There are a select few who withstand all categories of time - classic, decade, contemporary. These few are always there, always a must in my music collection. The following are some of my always there favorites.
There truly is nothing to say here. More songs and favorites than I know where to begin. U2's following is as incredible as that of The Police and Duran Duran. These three are awe-inspiring. U2 is timeless. U2 is always there.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
All-American. . .that is all I need to say. "Refugee" and "Runnin' Down a Dream" (the latter just Tom Petty) are just a few with positively influential lyrics and upbeat tone. I am not sure if any other American band can come close to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. . .
. . .On his own, Paul Simon could. Case in point: Graceland the album and namely the song "You Can Call Me Al." An addictive song for its time with a goofy music video that left positive memories then and now. This span of time makes Paul Simon timeless. He is always there.
"Addicted to Love" and "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" just to name a few. And then there is The Power Station. Robert Palmer is incredible. He offered so much to the music world in his time. I honor him in this Set List entry.
I honor all of these musicians and so many more as timeless and always there. They definitely know how to play it.