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50 Songs That Can Inspire You To Be A Better Songwriter

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50 Songs That Can Inspire You To Be A Better Songwriter

I always enjoy checking out the "best of" roundups at the end of the year.

As a songwriter and growing musician, I think it's important to listen to music outside of your comfort zone. Pitchfork and NPR always introduce me to songwriters and new music that I haven't heard before.

Here's a new list (and Spotify playlist) from American Songwriter.

American Songwriter’s Top 50 Songs of 2015

    1. Dawes: “All Your Favorite Bands”
    2. Courtney Barnett: “Depreston”
    3. Kacey Musgraves: “Dime Store Cowgirl”
    4. Dave Rawlings Machine: “The Trip”
    5. Ashley Monroe: “The Blade”
    6. Craig Finn: “Maggie, I’ve Been Searching For Our Son”
    7. Car Seat Headrest: “Something Soon”
    8. The Deslondes: “The Real Deal”
    9. Jessica Pratt: “Greycedes”
    10. Alabama Shakes: “Don’t Wanna Fight”
    11. Bully: “I Remember”
    12. Sleater-Kinney: “Surface Envy”
    13. Torres: “Strange Hellos”
    14. Kendrick Lamar: “Alright”
    15. Chris Stapleton: “Traveller”
    16. Lucero: “Went Looking For Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles”
    17. Corb Lund: “S Lazy H”
    18. Wilco: “Random Name Generator”
    19. James McMurtry: “Forgotten Coast”
    20. Natalie Prass: “Why Don’t You Believe in Me?”
    21. Bottle Rockets: “Monday Every Time I Turn Around”
    22. John Moreland: “Heart’s Too Heavy”
    23. Royal Headache: “My Own Fantasy”
    24. My Morning Jacket: “Compound Fracture”
    25. Patty Griffin: “Rider of Days”
    26. Jason Isbell: “To a Band I Loved”
    27. Kurt Vile: “That’s life, tho (almost hate to say)”
    28. Sarah Bethe Nelson: “Paying”
    29. Will Johnson: “Call Call Call”
    30. Andrew Combs: “Foolin’”
    31. Lilly Hiatt: “Somebody’s Daughter”
    32. Low: “What Part of Me”
    33. Bjork: “Stone Milker”
    34. Joan Shelley: “Over and Even”
    35. Roadside Graves: “Gospel Radio”
    36. Mavericks: “All Night Long”
    37. Joe Pug: “Great Hosannas”
    38. Leon Bridges: “Coming Home”
    39. Twerps: “I Don’t Mind”
    40. Florence + the Machine: “Ship to Wreck”
    41. Calexico: “Tapping on the Line”
    42. Maddie & Tae: “Shut Up and Fish”
    43. Elephant Micah: “Demise of the Bible Birds”
    44. Father John Misty: “Chateau Lobby 4 (in C for Two Virgins)”
    45. Sufjan Stevens: “Should Have Known Better”
    46. Son Little: “Go Blue Blood Red”
    47. Mount Moriah: “Calvander”
    48. Brent Best: “Queen Bee”
    49. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard: “It’s All Going to Pot”
    50. Titus Andronicus: “Dimed Out”

But there are songs missing from that list...

One of the songs on that list should be yours!

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2 Responses to 50 Songs That Can Inspire You To Be A Better Songwriter

  1. Mitch R. December 12, 2015 at 9:13 AM #

    Hey thanks for the Spotify playlist! I'm familiar with about half the songs on the list... So 25 new ones... WIN!

    • Graham English December 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

      We're in the same boat. Glad you liked it! 🙂

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