18. Bright Eyes, "First Day of My Life" (2005)

Conor Oberst has an instantly recognizable voice.

It quivers like Eddie Vedder's, but without that deep, throaty confidence;

for some, it's too fragile, too "emo," and too weak.2

But paired with the simple melody and honest lyrics of "First Day of My Life," that voice works perfectly.

— Confusion, of Pigeons and Planes

Beyonce, "Crazy in Love" (2003)
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