Wednesday Question: Best Rock/Metal Song With Saxophone

The first WQ of 2017! As always, votes and nominations inside.

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Wednesday Question: Best Rock/Metal Song With Saxophone

The time has come for the very first Wednesday Question of 2017! We decided to kick this one off with a pinch of sax and ask ya this:

What's the greatest rock or metal song to feature a saxophone?

Make sure that your favorite falls into the category of rock and metal and that the sax is used at some point and you're all good. Apart from that, standard rules apply.


  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.
We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    For me it's Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Also one of my favourite songs ever.
    As well as all of the sax work on Dark Side Of The Moon.
    Agreed, can't go wrong with sax and Floyd, I was going to suggest "Us and Them" always been a favorite of mine.
    Pink Floyd - Us and Them
    ANY PF song with Dick Perry - Us and Them, Money, SOYCD, you name it.
    I agree totally, but i've always loved the sax especially in this song. it really adds something special.
    King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man for me. I always really like Catharsis by Ihsahn with Jorgen Munkeby on Sax.
    Since you invalidated your nomination by putting another song in the same comment, I'd just like to say... 21st Century Schizoid Man.
    Nevermind, it'll qualify : )
    What makes you think that? It's breaking one of the only three rules, and it's hogging votes away from the other nomination of it below.
    Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
    My 11 year old learned that riff on sax last week on his own. Very proud dad here.
    Envious of that dads pride. Go kid! Congrats man always cool if a kid takes interest in music, especially if your fond of said music.
    Arfing Thumb
    Not only one of the best saxophone parts in a rock song, but also one of the most iconic saxophone riffs in music!
    The sax riff on this song is my favourite guitar solo ever. Yeah, I meant every word.
    TESSERACT - Calabi Yau
    This. Without a doubt. Saxophone player myself, I never would have dreamed that this instrument fits progressive metal so good. This song is stellar.
    This is an awesome track no doubt, but my favourite Chris Barretto Sax moment has to go for his live intro to Monuments' track "Garden Of Sankhara" especially this version. (0:58 to 2: 00)
    I remember the first time I heard this and my mind was quite literally blown. Not only was it something that was kind of odd in context (sax in a "djent" tune), it was also expertly performed and a perfect fit for the band's style.
    Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run Great song overall, and the Sax Solo just tops it off
    There is literally no other correct answer.
    Being today's the Big Man's birthday anything off of that album is an excellent choice, but Jungleland over Born to Run in my humble opinion.
    The Big Man left some big sounds indeed. I was gonna suggest Jungleland but how can you go wrong with BtR....
    Careless Whisper. Calling it a rock song is a judgement call, still an honorable mention!
    Even if this doesn't get anywhere close to the list, I hope they decide to include it anyways, given his death and all.
    Soundgarden - Room A Thousand Years Wide Sax solo in the end
    TesseracT - Calabi Yau
    I posted a link to the song boss, make sure to up vote it, such a good song that would not be on a lot of peoples radar
    King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man Edit : sorry, didn't see the first one when scrolling. But since the other user is talking about another song in his post, I'll leave this nomination here, just in case. And also because we can't delete comments.
    Dr Zaius
    The Doors - Touch Me
    Can you help me get into "The Soft Parade"? I find it almost unlistenable, but want to attack it with the right mindset to find the gold inside it.
    Agreed, it is my least favorite Doors album. However, you should begin with the title track and Wild Child to get into the album. As for the mindset, I guess you shouldn't expect the same rawness as in other albums, but for a more sophisticated album, whatever this could mean, because it is the album they spent the most time on, if my memory's correct.
    Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street Without that sax line: meh. With that sax line: all-time classic.
    The melody is really easy to remember ... but I have never retain his name.
    Hell, at least an honourable mention should be going to the guys in Shining This track Healter Skelter is down right insane, jazz gone metal, and the timing is precise as balls, especially at 1:42, so in sync with each other, and the the saxophone is just icing on the cake!
    There is really only one answer to this: Fear: New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones
    Damn, I didn't see yours until I posted mine. I wish there was a delete button.
    Ihsahn – A Grave Inversed
    All the sax songs from After deserve to be here. So fuckin good.
    Undercurrent is by far my favorite. Not only for the saxophone, but the fantastic riffing too! And especially the fretless bass lines!
    Gotta go with 'Jungleland' by Bruce Springsteen. Clarence Clemons has so many great moments and so many great songs, but this...this is his best in my opinion. Gives me chills every time I hear it.
    Chills, every single time. Is it even a question that Clarence won't hold 4-5 of the top 10?