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Catherine McGann

Yes, we know the conventional wisdom is that the flute is a nerd's instrument relegated to high school orchestra. That is just wrong. Everyone from smooth soul singers the Isley Brothers to atmospheric rockers Mercury Rev to the Beastie Boys employed the woodwind instrument. Listen to some of the best flute-anchored tracks below.