Sax in pop music | Sax in Music Genres

Pepe plays his sax on stage in front of a big crowd
Deluxe's sax player, Pépé, at a concert

Since we started with rock music, happy to prove the world that the sax could not be limited to jazz music, Syos team is willing to show you how diversified your strong sax game could be, and today we’ll be focusing on a very different genre: pop music! Are you in love with colourful looks, love songs and crimped, crazy hair? Let yourself be, choose a Coral Neon mouthpiece, here we go to discover the place of the sax in this very dancing genre.

Quick history of the pop genre

Let’s start with a short presentation of the movement: the name « pop music » actually stands for « popular music », to qualify what sells well, what is popular in a population. The genre begins at the end of the sixties, just along with the beginning of rock music. Pop is built for a media, the radio, and leans towards commercial success : dancing melodies made to party, heartbeat-like tempo, joyful lyrics… But pop also brings its lot of innovations, and gives an important place to more « classical » instruments (think about all the violin parts in "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay… what would it be without it ?). For you who enjoy frenzied sax and love to make people dance on your music, this is your chance !

What to play ?

A few songs to play

If you are into pop music, there sure is a whole variety of songs that include saxophone parts. Here are a few ones that you should find a saxophone solo into :

  • Lady GaGa, “The Edge of Glory” (sax by Clarence Clemons)
  • Katy Pery, “Last Friday Night”
  • George Michael, “Careless Whisper”
  • Sade, “Smooth Operator”
  • Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
  • Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street”
  • Men at work, ”Who can it be now ?”
  • Elton John, “Club at the End of the Street”
  • David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”
  • Boy Meets Girl, “Waiting for a Star to Fall”

Syos artists into pop music

How to play ?

Sound of the pop sax

What mouthpiece should I choose ?

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