|Qualification: Saxophone must only appear AT or AFTER 1:00. Honorable Mentions for songs from a band that includes a regular saxophonist. (ex. Men At Work, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Hall & Oates)|
|Screamin' Jay Hawkins||I Put A Spell On You||1956||1:15|
|Duane Eddy||Rebel Rouser||1958||:38||Honorable Mention|
|The Lively Ones||Surf Rider||1963||1:09||It comes in low at first. Joel Willenbring plays this sax solo.|
|Nina Simone||I Put A Spell On You||1965|
Shouldn't be a surprise considering Screamin' Jay Hawkins' version is also on this list, but it's a pleasant surprise.
|The Doors||Touch Me||1969||2:38|
|Rolling Stones||Can't You Hear Me Knocking||1971||2:58|
|Rolling Stones||Brown Sugar||1971||1:38|
|The Carpenters||Rainy Days and Mondays||1971||2:20|
I was enjoying Karen Carpenter in the video for this song and was actually very surprised by the unexpected sax. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjFoQxjgbrs
|Bobby Charles||Silver and Gold (Before I Grow Too Old)||1972||1:45|
Great sax by an upstart David Sanborn! Written by Bobby, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
|Lou Reed||Walk on the Wild Side||1972||3:39|
|Rolling Stones||Rip This Joint||1972||:55||Honorable Mention|
|Pink Floyd||Us & Them||1973||1:06|
|Aerosmith||Same Old Song and Dance||1974||2:29|
|Neil Sedaka||Laughter In The Rain||1974||1:44||Jim Horn on tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone.|
|Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band||Born To Run||1975||1:53|
Being that the E Street band included the LEGENDARY Clarence Clemmons, it's silly to list most of their songs considering saxophone will never be a total surprise.
|Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band||Jungleland||1975||3:55|
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Full Length: Parts I - IX)
|Paul McCartney and Wings||Silly Love Songs||1976||???|
|Paul Simon||Still Crazy After All These Years||1976||2:13|
|Billy Joel||Just The Way You Are||1977||1:00|
|Billy Joel||Only the Good Die Young||1977||2:29|
|Billy Joel||Scenes from an Italian Restaurant||1977||1:08|
|Dean Friedman||Ariel||1977||2:17||Fantastic sax solo!|
|Foreigner||Long, Long Way From Home||1977||1:52||Nice surprise!|
|Shaun Cassidy||That's Rock & Roll||1977|
|Steely Dan||Deacon Blues||1977||1:47 (Solo: 4:02)|
This may be the only song on this list that mentions saxophone in the lyrics!
|Supertramp||Give A Little Bit||1977||1:34|
|Billy Joel||Until The Night||1978||5:05|
|Chris Rea||Fool If You Think It's Over||1978||2:36|
|Ian Gomm||Hold On||1978||0:53|
Honorable mention. A true surprise, but likely not a qualifier.
|Bob Seeger & The Silver Bullet Band||Old Time Rock & Roll||1978||1:56|
|Christopher Cross||Arthur's Theme||1979||2:15|
|Little River Band||Cool Change||1979||2:33|
|Supertramp||The Logical Song||1979||1:52|
|Ambrosia||Biggest Part of Me||1980||2:21|
|Ambrosia||You're the Only Woman||1980||2:54|
|Billy Joel||You May Be Right||1980||3:02|
|Carole King||One Fine Day||1980||Artie Kaplan, Sid Jekowsky, and Joe Grimaldi on sax.|
|The Doobie Brothers||Real Love||1980||2:36|
|Grover Washington, Jr.||Just The Two of Us (feat. Bill Withers)||1980||1:41|
Sax is admittedly not much of a surprise when the song is recorded by a well-known saxophonist. :)
|Rolling Stones||Emotional Rescue||1980||1:24|
|Dan Fogelberg||Same Old Lang Syne||1981||4:24|
|Gary U.S. Bonds||This Little Girl Is Mine||1981||1:42|
Upon first listen, I was aware it was Bonds singing, but the band reeked of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Then the saxophone came in and I thought, 'If that's not Clarence Clemons, I'm a lemon.' Turns out, I'm not a lemon, the song was written by Bruce and the band is E Street.
|Hall and Oates||I Can't Go For That||1981||2:41|
|Kenny Rogers||I Don't Need You||1981||1:37|
David Boruff played sax on this Lionel Richie produced track. He also played on the 1985 David Foster hit Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire from the film's soundtrack.
|Men At Work||Who Can It Be Now?||1981||:02||Honorable mention: Some of my favorite sax in pop music.|
|Romeo Void||Never Say Never||1981||1:29||Incredible song and sax. Produced by Ric Ocasek.|
|English Beat||Save It For Later||1982||0:57 and 1:46||Honorable mention. The first notes at :57|
|Hall and Oates||Maneater||1982||2:43|
|Kenny Loggins||Heart To Heart||1982||3:19|
The sax comes in hot like it's been inpatiently waiting outside in the cold! Played perfectly by the legendary David Sanborn.
|Melissa Manchester||You Should Hear How She Talks About You||1982||2:15|
|The Motels||Only The Lonely||1982||2:06|
|Moving Pictures||What About Me?||1982||1:35|
|Patrice Rushen||Forget Me Nots (7" Version)||1982|
3:17 (7") + 3:33 (12")
"The tenor saxophone solo was played by Los Angeles session player and recording artist Gerald Albright, who also appears in the music video of the song." --Song's Wikipedia Entry
|David Bowie||Modern Love||1983||1:38|
|John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band||On the Dark Side||1983||1:43|
This band really should be considered an homage to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.
|Sheena Easton||Telephone (Long Distance Love Affair)|
|Billy Ocean||Carribean Queen||1984||2:32|
|David Bowie||Blue Jean||1984||1:37||Lasts about 3 seconds. Shortest solo on the list?|
|Duran Duran||Union of the Snake||1984||2:24|
|Huey Lewis and The News||I Want A New Drug||1984||1:44|
|Phil Collins||One More Night||1984||4:04|
|Rod Stewart||Some Guys Have All The Luck||1984||2:27||Gary Herbig saxophone on this solo.|
|Aretha Franklin||Freeway of Love||1985||:22|
Honorable Mention: the LENGENDARY Clarence Clemons plays the sax solo.
|Billy Ocean||When The Going Gets Tough||1985||2:47||The saxophone solo is by Vernon Jeffrey Smith.|
|Corey Hart||Never Surrender||1985||2:57||Andy Hamilton on sax.|
|David Foster||Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire||1985||1:44||David Boruff on sax.|
|Graham Parker||Wake Up||1985|
|Little River Band||You're Driving Me Out of My Mind||1985|
|Stevie Nicks||Talk To Me||1985|
|Tina Turner||We Don't Need Another Hero||1985||3:06|
|Wham!||I'm Your Man||1985|
|Whitney Houston||How Will I Know||1985||3:31|
|Whitney Houston||Saving All My Love For You||1985||:49|
Honorable Mention: The Tom Scott sax solo in this jam is pretty much as 80's as it gets.
|Eddie Money||Take Me Home Tonight||1986||2:07|
|Kenny Loggins||Danger Zone||1986||2:59|
|Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes||(I've Had) The Time Of My Life||1987||3:28|
|Debbie Gibson||Foolish Beat||1987|
|Debbie Gibson||Only In My Dreams||1987|
My eyes bugged out when I heard the sax solo in this sweet old jam!
|Eric Carmen||Hungry Eyes||1987||2:45|
|INXS||Never Tear Us Apart||1987||2:40|
|B.J. Thomas & Dusty Springfield||As Long As We Got Each Other||1989||2:22|
Redo of Thomas' 1985 solo version, along with the shortened duet with Jennifer Warnes used as the them for the '80s sitcom Growing Pains.
|John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band||Runnin' Through the Fire||1989||2:26|
|Lenny Kravitz||Let Love Rule||1989||2:22|
I really slept on this song! Great jam and my kind of sax solo!
|Soundgarden||Room A Thousand Years Wide||1991||3:07|
|Tina Turner||Simply The Best||1991||3:04|
|Whitney Houston||I Will Always Love You||1992||2:07|