13 Hammond Organ Songs That Are Spectacular If You Like the Hammond Organ and Songs

13 Hammond Organ Songs That Are Spectacular If You Like the Hammond Organ and Songs

By Erin Harris | Music

Oct 12
Hammond organ songs

I think of the Hammond organ as the Whiter Shade of Pale organ. When its sound grabs me in other songs, I say I like their use of the Whiter Shade of Pale organ.

Of course, the Hammond organ goes back to about 1934, over 30 years before A Whiter Shade of Pale.

Here are some of my favorite Hammond organ songs that span the decades.

1. A Whiter Shade of Pale | Procul Harum | 1967

The 60s were like the height of Hammond use, and this song is iconic.

2. White Snake | Spider | 2015

This one’s good for emotional detoxing. Incredibly beautiful.

3. Nothing Takes the Place of You | Toussaint McCall | 1967

I’m eternally grateful to my friend Becky for telling me about this song during a Hammond discussion. Another gorgeous one, where the organ trembles like a broken heart.

4. Fuquawi | Booker T and the MGs | 1971

Booker T’s famous for his Hammond playing, and this jam bares his talents as much as his entire catalog of good-vibe tunes.

5. Green Onions | Booker T and the MGs | 1962

Booker T is said to have first written the classic organ line for Green Onions when he was 17.

It’s also fun to watch this live version from 1967 because it’s always cool to see how bands play together, and everything from the cameras to the stage to the eyeglasses is a fascinating piece of history.

6. Home Grown | Booker T and the MGs | 1963

In this Booker T paragon, both the organ and the guitar are kind of sour in a delicious, funky way like a fine pickle.

7. Shimmy | Toussaint McCall | 1967

This is the B-side to Toussaint’s Nothing Takes the Place of You, and it’s good too:

8. Come in Number 21 | The Charlatans | 1994

The Charlatans are known for Rob Collins’ Hammond for good reason.

9. Time of the Season | The Zombies |1968

All my life, anytime I’ve heard the opening bassline of this song, I’ve lost my mind with joy. What I love is the bass, the “ahhhh,” the vocals… and the organ is groovy too.

 

10. Us and Them | Pink Floyd | 1973

Between Richard Wright’s Hammond and the tenor sax, Us and Them is easily one of my favorite songs of all time.

11. Glory Box | Portishead | 1994

It’s almost like working a Hammond organ into a song guarantees Classic status.

12. The Beast | Milt Buckner | 1957

Milt Buckner is known for popularizing the Hammond in the 50s. This one reminds me of Fever and so many slinky tunes from that era.

13. Melanie | The Prisoners | 1984

Very fun 60s-style garage-rock tune right here. The Prisoners were central to British psych in the 80s and 90s.

Other Awesome Organs

Here are a few of my favorite non-Hammond organ songs.

I’m on Fire | Bruce Springsteen | 1984

The moody synth in this spectacular song reminds me of a Hammond B-3 but is, well, not a Hammond B-3.

Kites | Simon Dupree and the Big Sound | 1967

The Mellotron in Kites is just one part of what makes it completely weird and magnificent.

Skylab | Electronic System | 1974

One Sunday in Athens, someone across the street from where I was staying kept playing the same record over and over of an incredible gospel song from the 70s. Every time it ended my heart would sink, and every time it started again, the entire neighborhood would breathe a sigh of relief. It piqued a deep resonance in our souls, but I couldn’t place it. I kept trying to Shazam it from the balcony, but there was too much noise on the street. I Googled the lyrics, but sadly never found the song. What came out of my search, however, was a suggestion that I listen to this Moog masterpiece.

Here’s a Spotify playlist of Hammond organ songs, created by The Guardian.

Listen to all the songs in this post on my Hammond organ playlist!

Top image by David DeHetre.

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