1. “Mississippi Delta Blues,” Muddy Waters Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music, and Muddy Waters was one of the greatest blues musicians. Put the two together and you have a great song. 2. “Get Low,” Lil’ John At the homecoming dance during my sophomore year of high school a boy was trampled by people storming into the gym to dance when this came on. 3. “Everybody Loves Somebody,” Frank Sinatra This is a classic. I prefer the Dean Martin version, but Sinatra puts his unique spin on it. 4. “Stand Up,” Dave Matthews Band I was a little disappointed by the album “Stand Up.” “Dreamgirl” was the only song on that album that stood out to me – I definitely prefer the earlier albums. 5. “Time is Running Out,” Muse This song has a great bass line, and it’s one of the first I learned. It isn’t too often that you hear a bass guitar played with that much distortion. 6. “M’Bifo,” Rokia Traore Rokia Traore is a singer from Mali whose songs are sung in the Bamana language. Her album “Bowmboi” is beautiful. 7. “Rootless Tree,” Damien Rice I’m a big Damien Rice fan, but this song isn’t stellar. It’s a little too emotionally charged, and for a Damien Rice song that’s really saying something. 8. “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Al Green I think I’ve heard this song in more movies than I can count. This is a cover of the Bill Withers original. If you like the song, Buddy Guy does a great cover as well. 9. “Tribute,” Tenacious D This isn’t the greatest song in the world, just a tribute. I doubt I’ll ever outgrow Tenacious D. 10. “Tangled Up in Blue,” Bob Dylan My dad has had me listening to Bob Dylan since I was in the womb. This is one of my favorite songs off of Blood on the Tracks. “Shelter from the Storm” is a close second.