Top 10 Songs Featuring a Mellotron

The Top Ten Songs Featuring a Mellotron

1 The Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
2 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
3 Changes - Black Sabbath
4 2000 Light Years from Home - The Rolling Stones

The best space rock song. - BrianScott01

5 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
6 Space Oddity - David Bowie
7 Watcher of the Skies - Genesis

The keyboard intro is all Mellotron; when I heard it, I was immediately transfixed by the tonality and the depth of the sound. - Gg2000

8 Dancing With the Moonlit Knight - Genesis
9 The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin
10 Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues

The Contenders

11 And You and I - Yes

I had completely forgotten about this song. I was thinking about it and realized that it does have a Mellotron on it. Strings, to be more specific. - Gg2000

12 See Saw - Pink Floyd
13 Exit Music (For a Film) - Radiohead

The choir sounds in the background are from a Mellotron. It also sounds like Jonny Greenwood used it on The Tourist (please don't quote me on that, though).
Edit: Turns out, it was indeed used on The Tourist. - Gg2000

14 Breaking the Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
15 We Love You - The Rolling Stones

Brian Jones played the rhythmic horn parts on a Mellotron. George Chkiantz, the studio engineer, said that he was impressed by Brian's ability to get a tight performance because of the fact that a Mellotron has a slight delay between pressing the key and hearing the sound. - Gg2000

16 Dream On - Aerosmith

The strings that you hear in the background are played on a Mellotron. - Gg2000

17 Starless - King Crimson
18 Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 Wonderwall - Oasis

That cello you hear during the song is actually Bonehead (the rhythm guitarist) playing a Mellotron. Oasis also used one on Don't Look Back in Anger, Cast No Shadow, Falling Down, The Hindu Times, Go Let It Out, and Magic Pie. - Gg2000

20 Phenomenal Cat - The Kinks

From "The Village Green Preservation Society". The flute parts throughout the song come from a Mellotron. - Gg2000

21 Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Producer Al Kooper added Mellotron strings to the song. He did the same thing for Free Bird, but the strings on Free Bird are out of tune. - Gg2000

22 Turn the Page - Bob Seger

Bob Seger's keyboardist played a Mellotron on it, live. Just touring with a Mellotron takes a lot of gumption. - Gg2000

23 Phaedra - Tangerine Dream
24 Epitaph - King Crimson
25 Pictures of a City - King Crimson
26 The Devil's Triangle - King Crimson
27 In the Wake of Poseidon - King Crimson
28 Lizard - King Crimson
29 Cirkus - King Crimson
30 Sailor's Tale - King Crimson
31 Islands - King Crimson
32 Exiles - King Crimson
33 Easy Money - King Crimson
34 Lament - King Crimson
35 The Night Watch - King Crimson
36 The Mincer - King Crimson
37 Starless and Bible Black - King Crimson
38 Dinosaur - King Crimson
39 Histoires Sans Paroles - Harmonium
40 The Mole from the Ministry - The Dukes of Stratosphear

Guitarist Dave Gregory played the Mellotron. For those of you who don't know, the Dukes of Stratosphear was a side project of the band XTC where the group recorded the songs in the style of 1960s British psychedelic pop groups (i.e. The Beatles, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Tomorrow, etc). So in that case, it would make total sense to use a Mellotron. - Gg2000

41 Julia Dream - Pink Floyd

Although Pink Floyd weren't nearly as associated with the Mellotron as, say, King Crimson or The Moody Blues, this song features some beautiful flute Mellotron from Richard Wright. - Gg2000

42 Daniel - Elton John

The flute solo that appears in the middle of the song is actually played on a Mellotron. - Gg2000

43 The India Song - Big Star

The India Song was written by bassist Andy Hummel, who added a Mellotron flute part. Another song on the album, Give Me One More Chance, features Mellotron strings from Ardent Studios owner Terry Manning. - Gg2000

44 She's a Jar - Wilco

This song features at least a couple tracks of Mellotron (strings and flutes) with some nice pitch-bend work courtesy of Jay Bennett. The Mellotron also appears on "Can't Stand It", "Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (Again)", and "ELT". - Gg2000

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