Top 15 older song discoveries of 2015 so far





Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
(Memorably from a scene in the movie Skeleton Twins. Makes you feel like you can do anything)

Crockett's Theme (Miami Vice) by Jan Hammer
(I never saw the show. Great discovery. Better than the Main Theme)

Changes by Black Sabbath
(Different to their usual style. This ballad gives me chills. I listened to it over and over on a car journey late at night. Computer speakers don't do the sound justice)

Slave To The Rhythm by Grace Jones
(I need to listen to her albums)

That Was Yesterday by Foreigner
(Chills. They have a bunch of great songs, and this is one of them)

The Magnificent Seven by The Clash
(I'm glad I delved into their albums. Great band who were not afraid to experiment)

All Apologies by Nirvana
(Used in new Nirvana documentary Montage of Heck. I should do a top 10 Nirvana songs)

Black Cat by Janet Jackson
(From arguably her best album)

Waiting For A Star To Fall by Boy Meets Girl
(Their signature song and was a worldwide hit in 1988)

In the City by Joe Walsh
(The Warriors soundtrack. From the end credits)

Cabaret sung by Liza Minnelli
(From the 1972 film)

No Self Control by Peter Gabriel
(Timeless. Taken from his 1980 album Melt)

Whiplash by Hank Levy
(Performed by Don Ellis' big band. From the 1973 album Soaring. Brought back to the mainstream with the recent oscar-winning movie)

Meggie's Theme by Henry Mancini
(Haunting theme from the 1983 TV mini-series The Thornbirds. The main theme is great too)

Subdivisions by Rush
(A band I am curious to explore)


Are you familiar with the artists or songs? Which are your favorite music discoveries of 2015 so far?

19 comments:

  1. Love!

    Karina xoxo
    http://yesnomaybesoh.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. @Karina: Thanks, enjoy the music!

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  2. I like Slave to the Rhythm, but I think I should warn you before you go diving into her catalog. She's an acquired taste. Honestly, I never really acquired it. Yay, Black Cat!

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    1. @Wendell Ottley: I love Slave To The Rhythm. I’m hopeful I’ll enjoy Grace Jones’ other stuff too, although I may only like her as a singles artist, we’ll see. Black Cat is great.

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  3. "Subdivisions" is my favorite Rush song but you should check out their instrumentals. Most notably "La Villa Stragiato". I really don't like that Boy Meets Girl song.

    "Black Cat" by Janet fucking ROCKS!!! I want Janet to do more songs like that.

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    1. @thevoid99: I love electronic instrumentation on Subdivisions. Thanks for the tip about their instrumentals!
      I admit Waiting For A Star To Fall by Boy Meets Girl is cheesy, although I do love the melody and to me it feels like a sister track to Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship.

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  4. Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now in Skeleton Twins makes me so incredibly happy!! That was my favorite scene in the whole movie :) Great list! You should definitely do a top 10 of Nirvana songs!

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    1. @onthescreenreviews: The scene from The Skeleton Twins brings a smile to my face as well, a great use of an 80s song in a film. I hope to do a Nirvana post at some point in the future.

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    2. @onthescreenreviews: if it has any interest, I just posted my top 10 songs by Nirvana

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  5. YES, you should do a top ten Nirvana!!!

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    1. @Fisti: That’s two votes now, I’ll think about it :)

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  6. LOVE this post Chris, keep 'em up! Always fun to discover songs through movies! Ahah, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship got me nostalgic, I first heard that in the 80s rom-com Mannequin!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! There’s a lot of 80s music on the way! I’m working on top 100 songs of each year in the 1980s. It’s an ambitious project but also enjoyable.

      I noticed scenes from Mannequin in the music video.

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  7. Oh, nice post! I LOVE that scene from The Skeleton Twins, which is my favorite one from last year.

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    1. @Josh: Thanks, indeed, a great scene from The Skeleton Twins

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  8. Great list. Love "That Was Yesterday." Foreign rocks!

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    1. @Alex Withrow: Thank you. I had heard other Foreigner hits such as "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Waiting for a Girl Like You" a million times. I guess "That Was Yesterday" doesn't get as much radio play.

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  9. Black Sabbath is never far from my playlists. Along with Led Zeppelin - I swear these days I'm listening to a lot more older music than new.

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    1. @Jaina: I only know a few of the iconic Led Zeppelin songs(Stairway to Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Kashmir). I should listen to more of their work!

      I fell in love with Black Sabbath's greatest hits this year, awesome album.

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