Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My 10 Favorite Musicians/Groups Right This Minute

One of my biggest passions besides books is music. Not a day goes by that I don't listen to music, concerts are one of my favorite things to do, I played the clarinet for years and one of my dreams is to learn to play the piano. I've loved music forever, and as I've gotten older my tastes have broadened significantly. Now there are few genres I don't enjoy, and I listen to everything from classical to country to R&B. This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is about any and all things audio, and since I'm not a fan of audiobooks (other than the ah-maze-ing Harry Potter ones read by Jim Dale) I'm going the music route.

My Spotify playlists are a jumble of different types of music, but the 10 artists and bands below are the ones I'd choose if you asked me right now to pick my current faves. It was tough to narrow down, but I pretty consistently like everything they put out and I would love to see them all in concert! (I've already seen three but I'd gladly see them again! Though that's not likely anytime soon... not many shows come all the way to Hawaii. That was one awesome thing about living in Ohio for three years!)

Do tell: Do you like going to concerts as much as I do? Who are your favorite musicians?

My 10 Favorite Musicians/Groups Right This Minute
(Because It's Always Subject to Change!)

Broken Bells
I got to see Broken Bells at Lollapalooza in 2014 and they were awesome live. I adore every single song on both of their albums. Other favorite songs: "The High Road," "Leave It Alone," and basically every other song they've recorded.

Florida Georgia Line
I'm a big fan of country, but Florida Georgia Line is my absolute favorite county band. We've seen them in concert twice and the second time is currently holding the spot of my favorite concert ever. I like the rock influence that shows through their Southern twang. Other favorite songs: "Dirt," "Get Your Shine On."

Helen Jane Long
I love, love, love contemporary piano music and Helen Jane Long and another pianist, Alexis French, are consistently my most-listened-to artists every month. Their gorgeous music is perfect to listen to while cooking, reading, knitting, writing letters or just relaxing. Other favorite songs: "Passes," "Fountain," basically every single one.

Glass Animals
This band has such a unique sound and I really don't even know if they can be pigeonholed into a certain genre. I like their first album slightly more than their new sophomore effort -- but I can still listen to it on repeat. Other favorite songs: "Toes," "Cocoa Hooves."

X Ambassadors
"VHS" is a great album that I could listen to over and over. Bonus: Colleen Hoover mentioned the band in her book "November 9." Other favorite songs: "Gorgeous," "Renegades."

We saw Hozier in concert at a small outdoor venue last year and it was such an awesome, intimate show. I was surprised how humble and un-famous he seemed. I love his first album and I hope he puts out another one soon! Everyone probably knows "Take Me To Church" (which is not exactly about the joys of going to church), but the rest of his music is beautiful too. Other favorite songs: "Jackie and Wilson," "Arsonist's Lullaby."

Twenty One Pilots
Another band I'm not quite sure how to put into a genre... alternative? I love their newest album, "Blurryface." Other favorite songs: "Heathens," "Polarize."

Blake Shelton
I like so many different country artists, but Blake Shelton is someone whose music I consistently love (although, incidentally, I don't like his newest song). One of my favorite songs of all time is the hilarious "Ol' Red," about a bloodhound and a prison break, recorded all the way back in 2001. Blake has come a long way since then -- I'd say he might be the most famous male country musician right now, probably thanks to "The Voice" (which I don't watch, but which I know is crazy popular). Bonus: The song below mentions my homestate of Colorado, so it gets a couple extra points! Other favorite songs: "Boys 'Round Here," "Honey Bee."

I've liked Adele since 2008 when I first heard "Chasing Pavements" and she just keeps putting out awesome music. Other favorite songs: "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rumour Has It."

Flume is a newer like for me, and he's not even a singer, he's an electronic musician who often mixes in the vocals of other artists. Unlike the others on this list, I don't like everything he's ever done, but I do consistently love his top-40 tracks. Other favorite songs: "Say It," "Never Be Like You."


  1. Good list, I'm a fan of Hozier and Twenty one Pilots as well.

  2. Great choices! I went with music for my TTT this week as well, if you'd like to check it out, here's the link:
    https://mreadsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/ttt-2-songs-inspired-by-books/ :)

  3. I'm so clueless when it comes to music that I haven't heard of a single one of your folks...well, I think I maybe have heard the name Blake Sheldon but I couldn't put a picture or song with that name....Clueless. Thank you.

    Here's my take on this week's Top Ten: It's Me Again, Hank the Cowdog!

  4. I like Florida Georgia Line too, totally agree. Haven't seen them in convert though, that would be fun!

  5. Great choices. I really like Hozier and X Ambassadors. 21 Pilots has to be one of my favorite discoveries this summer and you can't go wrong with Adele in my book.

  6. I love Unconsolable by X Ambassadors. It's a great song! :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

  7. I love Glass Animals! Their first album anyways, I haven't heard their second yet. I agree, they are hard to characterize...I call them pole music myself because I was introduced to them in my pole dance class and their music works really well there but that's definitely just me

  8. I love Adele's Set Fire to the Rain, I think it's her best song although I do like the emotion in Hello.
    My TTT


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