A friend on Facebook asked around about the solos that you couldn’t help hum note for note when you heard them. When I had a think of my favourites, I realised there was a healthy dose of sax solos in there. I did some trawling and here are five hot sax solos that I think rate pretty highly. Don’t hesitate to make your own suggestions below!
1. Bruce Springsteen: Badlands
You could have a whole list of Springsteen songs that have killer sax solos, and Jungleland is probably considered the signature sax offering from Clarence Clemons. It’s also hard to go past Born to Run, but for mine, Badlands has the best rock ‘posership’ of the lot.
2. Eddie and the Cruisers 2 Soundtrack: Runnin’ Through The Fire
I’m really pushing it putting this right under the Springsteen pick, but there you have it. The movie wasn’t up to the standard of the original but it still had some great music thanks to John Cafferty and Co. If you ignore the mullets, this little ditty has a damn good sax solo.
3. Billy Joel: You May Be Right
Short, sharp and damn catch – it’s what every sax solo should be.
4. INXS: Never Tear Us Apart
Another sign of a great solo is not being able to imagine a song without it. This is one such song.
5. Men At Work: Who Can It Be Now?
Greg Ham – you are missed.
There’s a lots of others that deserve honourable mentions, but I’m keen to hear your picks. Which sax solos stand out the most for you?