43. Sparklehorse, "Sunshine"
Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous hailed from the pastoral hills of Bremo Bluff, Virginia, where he had the elbow room to let his imagination ramble, writing and producing home-studio reveries full of ornate psychedelic-folk splendor. His voice and guitar were full of Appalachian coal-miner country, as you can hear all over gems like 1995's Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot and 1998's Good Morning Spider. In "Sunshine," his greatest song, there's a weird gentleness in his voice as he whispers, "When the moon explodes or floats away/I'll lose the souvenirs I've made." Songs like "Sunshine" were those souvenirs, marking a tragically brief life that nonetheless made the world a more beautiful place.