Top 5 Classical Instruments that Rock!

26 Feb

You’re 16 years old and play in the school band. Your parents have poured their efforts into giving you music lessons. You’re a rock star in your own right. If only you hadn’t picked up the Euphonium. The cool kids don’t realise that some of the most bizarre and nerdiest instruments have been used in the coolest songs around. Beat back the bullies with our Top 5 Classical Instruments that Rock!

5.  The Bagpipes – Example: It’s a Long Way to the Top (If Ya Wanna Rock and Roll) by AC/DC

This is the curveball and hence comes in at #5. It’s in here because it proves that odd instruments not only rock but are pretty awesome. AC/DC = rock. Using Top 5 logic we can therefore say Bagpipes = rock.

4. Harpsichord – Example: Golden Brown by The Stranglers

Alright, this one probably doesn’t even feature on the ‘I-Mac-G4-technowizardry’ generation’s radar. What’s that saying? The old ones are the best. Young punks. Moving on…

3. Flute – Example: Sure Shot by the Beastie Boys

These guys are old school and will fight for your right to party with even the coolest of kids. It’s a Sure Shot.

2. Cello – Example: Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles

Okay. It’s the obvious choice and not exactly the rockiest of songs. It’s one that everyone knows. If you’re not convinced that the Cello can rock as hard as any other instrument, do some homework on the subgenre of rock and metal: Cello Rock. You won’t be disappointed.

1. Violin (plus supporting strings and horn section) – Example: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

I can’t remember where I read this but I think it was Jack White who said ‘I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like Led Zeppelin’. Let this be a lesson to you all. Kashmir has an array of strings and horns that will convince any nonbeliever that classical instruments do indeed rock!

Any other famous songs you think are worth mentioning? That’s what the comment box is for… interesting offers will induce labour for a part 2.

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