Sunday, July 20, 2008

INSTRUMENTALS


The most popular instrumentals in Greek radio (per decade)

Before the 1950's

In The Mood-GLENN MILLER (1939)


1950's (1950-1959)

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White-PEREZ PRADO (1955)
Tequila-THE CHAMPS (1958)


1960's (1960-1969)

Albatross-FLEETWOOD MAC (1968)
Apache-THE SHADOWS (1960)
F.B.I.-THE SHADOWS (1960)
Grazing In The Grass-HUGH MASEKELA (1968)
Green Onions-BOOKER T & THE MG'S (1962)
Hawaii 5-0-THE VENTURES (1960 & 1969)
L'amour Est Bleu-PAUL MAURIAT (1967 / original version by Vicky Leandros)
Maria Elena-LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS (1963)
Misirlou-DICK DALE & HIS DEL-TONES (1962)
Soul Bossa Nova-QUINCY JONES & HIS ORCHESTRA (1962)
Soul Finger-THE BAR-KAYS (1967)
Soulful Strut-YOUNG-HOLT UNLIMITED (1968)
Take Five-THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET (1961)
Telstar-TORNADOS (1962)
Walk Don't Run-THE VENTURES (1960)
Wipe Out-SURFARIS (1963)


1970's (1970-1979)

Breezin'-GEORGE BENSON (1976)
Disco Connection-ISAAC HAYES (1975)
Einsamer Hirte-JAMES LAST & GHEORGHE ZAMFIR (1977)
El Bimbo-BIMBO JET (1974)
Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)-SANTANA (1976)
Feels So Good-CHUCK MANGIONE (1977)
Flor D'Luna (Moonflower)-SANTANA (1977)
Frankenstein-THE EDGAR WINTER GROUP (1970 & 1973)
The Gold Bug-THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT ( 1979)
Hocus Pocus-FOCUS (1971)
Hyper-Gamma-Spaces-THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT (1978)
The Hustle-VAN McCOY & THE SOUL CITY SYMPHONY (1975)
Love's Theme-LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA (1973)
Magic Fly-SPACE (1977)
One Step Beyond-MADNESS (1979)
Popcorn-HOT BUTTER (1972)
Pick Up The Pieces-AVERAGE WHITE BAND (1975)
Rise-HERB ALPERT (1979)
Samba Pa Ti-SANTANA (1970 & 1974)
TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)-MFSB (1974)


1980's (1980-1989)

Alone In Paris-ALPHONSE MOUZON, LES OMBRES (1989)
Dance With The Devil-UB40 (1983 & 1988)
Disco King-CARRARA (1983 / song has both vocal & instrumental versions)
Droid-MITO (1982)
Goldene Jahre-MICHAEL CRETU (1983)
Indian Summer-THE JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET (1988)
La Serenissima-RONDO VENEZIANO (1982)
Lily Was Here-DAVID A. STEWART feat CANDY DULFER (1989)
The Loner-GARY MOORE (1987)
Moments In Love-ART OF NOISE (1984)
Oh Yeah-YELLO (1985)
One Big Rush-JOE SATRIANI (1989)
Oscillate Wildly-THE SMITHS (1985)
Pulstar-HYPNOSIS (1983) / originally by Vangelis in 1976)
Rockit-HERBIE HANCOCK (1983)
Sequencer-AL DI MEOLA (1983)
Siempre Hay Esperanza-SADE (1988 / song can be heard in the film "Sea Of Love")
Song For Denise-PIANO FANTASIA (1985)
Songbird-KENNY G. (1986)
Struggle For Pleasure-WIM MERTENS (1983)


1990's (1990-1999)

Block Rockin' Beats-THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS (1997)
Busindre Reel-HEVIA (1998 & 2000)
Children-ROBERT MILES (1996)
Cold Water Music-AIM (1999)
Das Boot-U96 (1991)
Flat Beat-MR. OIZO (1999)
Nocturne-SECRET GARDEN (1995 / ...well almost instrumental)
Pacific State-808 STATE (Nov 1989)
Plastic Dreams-JAYDEE (1993)
Saturn In The Summertime-BARRY ADAMSON (1999)
Tango To Evora-LOREENA McKENNITT (1991)
The Whistle Song-FRANKIE KNUCKLES (1991)


2000's (2000-2008)

Alpha Beta Gaga-AIR (2004)
B Minor-LANTERNA (2001)
Grand Guignol-BAJOFONDO (2007)
Mondo '77-LOOPER (2000)
Sara-YASUHIRO KOBAYASHI
Veridis Quo-DAFT PUNK (2001)


Based On Classics

A Fifth Of Beethoven-WALTER MURPHY & THE BIG APPLE BAND (1976)
Nut Rocker-B. BUMBLE & THE STINGERS (1962 / Ο Καρυοθραύστης)
Saturday Night At The Duck Pond-THE COUGARS (1964 / Η Λίμνη Των Κύκνων)
Swan Lake-MADNESS (1979 / Η Λίμνη Των Κύκνων)
notice: check my list at swisscharts.com


The Big Screen favorites

Axel F-HAROLD FALTERMEYER (1984 / from "Beverly Hills Cop")
Brazil-MICHAEL KAMEN (1985 / from "Brazil", based on brasilian song Aquarela Do Brasil)
C'est Le Vent, Betty-GABRIEL YARED (1986 / from "Betty Blue")
Chase-GIORGIO MORODER (1978 / from "Midnight Express")
Chi Mai-ENNIO MORRICONE (1981 / from "The Professional")
Colonel Bogey-MITCH MILLER & HIS ORCHESTRA (1957 / from "The Bridge On The River Kwai")
End Titles From Blade Runner-VANGELIS (1982)
The Entertainer-MARVIN HAMLISCH (1973 / from "The Sting", originally by Scott Joplin)
Etude-MIKE OLDFIELD (1984 / from "Killing Fields")
The Fight-GIORGIO MORODER (1987 / from "Over The Top")
The Godfather Theme-NINO ROTA (1972 / from "The Godfather")
Gonna Fly Now-BILL CONTI (1976 / from "Rocky")
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly-ENNIO MORRICONE (1966) / from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly")
James Bond Theme-JOHN BARRY ORCHESTRA (1962)
For A Few Dollars More-ENNIO MORRICONE (1965) / from "For A Few Dollars More")
The Last Of The Mohicans Main Title Theme-RANDY EDELMAN & TREVOR JONES (1992)
Love Story-FRANCIS LAI (1971 / from "Love Story")
Love Theme From Flashdance-HELEN ST. JOHN (1983)
Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire-DAVID FOSTER (1985)
Midnight Cowboy Theme-JOHN BARRY ORCHESTRA (1969 / from "The Midnight Cowboy")
The Pink Panther Theme-HENRY MANCINI (1963)
Por Una Cabeza-CARLOS GARDEL & THE TANGO PROJECT (1992 / from "Scent Of A Woman"- The same music theme is used in the Tango scene in "True Lies", with Arnold & Tia trying their best to keep up with Pacino's pace)
Sentimental Walk-VLADIMIR COSMA (1981 / from "Diva")
Star Wars Theme-JOHN WILLIAMS (1977 / the Meco version of the song was an internationla dance hit)
Summer Of '42-MICHEL LEGRAND (1971 / from "Summer Of '42")
Theme From "A Summer Place"-PERCY FAITH (1960 / from "A Summer Place")
Theme From "Midnight Express"-GIORGIO MORODER (1978)
The Third Man Theme-ANTON KARAS (1949)
Titles from "Chariots Of Fire"-VANGELIS (1981)
Top Gun Anthem-HAROLD FALTERMEYER & STEVE STEVENS (1986 / from "Top Gun")
Tubular Bells-MIKE OLDFIELD (1973 / from "The Exorcist")
Homme Et Une Femme-FRANCIS LAI (1966 / from "A Man & A Woman")


The TV series favorites

Crockett's Theme-JAN HAMMER (1987 / from "Miami Vice")
Hill Street Blues Theme-MIKE POST (1981)
Mah Na Mah Na-THE MUPPET SHOW (1977...well it's definitely no instrumental but then again it has no other lyrics)
Miami Vice Theme-JAN HAMMER (1985)
The Rockford Files-MIKE POST (1974)
Theme From Dynasty-JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA (1983)
Twin Peaks Theme-ANGELO BADALAMENTI (1990)
Yakety Sax-BOOTS RANDOLPH (1963 /from "The Benny Hill Show")
and also:
The Avengers (1961), Bonanza (1959), Charlie's Angels (1976), I Dream Of Jeannie (1965), Kojak (1973), Mission Impossible (1966), The Professionals (1977), S.W.A.T. (1975), The Streets Of San Francisco (1972) , The Young & Restless (1973)


My personal favorites

Affirmation-GEORGE BENSON (1976)
After Hours (The Antidote)-RONNY JORDAN (1992)
Apache-INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND (1973)
Arrival-MIKE OLDFIELD (1980 /originally by ABBA in 1976)
Autumn Leaves-ROGER WILLIAMS (1955)
Ballade Pour Adeline-RICHARD CLAYDERMAN (1977)
Blue Cafe-THE STYLE COUNCIL (1983)
Colibri-INCOGNITO (1992)
Crucifix Heaven-THE FELT (1984)
Dolannes Melodie-JEAN-CLAUDE BORELLY (1975)
The Duel-GIORGIO MORODER (OST Electric Dreams, 1984)
Evergreen Dazed-THE FELT (1981)
The Groove-RODNEY FRANKLIN (1980)
The Loop-KAJAGOOGOO (1984)
Manha-AZYMUTH (1975)
96.8-CHINA CRISIS (1985)
Poem Without Words II - Journey By Night-ANNE CLARKE (LP Hopeless Cases, 1987)
Rotary Ten-REM (1986)
Sabre Dance- LOVE SCULPTURE (1968 / based on Aram Khachaturian's 1942 original)
Silhouette-KENNY G. (1989)
Spring Fever-MEZZOFORTE (1985)
Stranger On The Shore-MR. ACKER BILK (1962)
Tel Aviv-DURAN DURAN (1981)
Theme For Great Cities-SIMPLE MINDS (1981)

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