Top 5 “D” Artists
Another good letter for music & musicians, that’s 4/4 so far!
5. Dirty Pretty Things
I have a new tie-breaking criteria for the top 5s: when in doubt, the tie goes to the artist whose album I’d be more likely to play at the time of writing. So although Def Leppard & Deep Purple were contenders, today feels like a Dirty Pretty Things kind of day.
4. The Darkness
Justin Hawkins & friends brought some much needed fun into the music business. Though they shouldn’t be quickly dismissed as a novelty, they’re great! If I wasn’t watching the video, I’d swear it was Robert Smith singing “dancing on a Friday night.”
3. Death Cab for Cutie
A trio of 21st Century artists in a row? Maybe I’m not living in the past after all! …
2. Drake, Nick
…Or maybe I am. But hey, with musicians this talented, can you blame me?
1. Dylan, Bob
Of all the #1s in my Top 5s, this may be one of the least controversial. 50+ years into his career, few have been more influential.
Even if I leveled the playing field and restricted him to one year of output vs. the entire discographies of everyone else, he’d be #1 based solely on his 1965 efforts: Bringing it all Back Home & Highway 61 Revisited.
Two undisputed classics released only 5 months apart, that’s not even fair!
To celebrate the “D”s, reviews of Depeche Mode, The Divine Comedy, and hopefully a third “D” are on the calendar for this week, enjoy!