Song: Break Down
Artist: Stacy Wilde, New Jersey
Album: Tear Down The Sky, 2007
Notes: Completely overlooked, melodic pop-rock belter. Check out more music at stacywilde.com
Song: Young At Heart
Artist: Bluebells, Scotland
Album: Sisters, 1984
Notes: Top-notch bluegrass folk-rock from Scottish band who were getting it done before Mrs. Mumford even had any sons.
Song: One Better Day
Artist: Madness, England
Album: Keep Moving, 1984
Notes: So much great music from Madness aside from their huge 'Our House' hit, including this terrific number about the plight of the homeless.
Artist: Electric Owls, Chapel Hill, NC
Album: Cullowhee Songs EP, 2011
Notes: Cool new folk-rock from indie singer-songwriter, Andy Herod, formerly in the Comas.
Song: Hometown Glory
Artist: Angel Taylor, Los Angeles
Album: Not available
Notes: Angel's unreleased but lovely interpretation of Adele's first single.
Song: Set Fire To The Rain
Artist: Adele, England
Album: 21, 2011
Notes: Perhaps the most complete cut from her best-selling sophomore album. Must be a single.
Song: Good Thing
Artist: Fine Young Cannibals, England
Album: The Raw & The Cooked, 1989
Notes: The second US chart-topper from the subsequently elusive FYC. Evergreen smash.
Song: Heart on Fire
Artist: Scars on 45, England
Album: Scars on 45, 2009
Notes: Extremely rare early cut by Americana-sounding band from northern England led by ex-soccer player, Danny Bemrose.
Artist: I Blame Coco, England (born in Italy)
Album: Not available
Notes: Promising new music from Sting's daughter, Eliot Sumner. Sadly not included on her maiden album, 'The Constant'.
Artist: John Hiatt, Indianapolis
Album: Bring The Family, 1987
Notes: Sublime, passionate nugget by under-appreciated singer-songwriter. Covered by many artists, original is still the best.
Song: Dark Horse
Artist: Amanda Marshall, Canada
Album: Amanda Marshall, 1995
Notes: Big hit in native Canada, couldn't find a stable in the US. First new album in ten years expected any day.
Artist: Sarah Jaffe, Denton, Texas
Album: Suburban Nature, 2010
Notes: Promising 25-year singer-songwriter newcomer from the Lone Star state.
Song: Emotion in Motion
Artist: Ric Ocasek, Baltimore
Album: This Side of Paradise, 1986
Notes: Simple, uncomplicated melodic pop-rock from former (and now reunited) Cars' lead mechanic.
Song: All This Time
Artist: Boom Circuits, Los Angeles
Album: The Boom Circuits EP, 2011
Notes: Interesting and worthwhile electro-pop-rock by the duo of Vega Shank and Andy Ellis.
Song: Mercurial Heart
Artist: Angela Correa, Yuba City, CA
Album: Correatown, 2005
Notes: Lo-fi indie folk-rock from artiste popular around Los Angeles East Side music scene, also fronts another band, the Shelleys.
Song: Kiss Them For Me
Artist: Siouxsie & The Banshees, England
Album: Superstition, 1991
Notes: Modern rock classic from former punk queen, Susan Jane Ballion.
Artist: John Prine, Maywood, IL
Album: The Missing Years, 1991
Notes: Americana country pioneer, now in his '60s, still underrated. Wry lyrics, hook-filled guitar refrain, fabulous.
Artist: Tahiti 80, France
Notes: Tres cool French indie electro combo with sparkling new cut. Fun Python-esque video.
Song: Marry Me
Artist: Train, San Francisco
Album: iTunes Session, 2010
Notes: Apple session version of sweet current radio hit by band which can never be written off.
Song: Little Things
Artist: Mark Sholtez, Australia
Notes: 100 seconds of entirely unknown simple, melodic bliss from promising Aussie.
Song: One Day I’ll Fly Away
Artist: Randy Crawford, Macon, GA
Album: Now We May Begin, 1980
Notes: Big star in Europe, only known in jazz/R&B circles in her home country, sensitive ballad by a soul great.
Artist: Feeling, England
Album: Twelve Stops and Home, 2006
Notes: Fine cut from British pop-rockers, partly recorded in a garden shed.
Song: These Foolish Things
Artist: Bryan Ferry, England
Album: These Foolish Things, 1973
Notes: Stylish cover of the 1930's chestnut, by the ever-dapper Roxy Music frontman.
Song: Dream Catch Me
Artist: Newton Faulkner, England
Album: Hand Built By Robots, 2007
Notes: Terrific, percolating lost gem by singer-songwriter who sports long red dreadlocks.
Artist: Vertical Horizon, Washington, DC
Album: Everything You Want, 1999
Notes: Got some airplay but largely flew under the radar, wonderful rock ballad follow-up to their biggest hit.
Artist: Lighthouse Family, England
Album: Ocean Drive, 1995
Notes: Uplifting, gospel-tinged pearl by UK duo of singer Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker.
Song: When A Woman Loves
Artist: R. Kelley, Chicago
Album: Love Letter, 2010
Notes: Don't judge a song by its artist: incredible retro doo-wop, soul belter by veteran R&B performer.
Song: Tell Her This
Artist: Del Amitri, Scotland
Album: Twisted, 1995
Notes: So many great, unknown cuts by Del Amitri gone unnoticed, including this splendid, yearning mid-tempo strummer.
Song: How Do You Stop
Artist: Joni Mitchell feat. Seal, Canada/England
Album: Turbulent Indigo, 1994
Notes: Another effortless, seemingly discordant but ultimately gorgeous track by Joni, backed by Seal.
Artist: David Ramirez, Austin, TX
Album: Strangetown EP
Notes: Saddest Song of All-Time by unknown journeyman. "It kills me to remember and it kills me to forget."
Song: A New England
Artist: Kirsty MacColl, England
Album: Galore, 1995
Notes: Wonderful up-tempo cover of Billy Bragg's original by the late and much missed Kirsty.
Song: Ol’ 55
Artist: Tom Waits, Pomona, CA
Album: Closing Time, 1973
Notes: The one and only Waits, gruff vocal style, unmatched musical sensibilities, this song subsequently covered by the Eagles among others.
Song: Like A Star
Artist: Corrine Bailey Rae, England
Album: Corrine Bailey Rae, 2006
Notes: Understated neo-soul musings, perfect lilting groove for Sundays. Once performed at the White House.
Artist: Wood, England
Notes: Tasteful, raspy rock from overlooked British band fronted by now solo, James Maddock.
Artist: Bonnie Raitt, Burbank, CA
Album: Longing In Their Hearts
Notes: One of the lost gems from veteran blues-rocker, universally ignored ballad.
Song: Nobody Knows
Artist: Paul Brady, Ireland
Album: Trick or Treat, 1991
Notes: Immensely underrated Irish signer-songwriter, well-crafted song from one of his ten fine albums.
Artist: R.E.M., Athens, GA
Notes: Another wining track from what I believe remains their finest hour.
Artist: Tyler Hilton, Palm Springs, CA
Notes: A Lost and Found preferred vendor, yet another superb cut by the best young male singer-songwriter out there.