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Best Instrumentals To Hit The Top 40 ?

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Must be loads over the decades .. thought it might be fun to get them into a single thread with You Tube links if possible...

I will start off with 5 that I can remember - only requirement is they must have made Top 40....

Oxygene IV - JMJ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4oSXmnkPUU

Fanfare For The Common Man - ELP (for you old proggies :lol: )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLWgrr671g

Morning Dance - Spyro Gyra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPkO5YImbfk

The Crunch - Rah Band
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9qAcV4dFbQ

Space - Magic Fly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1llNSdf9 ... re=related

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Telstar - Tornados
Sylvia - Focus

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Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
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The Upsetters - Return of Django
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Jr Walker & the Allstars - Shotgun
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Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JOVrkjM6Cc

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No idea if these were top 40, but they're all good :wink: Some of the vids are crap tho :lol:

808 State - Pacific
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUhyFfuHGUg

Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fmo1Sjn7dg

Giorgio Moroder - The Chase
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Akyx5iu_z8Y

Mr Bloe - Groovin With Mr Bloe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIzMXqIfJp0

Santana - Samba Pa Ti
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6knW65mgnIk

Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47XaK4XJxFQ

William Orbit - Barbers Adagio For Strings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRqndwCqa5g

Binary Finary - 1999
Couldn't find the version I've got, this is the closest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K12SGBWu8w

U96 - Das Boot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwc0shJ2aYc

Aphex Twin - Donkey Rhubarb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tatccHVfuhA

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Some great instrumentals there lads :) Especially the Spyro Gyra track, love a bit of Jazz Funk.

Here are a couple more Jazz Funk classics.

Jazz Carnival - Azymuth

Garden party - Mezzoforte

one Funk

Movin' - Brass Construction


A couple more:

Albatross - Fleetwood Mac

Walk IN The Night - Jr Walker & The All Stars

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Thanks for posting that one, it's a tune that I have always liked from back when it was played on Radio 1 a lot in the morning before I went to school. I could never remember what it was called. Cheers. :D

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Booker T. & the M.G.s - Green Onions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjJ524l49Y

Pink Floyd - One of These Days
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQvG2SMV ... re=related

Led Zeppelin - Moby dick (the song remains the same) dont think Led Zep did singles so have included
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW4b2axczFI

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Flipside wrote:

Booker T. & the M.G.s - Green Onions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjJ524l49Y
Plus Time Is Tight which also used to be the theme for the top twenty run down on the radio and whilst maybe not a single they also do the theme to Test Match Special.

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Spinynorman wrote:
Thanks for posting that one, it's a tune that I have always liked from back when it was played on Radio 1 a lot in the morning before I went to school. I could never remember what it was called. Cheers. :D
One of my wife's favourites as well. One of the last Motown records with that unmistakeable 'Motown Sound'

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Spinynorman wrote:
Flipside wrote:

Booker T. & the M.G.s - Green Onions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjJ524l49Y
Plus Time Is Tight which also used to be the theme for the top twenty run down on the radio and whilst maybe not a single they also do the theme to Test Match Special.
I presume you mean Soul Limbo . It was a single, and a small hit in 1968 (no. 30). Green Onions is such a great track, amazing when you think it was made and originally released back in 1962 ! much too early for the UK public to appreciate it of course.

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Rick wrote:
Spinynorman wrote:
Thanks for posting that one, it's a tune that I have always liked from back when it was played on Radio 1 a lot in the morning before I went to school. I could never remember what it was called. Cheers. :D
One of my wife's favourites as well. One of the last Motown records with that unmistakeable 'Motown Sound'
A superb track!!! 8-)

But is it an instrumental...? There's female vocals on it. :wink:

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DixieDean wrote:
Rick wrote:
Spinynorman wrote:
Thanks for posting that one, it's a tune that I have always liked from back when it was played on Radio 1 a lot in the morning before I went to school. I could never remember what it was called. Cheers. :D
One of my wife's favourites as well. One of the last Motown records with that unmistakeable 'Motown Sound'
A superb track!!! 8-)

But is it an instrumental...? There's female vocals on it. :wink:
Disqualified then :lol:

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The late 50's & early 60's were littered with great instrumentals, here's a few:

Red River Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes
Tequila - The Champs
Diamonds - Jet Harris & Tony Meehan

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ianovich wrote:
DixieDean wrote:
Rick wrote:
Spinynorman wrote:
Thanks for posting that one, it's a tune that I have always liked from back when it was played on Radio 1 a lot in the morning before I went to school. I could never remember what it was called. Cheers. :D
One of my wife's favourites as well. One of the last Motown records with that unmistakeable 'Motown Sound'
A superb track!!! 8-)

But is it an instrumental...? There's female vocals on it. :wink:
Disqualified then :lol:
There's no words though. :P

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Blimey! I used to play the drums to that one with bits of Meccano on an upturned biscuit tin. :shock:

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Spinynorman wrote:
ianovich wrote:
DixieDean wrote:
Rick wrote:
Spinynorman wrote:
Thanks for posting that one, it's a tune that I have always liked from back when it was played on Radio 1 a lot in the morning before I went to school. I could never remember what it was called. Cheers. :D
One of my wife's favourites as well. One of the last Motown records with that unmistakeable 'Motown Sound'
A superb track!!! 8-)

But is it an instrumental...? There's female vocals on it. :wink:
Disqualified then :lol:
There's no words though. :P
Its back in :lol: (Im a cracking judge - easily swayed :wink: )

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Hammertime wrote:No idea if these were top 40, but they're all good :wink: Some of the vids are crap tho :lol:

808 State - Pacific
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUhyFfuHGUg

Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fmo1Sjn7dg

Giorgio Moroder - The Chase
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Akyx5iu_z8Y

Mr Bloe - Groovin With Mr Bloe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIzMXqIfJp0

Santana - Samba Pa Ti
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6knW65mgnIk

Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47XaK4XJxFQ

William Orbit - Barbers Adagio For Strings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRqndwCqa5g

Binary Finary - 1999
Couldn't find the version I've got, this is the closest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K12SGBWu8w

U96 - Das Boot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwc0shJ2aYc

Aphex Twin - Donkey Rhubarb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tatccHVfuhA
Quality with a capitol Q some of those ht ... :D ... always loved the video (and the tune too) of windowlicker. Plus donkey rhubarb, nice ...
Early days of didgerido (not even going to try ans spell it correct) and analogue bubblebath II, Aphex Twin was spot on with some vey advanced music.

Das boot - in my top 20 of films, which ofcourse is made to be better due to its music, though the main charcters in the film are played very very well.

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Classical Gas by Mason Williams was another good one.

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The Jaguars - Saturday Night At The Duck Pond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDk3GsXGc0

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mikeg13 wrote:The Jaguars - Saturday Night At The Duck Pond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDk3GsXGc0
The Cougars did it better, in my opinion.
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mikeg13 wrote:The Jaguars - Saturday Night At The Duck Pond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDk3GsXGc0
Reminds me a bit of The Shadows. You can tell that with a title like Saturday night at the duck pond that there just cant be any lyrics :lol:

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On my copy it's backed with Scarlet O'Hara which is another good one.

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Two personal favourites by the Dave Brubeck Quartet:
(Dave Brubeck - piano, Paul Desmond - alto sax, Eugene Wright - bass, Joe Morello - drums)

Take Five (top ten in '61):
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOgYw5-pNs

Unsquare Dance (1962):
maybe others will have more luck in locating a decent video performance of this...

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Sid Snot eeeerr! which one of these do you like the best then ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUGOP30Srpw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH33RIfi2KI

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