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

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. - Gg2000

One of my favorites!

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. - Gg2000

Just a great song - AliciaMae

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

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.

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. - Gg2000

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. - Gg2000

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

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

One of the most unique singles ever made. One of the first ear worms.

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. - Gg2000

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. - Gg2000

You Still Believe In Me - The Beach Boys

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

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. - Gg2000

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

The only one I know lol - ilovesugarray

Best in my opinion

My favorite song

Some Mother's Son - The Kinks

Ray Davies plays the harpsichord here. They also used a harpsichord on the song "Village Green". - Gg2000

Burning of The Midnight Lamp - Jimi Hendrix

Jimi himself played the harpsichord, despite the fact that he himself said he couldn't play keyboards. - Gg2000

The Contenders

Sunshine Superman - Donovan
Skyline Pigeon - Elton John Skyline Pigeon - Elton John Cover Art
Madrigal - Yes Madrigal - Yes Cover Art
Bills Bills Bills - Destiny's Child Bills Bills Bills - Destiny's Child Cover Art
The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke - Queen The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke - Queen Cover Art

the song is cool

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. - Gg2000

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. - Gg2000

Animals - Muse Animals - Muse Cover Art
Citadel - The Rolling Stones Citadel - The Rolling Stones Cover Art
Clover Over Dover - Blur Clover Over Dover - Blur Cover Art

also this - ilovesugarray

After remixing the list for Parklife, I realized that this is a good candidate for the list. - Gg2000

Isle of Flightless Birds - Twenty One Pilots Isle of Flightless Birds - Twenty One Pilots Cover Art

This song has an eerie beginning with a chill harpsichord mixed with the beat.

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. - Gg2000

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. - Gg2000

Mountains of the Moon - Grateful Dead Mountains of the Moon - Grateful Dead Cover Art

The harpsichord was played by keyboardist Tom Constanden, their most professionally trained and avant-garde oriented keyboardist. - Gg2000

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. - Gg2000

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