You might be thinking: “A 16th century instrument featured in modern day pop songs? No plucking way.” But it’s true! Here are our top 5 picks of pop songs that feature this unique keyboard instrument.
1. Scarborough Fair—Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, sage, rosemary and… harpsichord? Who remembers this?
2. Monday, Monday—Mamas & the Papas
It may not have a starring role in this song but the harpsichord is undeniably present, adding texture to this classic by Mama Cass & co.
3. Got To Be There—Michael Jackson
It’s 1971. Michael Jackson is about to record his debut solo studio album in Motown’s Motor City, and a version of this conversation *must* have happened…
“You know what we need for the beginning of this song?”
“A harpsichord solo…?”
4. MacArthur Park—Richard Harris
It’s a seven-and-a-half-minute long song about leaving a cake out in the rain. Why not throw some harpsichord into the mix?
5. Golden Brown—The Stranglers
Winner of the prize for most intriguing time signature and prominent use of harpsichord as a percussive instrument – continuo style.
Hear the harpsichord in action in its more familiar Baroque music setting at the California Symphony’s FOUR SEASONS concert, November 6th and 7th at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $44-$74 ($20 for students 25 and under), available online or through the Lesher Center Box Office at 925.280.2490.