Saturday, May 7, 2011

30 for 30 - Favorite Singers / Groups

1. Members of my family including, but not limited to: My dad, my husband, my sisters, my daughters, my Papaw... Music is one of the heritages handed down in our family.
The Very Best Of Nat King Cole2. Nat 'King' Cole. This man's voice is just about as close to perfect as I can imagine.

The Best Of Judy Garland: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection)3. Judy Garland. One of the best sellers of a song in the history of popular music. She never lost it.

Nothing But The Best4. Frank Sinatra. The whole is more than the sum of the parts.

In Concert on Broadway5. Harry Connick, Jr. The modern standard bearer. Great sense of fun and great love for music.

Very Best of Perry Como6. Perry Como. OK, he isn't fashionable, I suppose, but his voice has a very pleasing quality to it.

Essential Louis Armstrong7. Louis Armstrong. One of a kind.

Pure Ella8. Ella Fitzgerald. Wide range, warm tone, impeccable timing: perfectly perfect.

Greatest Hits9. Peggy Lee. A singer-songwriter with a voice described as both "velvet" and "smoky".

Eternelle: The Best Of10. Edith Piaf. Called "The Little Sparrow" but her voice was huge - passionate and distinct.

The Beatles 111. Beatles. The first group on my list. Often imitated but no one even comes close.

The Joshua Tree12. U2. The Joshua Tree is one of the best albums ever. The end.

Much Afraid13. Jars of Clay. Much Afraid is the best album. I'm also partial to Redemption Songs.

Divine Discontent14. Sixpence None the Richer. Leigh Nash has a distinct voice. This particular CD still gets frequent play around here.

Parachutes15. Coldplay. I resisted for a long time, I admit. I used to walk out of the room when Philip played their songs. I was young and stupid, I'll admit it: I was wrong. They took awhile to grow on me but now I love Coldplay. I think X&Y is my favorite, although they're almost all good. And don't miss the acoustic version of Yellow on the CD Sounds Eclectic Too. (This version is one of my favorite songs of all time.)

Fireflies and Songs16. Sara Groves. Probably my favorite Christian singer-song writer. I think Conversations is my favorite CD but really, they're all good. And don't miss her Christmas CD: O Holy Night.

Recollection: The Best of Nichole Nordeman17. Nichole Nordeman. Another Christian singer-songwriter. My favorite is Woven & Spun but all of her efforts are worth a listen.

Songbird18. Eva Cassidy. Love "Songbird". And her cover of "Fields of Gold". And her cover of "At Last"...yes, I could go on. The last song she sang publicly, before succumbing to cancer at the age of 33, was "What a Wonderful World".

You Were Here19. Sarah Harmer. An amazingly talented Canadian singer-songwriter. I own all her CDs except the newest one. (hint, hint) My girls enjoy singing along with "I'm a Mountain".

Only With Laughter Can You Win20. Rosie Thomas. A singer-songwriter. The song "Let Myself Fall" is worth the price of the CD. I own the above album and If Songs Could Be Held and I would own the other two if I didn't keep forgetting to buy them.

Sand & Water21. Beth Nielsen Chapman. Sand & Water, if you want to cry. Hymns if you want to think. Back to Love if you want her most recent release. (I own them all. And a few more.)

Come Away With Me22. Norah Jones. Kind of mellow, but never boring.

Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture23. Aimee Mann. Yet another singer-songwriter on this list. "Wise Up" is one of the saddest, most haunting songs ever.

Patsy Cline - The Definitive Collection24. Patsy Cline. Yes, I like a little bit of country. What a powerful, expressive voice!

The Story25. Brandi Carlisle.  I'm not sure anyone knows how to categorize this singer.Could be country, could be rock, could be folk. Whatever. She's a great, distinctive voice and this album (The Story) is fantastic. (Thanks for introducing me, Lulu!)

Book of Secrets26. Loreena McKennit. A bit more "out there" than some of the other names on this list. Many of her songs are based on or inspired by beloved poems. "Dante's Prayer" on this album is one of my favorite songs.

Watermark27. Enya. It was better to like Enya before they started playing her in every elevator and shopping mall. However, I must admit that I still enjoy listening to Enya, no matter how mainstream she has become.

Fishermans Woman28. Emiliana Torrini. One of my new favorites, via Pandora and Grooveshark and probably the only singer from Iceland on this list. OK, definitely the only singer from Iceland on this list (sorry, Bjork!).

The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere29. Andrea Bocelli. This is when I started liking opera: when I heard Andrea Bocelli sing Nessun Dorma. Amazing!

Encore30. Sarah Brightman. My first introduction to this singer was when my mom and dad bought The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack. The experts say that Ms. Brightman has two voices, one a "pop" voice and one "classical", in both of which she has a three octave range. Very rarely does a week go by when I haven't played at least one of her CDs. Encore is my favorite but I own four or five.

Wow, it was hard to narrow down to just 30! Some of my other favorites are Rufus Wainwright, Johnny Cash, ABBA (can you believe I admitted that?!), Yael Naim, Julie Andrews, Anna Ternheim and, my newest favorite: The Wailin' Jennys. (Hey Dad, they play all their own instruments...)

So, which singers do think deserve a spot on my playlist?

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1 comment:

Julie Munroe said...

We are musical kindred spirits, too. So many of these are my favorites as well. I am going to go home and look up the ones I am not familiar with. I am going to suggest The Weepies (Say I am You). They are quirky. Listen at least 3 times before you make up your mind. And mommy warning: the song "Nobody knows me at all" has one swear in it. Just thought I would look out for the little ears of the du Barry children. Mindy Smith. Any album will do, really. Her Christmas album is good enough to be listened to all year long. And Sarah Jarosz. If you like the Wailin' Jenny's, you will love her. Man, she is great. :)

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