Sax solos from 80s + 90s tracks

Was listening to one of my playlists on Spotify and one after the other, that powerful saxophone solo kept bursting out of each a song. All I could think was, “Where did that sax solo go?!” I don’t hear it too much in today’s music. I mean, it’s there in a repetitive loop behind a song track, but it’s just not the same.

So went on a little scavenger hunt and created a little sound trip below, where you can hear all the old school sax solos in one place. I’m sure there are more out there – let me know if you uncover any more. The tracks are organized alphabetically by title — included release dates. When you hit play, it takes you straight to the solo (no scrubbing necessary!).

Some are just so CLASSIC – gotta love ’em. Enjoy reminiscing 🙂

ARTHUR’S THEME BY CHRISTOPHER CROSS (1981)



BETCHA SAY THAT BY GLORIA ESTEFAN (1987)



CANDY BY CAMEO (1986)



CARELESS WHISPER BY WHAM (1984)



CARIBBEAN QUEEN BY BILLY OCEAN (1984)



DANCING IN THE DARK BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (1984)



DIGGING YOUR SCENE BY THE BLOW MONKEYS (1986)



FOREVER YOUR GIRL BY PAULA ABDUL (1988)



FORGET ME NOTS BY PATRICE RUSHEN (1982)



GET OUT OF MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR BY BILLY OCEAN (1988)



GOING BACK TO CALI BY LL COOL J (1987)



THE GLAMOROUS LIFE BY SHEILA E. (1984)



GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU BY GEORGE HARRISON (1987)



HANDS TO HEAVEN BY BREATHE (1988)



HUNGRY EYES BY ERIC CARMEN (1987)



I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) BY HALL & OATES (1981)



I DON’T WANNA FIGHT BY TINA TURNER (1993)



I LOVE YOUR SMILE BY SHANICE (1991)



I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU BY WHITNEY HOUSTON (1992)



IF YOU LEAVE BY OMD (1986)



KOKOMO BY THE BEACH BOYS (1988)



LOST IN EMOTION BY LISA LISA & CULT JAM (1987)



MANEATER BY HALL & OATES (1982)



MY, MY, MY BY JOHNNY GILL (1990)


Fun fact…Kenny G was the one playing the sax on this track.  Go Johnny Gill! 🙂 🙂

NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU BY GLENN MEDEIROS (1985)



ONE MORE NIGHT BY PHIL COLLINS (1985)



ONLY IN MY DREAMS BY DEBBIE GIBSON (1987)



PUSH IT ALONG BY TRIBE CALLED QUEST (1990)

Song find courtesy of Philip I.

REASONS (LIVE VERSION) BY EARTH WIND & FIRE (1975)



RIO BY DURAN DURAN (1982)



SIMPLY THE BEST BY TINA TURNER (1991)



SMOOTH OPERATOR BY SADE (1984)



TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT BY EDDIE MONEY (1986)



TRUE BY SPANDAU BALLET (1983)



WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL BY BOY MEETS GIRL (1988)



WHO CAN IT BE NOW BY MEN AT WORK (1981)

Comment: Ok, would love to do a modern day version of this video. I think it’s doable.

YOU BELONG TO THE CITY BY GLENN FREY (1985)



Sources:
Top Five Memorable Sax Solos In R&B Hits
The Best Sax Solos in Pop History (When Sax Solos Mattered)
80’s sax solos
50’s-, 60’s- and 70’s rock songs with some skronking saxophone?