Cafe Songs for 2009

Hopefully you will enjoy our selections from 2008.  If you
like a song, download the entire album as most of these
artists have several other gems in their repertoire.  In
fact most of these albums are packed with additional
great café songs.

For a list of more great artists and songs that didn’t
make the final cut, or to have your input heard, feel free
to email info@r-innovations.com and request some of
the other incredible music not included on this list!
The Top 20 Café Songs for 2009
May 1, 2009
By Ramy Abu-Yousef

It’s that time of the year again – time for you to get
your sound systems geared up and ready to play
some of the best music the industry has to offer for a
casual restaurant atmosphere.

2008 produced some great music, so you should
update your 2009 playlist and start playing those great
songs for your customers to enjoy while we start
compiling the 2010 playlist for you!

Casual restaurant or café music is a unique genre,
which requires a very specific set of traits so that the
music can remain ambient, create a particular mood,
and not shock the listeners.

The criteria we used to determine which songs best fit
into this category are listed below.  If your favorite
song of the year did not make the list, keep in mind
that there are many more than 20 great songs that
were released in 2008, but some of those songs did
not fit within with our criteria.  

1)
The song must be happy, uplifting and fun:
The song should make you tap your feet, nod your
head or otherwise make you attempt to semi-dance in
your chair.  It should also inspire a feeling of hope or
other form of euphoria.

2)
The song must be loungy, relaxing and able to put
the listener at ease:
You should be able to read a
book or have a conversation while listening to the
music.

3)
The song should not contain any major tempo or
volume changes:
Many songs start off happy and
casual, but then sneak in an obnoxiously loud
segment.  You should be looking for consistency of
rhythm, tempo and volume throughout.
4) The song should not contain any audible profanity:
This criteria is self explanatory.  There often may be
children in your restaurant, so it is better to be cautious
in order to avoid offending your patrons.

5)
The song should not be mainstream:
The best casual café music should not reiterate the
songs and musicians that most restaurant patrons have
already head and which are categorized in the “most
played” section of their iPhones.

The primary purpose of this article is to introduce you
to some new artists, although we do include a few major
breakout songs of 2008 which fall into the above
criteria.  

6)
The songs must cross genres:
Most people have a particular style of music they love
best, but you don’t want to get too set in your music
ways.  Our list will attempt to expose you to some of the
best music in a variety of genres.  We’ve included folk,
dance, pop, electronica, alternative, indie rock,
Spanish, French, etc.

7)
The song must have been released in 2008:
We compile songs throughout the year and then create
our list after each year is complete.  So, although some
great songs have already been released in 2009, you’ll
have to wait until next year to find out which ’09 songs
will top our list.

So without further ado, here are the top twenty cafe
songs for you to enjoy in 2009.

By Ramy Abu-Yousef and Alyson Vidoli.
Ramy Abu-Yousef is the CEO of Restaurant
Innovations, an international restaurant consulting
company based out of the United States.  Alyson Vidoli
is the music director for Go!Music services.
  Artist
Song
Album
1.
Emiliana Torrini
Jungle Drum
Me And Armini
2.
Empire Of The Sun
Walking on a Dream
Walking on a Dream
3.
Ingrid Michaelson
Be OK
Be OK
4.
Stéphane Pompougnac
Vanessa Da Mata - Boa Sorte
Hôtel Costes Vol. 11
5.
Matt Costa
Mr. Pitiful
Unfamiliar Faces
6.
The Black Seeds
Sometimes Enough
Into The Dojo
7.
Blind Pilot
Go On, Say It
3 Rounds and a Sound
8.
Carla Bruni
L’amoureuse
Comme si de rien n'était
9.
The Submarines
Swimming Pool
Honeysuckle Weeks
10.
Vanessa Paradis
Des Que J'te Vois
Divinidylle
11.
James Morrison
Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
Songs For You, Truth For Me
12.
Sigur Rós
Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
Me› su› í eyrum vi› spilum
endalaust
13.
You Me & Iowa
Dress The Stage
The Adventures of You Me & Iowa
14.
I'm From Barcelona
Headphones
Who killed Harry Houdini ?
15.
Someone Still Loves You
Boris Yeltsin
Think I Wanna Die
Pershing
16.
Calexico
Victor Jara's Hands
Carried To Dust
17.
Air France
June Evenings
No Way Down
18.
Bitter:Sweet
Sugar Mama
Drama
19.
Adele
Right as Rain
19 (Deluxe Edition)
20.
Cut Copy
Nobody Lost, Nobody Found
In Ghost Colours