2. The Avett Brothers, "January Wedding" (2009)

For all the hype that surrounded the Avett Brothers on their first ascent into the mainstream, they weren't really doing anything revolutionary: just gracing the bluegrass and folk sounds of their native North Carolina with plaintive, beautifully rendered melodies.

"January Wedding" is as pure a love song as you could ever wish for: "True love is not the kind of thing you should turn down / Don't ever turn it down." β€” Alex Heigl

Corinne Bailey Rae, "like a Star" (2006)