1. RAY LAMONTAGNE “Hannah” — I love him period. He is one of the best songwriters I’ve heard in years. Those last three albums are fantastic. Trouble is pound for pound his best so far because so many of the songs on there are so hooky, beautiful and soulful. “Hannah” has got the perfect mix of Bob Dylan and bluegrass. It’s got a really great vibe to it, and the lyrics are fantastic. The way he sings it is just unbelievable.
2. CHEAP TRICK “Surrender” — That’s a great tune. That’s one of those songs were you can either choose to listen to it or if it comes up on repeat on your iPod, you click back and play it about 17 times because it’s such a great rock song. It’s a great chorus and got a good old vibe to it. It really gives you a picture of what the Seventies were like. Everything that I listen to is pretty hooky. I’m a sucker for a good melody, and stuff just gets stuck in my head.
3. PINK FLOYD “In The Flesh?” — It’s one of the best ways ever to start an album. You come right out of the gate with a song like that, and you’re just like, “Where the hell is this going?”
4. PRINCE “Batdance” — Because I can. I know it’s on my iPod, and I know I’ve listened to it fairly recently. I remember when that video came out, especially with all the hoopla coming out about that first Batman movie, and with all of its story flaws it was still a great movie. That video gave me the chance to see a little bit of it, so we were glued to the TV watching that stuff. It’s just a great, cool song.
5. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE “Testify” — Rage is pretty much the only band I can listen to while I mow my lawn because it just gets me angry enough to do battle with my gross lawn. I have a thistle problem. I’m just being honest. I gotta get rid of those damn thistles, and Rage helps me do it.
Live versions of Corey’s picks: Ray LaMontagne, Cheap Trick, Pink Floyd, Prince and Rage Against The Machine.