Song: Mr. Rock & Roll
Artist: Amy MacDonald, Scotland
Album: This Is The Life, 2007
Notes: Her first single, big UK hit, nothing over here, infectious, rollicking folk-rock.
Song: Many of Horror
Artist: Biffy Clyro, Scotland
Album: Only Revolutions, 2009
Notes: Anthemic rock ballad from undiscovered Scottish rock trio who've cut five albums to date.
Song: No Mermaid
Artist: Sinead Lohan, Ireland
Album: No Mermaid, 1998
Notes: The other Sinead, supremely talented but not released any new songs for 12 years.
Song: Brighter Than Sunshine
Artist: Aqualung, Southampton, England
Album: Strange & Beautiful, 2005
Notes: Aqualung is clever, inventive singer-songwriter/keyboardist, Matt Hales. Entire album is terrific.
Song: Get It On
Artist: T. Rex, London, England
Album: Electric Warrior, 1971
Notes: Classic early glam-rock, band fronted by Marc Bolan. Killed in a car accident (a purple Mini) in 1977.
Song: Tainted Love (remix)
Artist: Soft Cell, Leeds, England
Notes: Rare remix of synth-pop classic. Original song penned by Ed Cobb in 1964.
Artist: Brooke Fraser, New Zealand
Album: Albertine, 2007
Notes: Underrated singer-songwriter. Her dad was a top rugby player (sport played without duvets, crash helmets and stoppages every 30 seconds).
Song: Golden Slumbers
Artist: Beatles, Liverpool, England
Album: Abbey Road, 1969
Notes: 1:32 minutes of McCartney at his very best, recorded at beginning of Beatles divorce.
Song: What If
Artist: Coldplay, London, England
Album: X&Y, 2005
Notes: The most overlooked Coldplay gem.
Song: Ain’t No Love
Artist: David Gray, Sale, England
Album: Life In Slow Motion, 2005
Notes: Saddest Song of All Time, from his best album, "This ain't no love that's guiding me." Nuff said.
Song: Enjoy The Silence
Artist: Depeche Mode, Basildon, England
Album: Violator, 1990
Notes: Originally written as a ballad, evergreen electronic rock smash.
Artist: Laid Back, Denmark
Album: Hole In The Sky, 1990
Notes: Quirky, catchy, delicious Danish pastry. "Bakerman is baking bread." - why wouldn't he be?
Song: Every Day
Artist: Stevie Nicks, Phoenix, Arizona
Album: Trouble In Shangri-La, 2001
Notes: Criminally overlooked pearl, with the finest singing of the word "again" in rock history.
Song: The Secret Sun
Artist: Jesse Harris, New York
Album: The Secret Sun, 2003
Notes: Wrote 'Don't Know Why' for Norah Jones. 'Secret Sun' featured in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' comedy.
Artist: Amanda Marshall, Canada
Album: Amanda Marshall, 1995
Notes: Disturbing southern tale, slipped through the radio cracks.
Artist: Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Detroit
Album: New Ground, 2002
Notes: Rootsy, blues-drenched brilliance of exceptional blind vocalist, Bradley and his excellent band.
Song: Baby Can I Hold You
Artist: Tracy Chapman, Cleveland, Ohio
Album: Tracy Chapman, 1988
Notes: Yearning third single from her debut album, dripping with understated class.
Song: Appa (instrumental)
Artist: Badmarsh & Sri, London, England
Album: Signs, 2001
Notes: Instrumental my dear Watson. Groundbreaking, sitar-led electronic trip-hop from Anglo-Asian duo.
Song: The Heart of Life
Artist: John Mayer, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Album: Continuum, 2006
Notes: Simplicity itself, wonderful pairing of melody and lyrics - with the best bridge refrain imaginable.
Song: Oh Girl
Artist: Chi-Lites, Chicago
Album: A Lonely Man, 1972
Notes: Least Fashionable Song of the Week, exceptional vintage soul classic from frontman/composer, Eugene Record.
Artist: Perishers, Sweden
Album: Let There Be Morning, 2003
Notes: Unknown, melodic Swedish indie-rock, quartet once opened for Sarah McLachlan.
Artist: Sarah McLachlan, Canada
Album: Afterglow, 2003
Notes: An absolute sapphire of a ballad, featured in movie 'The Brave One' and on ASPCA(.org) ads.
Song: In The Shape of a Heart
Artist: Jackson Browne, Los Angeles (via Germany)
Album: Lives In The Balance, 1986
Notes: Old Cacker's Corner, eternally youthful Browne is now 62. Cracking, overlooked break-up song.
Artist: Bob Schneider, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Album: Lovely Creatures, 2009
Notes: Now based in Texas, veteran singer-songwriter finally broke through with this college rock triumph.
Song: All I Have
Artist: Eleanor McEvoy, Ireland
Album: Snapshots, 1999
Notes: Sorely unnoticed in the US, top singer-songwriter/violinist. This terrific cut produced by Rupert Hine.
Song: Walk On By
Artist: Dionne Warwick, Orange, New Jersey
Notes: The original and still the best version of this Bacharach/David-written soul classic.
Song: All At Sea
Artist: Jamie Cullum, Romford, England
Album: Twentysomething, 2003
Notes: Soothing, swaying nugget by jazz-pop pianist and songwriter. Great live performer.
Song: A Thousand Years
Artist: Sting, Wallsend, England
Album: Brand New Day, 1999
Notes: Should (and will) be knighted any day now.
Song: Feel Us Shaking
Artist: Samples, Boulder, Colorado
Album: The Samples, 1989
Notes: Reggae-tinged, pop-rock bliss with Sting-ish lead vocals by Sean Kelly. Sadly disbanded.
Artist: Cranberries, Ireland
Notes: Group's first big hit, co-written by lead vocalist, Dolores O'Riordan about her first kiss.
Song: Kiss and Tell
Artist: Bryan Ferry, Washington, England
Album: Bete Noire, 1987
Notes: Suave rock veteran, Roxy Music frontman with percolating number from mid-'80s.
Song: Looking For The Summer
Artist: Chris Rea, Middlesborough, England
Album: Auberge, 1990
Notes: Hugely popular everywhere - except the US. Gravel-voiced, outstanding guitarist, a la Mark Knopfler.
Song: Do It Again
Artist: Beach Boys, Los Angeles
Album: 20/20, 1969
Notes: A Brian Wilson career highlight, recorded at his Bel Air home in 1968.
Song: Chai Tea Latte
Artist: Angel Taylor, Los Angeles
Album: Love Travels, 2009
Notes: Stunning maiden album, every track is a winner. Buy now, you won't regret it.
Song: When It Comes
Artist: Tyler Hilton, Palm Springs, California
Notes: Another 'Lost and Found' preferred vendor. Sometime actor, played a young Elvis in epic, 'Walk The Line'.
Song: Beg Steal or Borrow
Artist: Ray Lamontagne & the Pariah Dogs, Nashua, New Hampshire
Notes: Finally, the big hit he richly deserved. Shy, literate artist, outstanding live act.
Artist: Leslie Mills, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Album: Everlasting Road, 2007
Notes: Little-known singer-songwriter, personally signed to publishing deal by Paul McCartney.
Song: Back To Life
Artist: Soul II Soul, London, England
Album: Club Classics Vol. One, 1989
Notes: Global smash for ever-creative UK Soul hipster, Jazzie B. Features terrific vocals by Caron Wheeler.
Song: Crack The Shutters
Artist: Snow Patrol, Scotland
Album: A Hundred Million Suns, 2008
Notes: Described by lyricist/singer, Gary Lightbody as "the purest love song" he's ever written.