5 Guitar-based Pop Songs

Here are five pop songs that I like at the moment. I have included links to youtube videos (though often there is no video accompanying the song) because it seemed the easiest way to let you hear them; If you like them I encourage you to buy mp3 versions of the songs for best audio quality.

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (Live at the Union Chapel)

This live version of the Snow Patrol's most well-known song (from their fourth album Eyes Open) is a poignant reminder of the primacy of lead singer Gary Lightspeed's voice.

Recorded live at the Union Chapel in Islington as part of a charity concert for Mencap (the leading UK charity for people with a learning disability and their families) in which artists performed their songs acoustically, this bare-bones rendering with spare, atmospheric strings is a perfect accompaniment to this yearning ballad.

The Temper Trap - Fools

Australian band The Temper Trap had a UK Top 40 hit with Sweet Disposition from their debut album Conditions. While also a fine song, I like Fools better with its atmospheric sound and restrained drumming.

Fleetwood Mac - Bleed to Love Her

Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will album, largely a Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks affair, includes the song Bleed to Love Her. Its lilting guitar (an almost folk lick) and its sweet lyric make the song irresistible.

Owl City - Hello Seattle (Remix)

Owl City, Adam Young's synthpop musical project, released Ocean Eyes in 2009 which contained the hit single Fireflies. The album is full of similar twee pop songs with questionable lyrics but it does have its moments - he's sort of like Mercury Rev on Prozac. This remix of his song Hello Seattle has me hooked, however.

Snow Patrol - Just Say Yes (Thin White Duke Remix)

I've included another Snow Patrol song but this time to highlight the work of the Thin White Duke and his remix of (yet another yearning love song) Just Say Yes. The Thin White Duke (I'm sure David doesn't mind him borrowing his alter ego) is the moniker of Stuart Price (also known as Jacques le Cont or Les Rhythms Digitales). A French-born British electronic musician and producer, he has remixed Madonna, Seal and New Order just to name a few. What I like about this is the way he transforms what is essentially a rock song into a dancefloor arm raiser.

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