Music: 10 Songs Worth at Least 99 Cents

Nothing sticks to the ears like a really good single. Here's a hit list

Albums are inconsiderate things. To hear them, you need an hour's worth of your crowded life, not including the time it takes to penetrate the layers of security stickers. Singles, barely sold in record stores anymore but making up the vast majority of downloads, ask for only three good minutes. Here are 10 songs guaranteed to thrill for half an hour or so.

 

AL GREEN

YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL

Joe Cocker covered this song in melodrama, which makes Green's restoration effort more amazing. Producer Willie Mitchell eschews preciousness and finds a tender little groove, while the Rev undersings at all...

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