1. Slade | Cum On Feel The Noize
There could be a whole slew of early seventies Glam records in this list. Sweet, T. Rex, Bowie, Mott The Hoople, Roxy Music, etc. The early seventies were a pretty miserable time for me. I hated School but one good thing was sneaking out to the local cafe to smoke, play pinball and put records on the jukebox. I remember the day this came out and we put the money in the machine to hear it. So raucous and wonderful. I think we put it on 10 times in a row till we had no more coins. The old boys with their tea didn't like it as much as us! I saw Slade later supporting The Jam and Generation X. Those two were brave to go up against Slade who ripped the place up making anyone on later look and sound tame. And, if you can carry off looking like Dave Hill, you can't be all bad.
2. Ramones | Poison Heart
There could also be 13 Ramones tracks on this list. I'll never forget seeing them for the first time in Croydon with Talking Heads supporting. They hit the stage like a rocket and didn't let up with brilliant, perfectly formed, melodic, 100mph Pop songs. And they went on to make great album after great album. It was a mixed blessing touring with them though. I was so proud to sing Baby I Love You on stage and, along with Casino Steel, be one of only two people not called Ramone to play live with Ramones. But they say you shouldn't meet your heroes and they were a case in point. A deeply damaged and unhappy bunch. Marky sneaking into our dressing room for a beer out of the gaze of bully Johnny; Joey, one of our greatest supporters but battling with every syndrome going to get through the day, and Dee Dee, a pent up bundle of Unhappiness. And this song personifies that unhappiness. Given to the rest of the band in acknowledgement of bailing him out of jail as he descended towards his demise, it's a beautiful, desperate song by a man sick of Life. Who said Pop songs can't have depth?
3. The Boys | Jimmy Brown
Well, I'm not in The Boys anymore, so this is not a blatant piece of self promotion! The Boys were a huge part of my life from when I was 17 till the back end of 2011, when I left at the end of a Japanese tour. I love the records, especially the early ones, and the great shows we played. I'm proud to have been a significant part of a world class and world renowned band and to have helped create that legacy. I was the youngest and, at the beginning, most inexperienced member. Cas, Matt and John are/were extremely talented and taught me everything I know about Songwriting and harmonies. And who could have better teachers to learn from? I often think the measure of how great we were is seen in the songs we threw away and here's a classic example. It's a brilliant song, played brilliantly and with truly superb backing vocals from Cas. For most bands it would have been track 1. The Boys recorded it and then discarded it as not good enough.
4. The Beach Boys | God Only Knows
If you've heard my records, Little Big Head and the new Difficult Second Album, you'll know I'm a bit of a nut for backing vocals. The Beach Boys are the best backing vocal band of all time. Even The Beatles, no slouches in that area, were inspired by them. Brian Wilson also came up with revolutionary arrangements which still influence producers today. Here, you get all of that, together with a killer, heart achingly beautiful song which also managed to be controversial at the time by having the shocking word God in it! Stunning.
5. John Lennon | Isolation
Is there an album more raw and honest than the first Lennon solo album? His voice has always been great, but I love his piano playing as well.
6. Heartbreakers | Born To Lose
I've put this in as a representative of any number of great bands and songs from '77. It could have been a track from The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Undertones, The Rezillos, Damned... The list is long. Like Ramones, the first time I saw Hearbreakers knocked me out. Great songs and who ever moved better with a guitar than Johhny Thunders? Walter Lure was also no slouch in the posing department and Jerry Nolan was the best show off drummer anyone will ever see. He had his cymbals way up so his arms were always extended high in the air. We stole that and the next day Jack Black was ordered to jack his cymbals up and start flailing his arms between drum beats. He mastered it brilliantly I've got to say. But unlike Ramones, they never kicked on. The set never developed, no new songs came along and the live set didn't translate onto record. What is it Johnny Thunders always did to get that muddy sound on record? Too much junky business I guess, but this track is still a great reminder of a great band who burnt brightly for a moment and then burnt out.
7. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers | Into The Great Wide Open
There was a great documentary on last year about Tom Petty. It went on for hours and justifiably so because he's had such a long career and made so many great records. It takes a certain amount of luck to have a hit. It takes an enormous amount of talent to be successful over an extended period of time. This is a great record to represent his catalogue. Produced superbly by Jeff Lynne, great guitars, beautiful chorus and clever lyrics.
8. Foo Fighters | Walk
And another guitar band who have made great records over a long period are Foo Fighters. This song from their last album is as good as anything they have done.
9. Goldfrapp | Happiness
I thought I'd be honest and have a look on my iTunes to see what track I've played more than any other. I'm stunned to find it's this one. I shouldn't be though as it's a great song, The Beach Boys gone Electro. Great backing vocals. I wish I'd written it.
10. Dire Straits | Sultans Of Swing
I don't really like Dire Straits. But sometimes a piece of Music becomes so intertwined with a Time and Place that it transports you back to when you heard it. I was born and brought up 40 miles from France, but, like most people in East Kent, I wouldn't have dreamt of going there. Why on Earth would you do that? The food was funny and it was bad enough that the frogs would pile over on the ferries in the summer, clogging up Canterbury High Street, barging everyone out of the way with their Gallic elbows and shoplifting everything in sight. Or so the local, internationally enlightened folklore would have it. So I was 17 before I first went abroad for the first time, for a week's residency The Boys had at the Gibus club in Paris. And I was almost 20 before I went on my first foreign holiday, for a week with my then girlfriend, now wife, to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. And what an eye opener! Before then holidays were times spent looking from a caravan with my brothers at the Cornish drizzle, or giving up in the Lake District to come home early as the wind and rain threatened to wash our tent away. But what was this now? Sunshine! And strawberries! In February! And the funny food wasn't funny! It was delicious! Las Palmas tended to cloud over so every day we took the bus to the appropriately named Playa Del Ingles where we grilled ourselves, ate grilled food, drank San Miguels and headed back on the bus at the end of the day. Every evening as the bus rounded a hill to come back into Las Palmas the bus driver's radio seemed to play Sultans Of Swing. And so a song by a group I don't really like, lead by a grumpy multi millionaire who wouldn't lend me a fiver when we were both recording in Roundhouse studios, is capable of inducing a trance like Happiness every time I hear it.
These are not 10 songs I like. I have thousands of songs that I like so it would kinda be an impossible task to pinpoint only 10. Instead I would very much like to talk about 10 songs that shaped my personality in my formative childhood and early teenage years. Music that influenced my choices as an artist, as a man, as a friend. Looking back I fathom that I would be a much different person had these songs not crossed my path. When I get inspired by such a song I don't just listen to it, it becomes my soundtrack for a while, I live it, breathe it, dwell on its energy. I get excited like a teenage girl then I dissect it like a scientist and finally overdose on it like a junkie until it mingles with my DNA. This way we'll never be apart. It always sits quietly in the background only to surface at random listenings triggering emotions and memories associated with that whole period of my life. My little Proust-esque madeleines. My roots. My stories.
1. Modern Talking | Cheri, Cheri Lady
I must have been four or five and this song (along with other MT tunes) had a massive impact on me. Oddly enough it happened to be a negative one. I hated it! I can't really tell why. It's kind of ridiculous to even attempt an explanation giving the young age. It must have been something along the lines of that Disco energy. Those falsetto voices. That androgynous image that creeped the shit out of me. Why was this important? Because it showed me what it is that I don't like. So my first exposure to Music kind of started off the wrong foot. I remember covering my ears every time I would hear any MT. And back in those days that meant a lot of times. And by the way: I still don't like them... Don't hate them, but fuck 'em!...
2. Trio De Santa Cruz | Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros (Chilean Traditional Folk Song Cover)
Diving deep back to the pre-1989 times. Communism. Ceauşescu. You get the whole spiel... People had a lot of problems but somehow they had a lot of friends. That includes my parents. And what do friends do on their spare time? They party! Western Music (especially Rock) was on The Blacklist, but on the market there was an infusion of Latin-American Music on vinyls. Hugely appropriate for parties. When my parents' group of friends would gather to have a good time they would listen for hours and hours of Cuban and Central & South American Music (tolerated by the censors perhaps due to the strong pro-Socialist movements in the respective countries at the time - Cuba was flat-out communist). Not only that, but after listening and dancing they would pick up the guitars and play the songs themselves. Oh, that was a lot of fun! I was fascinated by the rhythms, by that passion, by the sound of that mysterious Spanish language. There were a lot of songs, but this particular one was the big hit. I loved it when the drunk grown-ups would harmonize on it. Then one day I got ambitious and I tried to sing it myself. This is the first recollection of me singing. First tune I ever cared for. I must have been 7 or 8. If you know my band it would be pretty redundant to say that I still love Latin Music. Oh, and I have all those vinyl discs right in my day-room. They're mine now.
3. The Beatles | A Taste Of Honey (Lenny Welch Cover)
My father got it on a Bulgarian-pirated contraband vinyl. I was shocked to find out that there's other Music out there other than Muzică Uşoară, Latin and Disco. I loved the vocal harmonies and it must have been the first time I've ever heard a distorted guitar tone. Beautiful tune covered by Lennon & McCartney. I learnt it by heart and would hum it all day long. Had no idea what the lyrics meant, but couldn't care less at that point. I was 9.
4. AC/DC | Have A Drink On Me
The Revolution of 1989 brought certain degrees of Freedom. For all I cared it meant that we could listen to whatever the fuck we wanted. I remember those first days in January. Those first Musical Videos on National Television (TVR), Lambada, Alice Cooper's House Of Fire, MC Hammer, etc. I kinda dug all of it. Until I stumbled upon an album that electro-schocked my brain circuits and gave me an instant addiction: AC/DC's Back In Black. I had never listened to anything even remotely close to that sort of energy. It happened on my 10th birthday. Me and my friends from School listened to that record for hours, head-banging and air-playing drums & guitars. This particular song hit me harder than anything else on that record. I felt like flying. Like being an unstoppable Force of Nature. That song would make me immune to anything bad. It would make me invincible. Our little freak-out on AC/DC is very well documented on a VHS tape. It's amazing to see that moment after all these years. Why was this important? That Music united all of us friends who participated in that distorted-guitar ritual. That became Our Music. The rest of the World could listen to any DJ Bobo they liked. We were the Rock 'N' Roll guys. 22 years later we're all still friends. Each and every one of those little fuckers who were at that party.
5. Pink Floyd | Vera
Yeah, I know: the whole The Wall album is a masterpiece. I agree. I discovered it among my father's tapes and I abused it until I ruined the magnetic tape. However, this song is so underrated. The emotion in it made me cry. I don't remember doing that previously while listening to any other song. But this one... Oh, Lord Almighty... Broke me into pieces even if I couldn't understand a goddamn lyric. That voice. That Acoustic guitar. That violin. It was the most beautiful Music piece I had ever heard. And then the explosion and Bring the boys back home... I'd better stop before I turn completely pathetically - sentimental. Why was this important? Because it made me want to play the Guitar. For real. I had to play that song. I had to!
6. Phoenix | Te Întreb Pe Tine, Soare...
It was the Summer of '92. I had seen the grand-return of the Romanian band Phoenix from Germany the previous year. Then my father bought me this double album called SymPhoenix. Lots of great songs. Amazing musicianship. Mind-blowing lyrics. But there was something else: Baniciu's voice. On that song: Baniciu's voice. Every Phoenix concert I attended for the next 10 years I was like: Oh, my God, Baniciu's voice!... Every time I meet Baniciu now (luckily we became friends) I still go: Oh, my God, Baniciu's voice!. When I'm 120 years old, I bet my life on it, when I hear a Phoenix song I'll be like: Oh, my God, Baniciu's voice!
7. Santana | Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
I don't even like the song that much. I like other Santana tunes way more. But it's such a vital song to me. It was the very first song I've ever played on a guitar. I was 12. It felt larger than Life. It showed me I could do it. That it isn't that hard. I played it at School and this girl from another classroom gave me her phone number. She said she loved it. And then she addressed a question that would change my life: Do you know any Guns N' Roses?... My first answer: Who the fuck are Guns N' Roses?. It didn't take very long to find out...
8. Guns N' Roses | Shotgun Blues
OK, I asked this friend/distant relative who I knew he was into Rock Music to make me a mixtape with Guns N' Roses. Couldn't impress that girl if I didn't know who they were. He did it. He said: I bought you a 90 min. casette. I recorded GN'R, but I still had some unused tape left so I recorded a couple of songs from this other new band. Didn't really care as long as GN'R were there. I inserted the tape in the player completely expecting some ballads (she said they were playing slow songs). First song on the tape was Shotgun Blues . My jaw dropped. This high-speed Punk-influenced flip-off song had the grittiest lyrics I had ever heard. At that point I was getting decent at English. First time I heard the F-word in a song. I was like "What the fuck? This is not a ballad!"... It had the energy of AC/DC, but it was rougher, meaner, meat & potatoes Rock 'N' Roll. Didn't see it coming. I loved GN'R. They were so rude and nasty. Love their ballads as well, but my take on them has always been as the band who plays that dirty Rock 'N' Roll. Anyways my first listening to tape happened in a car. It was me and my friend who brought it for me. The GN'R selection ended at some point. I was high on them! Couldn't imagine anything grittier and more befitting my personality. And then this other song starts. Remember? He had told me that he recorded a couple of more tune from this other new band. So this guitar riff starts and then an explosion of Anger. My Anger. And that voice. It sounded like it was my voice. Not my actual voice, but the voice inside of me. I couldn't fuckin' breathe! I mumbled a question: What is this? Who are these guys?... He said There's a new band popular in America. It has a cool name: Nirvana. This song is called: 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', but I don't know what the hell is that supposed to mean.
9. Nirvana | Smells Like Teen Spirit
Well, shit, I only had two songs and I needed to hear the whole record! My 12th birthday was coming up and I persuaded my father to get me a Walkman (explanation for kids: a prehistoric device known as a portable cassette player). He also got me two tapes: Nirvana - Nevermind and Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer. Needless to say how many gazillions of times I played those records. But no matter what else happened while listening to any other song, when SLTS came around I would wanna break stuff, I would release my frustrations out in the wide open, I would forget about tests, teachers, fair-weather friends and whiny little bitches at School and I would want to start a revolution or something. I was becoming a teenager. Funny thing. It is probably the only song in the world that STILL triggers in me the same emotions. If you wanna see me doing a one-man mosh pit just play me Teen Spirit!
10. Deep Purple | Soldier Of Fortune
My father used to sing it for me. It was beautiful. His guitar playing was also moving. I had wanted to hear the original for ages, but no one had it. There was no info on the album that included this song. Not a lot of people even knew about it at all as it was not among the most famous DP tunes. It wasn't even being sung by the most famous DP singer. But then one day I found it on a tape some friend lent me. It had a musical selection from various artists and this song was accidentally there. The last song on that tape. That voice made me feel things. That Bluesy crooning voice. That swagger. It did something to me that no other song did: it made me want to sing. My firsts attempts in that direction happened by practicing over and over this song only. It was like the World didn't have any other Music. I was obsessed with it. I needed to be good like that. I needed to play it and sing it right. I don't think I have ever succeeded. Not to my own standards. I'll never sing that song as beautifully haunting as David Coverdale. But people liked it. It was my exam song when I joined the Arts School. It was what I sang when I auditioned for my first band. It was the song that brought me my first awards at singing-contest festivals I attended for a while. It was the first song I really managed to arouse feelings in people. It was my song. And it will always be!
1. Eluvium | New Animals From The Air
+ Taken... From the album Talk Amongst The Trees. Both these songs, in an incredible way, changed my life. I didn’t become a happier person after listening to these songs (or in fact, the album), nor did I all of a sudden realize I had to take control of my life or any other ridiculous spiel. What did happen, however, was that I was able to listen to Music differently now – I wasn’t just about guitar riffs and leads and solos and all that. I was able to hear and understand Texture and Sound better than I ever had. A lot of Ambient Music can vary – from drones to dark Ambient to some of Eno’s Music which is a lot more Background Music – but for me Eluvium’s approach to making emotive, incredible Music is the perfect template, and one which I try to follow. These two songs, for me, are perfect examples of Matthew Cooper’s musical identity. On a side note, I should also mention that Taken is technically incredible. It’s essentially a few chords looped over and over, with subtle chord (& voicing) changes. Yet, over its sixteen minute length, it has never bored me or ceased to hold my attention. I think alongside Philip Glass’ Piano Solos, this track helped me understand Minimalism far better than any Wikipedia entry or essay.
2. Rustie | Ultra Thizz
For some reason or another, Happy Music doesn’t tend to carry the same emotional weight for me as more Moody Music. I think the line between what constitutes Happy and what ends up being nauseatingly saccharine is a fine one, and often – for me anyway – songs tend to fall in the latter category. I think Ultra Thizz is probably saccharine as well, but this song manages to brighten up my day like no other. It’s just deliriously ecstatic and exhilarating.
3. Mount Kimbie | Maybes
Just as Eluvium is why I got that vital push to make Ambient Music, Mount Kimbie are a big reason why I make Electronic Music. Maybes has that perfect mix of chords drenched in a reverberant atmosphere while still maintaining a rhythm, one that is very unique to Mount Kimbie. I love that idea of Electronic Music being able to exist in Space, rather than the sort of aggressive interminable pounding of 4x4 House/Techno, or the weird overkill of layers that IDM producers often engage in.
4. The National | Mr. November
I’m not much of a singer-along, but I can’t help shouting along to Mr. November. The National are one of my favourite bands, and though it’s really hard to pick out my favourite songs of theirs, I think Mr. November wins the cake because of its pretty unparalleled ability to make me singalong to it – much to the chagrin of whoever is around me, of course.
5. Low | Lullaby
I think I had a hard time getting my bearings straight the first time I heard Low. They’re slow, they weave their instruments and voices amidst nothing but Space, and they’re just utterly breathtaking. I've never heard anyone not term Low’s Music as depressing and all that, but for me they’re just a band that makes some of the most outrageously gorgeous Music I've ever heard. Also, on a side note, Alan Sparhawk’s guitar work has influenced me a fair bit, particularly some of the tunings he uses and just the way he attacks his guitar at times, particularly on the marvel that is Do You Know How To Waltz?.
6. Burial | Fostercare
Though I fell in love with Burial after hearing Untrue, Fostercare with its call-and-response vocals is when I realized Burial exists on a completely different plane from every other producer out there. It’s a stunning piece of Music, and just shows how Electronic Music can have an incredible amount of atmosphere and Life, without so much as a hint of the synthetic.
7. Tim Hecker | Whitecaps Of White Noise I
Over the years, Tim Hecker has become a huge influence on my Music, especially with regards to how he treats Noise. He layers his Music in such a way that underneath the ostensibly superficial, slightly unnerving noise, lies some of the most beautiful Music you’ll ever hear. I've always been a fan of that – of making a listener pay that little bit more attention to the Music to find it, so to speak. In that sense, Hecker’s work has always been an influence – and it all started with this song. The second half, especially, is breathtaking, and I can’t not sit down and just let myself be absorbed whenever I listen to this track.
8. Sigur Rós | Untitled #8 (aka Popplagið aka The Pop Song)
The whole album, ( ), holds significance for me because I remember listening to it in between trips to Peshawar during 2004/2005. My family had just moved cities, so it was a period of transition in my life – in more ways than one. I was finding out more about Indie and Post-Rock, and one of the gateway bands was Sigur Rós. I remember hearing Untitled #8 the first time just as we were about to enter Peshawar, and by the time the song finished I was completely devastated. The crescendo in this song is still one of the best I have ever heard, and even now though I tend to listen to the song with rapt attention, I can’t help but bring out the air drums for the climax.
9. The For Carnation | Moonbeams
There are two broad approaches to Music that I've always been really interested in – sparse, glacially paced melancholy (like Low) and gorgeous Music that hides behind a veneer of grit and noise (like Tim Hecker). Moonbeams is a brilliant representation of the first idea; it’s breathtakingly beautiful and just lets lots of Space breathe within the song. It’s never instrumentally overpowering, and just feeds off the idea that letting sounds linger is never a bad idea. It’s not only a brilliant song but also a thorough manifestation of a unique means to approaching Music and Emotion.
10. The Microphones | The Glow Pt. 2
The Glow Pt. 2 is another example of how to mix two different sonic ideas – Folk, and Noise. Even though I shouldn’t have, I fell in love with the album the first time I heard it and I couldn’t, for the life of me, get over how it was abrasive at times, yet incredibly beautiful and revelatory. It’s hard to pick a song from an album that’s so perfect, but I think the title song would be my choice if I had a gun to my head. I love how it moves from a sombre mood to this noisy, jovial atmosphere without so much so as a nod to the change. It’s this sort of mood (and sonic) change that I also try to regularly recreate. There’s something about shifting perceptions of songs, of albums, of Music, that has always been intriguing for me. The Glow Pt. 2 did nothing to lessen my fascination with the idea.
1. Bruce Hornsby & The Range | Look Out Any Window
This song is the ultimate Americana experience. When I don't know what I want to listen to, this record always gets thrown on. A very talented group with some excellent songs!
2. Atmosphere | Modern Man's Hustle
Atmosphere was an early exposure of Hip Hop for me. The God Loves Ugly album was particularly important to me, especially lyrically fitting for that time in my life. Some really great Music.
3. Belle And Sebastian | Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
An all-time favorite band of mine, the Scott masters of Pop B&S. This track in particular invokes an intense nostalgic joy for me.
4. Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf | Fair Weathered Friend
Great raps and raw beats; PB Wolf is at this point a young producer working with lyrical genius Charizma. Unfortunately this is the full extent of their catalogue together due to Charizma tragically losing his life in a mugging in 1993.
5. !!! | Yadnus
One of my favorite bands, !!! broke the mold for me in terms of genres, they showed me that you could make whatever kind of Music you want as long as it is good. This album is a hypnotic mix of Dance, Funk, Punk and Pop. Bizarre, addicting, and pretty much flawless. Any track off the album Myth Takes could have taken this spot, however I feel like this track is often over looked!
6. Woolfy Vs Projections | Absynth
This entire album is a brilliant accomplishment. There isn't a track that I don't love, and I can always spin this from top to bottom without skipping a beat. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LISTEN. This track in particular has a haunting vibe to it, floating here and there...
7. Squarepusher | Tundra
I could use this guy's whole catalog as a talking point, such a large influence on my Music! Amazingly talented composer with a great ear. If I ever need some sonic inspiration Squarepusher is a great refresher.
8. Scuba | Tulips
Some of the best Techno I have heard recently. Beautiful melodies mixed with infections rhythms. This album has become a classic for me.
9. Porteur | Clothespin
Fantastic Music. I couldn't recommend the album (LKBK) enough. My cassette copy rarely leaves my tape deck. Fantastic Music.
10. The (International) Noise Conspiracy | Capitalism Stole My Virginity
Always gotta include this one; I grew up on Punk Rock, T(I)NC was one of my favorite bands. Perfectly fusing Old-School sounds with New-School ideas. They were very political and intense, very influential on my young mind! I still love this band and all the music they made, nothing will ever come close...
1. Gotye | Hearts A Mess
I'm pretty obsessed with this man's music right now. I've been in the studio lately and every time we had a lunch break I'd show my producer (Leon Taheny) a new Gotye song and we'd talk about the method he made it. This song in particular has a great video as well. If Gotye ever wanted to take me on tour...
2. My Brightest Diamond | Inside A Boy
I listen to this song almost every day. It's beautiful and haunting and Shara Worden's voice is just perfect.
3. Light Fires | If We Got Along Ever
This is another project that James Bunton, my collaborator and producer on Vichada, is working on. Regina is a sassy sarcastic force to reckon with on this song.
4. Kit Knows | Summer In The City
I am diggin' on this song right now because it's a sexy tribute to Toronto in the summer. Really, what could be better?
5. Golden Ghost | Plain Sight
Laura Goetz is a such a lovely girl and I consider her an inspiring friend. Her voice always reminds me, in a strange way, of a young Dolly Parton. The version from Daytrotter Session is a great live version of one of the songs that probably got the most play of anything in the Forest City Lovers tour van.
6. Warm Myth | Working
My longtime and dear friend Casey put out a few songs with the talented Kieran Adams under this moniker. They're like beautiful lullabies to drift into dreamland with.
7. Danny Michel | The Invisible Man
I'm a sucker for simple and repetitive riffs (who isn't?) and this song is very satisfying that way.
8. St. Vincent | Surgeon (4AD Session)
There is a fantastic live video from this session. I really admire Annie Clark, she is a fantastic songwriter and performer. I strive to be half as good as her!
9. Kronos Quartet Performs Phillip Glass | String Quartet No. 2 (Company): III & IV (1983)
It's more like a whole album, but I love the Kronos Quartet Performs Phillip Glass. I listen to it when I'm on planes a lot, it's totally calming and beautiful.
10. Dolly Parton | 9 To 5 (9 To 5 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Because I can never get enough of Dolly Parton!