Yay! It's been SO LONG since I did this! These are definitely not all radio songs, but they're all worth checking out. Without further ado, here are my top 5 today:
1) Mumford & Sons: Little Lion Man
The first time I ever heard this song, it was stuck in my head for four days. I adore it. Check out the whole album - Sigh No More - it's all good stuff. Something about a banjo and an upright bass . . . it's part folky Irish coffee shop feeling, and part downhome bluegrass jam session, but all awesome.
2) Florence and the Machine - Dog Days Are Over
This is another one where I chose the radio song, but the whole album really is excellent. Her voice is so rad, and the songs are so catchy. This is like the rockin' version of that chick Adele. Love.
3) Seether - Careless Whisper
Dude, I like the Wham version of this song, okay? And I love Seether. I think they did a great job on this. Maybe better than the original. Not Johnny-Cash-doing-Hurt better than the original, but real, real good.
And while we're talking about covering old 80's songs:
4) Chris Cornell - Billie Jean
I actually haven't researched where this came from at all, if you can believe that. J found it and played it for me, and I almost had a heart attack. I could listen to this man sing all. day. long. Nevermind acoustic and covering an MJ classic. Alien Ant Farm did an AMAZING job on Smooth Criminal a few years back, too. Check that out, whenever you have a chance.
5) The Black Keys - Chop And Change
This was a toss up between this song, which I heard on the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack or The Black Keys' Tighten Up, which is a tagged radio song in my phone. They're just a really rad band. Kind of southern funky. I dig their bass lines.
There's gonna be more music recs coming soon. I have so much new stuff that I'm into right now. On the off chance that you're in the market for something completely different - check out Sigur Ros. They're Icelandic, and they sing in either Icelandic or this other language that they created. My high school intern introduced me to them, and I can't thank her enough. It makes awesome working or driving background.