76. The Corrs – Hurt Before
Take it in stride, you're just twenty-five
And you know we've all been hurt before
I busted out Ye Olde Ten II/Rose Fanmix Fic in an attempt to fall in love with some of the tracks that never quite clicked with me before. I'm still working on most of them, but this one finally turned magical for me. Love the music and her voice.
77. Elbow - Red
You burn too bright
You live too fast
This can't go on too long
You're a tragedy starting to happen
I'm way late to the Doctor Who Confidential for The Waters of Mars, but HOW VERY DARE you bring this heartbreaking theme song for Ten to my door. The chorus stands out more than the verses or the music overall, but it stands out SO WELL that I have to include it. Chills on the last line, every time.
78. Matt Wertz - Everything's Right
Nostalgia's thick as the August air
It takes us back to a time when we didn't care
Checked out a new CD from the library – still working on making it gleam as a whole, but the opening track kicked off with the same INSTANT EXCELLENCE that I recced in the q.3 of 2018.
79. Matt Wertz – Carolina
Carolina, you will have to forgive me
Carolina, this is just my tendency
You know me, girl's names snag my attention immediately, and the music followed through on the title promise.
80. Jodie Whittaker – Yellow (Coldplay cover)
Look how they shine for you
I'm gonna be honest with you, I showed up to this Children in Need collection looking for David Tennant, but I got instantly and extremely sidetracked by this gorgeousness, which is the best version of my beloved song yet.
81. Suranne Jones – Symphony (Clean Bandit cover)
Like a love song on the radio
Will you hold me tight and not let go?
TWO FOR TWO ON BEING SHOWN UP BY HIS FORMER LADY COSTARS.
(Olivia Colman is also rocking on this collection but I don't love the song enough to hear it twice)
82. David Tennant – Sunshine on Leith (Pretenders cover)
While the Chief puts sunshine on Leith
I'll thank Him for His work
And your birth, and my birth
Yeah so this is not spectacular – either in vocal quality or song quality; I would not give the original a second glance and I even had to coax myself into loving this version -- but if you think I am gonna turn down my only opportunity to hear his voice in the music library, u r wrong.
83. Children in Need Cast Recording – It Must Be Love (Madness cover)
Nothing more, nothing less
Love is the best
A fun little show tune featuring every celeb on the collaboration. Everybody gets a bit! Tennant sounds better here. Shaun Dooley kills me and I'm still mad he's the one who covered Taylor Swift.
84. Allison Pierce – Evidence
Count to four and kick the devil out the door
And watch him walk away like a prince
Once again, he's original as sin
THE CATCHIEST OF COUNTRY MUSICS.
85. Stephanie Mabey – Glorious
It’s like a symphony, just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece
I think this came out the Christian music side, but what a beautiful and lovely ballad.
86. Abra Moore – Your Faithful Friend
Cry if you can and if you can't,
Fall to the ground without a sound
This is driving my brain mad because it feels SO MUCH like I must have heard it on the radio, or in a TV show somewhere once upon a time?, but I can find no evidence as such. So I guess I'll just enjoy it as a real solid late 90s sound.
87. Erutan – The Willow Maid
The maiden wept when she heard him
When he said he'd set her free
He took his axe and used it
To bring down her ancient tree
"Now your willow's fallen,
Now you belong to me"
*continues to genre hop* Wanna hear THE BEST NEW CELTIC SONG OF THE DECADE? Here it is! The music, the harmonies (especially on the chorus), the crystalline vocals, the story sad enough to make you weep...I listened to it for 3 hours straight the first day I found it, let's put it that way. Thanks, YouTube music algorithm!
88. Erutan – Jabberwocky
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!
What's the only thing I love more than new Celtic music? Celtic-style artists setting poems from classic literature to song. Also the video for this is AMAZING. I like it even more than the previous song, which I did not think possible.
CD REC: Katy Rose, “Because I Can” (2004)
It took several spins – too heavy on the rock music sound for my usual tastes in singer-songwriters – until one day, all of a sudden, it just clicked and now the entire CD plays in one perfect string. There is one annoying track that starts with screaming and a couple (including that one) with annoying swearing, but for the most part, it is a great release for a 16-year-old L.A. native. And honestly, there aren't any tracks I skip, so choosing a top half was hard.
They all come here to find a scene
But end up girls on Methedrine
Naked on a TV screen
This is definitely more on the rock than pop side (soft rock, but still, no shortage of drum set or electric guitars), but apparently it was on the Mean Girls soundtrack. It gradually went from Meh to one of my favorites on the CD as the more times I played it, the more I found to love about its commentary and interesting lyrics. Plus, what a cute music video!
90. Watching The Rain
I wish the raindrops on the glass would let me join their dance
I'd spin and twirl and laugh with them and drown my thoughts perchance
This chorus just pleases my ears in the most delicious early-00s way, and I like her sort of spoken-word-poetry on the verses.
I'm still enchanted
You're still implanted in me
This ballad probably wouldn't have made the top half over Lemon and its “the flowers in the graveyard all are gone” imagery except BEHOLD, THE CHIMES. Best musical sound effect!
I'll never be a snowflake
And waltz to earth so gently
To form a perfect blanket
For someone else to walk on
The whole song is a very calm and pleasant dragging of L.A. and its annoyingly perfect weather, and my ears like it.
Even if you tie me down, and you blow my candles out
I'll still glow
You tell 'em, Katy.
94. Teaching Myself to Dream
I'm teaching myself to
Believe in the things I don't understand
I don't even know if they're true
That's what dreamers do
A very pleasant ballad, in my top 3 on the CD because it feels like it could have been on a lot of my singers' CDs from this era.
95. Lauren Alaina – Doin' Fine
Daddy signed the papers the day I turned 19
And Mama drove north to find a new beginning
Checked out her CD from the library to hear Road Less Traveled and didn't totally love the whole package, but the opening track was pretty irresistible from the first "Daddy got sober, Mama got his best friend" lyrics. Very traditional country sound.
96. Eleanor Tomlinson – Hushabye Mountain
So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain,
Wave goodbye to cares of the day,
And watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from Lullaby Bay
Two surprises in this Discover Weekly track from Spotify: one, music from the pretty lady on Poldark!! and two, I have no conscious memory of ever hearing this famous song before, so I'm going to pretend it's brand new and entirely hers, because what a cool and haunting number.
97. Chxrlotte - Come With Me
And after six thousand years, if the world disappears
I'd fight angels and demons to find you, my dear
OH LOOK it's fan song about Crowley/Aziraphale!! I love it so much it overcame my hatred of ukelele.
98. Malinda – Music Box
Whose face is in the mirror today?
Is it me, or am I in the way?
I am contractually obligated to love any song that uses music boxes as a theme.
99. Jillian Jacqueline - Sad Girls
You can't jump out of the car right now
It's too damn far to walk alone
Jesus this is the most depressing song, and not even in a good way. I wish I had not fallen for the music before I realized this. I don't even know for certain what it's about, but I feel like “hotels, midnight” and “sad girls, red lights” does not paint a promising opening picture.
100. Rae Morris – Dancing With Character
He was always a fan of her, married her
This one is sad in a better way, about a widower who's lost his love and dance partner – but not his hope of seeing her again. Or his love of dance.
101. Lucy Spraggen ft. Scouting For Girls – Stick the Kettle On
I know some days are hard
But I know how strong you are
The front door's open if you're broken
Let's talk the night away
Honestly, this one caught my eye because hey!! Twinsies with "Kettle's On," a song from the original-era Doctor Who fandom plunge! Feels appropriate to add one for this era also.
102. Christy Altomare - I Let It Slip
Take today, it's a nice day to be alive
Sunny, crisp December is rolling by
Never thought the seasons could make you cry
Then it hits you, you're alone
This was a "second string" Discover Weekly option for a very, very long time. It was slow and none of the words really caught my attention. But it wouldn't let me let it go. Gradually, my ear began to differentiate this one's qualities – the soft and simple instrumentation, the beautiful violin accents, her delicate voice and unhurried lyrics with their sweet domestic imagery, even though it's really about mourning a relationship that ended. Its lyrics are seemingly endless and once you pay attention, each verse is more evocative than the last.
CD REC: Clairo, "Immunity" (2019)
See below for more detail, basically. The cover photo on her album almost could not look more perfectly like the kind of young singer (and songwriter) I am drawn to, and the whole thing just flows in the most pleasant way, a combination of soft-and-dreamy, and more uptempo but still subdued pop.
103. Clairo - Bags
Can you see me using everything to hold back?
I guess this could be worse
Walking out the door with your bags
How this album rec happened: I clicked on a random ONTD post of a user's top 50 songs of the year, noticed this one's video still right away, and was rewarded with exactly the kind of soft but uptempo singer-songwriter pop music I most love. Seeing the name of the title track (up next), I just knew I needed to investigate the rest of the album.
You called me seven times
One, two, three, four, on the line
I didn't mean to scare you
Just had the thoughts in my mind
This is far better, best on the album in fact. It has a much more somber and haunting sound, which is appropriate as it's about the support from a friend while feeling suicidal. It's the kind of echoey, dreamy music that reminds me of Phoebe Bridgers' album, the words blending into the sound until you stop to study them.
Never seen a face like yours
I got it together but my breath feels short
I don't wanna close the door
Maybe I should just go up north
And now back to faster music, as this is the one that consistently filters through with sharp clarity while playing the album on loop. I'm not sure if she means she should go up north to find this person, or to run away instead of dealing with her feelings head-on, but either way I love it.
I think we could do it if we tried
If only to say, you're mine
Sofia, know that you and I
Shouldn't feel like a crime
Same story. The music actually stands out to me more than the lyrics, despite my standard love of songs named after girls. It's very peppy.
107. White Flag
Grown apart and we're so far gone
But I'm waving the white flag
Sending my love back, move on
And close it out with softness again, with something that kind of reminds of an alto-register Birdy, actually. It also hits close to the heart, being about the end of a friendship.
108. Aurora - Runaway
And I was running far away
Would I run off the wall someday?
Nobody knows, nobody knows
YouTube said I might like this. YouTube was correct. Even if I can't explain why.
109. Lizzo -- Truth Hurts
Best friend sat me down in the salon chair
Shampoo press, get you out of my hair
Fresh photos with the bomb lighting
New man on the Minnesota Vikings
I don't love the swearing. I keep trying to not love this in general, despite its bemusing sass. But that shoutout is just too irresistible, as a Minnesotan, and there is something weirdly addictive about the ambling beat. Her screen charisma in the video also continues to be insanely good and mesmerizing.