Steve Perry: Lead singer of Journey as a breakout soloist, whose work still has the vibe of soft ’70s prog rock well into the ’90s. (Not a bad thing. I like soft ’70s prog rock.) (Steve Perry playlist.)
Superchick: Girl-power rock, fingers perfectly on the pulse of the emotional turmoil of being a teenage girl. Unfortunately a Christian band, so some tracks are cringey and others have disquieting purity-culture stuff, but when they’re on, they’re on. Motivational in the face of everything from restrictive gender roles to toxic boyfriends to eating disorders to the general awfulness of high-school drama. (Superchick playlist.)
This first song is genuinely one of my absolute favorites — I don’t mean from this group, I mean, from music.
…and when I said someone needs to use them in a Catradora fanvid, these last two are the top tracks I was thinking of. She-Ra vidders, please, get on this.
Tenth Avenue North: Acoustic rock meets power pop. More overtly Christian, so, uh, maybe don’t watch the videos. The nonspecific lyrics still make amazing hurt/comfort anthems — and/or odes to your favorite god-tier character. (Tenth Avenue North playlist.)
This first one, for instance? 100% a Madokami theme song.