Greatest sax solo of all time: 'Careless Whisper' or 'Baker Street'?
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Greatest sax solo of all time: 'Careless Whisper' or 'Baker Street'?

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In the '70s and '80s, no great pop song was complete without a super wanky, over-the-top sax solo. We've selected two of music history's best moments of saxual healing—George Michael's unforgettably tragic "Careless Whisper" and Gerry Rafferty's iconic "Baker Street." Both solos are undeniably saxy—but which is the greatest sax solo in pop history? 🎷 🎷 🎷

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"Baker Street" was written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Released in 1978, it reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It hit #1 in Canada, #3 in the United Kingdom, #1 in Australia, and the top 10 in the Netherlands. The song was cited by guitarist Slash as an influence on his guitar solo in "Sweet Child o' Mine." The sax solo has been featured on "The Simpsons," "The Sopranos" and "Rick and Morty."

"Careless Whisper" was written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley when they were 17. Michael said he wrote the sax solo while riding on the bus. The hit stayed at #1 for three weeks, going on to become the fifth best-selling single of 1984 in the U.K. Spending three weeks at #1 in the U.S., the song was later named Billboard's #1 song of 1985. Below is the video that launched the famous track. Don't miss the red satin sheets!

Sergio Flores, a.k.a. the Sexy Sax Man, has parlayed the "Careless Whisper" sax solo into an entire career. Just check him out as he spreads careless whispers everywhere—even security guards can't defeat the power of this solo!

But "Baker Street" fans argue it changed the musical culture. Its dramatic saxophone riff led to what became known as "the 'Baker Street' phenomenon", a resurgence in the sales of saxophones and their use in mainstream pop music and television advertising. 

For many, the "Careless Whisper" solo reigns supreme.

But Lisa Simpson's rendition of the "Baker Street" solo kicks some serious ass.

"Baker Street" is truly sacred to sax fans everywhere.

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