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Pop's whistling history: A blow by blow

These acts put their lips together and made some seriously memorable tunes

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Musicians have always known how to put their lips together and blow, but lately they’ve gone into overdrive: The Hot 100 is littered with whistling hits, including Maroon 5’s current No. 1 ”Moves Like Jagger,” Foster the People’s ”Pumped Up Kicks,” and Jason Derulo’s ”It Girl.” Join us on our whistle-stop tour through history.

1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, ”Whistle While You Work”
If seven dudes sharing one cottage can be this jolly, so can you

1968: Otis Redding, ”(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”
The jaunty outro conceals a woebegone message

1972: Paul Simon, ”Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”
Simon ditches Garfunkel for his new Hispanic friend

1987: The Bangles, ”Walk Like an Egyptian”
Susanna Hoffs goes Cleopatra. Way-oh, way-oh!

1989: Guns n’ Roses, ”Patience”
Axl sheds a tear, trills like a do-ragged bluebird

2011: Britney Spears, ”I Wanna Go”
Robo-disco babes know even whistles can be Auto-Tuned

2011: Maroon 5, ”Moves Like Jagger”
Mick’s lips — the eternal muse

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