Great Backup Vocals Playlist

Below are my notes for today’s SiriusXM show. The first 23 songs are in the Spotify playlist, the others were additional ideas.


Let It Loose-Rolling Stones

I’m Not In Love-10cc

State of Independence-Donna Summer

Happy Together-Turtles

It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)-Betty Everett

Walk on the Wild Side-Lou Reed

The Letter-Joe Cocker

Itchykoo Park-Small Faces

Magnet and Steel-Walter Egan

California Dreamin’-Mamas & the Papas

Babylon Sisters-Steely Dan

Long Time Gone-CSN

You’re Gonna Lose That Girl-Beatles

Lightnin’ Strikes-Lou Christie

I’ve Been Searchin’ So Long-Chicago

Higher Love-Steve Winwood

Big Barn Bed-Wings 

Stranger in a Strange Land-Leon Russell

Here Come Those Tears Again-Jackson Browne

Cabinessence-Beach Boys

Killer Queen -Queen

The Bitch is Back-Elton John- (Did you know Dusty Springfield was one of the backup singers?)

Leader of the Pack-Shangri-La’s


He’s So Shy-Pointer Sisters

Gimme Shelter-The Rolling Stones

Church of the Poison Mind-Culture Club

Dance the Night Away-Van Halen

Good Vibrations-Beach Boys

Peg-Steely Dan

Lyin’ Eyes-Eagles



So Long Marianne-Leonard Cohen

Too Busy Thinking About My Baby-Marvin Gaye

Good Shepherd-Jefferson Airplane

Night Moves-Seger

Tin Soldier-Small Faces

Rainy Days and Mondays-The Carpenters

Call Me-Al Green

Isn’t It Time-the Babys

You Can’t Always Get What You Want-Rolling Stones

Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)-Glass Tiger
Money for Nothing-Dire Straits

Games Without Frontiers-Peter Gabriel

Ride Like the Wind-Christopher Cross

Justify My Love-Madonna

Lighthouse-James Taylor-Crosby & Nash

Close to the Edge-Yes 

Laura Nyro-Gonna Take a Miracle

Gold-John Stewart

Wishin’ You Were Here-Chicago

Heart of Gold-Neil Young


Moody Blues

You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman-Aretha Franklin

Suspicious Minds-Elvis Presley

I Shot the Sheriff-Clapton

Many Rivers to Cross-Jimmy Cliff

Oh Happy Day-Edwin Hawkins Singers

Please Mr. Postman-the Marvelettes

I Wish it Would Rain-Temptations

Rolling in the Deep-Adele

More than a Feeling-Boston

Somebody to Love-Jefferson Airplane

Blowin’ In the Wind-Peter, Paul & Mary

The Living Years-Mike and the Mechanics

I Want to Know What Love Is-Foreigner

Love Train-O’Jays

Livin’ On A Prayer-Bon Jovi

Twist and Shout-Beatles

Pour Some Sugar On Me-Def Leppard

Let’s Stay Together-Al Green

Stayin’ Alive-Bee Gees

What I Got-Subime

Roll Away The Stone-Mott The Hoople
A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall-Bryan Ferry

It Won’t Be Long-Beatles

Surfer Girl-Beach Boys

Higher and Higher-Jackie Wilson

Drive-The Cars

Waterloo Sunset-Kinks

Hot Fun in the Summertime-Sly and the Family Stone

Livin’ Thing-ELO

Dreams- Fleetwood Mac.

Every Picture Tells A Story-Rod Stewart

Bowie-Young Americans

You’re So Vain-Carly Simon


With A Little Help From My Friends-Joe Cocker

It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference – Todd Rundgren

Carry On-CSNY

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