101 Fantastic Songs You May Not Know

I’ve been thinking lately about what an incredible impact music makes upon my life - when I’m listening to a song I enjoy, I work harder, feel better, and often experience a genuine peace of mind. Tunes are powerful. Unfortunately, most of the ones we hear are a handful played on the radio over and over until we never want to hear them again, leaving thousands of great new songs largely unheard each year.

Just for fun, I have gone through my Spotify and selected 101 songs by 101 different artists to share with you! I love all of them, but they are a mixed bag of styles (some are a little odd), so don’t feel badly if quite a few don’t tickle your fancy. The artists with stars next to their names were the most difficult to select a single song for, so if you like what’s below, seek out their other work ASAP!

(Photo: Coon comic by Simkaye!)

The Seasoned Cynic’s Playlist of 101 Fantastic Songs You May Not Know:

(Song on the left, artist on the right)

“2 Heads” – Coleman Hell

“All the Way” - Kat Edmonson

“Back of Your Head” - Cat Power

“Bandages” – Hot Hot Heat

“Bathed In Light” – Gengahr

“Believe” - The Bravery

“Big Bad Good” – My Bubba ***

“bodyache” – Purity Ring

“Bright Lights” – Gary Clark Jr. ***

“Can’t Relate” - The Exies ***

“Cardiac Arrest” – Bad Suns ***

“Caring Is Creepy” – The Shins ***

“Chandelier” – Seratones

“Cherry Wine” – Overcoats *** (One of my favorite bands!)

“Cold Love” – Rainbow Kitten Surprise *** (One of my favorite bands!)

“Come Back” - Frances Cone

“Conrad” – SOHN

“Creep” – Tei Shi

“Dangerous Animals” - Arctic Monkeys ***

“Die Young” – Sylvan Esso *** (One of my favorite bands!)

“Don't Say You Love Me” – Samantha Fish

“Elephant Woman” - Blonde Redhead

“Empty Me Out” – Liz Vice

“England Skies” – Shake Shake Go

“Erode” – TENDER

“Every You Every Me” – Placebo ***

“Emotions & Math” - Margaret Glaspy ***

“Family and Genus” – Shakey Graves

“Figure It Out” – Royal Blood

“Fire and the Flood” – Vance Joy

“Firelight” - Young the Giant *** (One of my favorite bands!)

“Fool's Gold” – Lhasa de Sela ***

“Future Me Hates Me” – The Beths

“The Ghost Who Walks” - Karen Elson

“Glory Box” - Portishead

“Got to My Head” – WATERS

“The Grocery Store” – Goldspot

“Happy Alone” - Saintseneca

“Heart Is Full” – Miike Snow ***

“Hollow Tune” - Brick + Mortar

“Horizon Line” – Future Thieves

“House Of Mercy” – Sarah Jarosz

“I Could Be Happy” – Nouvelle Vague

“In My Eyes” – Best Coast

“J'aime à nouveau” – Zaz

“J’aime dormir” - Felipecha

“Je voudrais dormir” – Jeanne Cherhal, Jacques Higelin

“Kings” – Tribe Society

“L.E.S. Artistes” – Santigold

“La Fête” – Tété

“La mer est calme” – Ben Mazué

“Le fleuve” – Damien Robitaille

“Leon” – Mademoiselle Sane

“Les amours dévouées” – Coeur De Pirate ***

“Let Me Down Easy” – Max Frost ***

“The Little Things” - Big Gigantic

“Lonesome” - Dr. Dog

“Long Lonely Road” – Valerie June

“Long Way Down” – Robert DeLong ***

“Lost As Anyone” - SHEL

“Moi moi” – Albin de la Simone, Emilíana Torrini

“Moving Mountains” – ANIMA! ***

“My Man Is Wanted But I Ain't Gonna Turn Him In” – Keren Ann

“No Sugar in My Coffee” – Caught A Ghost

“Nos Joies Répétitives” – Pierre Lapointe

“Old Friend” – Caveman

“Only For You” - Heartless Bastards

“Outta My Mind” – The Arcs

“Pillow Talk” – Wild Child

“Puerto Cabezas, NI” – Lewis Del Mar

“Ramona” – Night Beds

“Right Time” - Nikki Lane

“Même robe qu’hier” - Pomme

“See The Light” – Electric Guest

“Shine a Light” – BANNERS

“Si Una Vez” – Girl In a Coma

“Silhouettes” – Colony House


“Slow Motion” - PHOX

“Spirits” – The Strumbellas

“Stuntin’” - The Floozies

“Sweater Weather” - The Neighbourhood

“Sweet Disposition” - The Temper Trap

“Tell Me What You Want from Me” – Good Old War

“Temporary Love” – The Brinks

“Tomorrow Comes Today” – Gorillaz

“The Trapeze Swinger” - Iron & Wine

“Trojans” – Atlas Genius

“Trying” – Bully

“Turn It Around” - Wildewoman

“Used To” – Mutemath

“Waking Up The Giants” – Grizfolk

“Watch My Back” – Cocoon

“Water” – Ra Ra Riot, Rostam

“Way Down We Go” – Kaleo

“Wishing Wells” - The Colourist

“With A Girl Like You” – Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

“Withdrawal” – Max Frost

“You're the Best” – Wet

“Youth Without Youth” - Metric

“Zero” – Electric Guest


Do you have some favorite lesser known songs/artists? Share them in the comments or email me!

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