Each week, The Guest List, sits down with a musician, celebrity or band and asks them to list their greatest influences, career highlights and favorite hits. Come back each Thursday for a fresh interview with the hottest stars.
After listening to only a few songs off of Volume 2 from the actress-turned-musician [lastfm]Zooey Deschanel[/lastfm] and indie folkie [lastfm]M. Ward[/lastfm] (both of whom make music under [lastfm]She & Him[/lastfm]), you’ll forget you’re listening to a movie star and will be swept away by timeless, alt-country meets indie-pop harmonies.
When we had the chance to catch up with the rising music star, we had to ask her to share her top ten favorite songs of all time. And, as an extra bonus, we have a free MP3 of “In The Sun” to give away just for you.
1. [lastfm]Michael Nesmith[/lastfm] – “Joanne”
“This song has such an incredibly beautiful melody! Michael Nesmith is a great song writer, and very underrated. His records are fantastic.”
2. [lastfm]The Passions[/lastfm]/[lastfm]Beach Boys [/lastfm]- “All This Is That”
“I love this song from Carl Wilson’s record. Great harmonies.”
3. [lastfm]Dusty Springfield [/lastfm]- “Let Me Down Easy”
Dusty Springfield’s voice is as great as they come. This is a lesser known song from her London days.”
4. [lastfm]The Louvin Brothers[/lastfm] – “My Baby’s Gone”
“The Louvin Brothers are geniuses! Like the [lastfm]Everly Brothers[/lastfm] they are masters of 2 part harmony, but lesser known. It’s definitely worth buying all of their records.”
5. [lastfm]The Free Design[/lastfm] – “I Found Love”
“Free design is a group of siblings who made some of the first easy listening music in the late sixties early seventies, produced by [lastfm]Enoch Light[/lastfm] they sing beautifully together, in a child-like and wonderous way.”
6. [lastfm]The Zombies[/lastfm] – “Whenever You’re Ready”
“Zombies, one of my favorite bands of all time. This song is a classic. [lastfm]Colin Blunston[/lastfm]e is an exceptional vocalist. There is no group like the Zombies.”
7. [lastfm]Gene Clark[/lastfm] – “No Other”
“He left the [lastfm]Byrds[/lastfm] because he was afraid of flying. Gene Clark had a very interesting solo career with many great records. This is the title track of the very unique and haunting record No Other.
8. [lastfm]Jim Croce[/lastfm] – “Operator”
“I love Jim Croce. He had such an expressive voice, and was a fantastic song writer.”
9. [lastfm]Billy Joel[/lastfm] – “Allentown”
“This song has such an uplifting melody but such dark subject matter: My favorite combination. One of Billy Joel’s finest!”
10. [lastfm]Ella Fitzgerald[/lastfm] – “I’m Making Believe”
“This song puts me to sleep in the best way. I love all of Ella Fitzgerald’s duets with the ink spots but this is a favorite.”
All this reading about vintage music got us thinking of recent songs we’ve seen Zooey cover. Check out our favorite three.
“Dream A Little Dream of Me” by the [lastfm]Mamas and the Papas[/lastfm]
“Sugar Town by [lastfm]Nancy Sinatra[/lastfm]
“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” -[lastfm]The Smiths[/lastfm]
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