Best Songs Featuring a Tremolo Effect

A tremolo effect is where an audio signal (most commonly a guitar) slightly moves up and down in volume, creating a circular vibration effect. It's sometimes referred to as vibrato, but this is technically incorrect (vibrato is a change in pitch, not volume). Also, it shouldn't be confused with tremolo picking, which is a method of playing the guitar. I decided to add some old school and new school stuff just to get a good balance. Feel free to add more examples.

The Top Ten

1 How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths

One of the most famous examples of tremolo; Johnny Marr said that it was inspired by the song Disco Stomp and Bo Diddley's music. - Gg2000

2 Born On the Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty's lead guitar has a strong amount of tremolo, particularly in the solo. - Gg2000

3 Crush with Eyeliner - R.E.M.

The guitar has a very strong tremolo effect throughout the song. - Gg2000

4 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

The guitar chords in the intro were processed in Pro Tools to get that distinctive muddy tremolo effect. - Gg2000

5 Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley is one of the most prominent tremolo users in history - this song is just one of many examples. - Gg2000

6 Crimson and Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells

Not only does the guitar have a tremolo effect, they routed some of the vocals into the guitar amp to give it a tremolo effect too. - Gg2000

7 I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes

The guitars in the first verse are laced with tremolo. It gives it that psychedelic, spooky quality. - Gg2000

8 All I Have to Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers

The electric guitar has prominent tremolo, especially on the opening chord. - Gg2000

9 Money - Pink Floyd

That really loud, vibrating guitar chord you hear at the beginning of each phrase has a strong tremolo effect on it. - Gg2000

10 Rosalyn - The Pretty Things

The rhythm guitar has a very strong tremolo effect. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Didn't Want to Have to Do It - The Lovin' Spoonful

Zal Yanovsky's guitar has quite a bit of tremolo on it. It suits the mood of the song (it's more of a slow-burner). - Gg2000

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