Here are some good songs discovered during the past few years.


How far back are we going? What is the year cutoff? Anyway, for the record Chris Montez made good songs. The name probably doesn't ring a bell for you, but if you are a classic rock fan, particularly 1960s, you may know the song Let's Dance, a toe tapper with thumping drums. But notice the relaxed voice. He has other songs that are also good, including Call Me, Time After Time, The More I See You. I don't know how to classify this music, but it's not rock and roll. It's relaxed.

One encounters bits and pieces of music here and there, like commercials (Peleton, Moxie showerhead speaker) YouTube videos (laowhy) and wherever.


Honourable Mention:

MC5 - Ramblin' Rose

Heavy music from the motor city. What could possibly go wrong?

The Tidal Waves - Farmer John

I wasn't invited to that party.

Peru psychadelia

The Surfaris - Hot Rod High

Surfer band The Surfaris are known for the great Wipeout song. That whole song was actually winged at the last minute just after recording the real song, Surfer Joe, which is nice in its own way. The drummer was 17 years old, while the others were 15 years old. Jeez.

Just Brothers - Sliced Tomatoes

Sound familiar?

Bob Bradley - Vampire Strut

The theme song for Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast.


Not New, But Worth a Relisten:

Devo - Through Being Cool

Nice song and video combination. Some nostalgia there.

Eliminate the ninnies and the twits.

Gale Garnett - We'll Sing in the Sunshine

Canadian tune

Chad Allan and The Reflections - Shy Guy

Winnipeg tune. This band is the ancestor of The Guess Who.

The Marketts - Out of Limits

Dick Dale - Miserlou

Yes, they are both in Pulp Fiction.

Nino Tempo and April Stevens - Deep Purple

Hugh Masekela - Grazing in the Grass

Needs more cowbell.

Marcie Blane - Bobby's Girl

I do not like the chorus, which is a shame because the rest of the song is great.

The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride

That Christmas song. You have heard it. But have you heard the whole song? Produced by Phil Spector.


New good music:

Diane Renay - Navy Blue


The Turtles - Outside Chance

The Hollies - Can't Let Go

Swiss in Canada

I'll never forget the early days of the pandemic. I had this going through my head for days. Painfully brief. The video certainly helps.

Newen Afrobeat feat. Seun Kuti & Cheick Tidiane Seck - Opposite People (Fela Kuti)

A 13-minute experience from a Chilean group doing Nigerian music. It's hard to dislike that group (although a pandemic puts a different spin on things)

The Newbeats - Run Baby Run

This is the same group that did Bread and Butter, which you should also check out.

Ides of March - You Wouldn't Listen

Chicago 60s rock

A couple of tunes from Superbad:

The Remains - Why Do I Cry

There are two versions out there

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 - Roda

They are better known for Mas Que Nada. Here are the lyrics to Roda (pronounced hoda) if that's your thing.

The Beagles - I'd Join the Foreign Legion

A little bit of bubblegum music, made for a kids show.

Walter Wanderley - Summer Samba (So Nice)

an old instrumental from Brazil.

Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra - Tea for Two

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra - Tea for Two

Day by Day

I had heard it a couple of times before, but the whole experience is new to me.

The Beach Boys - Hawaii live

Boyce and Hart - Out and About

Utah Saints - Something Good

The 2008 version, not the original 1992. The song/video combination is nice. Some Welsh accents.

De-Phazz - The Mambo Craze

1999. German.

Just Shy of The Best:

Avenger VI - Heartbeat

1960s garage rock

Salt Water Taffy - Finders Keepers

bubblegum music

The Five Blobs - The Blob


The Cryan' Shames - I wanna meet you

Chicago 60s rock

Carl Stevens Orchestra - Tea For Two

Best song ever made.