15. Zamfir – The Lonely Shepherd (2003)
Gheorghe Zamfir is a Romanian pan-flute player. Not familiar? Apparently written way back in 1977 by James Last, this track was brought to life thanks to its inclusion in the ‘Kill Bill’ soundtrack. For me it’s one of the most inspiring and spine-chilling musical pieces ever. Watch its inclusion in the movie, here!
14. Moby – Lift Me Up (2005)
A more commercial sound from Moby, resulting in his highest of 3 songs. Indeed, this is a song that builds and builds until the final refrain lifts you up (pun intended)
13. Moloko - The Time Is Now (2000)
This tune here went from being a pet-hate of mine, to become the 13th best song of the decade – that’s a pretty great achievement, isn’t it? Such a fragile, delicate song that it takes more than just a few listens to be fully appreciated. The backing music is divine, and the lyric ‘Time takes too much time/ Please make the waiting stop’ is so true!
12. Lisa Gerrard - Now We Are Free (2000)
Another piece of music lifted from a soundtrack, this time from the ‘Gladiator’ movie. I’m not a fan of the film, but its soundtrack sits proudly in my record collection. This is often mistaken as being performed by Enya. If this song doesn’t lift your spirits, then I don’t know what does!
This song is performed in Idioglossial language,
"Ever had a feeling that came from beyond the mind?
Ever found that sometimes words are imperfect to articulate these feelings?
Whatever language we speak in, the invitation is always to transcend their meaning and feel them in the heart. "
11. Michelle Branch – All You Wanted (2002)
I don’t know why, but the lyrics of this song grabbed me instantly. Quoting some peeps’ interpretations on songmeanings.net,
“A young woman, untouched by heartbreak, becomes involved with a man who has become hardened against matters of love. So in self-preservation, she attempts to be like him, and remain emotionally unattached, and becomes overwhelmed by how lonely and cold that makes her feel. So she begins to try and prove to him that not everyone is a player, intent on damaging him. And she wants him to trust her enough to let his guard down enough to see that she will do nothing but love him and adore him, his heart is safe from harm. She wants him to forger all his bitterness and skepticism where love is concerned. And determined than all get out, she vows to always be there for him no matter what”
“What gets me the most is that she's saying she can be the one to save him, but in the same breath almost she's saying that she needs him to save her. It just seems like it's an relationship without emotional attachment. She craves it to be something more because she does genuinely love him, but to him it is more a matter perhaps of companionship. He wants someone who cares but maybe doesn't love him, while she needs someone who loves her.”
I’m not impressed by most soppy love lyrics, but this is a huge exception!