Honestly, this is the most difficult list I will ever create. Music is as important to me as my own family. Not only that, but for this list I’m throwing together all genres. Because of how difficult it is for me to decide what music I like best, there are a couple of entries that include multiple artists and there are a bunch of honorable mentions. Also, before you look at the list, keep in mind that this list is made up entirely of my opinions. I’m not saying that any artist on here is better than another, I’m saying that there are ones that I prefer over other ones.
10. Kanye West & Chance the Rapper
I said there were a couple entries that had multiple artists so…. Before you pre judge the entire list, these two are the reason I became so passionate about music. Chance is one of the most soulful and humble rappers you will ever see and Kanye, wether you like him or not, is the same way (not to mention that they are both ridiculously talented). Instead of taking my word for it, just listen….
9. Foo Fighters
This list is kind of all over the place since I decided to include every genre. Everyone knows the Foo Fighters, they’re legends. They make passionate music while also “rocking so hard” and if you ever have a chance to attend a Foo Fighters concert, I highly recommend doing so.
Switchfoot is one of the first bands that I ever heard and I sure did hear them. I’ve listened to their second album a countless number of times and that’s not even their best album. Switchfoot can do an indy sound, they can do a hard rock sound, they can do acoustic and beautiful, and they can do it all really well.
7. Willie Nelson
Usually, I really hate all country music. Seriously, almost every country song I’ve ever heard has been garbage. Willie Nelson is the furthest thing from garbage. Even at his age of like a thousand years old, he still makes great music and preforms. My rule when it comes to music is generally to avoid all country EXCEPT Willie Nelson.
6. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats are put simply…great. I don’t have as much to say about Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats as I do about some of the other artists on this list, but don’t let that take away from how much I love this band.
5. Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges is basically a time machine. His music is so smooth and so beautiful and it sounds like it’s straight from the era of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and James Brown (we’ll get to that later). If you like passionate and soulful music, then definitely check out Leon Bridges.
4. Frank Sinatra
As I said, this list will be kind of all over the place. I like all music and when I was in middle school, Frank Sinatra became one of the first non rap artists that I liked (I liked mostly terrible music in middle school). There’s not much to say about Frank Sinatra other that the fact that he was a fucking boss and made great music.
3. Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys are freaking great. They have so many good songs and they’re just as good live (not that I’ve ever seen them). The Arctic Monkeys are, in my opinion, one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
2. Otis Redding and Sam Cooke
It seemed appropriate to group these two amazing guys together. So much soul, so much music, so many smiles. There isn’t a song by either of these guys that doesn’t make me instantly smile.
1. St. Paul & the Broken Bones
I cannot even express how much I love every song put out by this amazing band. If you’re missing having Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, this band is the place to look. The most soul and passion I’ve seen in any artist out today. I’m not really a cryer, but St. Paul and the Broken Bones’ cover of Sam Cooke’s “I’ve been loving you” brought me to tears. Never before has just hearing a song made me cry such amazing tears of joy.
Now onto the many honorable mentions…
Panic! at the Disco