#28 – Ray LaMontagne – “You Are the Best Thing” – (2008)

Gravely-voiced Ray LaMontagne sounds like something from a different era. That era could be, perhaps, 1971. Vocals like this don’t generally exist anymore. And the folksy soul feel of this song make it outstanding. It even has Motown-sounding backup singers. Prediction for 10 years down the road: Mr. LaMontagne will appear on our Top 100 Songs of the 2010s.

Ray LaMontagne – “Trouble” – (2004)

Trouble was Ray LaMontagne’s debut album and the title track from it, this, is the pick of the album. Perhaps you’ve heard this song as it’s featured on a commercial for Travelers Insurance where the little white dog is worried about where to hide his bone. LaMontagne’s raspy, soulful voice gives this folk song a very bluesy feel. His songs all feel like they’re 40 years old – in a very good way. He sounds a little like Van Morrison – but he’s not ripping them off. His stuff is all his own and it’s awesome.