The 100 best pop/rock/etc songs in waltz time

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Beat me daddy, three to the bar...
Also, is there any hip-hop in 3/4?

100. The Byrds - "Get To You"

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 07:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

Broadcast to thread.

hmmm (hmmm), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 07:33 (10 years ago) Permalink

99. Metallica - Orion (well, parts of it)

M Carty (mj_c), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 07:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

98. Norwegian Wood, Bealtes / Fourth Time Around, Dylan / Sing it Again, Beck - so similar as to count as one entry?

bham, Tuesday, 4 May 2004 08:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

except Fourth Time Around is in 6/8, i think...

97: diamonds and gold - Tom Waits

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 08:35 (10 years ago) Permalink

Do Belly's 12/16 shanties count?

Super-Kate (kate), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 08:50 (10 years ago) Permalink

95: "High School Dance Hit"(i think its called) and the whole of "waltz" by Rex

Flotsam of the Fishfolk (Flotsam of the Fishfolk), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 08:51 (10 years ago) Permalink

Mention 3/4 time and I can't shift "Eye Dancing" out my head. But you won't have heared that one...

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 08:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

94: The Waltz by Dexys Midnight Runners

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 09:28 (10 years ago) Permalink

93. Boom Bang-a-Bang - Lulu
92. A Mouse Lived In A Windmill - Des O'Connor

Quality records, methinks.

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 09:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

91-87. er, lots of Modern Life/Parklife-era Blur, can't remember titles, can anyone help?

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 09:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

86. The Carny - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Onimo (GerryNemo), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 10:38 (10 years ago) Permalink

85. 'my sweet prince' - placebo.

our brian kisses goodbye 2 the hard stuff but writes about doing so as if he were saying goodbye to a lover.

piscesboy, Tuesday, 4 May 2004 10:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

There are no bad songs in 3/4 time - it just WORKS for ballads so much better than 4/4 - far more swoony and romantic with a natural momentum to it.

Actually, a few of the Blur-esque farting fairground type ones Charlie talks about were pretty piss poor.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 10:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

84. "Fairytale of New York" (the main part of the song) - Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

83. "Innocent When You Dream" - Tom Waits

Joe (Joe), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

82. "Hickory Wind" - The Byrds/Gram Parsons

Joe (Joe), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

81. Red House - Jimi Hendrix (hey! a non-ballad!)

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Red House, at least any version of it that I've heard, is in 4/4, not 3/4.

Palomino (Palomino), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:24 (10 years ago) Permalink

oooops. i mean

81: Manic Depression - Jimi Hendrix

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:32 (10 years ago) Permalink

80. Into U - Richard X feat. Jarvis Cocker
79. Static's Waltz - Kid Koala
78. Two Hearts In 3/4 Time - The Avalanches
77. Shadow - Britney Spears
76. I Want You - Janet Jackson

Barima (Barima), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:42 (10 years ago) Permalink

75. Monday Morning - The Church

Palomino (Palomino), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

74. Kiss from a Rose - Seal

Palomino (Palomino), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

74. Ditchdigger--Rocket from the Crypt

and Kanye has one, but I'm too lazy to check it right now

dr. phil (josh langhoff), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

73--sorry!

dr. phil (josh langhoff), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:49 (10 years ago) Permalink

Can we bow to the inevitable right now and declare Golden Brown the #1?

Palomino (Palomino), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:51 (10 years ago) Permalink

A 1/3 of Give It To You - Jordan Knight would qualify here.

Barima (Barima), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

Golden Brown is not in 3/4 at all! It's in 5/4 or 7/4 or something seriously odd. That's another thread, and one that involves Paranoid Android.

Super-Kate (kate), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 11:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

> Golden Brown is not in 3/4 at all!

It's three bars of 3/4 and one of 4/4 per verse, innit?

Palomino (Palomino), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 12:01 (10 years ago) Permalink

72 - Killer Mike's verse on Outkast's "The Whole World"

71 - James Brown, "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"

Joseph McCombs, Tuesday, 4 May 2004 12:02 (10 years ago) Permalink

70. Rebel Waltz - The Clash

paulhw (paulhw), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 12:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

Waltz #2 - Elliot Smith

predictable enough?

umop apisdn (umop apisdn), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 12:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

68. Third Stream - 4 Hero

Barima (Barima), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 12:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

61: Once around the block - Badly Drawned Boy

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 12:25 (10 years ago) Permalink

60 - "Luau" - Drive Like Jehu

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

59. 7 Juillet - Dots And Borders

Barima (Barima), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:21 (10 years ago) Permalink

58. Beach Boys - Busy Doin' Nothing
57. Beach Boys - Time To Get Alone

mms (mms), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Busy Doing Nothing" is in 4/4 all the way through. Try counting it.

Anyway, 56. A Minor Forest - ...But the Pants Stay On

Colin Meeder (Mert), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:32 (10 years ago) Permalink

55. Animals - House of the Rising Sun (*unless that's actually 6/8 time - I'm not always sure)

54. Eno - Back In Judy's Jungle

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

53. Turn Back The Hands Of Time - R Kelly

Barima (Barima), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

52. "Waltzinblack" by the Stranglers
51. "Golden Brown" by the Stranglers

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:50 (10 years ago) Permalink

50 A bunch of songs bu Calexico ('Sunken Waltz')
49 Almost every ballad by cowboy junkies

Rush Rhees (Rush Rhees), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 13:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

The Rascals (or David Cassidy, or Dusty Springfield) - "How Can I Be Sure"

Joseph McCombs, Tuesday, 4 May 2004 16:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

(very x-post)
One of the Blur songs you're talking about is called 'The Debt Collector'

Jamie Fake (the pirate king), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 18:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

47. Patti Smith - Birdland

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 18:26 (10 years ago) Permalink

46. Jay-Z, 'My First Song'
45. D'Angelo, 'Untitled'

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 18:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

44. Ween - "The Blarney Stone"

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 18:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

43. Jimmy Buffet, "Living and Dying in 3/4 Time"

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 19:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

42. carole king (or dusty springfield), "no easy way down." (though maybe that's actually 6/8 or 12/8, as i imagine at least a few of the above are.)

fact checking cuz (fcc), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 19:49 (10 years ago) Permalink

41. Black Sabbath "Behind the Wall of Sleep"

dave q, Tuesday, 4 May 2004 19:52 (10 years ago) Permalink

Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music to thread.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 19:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

Beach Boys - Busy Doin' Nothing

This song isn't in 3/4, so:

Beach Boys - Friends

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Saturday, 4 June 2005 01:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

Flitcraft: The Mekons

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Saturday, 4 June 2005 01:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

Not ONE mention of "I Put a Spell on You"?

Nat King Cole: "It's All in the Game"

Burr (Burr), Saturday, 4 June 2005 03:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

aussie band - v capri 1986 "this dance" has waltz beat.
the words: "waltz our lives away".
their songs used to play in aussie soap " neighbours".

ross tinney, Saturday, 4 June 2005 08:03 (9 years ago) Permalink

isn't there at least one beatles songs ?
i'm not a musician but i'll guess - her majesty (if you slow it down)

ross tinney, Saturday, 4 June 2005 08:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Her Majesty" isn't a waltz. I don't think the Beatles used 3/4 too often--the only one I can think of is "A Taste of Honey."

Keith C (kcraw916), Saturday, 4 June 2005 13:31 (9 years ago) Permalink

As of 3 days ago, 'Roadside' by The Shortwave Set made my top 10 waltz-time pop songs. This is the NEW (third) thread for requesting and offering songs via YSI/Gmail/Etc.

Negativa, True Believer (You know you love it when I'm dressed in drag) (Barima), Saturday, 4 June 2005 13:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

As of 3 days ago, 'Roadside' by The Shortwave Set made my top 10 waltz-time pop songs. Get it at This is the NEW (third) thread for requesting and offering songs via YSI/Gmail/Etc.

Negativa, True Believer (You know you love it when I'm dressed in drag) (Barima), Saturday, 4 June 2005 13:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

Maybe not quite the genre(s) you're looking for but- John Coltrane to thread with
"My Favorite Things"
"Greensleeves"
"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

k/l (Ken L), Saturday, 4 June 2005 14:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

GGEESUS. This deserves to be number one:
Leonard Cohen ~ Take his Waltz

The Cuddly Cactus, Saturday, 4 June 2005 14:13 (9 years ago) Permalink

72 - Killer Mike's verse on Outkast's "The Whole World"

"The Whole World" does not have a time signature change, and I'm positive that it's in 4/4 throughout the whole song, but it's 4/4 with a swing feel that makes it feel like a sped-up 3/4 measure appears in every beat of the song.

There's a small amount of modern rock bands who owe their success to 3/4 and 6/8 time, including A Perfect Circle ("Judith," "Three Libras"), Chevelle ("The Red," "Closure") and AFI ("Silver And Cold").

Weezer has a decent amount of high-quality 3/4 and 6/8 tracks, including "No Other One," "Devotion," "Waiting On You," and the Rentals' "Naive." (The aforementioned "Holiday" appears to be in 4/4.)

billstevejim (billstevejim), Saturday, 4 June 2005 14:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

Winterlude: Bob Dylan

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Saturday, 4 June 2005 14:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

Cocteau Twins own this thread.

The plastic yoghurt guns of Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Mantra), Saturday, 4 June 2005 14:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

The Beatles' "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite," but only for a few seconds.

My favorite waltzes of all time are Randy Newman's theme to Ragtime and "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" by M. W. Balfe (slaughtered by Enya in The Age of Innocence, but still one of my all-time favorite songs...)

Pete Scholtes, Saturday, 4 June 2005 21:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

did anybody vote for eagles, "take it to the limit"yet? if not, this thread is totally fucked.

jeri curlan, Sunday, 5 June 2005 06:13 (9 years ago) Permalink

Kanye West - Spaceship

Hari A$hur$t (Toaster), Sunday, 5 June 2005 11:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

Kelly Clarkson - Breakway

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Hari A$hur$t (Toaster), Sunday, 5 June 2005 11:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

Victpr Sylvester and his Orchestra - 'World Cup Waltz'

Negativa, True Believer (You know you love it when I'm dressed in drag) (Barima), Sunday, 5 June 2005 16:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

some corny indie fuxx songs (I made this list like 3 yrs ago)

Pavement, "Stop Breathin'"
Death Cab for Cutie, "No Joy in Mudville"
Stereolab, "Pop Quiz"
High Llamas, "Three Point Scrabble"
Clem Snide, "Your Night to Shine"
Beck, "Dead Melodies"
Blonde Redhead, "Loved Despite of Great Faults"
Rachel's, "The Mysterious Disappearance of Louis LePrince"
Ben Folds Five, "Boxing"
Black Heart Procession, "The Invitation"
Nick Drake, "Saturday Sun"
Pullman, "Lysayna"
Badly Drawn Boy, "Stone on the Water"

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 5 June 2005 16:53 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Dear Doctor" - Rolling Stones
"Sin City" - Flying Burrito Brothers

Keith C (kcraw916), Sunday, 5 June 2005 17:02 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

"Perpetual Change" by Yes (on the live Yessongs album) has a great middle bit jam in 3/4 time. Bruford drumming. I steal that.

"Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers in That Quiet Earth" has a very nice, long drawn early section in 3/4 time. Phil Collins has a cool beat going on there.

there are others

FlametopFred, Friday, 6 June 2008 19:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

In response to some posts a bit higher up, the Beatles did 3/4 for a few other tracks. Baby's in Black, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Me Mine (on verses), She's Leaving Home. Probably some others. I don't know if I'd put any of them on a 100-best list, though.

As for Blur, for some reason the only one coming to mind is the Parklife b-side Theme From an Imaginary Film.

So my only contribution to the list for the time being is Elliott Smith - Between the Bars.

asey, Sunday, 8 June 2008 14:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

(The aforementioned "Holiday" appears to be in 4/4.)

Holiday is 12/8.

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away is 6/8. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is 3/4.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Sunday, 8 June 2008 15:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

Black Sabbath-War Pigs (the intro)

Bill Magill, Monday, 9 June 2008 16:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

Holiday is 12/8.

Replace with "No Other One."

billstevejim, Monday, 9 June 2008 18:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

Weezer has a decent amount of high-quality 3/4 and 6/8 tracks, including "No Other One," "Devotion," "Waiting On You," and the Rentals' "Naive." (The aforementioned "Holiday" appears to be in 4/4.)

"No Other One" is true 3/4 time throughout. The rest are 6/8.

billstevejim, Monday, 9 June 2008 18:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Can't believe nobody's mentioned the best cheesy waltz pop song:
Tom Jones - What's New, Pussycat

sparkletuna, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 12:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

'This Boy' - The Beatles

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 13:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Also, is there any hip-hop in 3/4?

Was that rap in the Adams Family movie in 6/8 or something? "do what they wanna do say what they wanna say"

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 13:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

'This Boy' - The Beatles

That's 12/8.

3/4 = ONE and two and three and
6/8 = ONE two three TWO two three
12/8 = ONE two three TWO two three THREE two three FOUR two three

St3ve Go1db3rg, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 14:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

and 9/8 = ONE two three two two three three two three

Simple time signatures have beats that get broken into two parts, compound time signatures have beats that are broken into three parts. The basic beat in 3/4 is the quarter note, the basic beat in 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 is the dotted quarter. 3/4 is simple triple (three quarter notes), 6/8 is compound duple (two dotted quarters), 9/8 is compound triple (three dotted quarters), 12/8 is compound quadruple (four dotted quarters).

St3ve Go1db3rg, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 14:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

I turned my monitor upside down and tried reading that again and it still sounded like someone threw the silverware drawer down the steps.

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 14:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

6/8 = ONE two three TWO two three
12/8 = ONE two three TWO two three THREE two three FOUR two three

so wait, what's the difference between 12/8 and just going 'ONE two three TWO two three ONE two three TWO two three'? HOW CAN YOU TELL, aside from actually looking at the written music?

asey, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 12:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

Radiohead have a couple - Subterranean Homesick Alien and Nude, maybe more.

chap, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 12:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

so wait, what's the difference between 12/8 and just going 'ONE two three TWO two three ONE two three TWO two three'? HOW CAN YOU TELL, aside from actually looking at the written music?

12/8 and 6/8 sound a lot alike, depends on where you draw the bar line in the written music, like you said. In fact, most people would say "This Boy" is 6/8, not 12/8.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 13:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

My text rendering of the time signatures didn't quite do them justice -- the difference between 6/8 and 12/8 is like the difference between 2/4 and 4/4. The former has two beats, strong and weak. The latter has four beats, strong, weak, medium, and weak. 12/8 is the typical meter for doo-wop music. I don't have a recording of This Boy handy, but in my Beatles book it's notated in 12/8.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 15:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

Beach Boys - Let the Wind Blow
Beatles - Baby's in Black
Nilsson - 1941
Stereolab - One Small Step
XTC - 1000 Umbrellas

mumpsimus, Monday, 16 June 2008 04:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

A 1/3 of Give It To You - Jordan Knight would qualify here.
-- Barima (Barima), Tuesday, May 4, 2004 11:55 AM (4 years ago) Bookmark Link

Seconded

Tape Store, Monday, 16 June 2008 05:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

Mull of Kintyre- Wings
I actually learned to waltz to this one.

JesseJane, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 08:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Sea Song by Doves

alternative ballroom, Wednesday, 8 September 2010 03:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Beach Boys: Disney Girls
Weezer: My Name Is Jonas
The Corrs: Runaway
The Eagles: Hollywood Waltz
Razorlight: Los Angeles Waltz

jorgybear, Saturday, 11 September 2010 14:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

'Waltz' by the Mekons, from The Curse Of The Mekons, is fantastic. If you don't know it, go listen to it right now. I am sure you will not regret it. Plus, Sally Timms sings it, beautifully.

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Sunday, 12 September 2010 00:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fever Ray "I'm Not Done"

Doctor Madame Frances Experimento LLC (SNM), Sunday, 12 September 2010 08:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Tom Waits, "Another Man's Vine"

Flergblergtennis (aog208), Sunday, 12 September 2010 13:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

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rosareetie, Saturday, 22 January 2011 17:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cass McCombs- You Saved My Life

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rosareetie, Saturday, 22 January 2011 17:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

those diamonds are very pretty, rosareetie.

the loneliness of the dexys midnight runner (unregistered), Saturday, 22 January 2011 18:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

50 A bunch of songs bu Calexico ('Sunken Waltz')

^ love this

busytits (rip van wanko), Saturday, 22 January 2011 18:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Drive-by Truckers - The President's Penis is Missing

Kerm, Saturday, 22 January 2011 18:41 (3 years ago) Permalink


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