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.