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Steve Crawford's Top 25 Songs Through May 31st, 2014

Alright you made your point, but Rhett is still wrong about Elliott's death

Alright you made your point, but Rhett is still wrong about Elliott’s death

As Blue Oyster Cult once sang, then came the last days of May. As we head into summer, it’s a good time to look at some of the best tunes so far of this year. This list heavy on alt-country/No Depression/Americana, but that’s just the way I roll these days. The #1 slot is by the band with the best album of the year so far (and the #3 slot comes from the second best album of the year). I have no idea if Parker Millsap is being sincere or ironic on “Truck Stop Gospel,” but in either case, he’s made me a believer. In Parker Millsap.

25. She Used to Love Me A Lot, Johnny Cash

24. Long White Line, Sturgill Simpson

23. No Strings, Chloe Howl

22. Stranger to My Happiness, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

21. Shelter Song, Temples

20. Call Me, St. Paul & the Broken Bones

19. Zigzagging Toward the Light, Conor Oberst

18. Dizzy Heights, Neil Finn

17. The Last Time, The Rolling Stones (Live 1965)

16. Destination, Nickel Creek

15. I Ain’t Looking for No Trouble, Ray Benson

14. The Swan, Cheatahs

13. Lies You Forgot You Told, Peter Mulvey

12. Love Sublime, Tensnake

11. Black and Blue, Secret Sisters

10. Bad Self Portraits, Lake Street Dive

9. It’s Not Easy, The Henry Girls

8. Shit Shots Counts,  Drive-By Truckers

7. This Will Be Our Year, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson

6. Sour Times, The Civil Wars

5. Hunter of Invisible Game, Bruce Springsteen

4. Truck Stop Gospel, Parker Millsap

3. Head, Lydia Loveless

2. A Feather’s Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash

1. Longer Than You’ve Been Alive, Old 97’s

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