Preston!
Try "Outta-Space" and "Space Race".

Also, "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band


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ItlanIsAGeek


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Little Wing - SRV

dell2342


quality posts: 13 Private Messages dell2342

Herb Alpert! One of the first tunes I remember.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owq1adHHXoQ

motospyder


quality posts: 16 Private Messages motospyder

Telstar by the Tornadoes.
1962

klynb


quality posts: 13 Private Messages klynb

Misirlou - (short for Richard) Dale

I suppose it could be worse, I could have attempted to mention the gentleman whose wife was played by Mary Tyler Moore in an early 1960's sitcom....

dedicateddad


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«Little Wing.=SRV"

**THIS**!!

I can't believe it took this long for someone to list this!!

If good lovemakin' were music, this is what it would sound like...!