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 Fixing a Hole - The Beatles Cover Art

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.

One of my favorites!

2 For Your Love - The Yardbirds For Your Love - The Yardbirds Cover Art

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.

Just a great song

3 Play with Fire - The Rolling Stones Play with Fire - The Rolling Stones Cover Art

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

4 Love Me Two Times - The Doors Love Me Two Times - The Doors Cover Art

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

5 Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel Cover Art

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

6 Walk Away Renee - Left Banke Walk Away Renee - Left Banke Cover Art

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 ear worms.

I bought it when it was first released. One of my favorite bands

7 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.

8 Golden Brown - The Stranglers Golden Brown - The Stranglers Cover Art

Best in my opinion

My favorite song

9 Some Mother's Son - The Kinks

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

10 Burning of The Midnight Lamp - Jimi Hendrix

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

The Contenders
11 Sunshine Superman - Donovan
12 Madrigal - Yes Madrigal - Yes Cover Art
13 Skyline Pigeon - Elton John Skyline Pigeon - Elton John Cover Art
14 Citadel - The Rolling Stones Citadel - The Rolling Stones Cover Art
15 The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke - Queen The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke - Queen Cover Art
16 The Red Telephone - Love The Red Telephone - Love Cover Art

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 I Need You - The Who I Need You - The Who Cover Art

The keyboardist on the song is unknown, but for what I've led to be true, the harpsichord was played by John Entwistle.

18 Animals - Muse Animals - Muse Cover Art
19 Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Cover Art

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

20 Bills Bills Bills - Destiny's Child Bills Bills Bills - Destiny's Child Cover Art
21 Half a World Away - R.E.M. Half a World Away - R.E.M. Cover Art

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.

22 Thick as a Brick, Pt. 2 - Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick, Pt. 2 - Jethro Tull Cover Art

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

23 Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt Cover Art

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.

24 I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family Cover Art

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).

25 One World - Dire Straits One World - Dire Straits Cover Art
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