50 Great Songs You’ve Never Heard

With the 50 Great Songs You’ve Never Heard playlist, uDiscover hopes to guide you towards some of the finest music that you might not even be aware of.

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Ever have those moments where you hear a song on the radio, or blaring from a passing car, and wonder how you could have lived so long without having heard it? Do you relish the moments when a friend presses a 7” into your hand – or sends you a YouTube clip or Spotify link – urging you to go and listen to their latest new discovery? For dyed-in-the-wool music lovers, the world is full of great songs you’ve never heard – and that list just seems to be getting bigger every day.

Which is why we’ve put together a 50 Great Songs You’ve Never Heard playlist, with which we hope to guide you towards some of the finest music that you might not even be aware of. And there are some absolute gems on this one.

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Thanks to the timeless beauty of The Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’, everybody knows Carl Wilson’s exquisite voice. Less celebrated is his self-titled debut solo album, which includes the understated beauty of ‘Heaven’, a song that could nestle perfectly among The Beach Boys’ early 70s efforts. Similarly, ‘Every Time I See A River’, from Van Morrison’s latest outing, Keep Me Singing, taps into the intangible magic that made the likes of Astral Weeks so compelling.

For something a bit more upbeat, try Clor’s ‘Love + Pain’, which wrangles several genres together into one wonky, infectiously poppy whole – something Beck can do in his sleep, which is why his restrained, ghostly B-side, ‘Brother’, is such an arresting listen. And then there’s Ed Harcourt’s ‘Visit From The Dead Dog’, which somehow slipped by almost entirely unnoticed in 2006, but deserves to be exhumed immediately.

From cult 60s popsters The Left Banke and The Free Design to alt.rock heroes Teenage Fanclub and lesser-known cuts from household names, the 50 Great Songs You’ve Never Heard playlist should give you 50 new favourites you’ll never get enough of.

And, of course, we’d like to know the great songs that you think we need to hear.

50 great songs you’ve never heard:


50. Down in the Dandelions – Siobhan Miller

49. Every Time I See A River – Van Morrison

48. The 1970s – Talc

47. My Thrawn Glory – James Grant

46. Frigid As England – Cutting Crew

45. You’ll Never Get To Heaven – It Bites

44. Seems So – The Apples In Stereo

43. I Start Counting – Basil Kirchin

42. Brooklyn – Gary Go

41. Eros Hotel – Georgie Fame

40. Idlewild – Gretchen Peters

39. Turn Your Radio On – Grandpa Jones

38. Full Moon On Main Street – Freddie & the Screamers

37. Deep Into Midnight – The Majesty of Light

36. This Is The Last Time – Love & Money

35. Somebody Made For Me – Emmit Rhodes

34. Visit from the Dead Dog – Ed Harcourt

33. Loving Man – Muddy Waters

32. Song of Love – Neil Ardley

31. You Never Know The Story – Robert Lamm

30. Dee’s Song – Maze, Frankie Beverly

29. Wrapped Around Your Finger – Robbie Dupree

28. Into The City – Teenage Fanclub

27. Looking For Love – Jackie Leven

26. Love + Pain – Clor

25. As The World Rises And Falls – The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

24. Don’t Take Your Time – Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends

23. Side Streets – Saint Etienne

22. Heaven – Carl Wilson

21. Met Her on a Plane – Iain Matthews

20. And…Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled – Ambrosia

19. Love’s Riddle – Steve Miller Band

18. Clouds Suite – David Gates

17. Love Does Not Die – The Free Design

16. Van Go Gan (In Arles We Can Breathe) – Gerry Beckley

15. Something About The Beatles – Stackridge

14. For A Change – Chris Difford

13. Call Me A Rainbow – The Mummers

12. The Vital Thing – Swing Out Sister

11. Gypsy Days – Gino Vannelli

10. Brother – Beck

9. The Killing Time – Miracle Mile

8. Skywriting – The Bible

7. Dear Brian – Chris Rainbow

6. God’s Empty Chair – Chaos Is The Poetry

5. The Lights – Mull Historical Society

4. Ride the Snake – Fraternal Order of the All

3. Game Over – Bobby Caldwell, Jack Splash, Mayer Hawthorne

2. Rising Star – Decline & Fall

1. Dark Is The Bark – The Left Banke

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  1. John

    May 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Ballad of a Has Been Beauty Queen is a gem as well

  2. Steven

    May 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Burning bridges by Winewood.

  3. J.P. Bonhomme

    May 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I nominate Bruce Springsteen’s “Arabian Night” for the top of this list

  4. ArtR

    May 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Blue Collar by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot
    Ghosts by Dan Fogelberg
    The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Take Me Back to Chicago – Chicago

    All totally forgotten because of the other massive hits these artists have had over the years.

    • steve

      January 28, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, Ballad of Curtis Lowe is a great tune, any Skynyrd fan knows this but not most avid rock fans i bet.

  5. J r

    May 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I own David Gates & Ambrosia. That’s about it for that list

  6. Bilco

    May 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I would add this
    Then again I would because I wrote it 🙂

  7. Truthinad

    May 19, 2017 at 5:55 am

    You must have The Strawbs – Down by the Sea. Epic.

  8. Graham

    May 20, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Rock of Ages – Badfinger; b-side of Come And Get It

  9. Jani

    May 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    It would be nice if there was a playlist for TIDAL too.

  10. CJ

    May 20, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Do you want to hold my hand -Innocents
    Crazy way to spend a year -Robert Lamm
    Jubilee Cloud -Kongos
    The Babe -Danny O’Keefe
    Missing -SPRINGSTEEN

  11. Apple

    July 8, 2017 at 9:18 am

    FOB / MCR

  12. Nigel

    December 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    The best twenty seconds your ears will ever experience has to be the intro to Obscured by Clouds by Pink Floyd

  13. Dan McGrew

    December 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Hang me good – Porch Song Anthology

  14. Mark

    January 9, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Toyland by The Alan Bown Group.

  15. jim

    January 11, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I did not hear any good songs. No wonder they are unknown

  16. Nate

    September 5, 2019 at 4:55 am

    You’re missing one of the best bands. Mo Lowda and the Humble.
    Their first album (Curse the Weather) is entirely made of great songs that almost no one has heard.

  17. Damion Crowley

    May 9, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I’ll confess I didn’t hear the entire list, but when the first ten random tracks I hear are all weepy little ballads, I’m going to suspect your senses of diversity.
    I will also admit, it’s hard to go wrong with Muddy Waters.

  18. A.F. Flynn

    May 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    For the most part, these songs are totally, bland, derivative and completely unexceptional. Only the Van Morrison song stands out. Gino Vanelli? Seriously? Get a soup spoon and clean the shit outta your ears.

  19. terry

    November 26, 2020 at 12:55 am

    this is just poo, i suggest
    Everything but the girl – Pigeons in the attic room
    Cilla Black Love Letters
    Julio Iglesias – Ay, ay, ay
    T Rex magical moon
    Ojos Verdes – Miguel de Molina.
    Warren Smith Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache
    Eskeew Reeder – Undivided love
    My Yiddishe Momme (sung in yiddish) Regine Zylberberg
    The Jam – Setting Sons – Little Boy Soldiers
    Cissy Houston – One broken heart for sale
    R. Murolo , (Totò) Malafemmena
    Kraus canta el “Ay, Ay, Ay”

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