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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.

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.



  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.

  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

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