My favorite musicians: 31-40

 

As we remember Dolores o’Riordan and mourn her untimely passing, it’s time to look at the next 10 of my favorite artists. A reminder that this list is very personal, and exclusion, or lower ranking of an artist does not imply that I am conclusively saying they are not as good as my topped ranked musicians. It’s just about the music that works for me.

So here are my artists ranked 31-40 (I haven’t done any ranking within the bands of 10)

Swing Out Sister: Duo (for most of their career) who have been making great music since the 80s.
Love: I had the fortune to see Arthur Lee live a few years before he passed. A lot of their greatness is around the Forever Changes album, but there is a lot more to them.
David Bowie: More than just the chameleon of rock, Bowie pioneered and popularized many different genres.
Deacon Blue: Scottish group who have been making great rock/pop for over 30 years.
Magic Numbers: English group who have some Brian Wilson influence.
Orpheus: Lesser known sunshine pop with an edge -their first album is a personal favorite.
Wondermints: Should be given great credit for their role in Brian Wilson’s revival, but have enough of their own brilliant music to justify my ranking here.
Roger Nichols: You may pick up, as you go through these lists, that I favor songwriters more than interpreters, all other things being equal. Nichols has some of his own music, but is better known as a songwriter (We’ve Only Just Begun his best known).
Elvis Costello: Elvis started in the punk era but has made music in a number of genres, anchored in great pop songwriting.
A Girl Called Eddy: Erin Moran only has one full record, but based on this, and a few other odds and ends, is up there with my favorites. I hope there will be another album soon.

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