It’s time for the second annual Music For Humans Awards. It’s my small way of evening out the junk fest that is the Grammys. Some of the categories I took from the Grammys, some I decided to have fun with and create my own. Click here for last years winners, and read below for this years winners.
Well, it’s a couple days later than I planned, but here are the best songs of 2013. The reason I am late posting this is that in the past I try to pick whatever songs can fit on 2 CD’s. It was time consuming narrowing them down that way, and at some point I figured why limit myself. I’m probably the last person who still uses CD’s anyways, so I just figured I will pick whatever songs I want, and not worry about limits like that. So, here are my favorite songs of 2013:
Just To Make Me Feel Good – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
About Farewell – Alela Diane
Nothing On Me – Alexz Johnson
Johnson Blvd. – Amos Lee
Indian Summer – Anoushka Shankar
One and Only – Ashley Gold
Went To See The Gypsy (Demo) – Bob Dylan
Wild Child – Brett Dennen
Change Your Ways Or Die (The Buffalo Song) – The Cactus Blossoms
Pink Champagne – Caitlin Rose
Sad Joy – Carrie Rodriguez
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Cat Power
Crying in the Rain – The Chapin Sisters
Body Party – Ciara
Villain – CocoRosie
Lost In You – Darius Rucker
It’s Only Me – Dessa
No Freedom – Dido
Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) – Emmy Rossum
Wait – Eric Burdon
Please Don’t Say You Love Me (Piano Version) – Gabrielle Aplin
Hard To Be Like You – Hanna & Kerttu
Love My Life Away – Harry Connick, Jr.
Drinkin’ – Holly Williams
Unchain My Heart – Hugh Laurie
I Got You – Jack Johnson
Pure Imagination – Jamie Cullum
Loneliness & Alcohol – Jars Of Clay
Reckoning – Jen Chapin
Sunnyside – Jessica Campbell
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Jewel
Dear Marie – John Mayer
There Is a Stone – John Smith
Fight for My Soul- Jonny Lang
All Bad – Justin Bieber
You Got It On – Justin Timberlake
Five Hundred Miles – Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands
As Long As I’ve Got You – Kendra Morris
These Great Things – Lily & Madeleine
Fly – Luluc
The Search – Mree
Leaving On A Jet Plane – My Morning Jacket
On My Way To Work – Paul McCartney
Lost In You – Petula Clark
Warrior Lord – Poliça
Nowhere Is – Ron Sexsmith
Kid Face – Samantha Crain
Ms. Unseen – Sean Lennon
Love Will Remember – Selena Gomez
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten
I Can See Clearly Now – Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt
O Bêbado e a Equilibrista / Smile – Stacey Kent
When You Get to Asheville – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Another year is coming to a close and it’s time to unveil my top albums of the year. It’s a list that is dominated by females, there were so many good albums released by women this year. First, some albums that didn’t quite crack the top 10, but I still feel like they should be mentioned. These are in no particular order:
Jonny Lang has been one of my favorite musicians for as long as I can remember. The first time I heard him, I was shocked a voice like that was coming from a 15 year old kid. His sound has never remained the same, ranging from blues to rock, even some R & B, and now the aptly titled “Fight For My Soul“. This is definitely a soul album, and Jonny’s voice has never sounded better. This being his first new studio album in 7 years, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. Some highlights from this album is the amazing chorus on Breakin’ In, you can hear the passion in his voice with every line. I was also happy to hear Jonny do a Christmas song called Seasons. In light of his conversion to Christianity, I am hoping he’ll do an entire album of Christmas songs someday, but I will gladly take what I can get here. USA Today is offering a free download of this song here, so be sure to give it a listen and download it. Lastly, the song All Of A Sudden shows off Jonny’s amazing vocal range, using almost a falsetto voice, and it makes for a really beautiful tribute to his wife. This is one of my favorite albums of the year, and I can only hope he doesn’t wait 7 more years to release a new one.
Nipping at the heels of wiz-kid blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who debuted at age 18, comes 16-year-old Jonny Lang, the most soulful guitar slinger ever to make it out of junior high school. Lang’s debut, much like Shepherd’s Ledbetter Heights, features a mix of choice covers and co-written originals. But whereas Heights leans in a Delta-blues direction, Lang’s blues has more of an R&B flavor.
The Clavinet and Hammond B-3 organ on the title track and “Hit The Ground Running” help give Lie To Me a funky swagger. As for influences, Lang’s choices of Ike Turner’s “Matchbox” and Syl Johnson‘s “Back For A Taste Of Your Love” show a taste for rousing shuffles and Memphis soul. Lang shows his commercial instincts by wrapping up the album with “When I Come To You” and the acoustic “Missing Your Love,” two songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a recent Eric Clapton album.
Good Morning Little School Girl
Lie To Me
When I Come To You
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