Top 10 Songs Featuring a Mellotron


The Top Ten

1 Changes - Black Sabbath
2 2000 Light Years from Home - The Rolling Stones

The best space rock song. - BrianScott01

3 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
4 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
5 The Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
6 Space Oddity - David Bowie
7 Dancing With the Moonlit Knight - Genesis
8 See Saw - Pink Floyd
9 Breaking the Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
10 The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin

The Contenders

11 Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
12 Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
13 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

14 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

15 Phenomenal Cat - The Kinks

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 Dream On - Aerosmith

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

21 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). - Gg2000

22 Starless - King Crimson
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

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