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2011 - Year of the Whistle
« on: August 23, 2011, 10:45:33 am »
Has anyone else noticed that this year seems to have a lot of music with whistling in it? I had made a comment to a friend of mine earlier this spring about how whistling seems to be making a trend, and looking back now with the new songs that have come out since I made my proclamation (or at least started receiving airplay since) I think I can unofficially name it as the "Year of the Whistle". Below is a list of songs that I have identified so far. My criteria is that it is in the top 10 of one of the Billboard charts (eg Hot 100, Modern Rock, Country, etc.) during the year 2011, and has some type of whistle part in it.

  • The Black Keys - Tighten Up (Although it came out in mid-2010, it was still in the Top 10 Rock charts by 2011)
  • Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song
  • OneRepublic - Good Life
  • Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
  • Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
  • Britney Spears - I Wanna Go

Do you know of any that I have missed (notice I don't have any country because I don't listen to that enough to know)? Is this just a phenomenon for this year, or do you think this will continue into next year?


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Re: 2011 - Year of the Whistle
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 11:35:27 am »
I immediately thought of Moves Like Jagger as I started reading your post, so I'm glad to see it made your list. I can't think of any others right now, but very interesting point! I don't know if it is strictly a theme for this year. It seems there have been more and more songs featuring whistling as the electronic music has become more popular. I still remember the whistle song by Juelz Santana (back in 2005 I believe).

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