Best Songs Featuring a Vox Continental Organ

The Vox Continental is one of the most famous combo organs of the 1960s. It was designed to replace heavy tonewheel organs such as the Hammond; although it didn't do that, it became a distinctive instrument in its own right. Feel free to add anything I missed.

The Top Ten

1 Break On Through (To The Other Side) - The Doors

Ray Manzarek is probably the most famous Vox Continental user, such that this list could theoretically be nothing but Doors songs. I chose Break on Through because it has one of my favorite organ solos. - Gg2000

Best song featuring a Vox, that’s for sure - AliciaMae

2 House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

This song was hugely important in popularizing the Continental; it's one of those songs that is instantly recognizable. - Gg2000

3 In-A-gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly

Doug Ingle used a Vox Continental to create what I think is one of the most recognizable organ riffs of the Sixties. - Gg2000

4 96 Tears - ? & The Mysterians

The keyboard line in this song is so essential that it's not even funny. This one just screams Vox Continental. - Gg2000

5 Viola Lee Blues - Grateful Dead

Pigpen, who was originally the band's keyboardist, played a Vox Continental all over the first album except "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", which of course, was the only song he sang on. - Gg2000

6 California Sun - The Rivieras

One of the most famous one-hit wonder surf groups. One of the song's distinctive features is the call-and response between the guitar and organ in the intro. - Gg2000

7 Kicks - Paul Revere & The Raiders

The whole group had an endorsement deal with Vox, which meant that Paul Revere got to use a Vox Continental. - Gg2000

8 Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds

A basic two chord rocker. The organ helps to propel the song along. - Gg2000

9 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet - The Blues Magoos

One of the most underrated bands of the psychedelic era. The organ riff in this song is a precursor to Deep Purple's Black Night (although it originally dates back to Ricky Nelson's cover of "Summertime"). - Gg2000

10 I'm Down - The Beatles

John Lennon played the organ for this song both in the studio and on stage. He said he didn't know what to do with it, so he played part of the solo with his elbows like Jerry Lee Lewis. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Light My Fire - The Doors

This should be number one. - Ivar

12 Sister Ray - The Velvet Underground

John Cale played a Vox Continental organ and routed it through a distorted guitar amp. The whole song was recorded in one take, warts and all, from start to finish. - Gg2000

13 Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Steve Nieve, the keyboard player, frequently used a Vox Continental. The organ just dominates this song. - Gg2000

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