Album: For Emma, Forever Ago
The standout cut from Justin Vernon's gloomy debut is simple. Its folksy appeal flows from an acoustic guitar and Vernon's wounded vocals as he pleads for a dying relationship to last just a wee bit longer. Of course it dies in the end. But this song will forever live on as a go-to when it comes to soundtracking love's rough patches.
22. Bon Iver "Skinny Love" (2007)