D'zamn... good songs

I made a "Damn Good Songs" MixCD for Ross last night. We're always talking about how pop songs are so wonderfully simple in construct yet so annoyingly difficult to write well, especially when it comes to coming up with even a half-decent melody. In spirit of that, I collected a bunch of brilliantly written songs that come off easy as hell, gorgeous as shit, and spirited as fuck.

01 Laura Nyro Woman's Blues
02 Nick Drake River Man
03 Death Cab for Cutie I Will Follow You Into the Dark
04 Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea
05 Elliott Smith St. Ides Heaven
06 Gravenhurst Tunnels
07 Gravenhurst The Ice Tree
08 The Arcade Fire Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
09 Kings of Convenience I'd Rather Dance with You
10 Fiona Apple Oh Well
11 Brian Eno By this River
12 The Decemberists July, July!
13 Iron & Wine Each Coming Night
14 Roisin Murphy Through Time
15 The Shins Pink Bullets
16 Sufjan Stevens Holland
17 Joni Mitchell The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines
18 Leonard Cohen Famous Blue Raincoat
19 The Wrens Thirteen Grand
20 A.C. Newman The Cloud Prayer

Strange fact: I realized after compiling the songs that at least 50% of them are in the key of F. Weaardz!


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