Top 10 Songs You Should Know Playlist: Week #2

It's Monday again and that means that it is time for the second publication of the Top 10 Songs You Should Know. Once again this is a list of ten songs that you may not of heard before because most of them aren't singles but come from fairly popular artists.

This playlist features some of my favorite artists, all of which I listen to on a regular basis. These artists are pretty mainstream but I tried to highlight some songs that are phenomenal but got little press. "Simon" by Lifehouse is one of my all time favorites and I highly recommend you give it a listen. "Misfits" features the subtle sounds of crickets in the beginning so be sure to check that out. A song that I just recently found is number one on the list, and it isn't reinventing the wheel but it brings some great lyrics to life.

Top 10 Songs You Should Know - Week 2 - Nov. 20-26 2006
1. Miracle - Vertical Horizon
2. Brace Yourself - Howie Day
3. I Miss You - Incubus
4. Simon - Lifehouse
5. How to be Dead - Snow Patrol
6. Misfits - Third Eye Blind
7. On Her Mind - Duncan Sheik
8. Testing 1,2,3 - Barenaked Ladies
9. Can't Let it Go - Goo Goo Dolls
10. 23 - Jimmy Eat World

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A Review of Big City Rock's Self-Titled Debut

One of the bands that I had the pleasure of seeing live in concert this year is a relatively unknown band, Big City Rock. They were opening up for Everclear and I wasn't really expecting much from them, as with most opening acts, I really don't really get my hopes up. They played 7 songs off their new debut CD, all of which I enjoyed. The lyrics seemed a little over the top but they spoke some truth and were pretty catchy.

When I got back from the concert, I looked up a little background on them and it turns out that they only have one album out which is self-titled. With about an average of 3 minutes a song, the album only amounts to about 35 minutes. While it is rather short, it surely doesn't disappoint. My three favorites from the album include, "I Believe in You", "Kind", and "Shelter". One of the songs on the album, "Human", shows how simple yet powerful are their lyrics. "I am just a man / Man in a city / City in a State / State in a country / Country in a world / Part of a System / Driving through the city / Stereo is on". Not the most mind blowing lyrics but nevertheless powerful. I definitely recommend you go out and buy this album but at the very least go and give it a listen. To end this artist/album review, I'll leave you some food for thought with some lyrics from "Kind".

"I don't know why
We have to try so hard to be kind to one another
When its hard enough living and
We don't know where to go
What can I do about it?"

A Tribute To The "Bringing Down the Horse" Album by The Wallflowers

Today I thought that I would pay homage to one of the great albums of the 1990s, Bringing Down the Horse by The Wallflowers. This is one of those great albums filled with very memorable songs. This album is most known for the #1 hit "One Headlight". That song, though great, is just the tip of the iceberg when you look into great detail the beauty of this masterpiece.

They scored two more successful singles on Bringing Down the Horse with "6th Avenue Heartache", and "Three Marlenas", both of which got significant radio air play when they were released but are seldom heard on the radio today. With the exception of "I Wish I Felt Nothing", the last song on the album, Bringing Down the Horse can be defined in one word, perfect. The album kicks off with "One Headlight", one of my favorite songs today, nearly ten years after its release. This song has such a cool beat and the guitar solos are great.

My favorite line is: "Man, I ain't changed, but I know I ain't the same."

I am not going to go through every song on this album, but trust me, there all good. However I would like to highlight the third song of this album, "Bleeders". This song, in my opinion, is the best on the CD. With lyrics like " I need somethin' better / Than a nail and a hammer / To put me back together", there is no question of how universal The Wallflowers songs can be. This song may push you away with the title but it will consume you the first time you hear it and will continue to do so for years there on after. Before I wrap up this outstanding review of superior music, I would also suggest listening to "Laughing Out Loud", the seventh song on the album. With a solid beat and meaningful lyrics, it is an unstoppable force. I suggest listening to the album in its entirety, but if you don't have the time at least check out these two songs.

Thanks for listening to this edition of "A Tribute to" and stay tuned for more outstanding music reviews and suggested listening.

Cutting The Ribbon: Top 10 Songs You Should Know Playlist: Week 1

Now that I have that I have the mission statement out of the way, I figured I would start up the first reoccurring article. This is the first edition to the "Top 10 Songs You Should Know" from some fairly familiar artists but not so familiar songs. Hopefully pretty soon I'll be able to figure out how to link to Itunes or something so you can at least hear a sample of each of these songs because they are pretty good. I hope to release a playlist every Monday but we will see what happens. Most of the stuff that I post will be pretty random and will not have any sort of regularity so just check back often or subscribe to the blog at the top of the page.

Just for a little background, these artists featured on this playlist are all extraordinary and I regularly listen to at least 5 of their songs on a regular basis with the exception of Griffin House, which I recently saw in concert so I can vouch for his talent. Anyways, all of them might not be your style but hopefully at least one will.

Top 10 Songs You Should Know - Week 1 - Nov. 13-19 2006
1. Rosealia - Better Than Ezra
2. The End Of The World - Gin Blossoms
3. The Guy that Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind - Griffin House
4. Wait - Mat Kearney
5. Every Little Thing - Dishwalla
6. A Bad Dream - Keane
7. Look After You - The Fray
8. I Believe In You - Big City Rock
9. Overcome - Live
10. Penny Is Poison - The Verve Pipe

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The Beginning Of An Era

Today marks the first day of operation for Rizzo Music. At this point there has only been an idea for a blog formulated and hopefully everything will come into place later. My idea is to create a blog that showcases all the music that I enjoy. Growing up during 90s, I listened to the radio more than I'd like to admit. Over the years I have grown fond to the artists of the decade and most of the popular songs, whether good or bad, have a special place in my heart.

Basically this will be just a place to tell the world about songs, albums, and artists that I have come across over the years that I enjoy listening to. I'll throw in a couple new album reviews every once and while and just inform the world on some good music. I hope that I not only turn your attention to some great classics of the 90s but also some of the more obscure songs that you may not have heard. There was a lot of good music that originated in the 90s and I hope to make sure that it doesn't remain a distant memory as we progress into the new millennium.

Rizzo Music

Welcome to Rizzo Music

Rizzo Music is a blog dedicated to 90s music. It was formed in November of 2006 on one college student's dream to revive the best music from the decade.

Over two years and 100,000 visitors later, Rizzo Music is still going strong. While many of the classic hits from the 90s have already been highlighted, there is still a lot of ground to cover and great songs to discuss.

If you feel like there was a song or artist from the 90s that didn't get enough credit, feel free to email Rizzo Music at We are always looking to give recognition to good music.

Rizzo Music specializes in updating you on your favorite 90s bands, creating 90s themed playlists, and writing about the best songs and albums from the best decade in music, the 90s.

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