This will be a personal weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Rihanna vaults to the top spot while six new entries join the list including (?) Gavin DeGraw????? What is happening? I think Mercury is still in retrograde…………………..
Top Ten Songs for the Week of March 25, 2012
1. We Found Love—Rihanna
2. Cough Syrup—Young the Giant
3. Somebody That I Used to Know—Gotye with Kimbra
4. I Heard the Bluebirds Sing—The Browns
5. Lights—Ellie Goulding
6. Candle of Life—The Moody Blues
7. Dancin’ Away With My Heart—Lady Antebellum
8. Personal Growth—Cindi R. Maciolek
9. Banjo—Rascal Flatts
10. Sweeter—Gavin DeGraw
1) “We Found Love”—Believe it or not, I heard this Rihanna song even more in the past week! I like it and I can’t wait for that rising synthesizer hook where the song really takes off!
2) “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing”—It is even hard for me to imagine the power of this simbie that was recorded by legendary country group The Browns. I haven’t heard this song in at least twenty years but for some reason my brain has decided to play it over and over for me. I like the song and maybe it has something to do with the arrival of spring. But it’s never happened before. Do you understand what I’m saying??!! This song keeps playing constantly in my mind without me prompting it!
I tried to find a copy of it so I can hear it again. It’s not available as an MP3 file and a CD that it’s on has become “temporarily available” on Amazon. ODWITS!
I guess it could be worse. At least I like this one………………………………
3) “Somebody That I Used to Know”—The instrumental sections of this song reminds me of “Song of The Nairobi Trio.” (Why do I know this stuff????)
4) “Cough Syrup”—I think we’re getting out of cold & flu season, so Young the Giant’s song starts to fall………………………
5) “Lights”—I think I like the video more than the song, but the song is catchy enough………….
6) “Candle of Life”—One of my favorite Moody Blues songs! This very atmospheric simbie has been stuck in my brain many times before! Justin Hayward’s haunting vocal is perfect for a song that refers to someone who’s lonely yet still wants the “candle of life” to burn slowly!
7) “Dancin’ Away with My Heart”—The usual stuff from Lady A that works so well: Great harmonies with a good melody!
8) “Personal Growth”—This isn’t so much a song as it is a spoken meditation over peaceful instrumental music. Cindi R. Maciolek uses the buildup of waves on the ocean as an analogy for personal growth. This is just one of ten on her “Java Jems” CD, available at grandarborpress.com, amazon, or CD Baby. It might be just what you need to get you through the day!
9) “Banjo”—Rascal Flatt’s powerful tribute to the banjo makes another good list!
10) “Sweeter”—My eyes must be deceiving me! How did Gavin DeGraw end up on a good list? Hey I might not be a fan but I do respect good songs. This one is a piano pounder about thinking that some other girl is better than the one you have. Not an original idea, but he does a good job on it.