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“Somebody Told Me” was released on The Killers’ 2004 album Hot Fuss, their studio debut. The track was released twice in slightly different forms with the latter peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the album rising to #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The album was produced by The Killers and Jeff Saltzman and famously recorded at Killers guitarist Dave Keuning’s apartment in Las Vegas, Nevada and The Hearse studios in Berkeley, California.
VOCALS only (Brandon Flowers)–starts at :23 mark:
Released on Sia’s 2014 album 1000 Forms of Fear, “Chandelier” became a worldwide smash. Here you can hear her isolated vocal from an Saturday Night Live television performance of the track. The track rose to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over two million copies to date in the U.S. It was also nominated for four Grammy Awards. The recorded version of the track was produced by Sia and Greg Kurstin and recorded and mixed at a trio of L.A.-area studios including Hot Closet Studios, Echo Studios, and Larrabee Sound Studios.
VOCAL only (Sia):
From The Clash’s 1979 classic post-punk album London Calling, the track “Lover’s Rock” helped drive the album to over 5 million in sales. The album went to #27 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and to #9 on the U.K. Top Albums chart. It was recorded at Wessex Sound Studios in London and produced by Mick Jones and Guy Stevens.
VOCAL only (Joe Strummer R.I.P.):
GUITAR only (Mick Jones):
BASS only (Paul Simonon):
DRUMS only (Topper Headon):
INSTRUMENTAL (incl PIANO by Mick Jones, no vocal):
“Just Like Heaven” appeared on The Cure’s 1987 album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It was the third single off the release and reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. while rising to #29 on the U.K. chart. It also helped drive the album to over a million in sales. The track was produced by The Cure’s Robert Smith and David M. Allen, while Bob Clearmountain mixed just this particular track on the album.
VOCAL only (Robert Smith):
GUITAR only (Robert Smith, Porl Thompson):
KEYBOARDS only (Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst, Porl Thompson):
ADDT’L GUITAR and KEYS (Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst, Porl Thompson):
DRUMS only (Boris Williams):
BASS only (Simon Gallup):
INSTRUMENTAL (no vocal):
Written by Jimi Hendrix, “Third Stone from The Sun” appeared on the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1967 album Are You Experienced. While starting out with jazz-influenced styling, listen after the 3:20 mark for some very “Whole Lotta Love“-esque improv work (Hendrix’s influence on Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and others is clear). The track was recorded at Olympic Studios in London and produced by Chas Chandler.
GUITAR only (Jimi Hendrix):
“Every Breath You Take” became a massive hit off The Police’ equally successful 1983 album Synchronicity. In addition to staying at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight weeks, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and the track for Record of the Year, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It was recorded at AIR Studios, Montserrat and mixed at Le Studio, Quebec, Canada and produced by The Police and Hugh Padgham.
GUITAR only (Andy Summers):
“Sledgehammer” became a huge hit along with its accompanying music video in MTV’s 80s heyday. It was released on the 1986 album So and went to #1 in Canada and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, also topping out at #4 on the UK chart. Gabriel was nominated for three Grammy Awards on the release and the widely acclaimed video won MTV and Brit Awards. It was recorded at Ashcombe House in Bath, England and produced by Daniel Lanois, who also worked with U2, The Killers and others.
VOCAL only (Peter Gabriel)–starts at :50 mark:
Released as the third single off the Red Hot Chili Peppers 2006 album Stadium Arcadium, “Snow (Hey Oh)” also became the group’s third straight #1 single on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album also garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2007 along with four other wins. The track was recorded at The Mansion in Los Angeles, California and produced by Rick Rubin.
INSTRUMENTAL–GUITAR/KEYBOARDS/BACKGROUND VOCALS (John Frusciante): DRUMS (Chad Smith); BASS/BACKGROUND VOCALS (Flea):
BASS only (Flea):
From Blondie’s third studio release Parallel Lines, “Heart Of Glass” became a signature hit for the group, highlighted by Deborah Harry’s effervescent vocals. The track went to #1 in most world territories including the U.S. and U.K. The album was recorded at The Record Plant in New York City and produced by Mike Chapman, who also worked with Sweet, The Knack and others.
VOCAL only (Deborah Harry):
Queen’s triumphant anthem “We Are The Champions” was released first on their 1977 album News of the World. Charting well upon its release, the track was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009, and is a staple at sports events worldwide. It was recorded at Sarm West Studios and Wessex Studios in London and produced by Queen with the assistance of Mike Stone.
VOCAL only (Freddie Mercury):
GUITARS only (Brian May):
DRUMS only (Roger Taylor):
VOCAL (Mercury), PIANO (Mercury), RHYTHM GUITAR (May) only: