When You're Falling - Afro Celt Sound System with Peter Gabriel
Feelin' Stronger Everyday - Chicago
There There, My Dear - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Iwoya - Angélique Kidjo
Redwood Tree - Van Morrison
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Screaming John - Sonia Dada (watch video here)
Why Believe in You? - Texas
Sister Havana - Urge Overkill
Rack & Pinion - Robert Walter's 20th Congress (the 3rd track here at the 10:35 mark)
Of course, a list of my very favorite songs would constantly be in flux. For example, i noticed that when comparing two songs for list-worthiness this morning, i was partial to the one featuring a horn section. Perhaps another day that wouldn't be the case. There were a couple songs (Bonnie Raitt's cover of Under the Falling Sky and Jim Croce's One Less Set of Footsteps) that i didn't give serious thought to that on other days i would have and might have even listed in my top ten. Finally, i capriciously didn't consider songs that i've been aware of for less than a year (e.g. Sleater-Kinney's Far Away and P.J. Harvey's A Place Called Home) due to the troublesome nature of comparing new songs to established favorites and because said capriciousness made my task easier.
Right now, if i had to pick a single favorite song i guess it would be Screaming John by Sonia Dada. If anyone knows artists that provide a similar fusion of rock, gospel, soul, and traditional rhythm & blues, please tell me about them.