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Jesca Hoop's Five Essential Patti Smith Songs

As a longtime solo artist and as one half of a duo with Iron and Wine's Sam Beam, Jesca Hoop has always been a fearless, insightful lyricist, so it's not surprising that Hoop found an early kinship with our FUV Essentials artist Patti Smith. Like Smith, Hoop confronts hard truths with empathy and strength—and in her perceptive picks for "Five Essential Patti Smith Songs," it's clear that the Smith was an early guide for a young Hoop, finding her way and her words in California.

Ruby Amanfu's Five Essential Marvin Gaye Songs

Music fans who caught Ruby Amanfu's transcendent set at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival discovered what her collaborators Jack White and Beyoncé already knew: this Nashville singer is the real deal. Amanfu's 2015 album, 'Standing Still.' further revealed her skill as an artful interpreter of covers. It's a gift she shares with Marvin Gaye, our FUV Essentials artist and she selected five of her favorite Marvin Gaye songs for FUV Essentials.

The National's Scott Devendorf: Five Essential Grateful Dead Songs

It's fair to say that Scott Devendorf, of The National and LNZNDRF has loved the music of the Grateful Dead for a lifetime. The bassist, who wrote about his "Five Essential Grateful Dead Songs" for FUV, worked with his bandmates from the National on the epic, five-hour, 59-track Day of the Dead covers compilation which came out in the spring of 2016.

John Doe's Five Essential Ramones Songs

At SXSW this past March, punk icon John Doe, who co-founded X with guitarist Billy Zoom, took part in a Grammy Museum panel on the Ramones and explained that the Queens rockers were akin to "pop art," a bridge between Andy Warhol and street art. Doe also said that the Ramones influenced X, reflected in Zoom's guitar playing and even the robust brevity of many of X's early songs. So what better man to assess "Five Essential Ramones Songs" than the great John Doe?

Soak's Five Essential Joni Mitchell Songs

Derry-born Bridie Monds-Watson, who records as Soak, was born in 1996, two years after Joni Mitchell released Turbulent Indigo, but the Northern Irish songwriter discovered the elder musician's albums thanks to her parents. Read Monds-Watson's carefully considered list of her "Five Essential Joni Mitchell Songs" for FUV Essentials.

Car Seat Headrest's Five Essential Beck Songs

Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo has already released over a dozen albums via Bandcamp. Toledo's sharp, intelligent lyrics often reflect on his generation and brim with humor, violence, self-reproach, and sadness. His drive to release a lot of music, with and without his bandmates, also points to a restless documentarian, capturing ephemeral moments of millennial angst. When FUV asked him if he wanted to write about Beck—an artist who followed a not-so-dissimilar lo-fi path in his early days (without the advantages of laptop recording and Bandcamp)—Toledo agreed.