1) Seal – Silence
Such an incredibly beautiful song. I once used this in a drama performance I did and so it gives me lots of fond memories. The acapella introduction proves how amazing Seal’s voice is and I just love the chord progression and the way it builds.
2) Seal – You get me
Pretty song off Seal’s amazing ‘Commitment’ album.
3) Alt-J – Hunger of the pine
One of the most haunting songs ever. Love the moody, melancholic feel to this song and the sample of Miley is genius.
4) Susan Boyle – Enjoy the Silence
Stunning cover of the song by Depeche Mode. I actually much prefer Su-Bo’s version. It imitates the approach Michael Andrews and Gary Jules took to covering Tears for Fears’ ‘Mad World’ by turning a 1980’s electronic/synthpop song into a stunning ballad. Amazing.
5) Nicole Scherzinger – Run
Beautiful ballad from Nicole’s new album.
6) Seal & Heidi Klum – Wedding Day
Catchy number from Seal’s ‘System’ album. Features vocals from then-wife Heidi Klum. Great song.
7) Union J – You got it all
This is one of few songs I’ve remotely liked by this boyband. It takes a few listens but it’s definitely a grower and it’s very pretty.
8) Phil Collins – Look Through My Eyes
I saw somebody mention the soundtrack for Brother Bear on Twitter the other day which reminded me of this song Phil Collins wrote and recorded for the soundtrack. Fantastic song.
9) Ryan Adams – Gimme something good
Heard this and loved it a while back but forgot about it until this past week. Ryan Adams is so talented and this is such an awesome song.
10) Stevie Nicks – Has anyone ever written anything for you?
Stunning ballad which closes Stevie’s ‘Rock a Little’ album. It’s very ’80’s’ but it’s also very beautiful. Love that long ending.