I’ve been thinking about this idea for a long time and I’ve decided to just do it. So, starting off my first Music List with my Top 5 Favorite Artists! At least my favorites of my short seventeen years, that is. I’m sure and am fully expecting that it will change over time. I will leave links and such for you to take a listen to what I enjoy filling my ears with and you can think what you want about it. Pretty cool how subjective art works.
Now without further ado…..
1. David Bowie
Golden Years- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRD0ghlFSgk
This is probably not a surprise to anyone. I feel I make my love for Bowie very clear. I admit I knew some stuff, but didn’t discover the majority of his work until after he died. But oh my god I’m so glad I did. A huge musical talent but also a huge artistic talent, I just find him creatively inspiring and he makes me want to do more and be more every time I listen to him.
Also I included two songs because I just couldn’t decide.
Losing My Religion- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-UzXIQ5vw
Shiny Happy People- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s
I’m also including two here and it’s for this reason: one is actually good and is almost universally agreed upon as a great song. The other one the band themselves hate and was almost the theme song for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I’ll let you decide which is which.
3. Ed Sheeran
Give Me Love- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ9hB107AHs
Between his eps and full albums, it pains me so much to only pick one song to show you. I did it, but I also recommend spending time with his music. The way he crafts words and emotions into songs is unlike anything in current music. I’d venture to say he’s one of, if not the best, modern songwriter. He doesn’t just write songs that will sell, but songs that actually mean something and have some heart in them.
4. the 1975
Love Me- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ5bZuUlftI
I feel like the 1975 get some negative talk because people think they’re the “basic girl’s band” but maybe everyone likes them because they’re actually really good. And they are really good. What I love about them is their sound is like a reboot 80s new wave alternative, which I grew up listening to. So when someone says “oh, they sound like (this 80s band), they’re not original”. Well, they probably sound like that person because that’s what they grew up listening to.
Anyway, this is another band that I would recommend listening to all of their stuff because I personally really like all of it. The song above, “Love Me” , sounds like “Fame” by Bowie at the beginning and it’s satirical, which they’re really about. That and juxtaposition. Really about that juxtaposition.
5. Wolf Gang
King And All Of His Men- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCyAIaBDBEo
Last but certainly, definitely not least, the band that holds a special place in my heart. About 2 years ago, I saw them open up for Bastille at Stage AE in June and then by September that year, they made their way back and I got to meet and interview them for the blog that I had at the time. One of the most nerve racking experiences of my life but they were so kind and warm and they made it also one of the best experiences of my life, for which I am still so grateful.
They have since broken up to pursue other projects, but I still hope and wish that they had gotten bigger success and maybe broke into the mainstream. Oh well, but I still think everyone should check out their first album, as it is my personal favorite of the two they released. It’s called Suego Faults and it’s an album that every single track is so good and worth a listen.
All of these artists make me very happy and I hope you’ve maybe found some new songs to make you smile too.