Music these days isn't going in the direction that I'd really consider "positive" or "progressive." I know I sound like the old guy who starts off every rant with, "Back in my day..." However, it's true this time. It is much, much, much more difficult to find great music- although it is still out there. Here are some songs that I can stand behind as "good" and you can even find them from time to time on the radio. Be careful though, you may also find copious amounts of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Ke$ha (you better NOT forget to spell her name with the $!)
Mumford & Sons "The Cave:" (fast forward to about 1 minute in)
These guys are probably my favorite new band around these days. Their other song "Little Lion Man" is excellent as well.
A Silent Film "You Will Leave A Mark:"
I haven't checked out the rest of this album, but I like this song- very well done.
Brandon Flowers "Only The Young:"
If you like the Killers, then you probably already are aware of Brandon Flowers' solo album, but this is the best song on the album (in my humble opinion.)
Black Keys "Tighten Up:"
Well, you get a good song and you get to watch two kids fight on a playground. Double win! This video is very entertaining- be sure to watch it!
Cage The Elephant "Shake Me Down:"
This song rocks! I love the arrangement here, and to be honest I didn't care for their previous songs on the radio. The progress is encouraging.
So there you go. Five songs that can give you some confidence in music going forward. None of this compares to Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots. I remember when I used to have to walk 5 miles to school, uphill both ways...