Hello my name is Matthew Bruyere, and I’m the video editor for the Harbinger Online. Though I don’t usually write I’ve always been a big listener of different kinds music. When the chance came up to create a list of my favorite songs I immediately jumped on it. These are some of the songs I like the most. They aren’t in a particular order and they don’t really fit in the same category but they’re all in my opinion pretty awesome. I hope you enjoy.
L’amamor – Serge Gainsbourg
This song is from French singer songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg. I was first introduced to his music by my father, with the song Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus. Though I think a lot of his songs are repetitive, I really enjoyed this song.Where this song really shines through is in the instruments; they have a really relaxed vibe. I can’t speak French but after googling what the lyrics meant, a cryptic song about love, I wasn’t that impressed.
Hotline Bling – Drake
Originally I was torn between this songs and Drake’s other recent hit, Back to Back. Back to Back’s lyrical flow may be better, but Hotline Bling’s insane instrumental and catchy hook has me jamming to it more often than I’d like to admit.
Misterio do Planeta – Novos Bianonos
This is a samba song from a Brazilian group Novos Bianonos. They have a really nice sound and a relaxed vibe. This song reminds me about the culture and people of Brasil. It brings me back to when I used to live there.
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse is one of the best vocalists ever, and her cover Valerie is my favorite song. The range she can reach vocally is ridiculous and always impresses me. The addition of an upbeat instrumental makes this another awesome jam out song.
Muerte en Hawaii – Calle 13
This Latin American song has an almost Jack Johnson feel ,that with Calle’s singing makes an awesome beach track. This is a song I love to play on a hot day when driving around. Even if you can’t understand the Spanish, the relaxing guitar is enough to make this track the perfect chill song.
Lady Day and John Coltrane- Gil Scott Heron
Gil Scott Heron has made some of the best soul albums, and I’ve always enjoyed his album Pieces of a Man. The song is a call back to all the great blues musicians. You can feel how much Gil Scott Heron admires them. I first heard about him when my mom gave me some of her old CDs, and I’ve been listening to him since.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Lauryn Hill
R&B singer Lauryn Hill is one of my favorite musicians, and her cover of a 5 Seasons song is by far her best track. Her mix of reggae and soul give this old track a whole different feel. This is one I can really rock out to, no matter how many times I play it.
Marvin’s Room – Drake
Drake has been one of my favorite artist since I got his album Thank Me Later in 2010. Honestly I could have made this entire list Drake songs, but I instead just choose two songs that especially resonated with me. Marvins Room is from Drake’s Take Care Album.The nightclub atmosphere accompanied with Drake’s disillusioned lyrics is really what Drake’s moody rap is all about.
Santeria – Sublime
The Californian group Sublime may have only had a short life span, but their songs are still some of the best I’ve heard from west coast musicians. Santeria has a little bit of reggae and west coast rock. It’s a song that no matter how much I play never seems to get old.
Mas Que Nada – Jorge Ben Jor
This is Brazilian samba musician Jorge Ben Jor’s most famous song. This is arguably the most famous Brazilian song. The large band mixed with Jorge Ben Jor’s vocals create the samba feel and make you want to dance. I really enjoy Latin American music and this is some of the best I’ve ever heard.