Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I'm Currently Enjoying


This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a freebie so I decided to go a different route this week and talk about music.  Listed below in alphabetical order by artist are ten songs I'm currently enjoying, not all of which are new but are definitely worth a listen:


Let Her Dance by The Bobby Fuller Four -This song was featured in the movie adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox (which if you haven't seen, you really should).  This list could have easily comprised the entire soundtrack of the movie actually.  I recently rewatched the movie and remembered how much I liked this song.


Hounds by Della Mae - Della Mae is a fantastic up-and-coming bluegrass group.  This particular song is from their last album, This World Can Oft Be.  They've just released their newest self-titled album and I can't wait to hear it!


Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy - I've always like this band and I don't know why but I haven't got their two most recent albums.  I just heard this on the radio yesterday and it's stuck in my head - definitely my favorite of their recent singles.  And, you just can't go wrong with The Munsters theme song!


Budapest by George Ezra - George Ezra has a stunning voice.  I heard him a couple times on the radio and was very impressed by his performance on Saturday Night Live.  Doesn't look at all like I would have thought, though.  His album, Wanted on Voyage, is pretty great.


I've Been Everywhere by Hank Snow - You know the Johnny Cash version of this song, right?  (If you don't, look it up!)  If you thought Cash didn't waste any time in naming the places he's been, think again.  Hank Snow's 1962 reworking of the Australian Lucky Starr hit makes Cash sound like he's going incredibly slow!  I can't imagine the concentration it would take to perform this song live like he does in the above video!


Wishing Will Make It So by Harry James and His Orchestra featuring Frank Sinatra - Before Frank Sinatra worked with Tommy Dorsey, he worked with band leader Harry James in 1939.  They weren't together long, but their combined talents really acted as a catalyst for Sinatra's career.  I just happened to stumble upon this album a little while back and I can't get enough of it.  You may notice Sinatra has a quite a different sound in the early days.


Old Home Place by J.D. Crowe and the New South - I'm a fan of bluegrass music and you can't go wrong with this band - this song is one of my favorites of theirs.  I particularly like Tony Rice on guitar and lead vocals, Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, and Jerry Douglass on the dobro.  I hope you're not too put off by the '70s clothes and hair.


Baggy Pants by Jan and Dean - Before this pair hit it big with surf music along with The Beach Boys, they were known for their doo-wop music.  Basically, I stumbled upon Golden Hits, Volume 1 in the record bin at my local Goodwill.  All of the songs are a lot of fun, but I laughed aloud at this!  Who Put The Bomp is also great for a good laugh.


Rollin' and Tumblin' by Muddy Waters - This song has been covered by so many artists, but my favorite and probably the most well-known version was recorded by Muddy Waters, the father of modern Chicago blues, in 1950.


Vagabond Shoes by Vic Damone - If you're interested in artists like Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Jo Stafford like I am, you'll have to check out Vic Damone's work, especially from the Mercury years.


What do you think of my topic this week?  Hear any songs or artists you like?  Thanks for checking out my blog - comments are always appreciated!

39 comments:

  1. I love the eclectic mix of songs you chose. I'd heard of some of the artists before, but I don't believe I'd heard any of these songs. The one I'm most interested in is the early Sinatra song, since I write and read so much about that era.

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    1. Thanks! I have a pretty broad taste in music as you can probably see here. :) You may want to check out that entire album then, and even his work with Tommy Dorsey. Thanks again for visiting my blog.

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  2. What a brilliant and different selection of music! I'm not familiar with all of them so it's nice to check some out. :-) My TTT

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    1. Thanks! I hope you liked listening to them. :)

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  3. What, no BB King? I love searching around for YouTube videos of my favorite songs, too.
    My TTT

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  4. What an interesting mix of songs! I really like the Fall Out Boy song, thanks for the introduction :)

    Thanks for dropping by Bursting Books !

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoy listening to them! :)

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  5. I love Fall Out Boy and I hadn't heard that one before. xD I never stay very up to date on music so I don't know what's or not. But gosh you have a wide variety here! SO AWESOME.
    Here's my TTT!

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    1. I think it's their most recent single! :) I usually don't keep all that up to date either - probably explains my list!

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  6. Uma Thurman is so catchy! I like all the old stuff too. You have some great songs up there.

    C.J.
    Sarcasm&Lemons

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it is! I've had it stuck in my head. :)

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  7. Thanks for the introduction to Della Mae - I love Bluegrass but don't pay attention enough to up and coming groups. The singer's got a great voice. The early Frank Sinatra is a gem as well! Very fun TTT!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found a new group! :)

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  8. Love how diverse your list is! I have been listening to a lot of Fall Out Boy lately- I really like their older stuff. Great idea for a TTT!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

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    1. I do, too. Thanks for visiting my blog in return! :)

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  9. Yes Fall Out Boy!! I love pretty much all of their songs and I have no idea why I haven't bought any of their albums yet... Great list!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Some of their older stuff is the best! I just need to get their newer ones to put that to the test. :)

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  10. Awesome that you did a music Top Ten :)
    Great choices!

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    1. I love discovering and listening to music, but I don't talk about it all that often on my blog - definitely a great opportunity to here! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  11. Ooh, this looks like a fun topic. I might have to do this one next time we have a freebie.

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    1. I'd love to see your selection! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  12. Fall Out Boy's new album is seriously so, so good! They've always been a guilty pleasure of mine and so many of their songs are on my workout/jogging playlist (including Uma Thurman) just because their beats pump me up like you wouldn't believe.

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    1. You're not alone there - I do the same thing!

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  13. Uma Thurman is one of my favorite tracks right now too.

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    1. I just keep playing it! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  14. Love the list of songs. I have a feeling some of these may work their way into my playlists!

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  15. You have a fun and eclectic selection of music!

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  16. What a fun topic! :) I like your taste in music!

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  17. What a fun list! We have very different taste in music though :P
    Thanks for stopping by at Books and Gibberish!

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for visiting me, too. That's what makes things interesting.

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  18. This is a great mix of genres but I have to say I didn't know any of the songs you just listed :/ I know who Fall Out Boy is though but I haven't heard that song from them and I have to say it was great! Also I think I've heard Budapest on the radio or something but I wasn't paying attention. I love his voice... kinda deep :)

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  19. What a great mix!! I'd have to add some Love Shack and Monster Mash though ;) Love the Fall Out Boys, they've grown on me in the last year or so.

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    1. You can't go wrong with those classics!

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  20. These are all such great choices, Lauren, and I found a few to add on to my IPod. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found some you liked! :)

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