As a music lover of every genre and type, I am always in search of good songs. And don’t ask me what makes a good song? I tried to define it but couldn’t. Sometimes it’s the lyrics, other times it’s a catchy tune, or the arrangement. Or all of them together just work.
Today I’m sharing with you ten of my favorite songs that in my opinion didn’t get their fair share of recognition, but to me each one of them has something special.
So here it goes: By the way I like them all equally so ignore the order.
1. Jodeci – Lately
This was originally a Stevie Wonder song, but the cover by Jodeci in this particular live performance aris just incredible. The vocals and the performance are amazing. You might not know the band Jodeci as they were not around for a very long time but you might’ve heard of one of their many reincarnations K-Ci & JoJo, or H-Town
2. Fuel – Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
This is a powerful lyrics song. If you don’t enjoy this kind of music at least enjoy the words.
First time I heard this song, and specially the chorus it gave me the shivers.
Don’t fall away and leave me to myself
Don’t fall away and leave love bleeding in my hands, in my hands again
What an image “Love Bleeding in my hands”. It sure feels this way sometimes. And I’m sure we’ve all been in similar situations.
OK this song hit the charts for a while but was very quickly forgotten.
3. Lacuna Coil – Our Truth
Lacuna Coil is an Italian gothic metal band. And I’m not really sure how I came across their work, but it is amazing, and especially this song. There’s just something catchy and haunting about it.
If you like this one check out “Veins of Glass”
4. Stone Temple Pilots Plush
This is one of those songs that when I first heard in the early nineties, I had on repeat loop for a very long time, and particularly this acoustic version where Scott Weilland gives an amazing performance. As for the lyrics, my favorite line has to be:
Where ya going for to tomorrow?
Where ya goin’ with the mask I
5. Jimmy Somerville – By your side
You might know Jimmy Somerville from his band work with Bronski Beat and the Communards, but this song was released as a solo. I can’t exactly pinpoint why I like this one, but I just do. It just all works together beautifully.
6. The Manhattan Transfer – The Offbeat Of Avenues
The Manhattan Transfer is a vocal music group, and I love most of their work but this is another one of those “I don’t know why I like it songs”
7. Lifehouse -Storm
I love Jason Wade’s voice, and I love most of lifehouse songs, but there is something special about this song. And Storm is a very fit name for it. Even though it’s a very calm and slow song it just gives that uneasy storminess feeling. Or the cloudy a storm about to blow feeling. You have to listen. And better yet close your eyes while listening. I’m not going to quote lyrics because I will end up posting the whole song
8. KD Lang Black Coffee
Ella Fitzgerald originally performed this song, but KD Lang did an amazing job covering it, and the musical arrangement is incredible and very catchy.
I also love the lyrics.
Now man was born to go a lovin’
But was a woman born to weep and fret
And stay at home and tend her oven
And down her past regrets
In coffee and cigarettes
9. Bell Book and Candle Eddie Reader
Okay, confession time. I am a die hard “Charmed” Fan and I first heard this song in Prue Halliwell’s funeral in season 4 of the show first episode, and I kept digging until I found it. You have to remember that this was around 2002, where internet was not as rich in content as it is now.
But the show is not the only reason I like this hidden gem, Eddie Reader was a pleasant discovery, I ended up being a fan. I like her rich voice, and her simple yet rich and clever music arrangements. And the lyrics of this particular song are remarkable.
The blue around the morning moon
The colour of your eyes
I remember holding you
Fall through summer skies
You’re everything that I’ve become, every word I say
I need a bell, book and candle to keep your ghost away
10. Bryan Ferry – Is Your Love Strong Enough
You might’ve heard the newer version of the song performed by “How to Destroy Angels” for the movie: The Girl With Dragon Tattoo. And even though it was a very good cover, to me, the original still rules.
The combination of Bryan Ferry’s voice along with the musical arrangement just creates a certain atmosphere of someone who is desperate to know if their lover’s love is strong enough? This is another “Close your eyes and listen” Song
I hope you liked the selection and please do share any good songs you know.