Music is an essential part of daily life. I, for one, cannot even begin to imagine life without music. Music helps soothe frazzled nerves, energize tired muscles and perk up an otherwise dreary atmosphere. And like most folks, I have my own set of music preferences and tastes that are unique and deeply personal. In particular, there are several music artists that, in my own opinion, really rise above the rest in terms of image, style or sheer musical genius. Listed below are four of my favorite music artists, in no particular order.
The Beatles. Who can resist the Beatles? From the swooning gals of the 1960’s who literally fell over themselves screaming for the Fab Four up to the hardcore Beatle fanatics of the new generation, the Beatles continue to reign over the international music scene decades after they’ve split up for good. Many up-and-coming musicians actually cite the Beatles as an inspiration, and many companies and media entities still make use of Beatles songs to promote or market their products. Because the musical output of the Beatles ranged from catchy dance rhythm in Obladi-Oblada to the poetic lyricism of Eleanor Rigby and The Long and Winding Road, to the politically-motivated lyrics of Revolution, the Beatles have the ability to capture the attention of people from widely differing musical tastes.
Jeff Buckley. Buckley’s voice is undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable and heart-wrenching voices that continue to haunt the music industry today. Even after Jeff Buckley’s unfortunate death on May 1997, his memory continues to persevere through songs and lyrics that showcase Jeff Buckley’s amazing voice and musical genius. His single “Grace” is considered as his seminal work, while his cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” skyrocketed to the top of the music charts after an American Idol contestant performed it in the aforementioned show. This move served to introduce Buckley’s music and exceptional talent to a whole new generation of fans who were unfortunately unable to witness Buckley’s prowess while he was still alive. Another notable Buckley cover that garnered international acclaim is his revival of the Elton John ballad, “We All Fall In Love Sometimes”.
Amy Winehouse. Said to be the Janis Joplin of this generation, Amy Winehouse’s short and tragic life was pockmarked with controversy. The media feasted upon Amy’s drug addiction, fluctuating weight and troubled love life—which served as fodder for countless tabloids and showbiz shows across the country. Despite all the hoopla, it cannot be denied that Amy Winehouse definitely possessed outstanding talent. Her voice, with its smoky and mysterious undertones, captivated many fans who were drawn to the singer’s apparent emotional intensity, while her more upbeat songs like Rehab dominated many dance floors during its heyday.
Adele. Listening to Adele when heartbroken can be a very gut-wrenching experience, because the singer’s plaintive voice and depth of feeling can tug at one’s heartstrings, especially if one is in the thick of a troubled relationship. Blessed with an angelic voice, Adele is definitely one of the best musical artists of our time.
Apart from these four, I’ve also been admiring a few rising artists of this generation. They may not be as popular as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez but I think they have the potential to make a name of their own. However, for now I love following them on Keek (a site I have joined recently). My day won’t be complete without watching videos from Dillon Heath and Kendall Jenner. Kendall is someone that I love following on Keek she is the Kardashian younger sister. You can check out her keek page to learn more about her.