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What are some good songs/bands/artists?

Asked by Qwertymuffin411 (550 points ) January 1st, 2010

I’m trying to find new music to listen to. Right now I listen to a lot from musicals, CCM, some classical/instrumental pieces (from composers like Hans Zimmer), a little bit of rock and a whole bunch of random stuff. I’m looking for music that’s catchy, inspiring, funny, etc., but also preferably music that one would rate G, or at most PG. Thanks so much!

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DeanV's avatar

What about some happy indie pop?

The New Pornographers (don’t be put off by the name, it’s perfectly g-rated)
Vampire Weekend
Ra Ra Riot
Tokyo Police Club
Born Ruffians
Belle and Sebastian

They may not all be your cup of tea, but may work.

But try some early Beatles if you’re really looking for happy stuff, though. It’s all classic.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I can’t get enough of this band- Minus the Bear.

Tink's avatar

I’ve missed these questions!

For composers I have one, Bruno Coulais, it’s from the Coraline album.

Since you didn’t list what type of rock you liked, here are some I like:
It’s Not Over -Carolina Liar
Paralyzer -Finger Eleven
Flagpole Sitta -Harvey Danger
Lips Of An Angel -Hinder
Indiana Ink -311
Blister In The Sun -Violent Femmes
Kiss Off -Violent Femmes
And any Weezer song out there, especially, ”If You’re Wondering If I Want You To

ShipwrecksInSand's avatar

um, try
The great escape-We are Scientists
After hours- We are Scientists
some of The Strokes
umm, The moldy peaches is good too

aprilsimnel's avatar

Yay, Animal Collective! They sound different on every album.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I second Animal Collective!

JLeslie's avatar

I have only heard snippets from the new musical/movie Nine, but it sounds good so far. Also, Madonna’s Evita is fantastic in my opinion if you have not listened to it.

I haven’t listened to Harry Chapin in a long tie but his 30,000 Pounds of bananas is funny, and his albums have a lot of good songs to sing along with.

More oldies: Because The Night by 10,000 Maniacs, Blue Monday, Elvis (Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, A Little Less Conversation)

I mostly listen to dance music, not sure if you are looking for that? And, I could name a lot of Spanish music if you are interested.

DeanV's avatar

Oh, I forgot about Yeasayer if you want to go into the more experimental vein.

Some Interpol songs would be good, possibly this or this. It’s a darker sound, but the musicianship is impressive.

absalom's avatar

Thirding Animal Collective.

gggritso's avatar

@dverhey Tokyo Police Club are GOLD. GOLD, I tell’s ya! The Canadian Indie scene is absolutely incredible.

SABOTEUR's avatar

You might want to check out Frank Zappa (if you haven’t already), though some of his material tends to veer toward PG (for language/sexual references).

He is quite amusing…worth at least a cursory look-see.

DeanV's avatar

@gggritso Tokyo Police Club are really good live as well. And you’re right about Canada’s indie. Arcade Fire, Born Ruffians, Wolf Parade, Great Lake Swimmers, Broken Social Scene… I could go on and on.

clairemagdalenaclaire's avatar

Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
I Believe (When I Fall in Love it will be Forever)- Stevie Wonder
Maple Leaves- Jens Leckman
Atoms for Peace- Thom Yorke
Svefn-g-englar- Sigur Ros
Angel in the Snow- Elliot Smith

bit of a beautiful mish-mash.

gggritso's avatar

@dverhey Let me help you out, for the sake of the original poster: Bloc Party, Metric, Mobile, Moneen, The Most Serene Republic, Rebel Emergency, Stars, USS, Wintersleep

DeanV's avatar

@gggritso Sorry, Bloc Party are from London. Otherwise, Islands, The Suits XL, The Stills, Death From Above 1979, Hot Hot Heat, The New Pornographers are all excellent bands.

gggritso's avatar

@dverhey Oh shit, they totally are! Haha! Good call.

adinaa's avatar

great picks everyone :) I suggest:
Andrew Bird- “Plasticities”
Regina Spektor- “Fidelity”
Sufjan Stevens- “Chicago”
Clare and the Reasons- “You’ve Got Time”
Vic Chesnutt (he died on Christmas, made beautiful music)- “Flirted With You All My Life”
Vetiver- “Everyday”

druebeall's avatar

I have recently found a new (to me) band and I simply LOVE them. I am a Rock person. I hope that you like them Let me know. The name of the band is Skillet.

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HumourMe's avatar

Fourthing Animal Collective.

Irishmar's avatar

Stones, Angie…..The Grateful Dead…..Sugar Magnloia…..Petty….almost anything…the list goes on and on….Burn Down the Mission by Elton John, ignore this, i didn’t read your whole question… so sorry

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Your’s truly totally awesome playlist part 1 of 10
Buffalo By Stump
Travolta by Mr Bungle
Here I am…ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE -Scorpions

ailsa's avatar

Well, i love to listen these songs:
How Do I Live – Trisha Yearwood
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
You Light up My Life – Debby Boone
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
All for Love – Bryan AdamsBaby, Baby Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat – Herman’s Hermits
Coming Round Again – Carly Simon
Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Jealous Guy – John Lennon
Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
The Right Thing To Do – Carly Simon
Sea of Love – Honeydrippers

etignotasanimum's avatar

If you’re wanting music that’s catchy, The Tings Tings fit that bill. However, some of their stuff can get a bit repetitive. Also, She & Him is a pretty good group that generally has upbeat music, and they’re sort of indie, if that’s what you’re looking for.

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