Best Rock and Pop Songs with a Harpsichord

Although the harpsichord was developed during the Renaissance and became best known as the keyboard of choice for the Baroque era, some rock and pop artists in the mid 1960s used the harpsichord to gain a suitably baroque-type feel or for the sake of experimenting with different instruments. Feel free to add more examples; they don't have to be Sixties songs, but I can't think of anything from beyond the Sixties off the top of my head.
The Top Ten
1 Fixing a Hole - The Beatles

The distinctive intro is played on a harpsichord by, I believe, George Martin. They also used a harpsichord on Piggies and an electric harpsichord on Because.

2 For Your Love - The Yardbirds

The keyboardist who recorded the session was an organ player who came in and realized that there was no organ or piano in the studio. There was, however, a harpsichord, and he used it, thinking, "There's no way a song with a harpsichord on it will become a hit." And sure enough, it actually did become a hit. It was their first number one on the British charts.

3 Hotel Reveal - The Arcana

This is an amazing and beautiful song.

The harpsichord works so well on this song.

4 Play with Fire - The Rolling Stones

Jack Nitzsche, who frequently played keyboards on Stones sessions from 1964-1966, played the harpsichord on this one. The Stones also used harpsichord on Dandelion, Sittin' on a Fence, Yesterday's Papers, and Lady Jane.

Love this song and love how well the harpsichord goes in. I think you should do more things like this because it has really helped me understand how many of these songs have older instruments like the harpsichord. Thank you.

5 Love Me Two Times - The Doors

Ray Manzarek played a harpsichord solo on the song. He said he did it on purpose to confound the listener's expectations.

6 Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel

The harpsichord is essential to driving the rhythm and setting the mood of the song.

7 Walk Away Renee - Left Banke

This is probably the first proper baroque pop song, so to give it the right flavor, they used a harpsichord. The end result is fantastic.

I saw them in person and was inspired to get a keyboard that has a harpsichord voice.

One of the most unique singles ever made. One of the first earworms.

8 You Still Believe In Me - The Beach Boys

I'm not talking about the intro. That is a series of plucked piano strings. I'm talking about the keys during the song itself. That's a harpsichord.

The best of them all. The most beautiful use of the harpsichord to date.

9 Some Mother's Son - The Kinks

Ray Davies plays the harpsichord here. They also used a harpsichord on the song "Village Green."

10 Golden Brown - The Stranglers
The Contenders
11 Burning of The Midnight Lamp - Jimi Hendrix

Jimi himself played the harpsichord, despite the fact that he said he couldn't play keyboards.

12 Sunshine Superman - Donovan
13 Madrigal - Yes
14 Skyline Pigeon - Elton John
15 Citadel - The Rolling Stones
16 The Red Telephone - Love

The harpsichord was played by session musician Don Randi, a member of The Wrecking Crew. He played all the keyboard parts on Forever Changes.

17 Animals - Muse
18 The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke - Queen
19 I Need You - The Who

The keyboardist on the song is unknown, but from what I've been led to believe, the harpsichord was played by John Entwistle.

20 Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Graham Nash plays the harpsichord. It's a nice complement to the song's piano part, which he also played.

21 Thick as a Brick, Pt. 2 - Jethro Tull

The harpsichord comes in at the 7:27 mark of Part 2.

22 I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family

I have never been a big fan of The Partridge Family, but this song contains a brilliant harpsichord solo in the middle of the song courtesy of either Mike Melvoin or Larry Knechtel (it's unclear who exactly played the harpsichord on this particular song).

23 Bills Bills Bills - Destiny's Child
24 Half a World Away - R.E.M.

You can hear it come in somewhere in the middle of the song. It's not front and center in the mix, but it's still there.

25 Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt

This song was recorded while she was a member of the folk-rock trio The Stone Poneys. Don Randi, the same session musician who played on The Red Telephone by Love, also plays the harpsichord on this song.

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