Perhaps no instrument is more expressive than the trumpet. Despite its versatility, the trumpet rarely gets a leading role in pop music. Here’s a list of the top 10 pop songs that buck this trend.
10. Chumbawamba – ‘Tubthumping’
Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
This hit song from the ’90s features a distinct trumpet section that brings a joyful and uplifting energy to the track.
9. Muse – ‘Knights of Cydonia’
Muse - Knights Of Cydonia (Video)
‘Knights of Cydonia’ is a standout in Muse’s repertoire, partly due to the powerful trumpet sounds that resonate throughout the song. The trumpets help create a dramatic, almost cinematic atmosphere, making it one of Muse’s most memorable tracks.
8. Radiohead – ‘The National Anthem’
The National Anthem
In ‘The National Anthem,’ Radiohead uses the trumpet to induce a sense of discomfort and chaos. The frenzied, atonal trumpet playing contributes to the song’s intense, unsettling atmosphere, making for a unique and unforgettable listening experience.
7. The Beatles – ‘Penny Lane’
The Beatles - Penny Lane
In this Beatles song, “Penny Lane,” a notable trumpet solo played by David Mason underscores the nostalgic and picturesque lyrics. The bright, cheerful trumpet sound adds to the upbeat, carefree vibe of ‘Penny Lane’.
6. The Beatles – ‘All You Need is Love’
All You Need Is Love (Remastered 2009)
In this classic Beatles song, a striking trumpet section contributes to the cheerful, festive atmosphere.
5. Stevie Wonder – ‘Sir Duke’
‘Sir Duke’ is a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington, and the trumpet plays a central role in the song. The brass section, led by the trumpet, infuses the track with energetic and lively vibes that make it impossible to sit still.
4. Cake – ‘Short Skirt/Long Jacket’
Short Skirt / Long Jacket
This song from alternative rock band Cake features a memorable trumpet solo that adds a funky, catchy groove to the track. The solo is one of the highlights of the song.
3. Blood Sweat & Tears – ‘Spinning Wheel’
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Spinning Wheel (Official Audio)
This classic tune from the ’60s extensively utilizes the trumpet, adding to the song’s jazzy, bluesy feel. The expressive trumpet solos in ‘Spinning Wheel’ showcase the versatility and emotional depth of the instrument.
2. Cheerleader – OMI
OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) (Official Video) [Ultra Records]
This pop hit is built around a catchy trumpet melody that lingers throughout the song. The joyful, upbeat sound of the trumpet perfectly complements the light, summery vibe of ‘Cheerleader’.
1. Jason Derulo – ‘Trumpets’
Jason Derulo - Trumpets [Official HD Music Video]
In ‘Trumpets,’ the trumpet takes center stage, not just musically but also lyrically. The song uses the sound of the trumpet as a metaphor for desire.