1. Tellison - Freud Links The Teeth And The Heart
    One of the best fairly recent songs that encompasses heartache but doesn’t leave you moping. The full band version is nearly tied with the acoustic version by Tellison vocalist S H Davidson, which is also something special, but wins purely on the quality of the recording.

    Al Green - Let’s Stay Together
    Forever a classic. This song reminds me of my childhood as I’d regularly hear this played by my parents. It’s simple in the best of ways, and the Motown feel will always be beautiful to me.

    American Football - I’ll See You When We’re Both Not So Emotional
    Most of these songs have the cliche theme of being about romance but you can’t really judge me because, c’mon  it’s American Football. Probably more beautiful to me on the basis that it got me involved in a genre I had previously written off and confirmed why I love music so much.

    Jens Lekman - Your Arms Around Me
    This song is beautiful enough on it’s own, but for extra impact it’s worth watching THAT scene from Whip It which I’m sure gained this song/Jens Lekman quite a few fans.

    And So I Watch You From Afar - Beautifuluniversemasterchampion
    Is it cheating if it has beautiful already in the title? Possibly. Again, beautiful to me for more of a personal reason, having caught this song being played live at ArcTanGent festival which was one of my favourite weekends of the past few years. For less personal reasons, they’re incredibly talented and having never been much of a post rock fan before, this gave me shivers. Music rarely gives me shivers.

    The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home
    Another of the rare few songs to give me shivers. Also the one song I have not changed my mind on about being one of my all time favourites. I’ve seen this crop up in movie trailers for documentaries about nature more than once, which makes a lot of sense because it sure does fit.

    Frightened Rabbit - Keep Yourself Warm
    It takes more than fucking someone you don’t know to keep warm’ is an oddly beautiful statement to me. What can I say, I guess I like honesty. Choosing which song to include from The Midnight Organ Fight was hard though, it’s best to just give the whole album a listen.

    Hall & Oates - She’s Gone
    Judge me all you want, I can’t resist a bit of Hall & Oates. Also another song from my childhood, they really knew (and still do) how to write pop music. The belting at the end is my favourite part.

    Tubelord - Cows To The East, Cities To The West
    Sometimes I forget how beautiful this song is, and then I quickly remember within the first 10 seconds. After having been unable to listen to the album this song is from for several months after Tubelord’s break-up (I don’t think I’ve ever been that sad about a band breaking up) I’m slowly finding a way.

    Dionne Warwick - Don’t Make Me Over
    The lyrics. Dionne Warwick’s voice. Burt Bacharach. That’s all I can say.