If there’s one thing about contemporary music that irks us (well, there’s many things that irk us, but this is the one that irks us most), it’s the overreliance on singles rather than albums. We here at Goliath often find ourselves unsatisfied by the “one track” mentality of bands nowadays, instead yearning for the good ol’ days when bands would dedicate a significant amount of time to crafting an album, not just as a collection of songs that could be played independently on the radio, but rather as a singular entity meant to be experienced all at once. And with people spending so much time focusing on singles rather than entire albums, you tend to miss some really great tracks, which is why we’ve taken the time to compile 10 amazing songs from famous bands (that you haven’t heard on the radio). None of the following songs were ever released as singles, but they’re all incredible songs that most every music listener should be familiar with.
10. “Mad Sounds” – Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys have a ton of really great deep cuts, but we think that “Mad Sounds,” which is the seventh song off their most recent album AM, is a tune that deserves a little love. A change of pace song (it’s slow, rather than fast) on an otherwise fairly rocking album, “Mad Sounds” abandons the grungy overtones the Arctic Monkeys adopted for most of AM and instead offers viewers a soft, lush campfire-sounding song that comes complete with an echo-y, reverb-filled introduction and a chorus smoother than butter that’s been left out on the counter. Special love goes out to the beginning of the second chorus, where front man Alex Turner wows while singing “Somebody up and hit you with an Ooh La La La/Ooh La La La”…you get the point. AM is actually one of the few recent albums which eschews the singles only formula and plays well as an experience, so be sure to check it out in its entirety.