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Friday, December 5, 2008

The J-50: My Top 50 Songs of All Time [Songs 1->10]

10) Alison Kraus – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You - After I first heard this song, I spent almost over a year trying to figure out who sang it. Such simple, earnest lyrics delivered by such a magnificent voice. Alison really brings the heartbreak to this song, which is actually a remake of a funky tune by '60s group The Foundations.

9) Van Hunt - Daredevil, baby - "You don't know anything till you open up your heart and find that you can't stop bleeding." Take the risk to love, Van Hunt encourages, even if you may fall.

8) Alison Kraus - Get Me Through December - Yep, Alison makes the top ten twice. Her voice is just that good. This collaboration with fiddle player Natalie McMaster is breathtaking. "Get me through December, " Alison sings, "so I can start again."

7) Five For Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy) - At times, we feel like the superhero in our own little world. That's not always easy. This song addresses that, making an extended metaphor of the "real" Superman. Very creative, John Ondrasik, very creative.

6) John Legend - Show Me - "Show Me" is the prayer of a person distressed by world conditions, and while I might not necessarily agree with the perspective entirely, I really sympathize with it because it's very honest. This song presents a totally different side of one of my favorite artists, and sounds like nothing else he's done before or since. To be real, this is the best Jeff Buckley song Jeff Buckley never did, which takes us to the real deal...

5) Jeff Buckley - Everybody Here Wants You - If you have not heard this song, please treat yourself to a listen! The smooth vocal pacing and soulful guitar licks support lyrics that are sexy without being overtly sexual. Jeff's voice and musical vision were so rare. It's sad that he's not with us today to continue to share them.

4) Coldplay - Fix You - We all have been hurt. We all have scars for various reasons. Wouldn't it be nice to have someone love you so much that they want to help you heal? That's how Chris Martin feels about his wife Gwyneth Paltrow. He wrote this song for her shortly after her father died. The simple chorus makes for great "stadium rock" (picture people singing along and holding up lighters) and the emotional sentiment is pretty endearing.

3) Kelly Clarkson - Sober - This may not have been one of her bigger hits, but it's her best song hands down. The lyrics and raw emotion in Kelly's voice ring true whether a person is walking away from a relationship or an addiction.

2) Incognito - Shade of Blue - This song is the epitome of smooth. It wraps you up in its mood, and leaves you with an unforgettable impression.

1) Robin Thicke - U Center Me - Here we have it - my favorite song of all time. Although, it wasn't released on Robin's sophomore album The Evolution of Robin Thicke (for which it was recorded), it's undoubtedly one of his best works. The piano melody at the top of the song let's you know you're about to hear something special. The slow driving taps or percussion move the song forward and keep you engaged. The words speak of a love that came like a rescue (yes, he's talking about his wife Paula Patton... she's so purrrty).

And that's the J-50... so what did you think? Leave a comment!

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