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What are some good songs that are not mainstream?

Asked by NostalgicChills (2787points) June 16th, 2011

I need new music, but I can’t find any songs.
I just don’t like rap, r&b, hip hop or screamo music.

Any recommendations?

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NostalgicChills's avatar

I have that on my ipod :D

asmonet's avatar

Well, then…

Here are two ladies I’ve become obsessed with. Two songs from Futurama. Straight Lines is one of my mellow faves. Pull Shapes is good. I like some of Vera Gogh ‘s stuff.

And anything by Carbon Leaf. Let Your Troubles Roll By.

I dunno, you said no rap, r&b…etc. I guess my mind went with it.

JLeslie's avatar

30,000 Pounds of Bananas by Harry Chapin?

I used to love that song when I was little.

Seriously, some old songs I still like to listen to. I like dance music what can I say:

Rapture iiO

Encore une fois

Bronski Beat

Oh, and this is a great break up song, not so danceish, when you are happy to get rid of your SO by Lush

lillycoyote's avatar

I have recently been reacquainting myself with and falling back madly in love with the music of Chris Whitley, who sadly died in 2005. He’s just awesome and played one hell of guitar. Extraordinary guitar player.

The following are from his 1991 debut album Living With the Law. When I first got the CD I listened to nothing else for a week.

Big Sky Country

Poison Girl

Living With the Law

Dust Radio

and some later stuff

Wild Country

Cool Wooden Crosses

Medicine Wheel


He had a tremendous gift and a has a lot of recordings considering he died at 45 and if you like him there quite a bit of his stuff on youtube.

And if you don’t like him, sorry about the overkill. He has so much amazing music I had trouble choosing just one or two.

Edit: Sorry about the ads. I could have sworn I found versions without ads for all the songs.

Linda_Owl's avatar

There are some great songs represented in the answers to this question! You might also try the music by The Black Keys, great rock music.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’m old fashion, I like old time music

dannyc's avatar

The national anthem of Jamaica.

fundevogel's avatar

One Gallon Axe – White Gold
Secret Indentity – How I Became the Bomb
Natalie’s Rap – Lonely Planet (you don’t need to be a rap fan)
I Got A Mustache – Mustache!
The Humans are Dead – Flight of the Conchords
Skullcrusher Mountain – Jonathan Coulton

aprilsimnel's avatar

As Calvin once said, “Let’s go exploring!”

cheebdragon's avatar

Lately I love listening to Chromeo!

Or you can try Fujiya & Miyagi-Collarbone

magicboreedo's avatar

born ruffians, vampire weekend, ra ra riot, and yeasayer

jerv's avatar

For whatever reason, I have always been fond of Stuart Hamm, especially his Kings of Sleep album (many tracks of which show up in that clip I linked of him doing a bass solo). He has range, technique, and just plain mad skills.

Kardamom's avatar

Snape vs Snape by Ministry of Magic

The Bravest Man I Ever Knew by Ministry of Magic

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep by Libera

Augua de Beber by Astrud Gilberto

Into the Fire by Thirteen Senses

Tabla on the Long Road by Nusrat Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder

Bossa Per Due by Nicola Conte

Saltwater by Julian Lennon

Into the Sun by Sean Lennon

Anthem by Incredible Moses Leroy

Discovery of India by Ravi Shankar

Biggest Problem by the Ken Oak Band

Stinley's avatar

Mumford and Sons are an English folky-type band. Little Lion Man is a great song. (They used the f-word at lot but in a gentle way)

Florence and the Machine are another UK band quite sucessful here and amazing songs and music

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Stinley – the hip kids in Brooklyn love those guys. And Florence, too.

I know I’ve been adding them to every thread like this, but I can’t say too many nice things about Pearl and the Beard.

cazzie's avatar

A friend of mine has a band in Australia. I really like them.

Silence04's avatar

These are some really great new bands:

Two door cinema club

Gardens and villa (album isn’t out yet, but a a couple singles are)

Foster the people

The naked and famous

The joy formidable

Lykke li

Fitz and the tantrums

Civil twilight

Best coast

Funeral party

NostalgicChills's avatar

Thank you everyone! :D

Schroedes13's avatar

The General by Dispatch! Wedding Dress by Derek Webb

cletrans2col's avatar

The New Pornographers are a band that I don’t hear on the radio and they are fricken awesome!

sushilovinfun's avatar

Flaming Lips are rarely on the radio, but Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and The Soft Bulletin are two of my favorites. Weird, but good rock!

coastiegirl96's avatar

“Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” by Cage the Elephant
“She Makes Dirty Words Sound Pretty” by Pierce the Veil
“If It Means A Lot To You” by A Day to Remember
And check out the artist Cider Sky.

these are my secret stash lol. I never told anyone about them, please don’t make them popular.

NostalgicChills's avatar

@coastiegirl96 I promise I won’t. XD thank you!

coastiegirl96's avatar

@NostalgicChills Kay. Thanks (: And you’re welcome! :D Btww, I’m following you now. Haha.

NostalgicChills's avatar

Thank you! And Ditto! :D

SavoirFaire's avatar

@coastiegirl96 None of those are secret.

coastiegirl96's avatar

@NostalgicChills Kayy, thanks! :D
@SavoirFaire But they aren’t what everyone listens to. They’re secret from my town, soo.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@coastiegirl96 Or you think they are secret from your town. I never saw what the big deal was about keeping music you like from other people, though. When I was a professional musician, I wanted everyone to know about me. It’s the only way to find enough fans to keep playing music for a living.

coastiegirl96's avatar

@SavoirFaire You have a point. But. The people here are like ‘Oh this is too mainstream.” and “Eww chicken, that’s so mainstream.” So, I’m good with this for myself. I have shared it with people that I know will like it, but not people that will put it down. I know what you mean though. I plan to have a career in music. And I love sharing my music.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@coastiegirl96 Yes, there are a lot of people who complain about music being mainstream. Why bother with them, though? Why worry about what they say? They are losers, and you don’t want to associate yourself with them or their messed up values by hiding your own favorite music from people.

I’m not saying you have to go around shouting your interests to everyone in the world or that you should put yourself up for ridicule. I’m just saying that asking us not to tell other people about your favorite music is what the people about whom you are complaining would do. You seem more mature than those people, so I see no reason for you to adopt their attitudes.

But hey, it’s no big deal. You were willing to share with us, so you’re already a lot better than those other people. I hope your own musical ambitions go well!

SavoirFaire's avatar

I notice that I haven’t actually contributed to the main question of this thread. Let me therefore mention The Increments, whose sound engineer is a fellow jelly. I’ll also mention The Exies, Splashdown, and of course Devo.

coastiegirl96's avatar

@SavoirFaire Agreed. You pose a good argument there.. Oh, thanks. And thanks, you and I both! (: Btw, I checked out The Exies(: I love themmm. I just downloaded These Are the Days Thanks for sharing haha.
@NostalgicChills I forgot to mention Nero and Passion Pit, haha. :D Passion Pit sometimes puts me to sleep though, well their second CD, Manners. Their first one makes me want to walk down the street skipping. :D Lol. Good luck in your music journey, ahha(:

Kellydupree's avatar

The knife
Love of diagrams
Bear in Heaven
Prefuse 73
Boards of Canada
Dappled cities
Bon iver

coastiegirl96's avatar

Lazy Eye- Silver Sun Pickups
Bloody Mary- Silver Sun Pickups
Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men
She Don’t Use Jelly- The Flaming Lips
Strange Attractor- Animal Kingdom
Hannah- Freelance Whales
Ready to Start- Arcade Fire
Always Something- Cage the Elephant
Kids Aren’t Safe- Satellite Stories
Eyes Wide Open- Gotye (kinda mainstream.)
Time Won’t Let Me Go- The Bravery
Call in the Calvary- The Shys (Prom soundtrack, but really good song! :D)
Going Down- The Pretty Reckless :D

just some more(:

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