Top 10 Forgotten Musicians Millennials Need to Revisit

Since we are a generation being ruled by Drake, Kanye West and whatnot in the music department, I realized that it would be nice to share something a little different from the usual go-to playlist.

I’ve listened to these artists all my life and I just thought it would be interesting to share with my fellow millennials.

I mean, modern day music is alright and modern day artists are great but nothing will ever compare to the glorious magic vintage music can bring to the hearts of its listeners.

It’s quite sad that people barely listen to vintage music anymore so here’s a little tribute to my favorite artists of all time.

10. Peggy Lee

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Best 5: Fever, You Belong to Me, I’m Confessin’, A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Ole Buttermilk Sky

Peggy Lee was an American jazz singer, songwriter and composer among others. Although some of her songs (e.g. Ole Buttermilk Sky) were originally sang by other artists, there’s just something oddly alluring with the way her voice is projected through her music that will keep you coming back for more.

9. Andy Williams

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Best 5: Can’t Get Used to Losing You, Moon River, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Hopeless, A Fool Never Learns

Andy’s songs range from one genre to another. You’ll see that some of his pieces are similar to Frank Sinatra’s style while he also sang blues and Christian songs. My favorite among his pieces would definitely be Moon River.

8. Etta James

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Best 5: At Last, Sunday Kind of Love, Trust in Me, Lover Man (Oh Where Can He Be?), Something’s Got a Hold on Me

Etta James sang one of my most favorite songs of all time: At Last. Her powerful voice always manages to capture the intense emotions being projected in her songs. One of the best.

7. Dean Martin

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Best 5: Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu), Nobody’s Baby Again, It Just Happened That Way, You’ll Always Be the One I Love, (Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You

Dean Martin was also an American singer but the music he sang varied in language. Volare is an Italian remake (originally sang by Domenico Modugno) but I’m sure you’d prefer his version. I know I do.

6. Mel Tormé

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Best 5: Blue Moon, Poor Little Extra Girl, Comin’ Home Baby, L.A., I’ve Got You Under My Skin

I will always love Mel Tormé’s version of Blue Moon. He was an American jazz singer but he also sang songs of different genres.

5. Frank Sinatra

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Best 5: Fly Me to the Moon, Love Walked In, The Way You Look Tonight, That’s Life, You Make Me Feel So Young

Frank Sinatra is the best mainly because he is Frank Sinatra. He’s the OG Michael Bublé and the best one at that.

4. Charles Aznavour

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Best 5: Il Faut Savoir, For Me Formidable, Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux, Oui, Je T’aime

Charles Aznavour is still alive and even I can’t believe that (I’m kidding!). My favorite would definitely be Il Faut Savoir because it perfectly encapsulates the image of a broken heart.
Il faut savoir rester de glace et taire un cœur qui meurt déjà.
(One must know to remain cold and hush about a heart that is dying.)

But for real, I will always love Charles Aznavour because his songs, even though majority of them are in French, are as phenomenal as his ability to withstand aging.

3. Billie Holiday

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Best 5: Gloomy Sunday, Stormy Weather, Say It Isn’t So, I’ll Be Seeing You, On the Sunny Side of the Street

I’m currently loving Stormy Weather as of the moment but let’s be honest, nobody can ever not like Billie Holiday’s songs. There’s something about her voice that would make you fall in love over and over again.

2. Nat King Cole

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Best 5: Answer Me My Love, L-O-V-E, The Very Thought of You, Let’s Fall in Love, Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Nat King Cole makes me believe true love actually exists because all of his songs are so heartfelt and so meaningful. My current favorite is his version of The Very Thought of You. I really love the way he sings the lyrics to the song, especially these:

I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It’s just the thought of you,
The very thought of you, my love

1. Edith Piaf

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Best 5: Milord, Padam Padam, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, Paris, Les Amants de Paris

I don’t think there’s any other artist in the world who can ever be better than Edith Piaf. She was the original singer of La Vie En Rose which, I’m sure everyone has already heard. When I listen to Edith, I feel like I’m walking along the romantic streets of Paris. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you start to listen to her, too. 

Although not enough words would ever be enough to justify the astonishing beauty of these artists, this is the best that I could do. I hope you enjoyed!

Wanna check them out? Here’s a Spotify playlist for your benefit. 😉

Here’s a link to the playlist if it doesn’t work:  https://open.spotify.com/user/zabala.thea/playlist/1LnSI5bTZFpPGOcpnKlTKZ

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What Matters Most

Want to know the most beautiful sound I have ever heard in my life?

No, it is not a Tchaikovsky, Beethoven or Debussy composition (but I love the aforementioned composers). It is not the sound you can hear through a music player. It is actually the sound of someone close to my heart speaking passionately of the things that truly matter.

And no again, I am not speaking of a boyfriend or some guy I am infatuated with. The closest people to my heart are actually both my mom and dad and my maternal grandmother, although that is not very surprising.

All my life I have thought that the happiest moments of my life happened when I was travelling or doing something I thought was extraordinary. However, it was only recently when I realized that the happiest moments of my life happened on ordinary days in my ordinary life.

Most of them happened when I was laying in bed beside my grandmother at 2am, listening to her beautiful stories about her childhood, my mom’s childhood, the love story she shared with my grandpa and countless others. They happened when I was alone with my mother in the car, listening to her tell me about her exes and how she ended up marrying my dad. They happened when I was jogging with my dad at 6am, listening to his blissful reminiscences of his prime years.

Listening is actually one of the things people neglect to do in this era. Often times we spend so much time babbling on and on about our own lives, focusing on finding who we are especially at this age, that we neglect to actually hear the beautiful things that we can acquire from the people we often take for granted.

So breathe. Stop talking. Unplug your earphones and actually pay attention. Sometimes, the things that truly matter are actually the ones we consider unimportant. Take the time to hear your parents rant and to listen to your grandparents talk. You’ll never know, maybe who you truly are is hidden beneath who they were.

Thea Zabala