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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)
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ARTISTSONGYEARSAXYTIMENOTES
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Screamin' Jay HawkinsI Put A Spell On You19561:15
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Duane EddyRebel Rouser1958:38Honorable Mention
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The Lively OnesSurf Rider19631:09It comes in low at first. Joel Willenbring plays this sax solo.
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Nina SimoneI Put A Spell On You1965
Shouldn't be a surprise considering Screamin' Jay Hawkins' version is also on this list, but it's a pleasant surprise.
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The DoorsTouch Me19692:38
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Van MorrisonMoondance19702:30
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Rolling StonesCan't You Hear Me Knocking19712:58
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Rolling StonesBrown Sugar19711:38
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The CarpentersRainy Days and Mondays19712:20
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
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Bobby CharlesSilver and Gold (Before I Grow Too Old)19721:45
Great sax by an upstart David Sanborn! Written by Bobby, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
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Lou ReedWalk on the Wild Side19723:39
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Rolling StonesRip This Joint1972:55Honorable Mention
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Pink FloydMoney19732:03
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Pink FloydUs & Them19731:06
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AerosmithSame Old Song and Dance19742:29
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Neil SedakaLaughter In The Rain19741:44Jim Horn on tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone.
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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street BandBorn To Run19751:53
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.
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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street BandJungleland19753:55
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Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Full Length: Parts I - IX)
197511:09
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Paul McCartney and WingsSilly Love Songs1976???
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Paul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years 19762:13
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Billy JoelJust The Way You Are19771:00
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Billy JoelOnly the Good Die Young19772:29
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Billy JoelScenes from an Italian Restaurant19771:08
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BrickDazz1977
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Dean FriedmanAriel19772:17Fantastic sax solo!
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ForeignerLong, Long Way From Home19771:52Nice surprise!
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Shaun CassidyThat's Rock & Roll1977
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Steely DanDeacon Blues19771:47 (Solo: 4:02)
This may be the only song on this list that mentions saxophone in the lyrics!
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SupertrampGive A Little Bit19771:34
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Billy JoelUntil The Night19785:05
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Chris ReaFool If You Think It's Over19782:36
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Ian GommHold On19780:53
Honorable mention. A true surprise, but likely not a qualifier.
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Bob Seeger & The Silver Bullet BandOld Time Rock & Roll19781:56
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Christopher CrossArthur's Theme19792:15
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Little River BandCool Change19792:33
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SupertrampThe Logical Song19791:52
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AmbrosiaBiggest Part of Me19802:21
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AmbrosiaYou're the Only Woman19802:54
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Billy JoelYou May Be Right19803:02
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Carole KingOne Fine Day1980Artie Kaplan, Sid Jekowsky, and Joe Grimaldi on sax.
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The Doobie BrothersReal Love19802:36
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Grover Washington, Jr.Just The Two of Us (feat. Bill Withers)19801:41
Sax is admittedly not much of a surprise when the song is recorded by a well-known saxophonist. :)
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Lipps Inc.Funkytown19801:39
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Rolling StonesEmotional Rescue19801:24
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Dan FogelbergSame Old Lang Syne19814:24
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ForeignerUrgent19811:31
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Gary U.S. BondsThis Little Girl Is Mine19811:42
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.
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Hall and OatesI Can't Go For That19812:41
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Kenny RogersI Don't Need You19811:37
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.
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Men At WorkWho Can It Be Now?1981:02Honorable mention: Some of my favorite sax in pop music.
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QuarterflashValerie19813:50
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Romeo VoidNever Say Never19811:29Incredible song and sax. Produced by Ric Ocasek.
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Duran DuranRio19823:00
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English BeatSave It For Later19820:57 and 1:46Honorable mention. The first notes at :57
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Hall and OatesManeater19822:43
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INXSOne Thing19821:32
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Kenny LogginsHeart To Heart19823:19
The sax comes in hot like it's been inpatiently waiting outside in the cold! Played perfectly by the legendary David Sanborn.
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Melissa ManchesterYou Should Hear How She Talks About You19822:15
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The MotelsOnly The Lonely19822:06
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Moving PicturesWhat About Me?19821:35
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Patrice RushenForget 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
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David BowieModern Love19831:38
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John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown BandOn the Dark Side19831:43
This band really should be considered an homage to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.
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Sheena EastonTelephone (Long Distance Love Affair)
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Spandau BalletTRU319832:59
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Billy OceanCarribean Queen19842:32
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David BowieBlue Jean19841:37Lasts about 3 seconds. Shortest solo on the list?
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Duran DuranUnion of the Snake19842:24
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Huey Lewis and The NewsI Want A New Drug19841:44
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Phil CollinsOne More Night19844:04
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Rod StewartSome Guys Have All The Luck19842:27Gary Herbig saxophone on this solo.
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Aretha FranklinFreeway of Love1985:22
Honorable Mention: the LENGENDARY Clarence Clemons plays the sax solo.
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Billy OceanWhen The Going Gets Tough19852:47The saxophone solo is by Vernon Jeffrey Smith.
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Corey HartNever Surrender19852:57Andy Hamilton on sax.
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David FosterLove Theme from St. Elmo's Fire19851:44David Boruff on sax.
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Graham ParkerWake Up1985
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Little River BandYou're Driving Me Out of My Mind1985
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Stevie NicksTalk To Me1985
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Tina TurnerWe Don't Need Another Hero19853:06
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Wham!I'm Your Man1985
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Whitney HoustonHow Will I Know19853:31
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Whitney HoustonSaving All My Love For You1985:49
Honorable Mention: The Tom Scott sax solo in this jam is pretty much as 80's as it gets.
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Eddie MoneyTake Me Home Tonight19862:07
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Kenny LogginsDanger Zone19862:59
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ReginaBaby Love19862:07
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Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes(I've Had) The Time Of My Life19873:28
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Debbie GibsonFoolish Beat1987
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Debbie GibsonOnly In My Dreams1987
My eyes bugged out when I heard the sax solo in this sweet old jam!
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Eric CarmenHungry Eyes19872:45
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IcehouseElectric Blue19872:01
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INXSNever Tear Us Apart19872:40
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B.J. Thomas & Dusty SpringfieldAs Long As We Got Each Other19892:22
Redo of Thomas' 1985 solo version, along with the shortened duet with Jennifer Warnes used as the them for the '80s sitcom Growing Pains.
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John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown BandRunnin' Through the Fire19892:26
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Lenny KravitzLet Love Rule19892:22
I really slept on this song! Great jam and my kind of sax solo!
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SoundgardenRoom A Thousand Years Wide19913:07
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Tina TurnerSimply The Best19913:04
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Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You19922:07