A Favorite Musician For Every Letter of the Alphabet

Who could ever pick one favorite band? What do you even answer when people ask you about your favorite music?

My new answer is going to be this list: my favorite musicians, one for every letter of the alphabet. And a crap-ton of honorable mentions.

(In the case of people with actual names, I will use whichever of first name, last name, or full name I damn well please. Classical composers will be last name only.)

Air

Universal Traveler

Alpha Beta Gaga

Radian

Honorable mentions: Afro Celt, Architeq

Beethoven

Sonata No 21 (Waldstein)

Symphony No 3 (Eroica), First Movement, Allegro Con Brio

Symphony No 9, Fourth Movement

Honorable mentions: The Beatles, Beck, The Bird and the Bee, Bat for Lashes



Cusco

Australia

Islands of the Galapagos

North Easter

Honorable mentions: Chvrches, Collective Soul, Cake, Creedence Clearwater Revival. C is a strong letter.

Depeche Mode

Enjoy the Silence

Dream On

Policy of Truth

Honorable mentions: Daft Punk, Days of the New

Ed Alleyne-Johnson

Red

Orange

Green

Honorable mentions: Elvis Presley, Emilíana Torrini, Explosions in the Sky

Feist

1234

Brandy Alexander

Honey Honey

Honorable mentions: Fan Death, Fever Ray

Glitch Mob

We Swarm

We Can Make the World Stop

Fly By Night Only

Honorable mentions: Gorillaz, God is an Astronaut

Jimi

Hendrix

The Wind Cries Mary

Fire

Voodoo Child

Honorable mention: Handel, Heart, Howling Bells

The

Impossibles

Eightball

Priorities Intact

Everyday

Honorable mention: Incubus, Iron Maiden

Juno Reactor

Pistolero

Samurai

God is God

Honorable mentions: Joe Satriani, Johnny Cash, Junip, Janelle Monae, Jack Johnson. J is a strong letter.

The

Knife

Heartbeats (and an 8 bit version!!!)

The Captain

We Share Our Mother’s Health

Honorable mention: KMFDM, The Kills

Led Zeppelin

Bron-y-aur Stomp

When the Levee Breaks

Immigrant Song

Honorable mentions: La Roux, Lemon Jelly

Massive Attack

Protection

Be Thankful for What You’ve Got

Teardrop

Honorable mentions: Moxy Früvous, Miami Horror

Nine Inch Nails

Down In It

Everyday is Exactly The Same

All Time Low (Hey Keith: I thought about linking Everything)

Honorable mentions: N.A.S.A, New Order, Nest

Orbital

Mock Tudor

Lost

Midnight

Belfast

The Girl With The Sun In Her Head

The Box, Extended Version, Second Movement

Honorable mentions: Outkast, The Offspring

Presidents of the USA

Peaches

Boll Weevil

Munky River

Honorable mentions: Polaris, Pomplamoose, Pearl Jam

Queen

Don’t Stop Me Now

Another One Bites The Dust

Princes of the Universe

I’m not even aware of another good musical group whose name starts with the letter Q.

Rush

Beneath, Between & Behind

Closer to the Heart

Limelight

And, yes, fine, Tom Sawyer

Honorable mentions: Röyksopp, Rimsky-Korsakov

Soundgarden

Hands All Over

No Attention

Spoonman

Honorable mentions: Sleigh Bells, Soul Coughing

Tegan and Sara

Alligator

Closer

Someday

Honorable mentions: Temple of the Dog, Tchaikovsky, Tom Waits, They Might Be Giants, Tinstar. T is a strong letter.

Ulrich Schnauss

Sirocco

You Can Walk Anywhere

Chasing Rainbows




Vivaldi

Alla Rustica

Winter from the Four Seasons, Allegro non molto

Gloria

Honorable mention: Vangelis

George

Winston

Joy

Colors/Dance

Thanksgiving

Honorable mention: Weezer, White Ship

The

XX

Intro

Islands

Shelter




Yeasayer

Tightrope

Ambling Alp

Devil and the Deed




Zero 7

Out of Town

In The Waiting Line

Destiny

What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven. – Beethoven

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