Cover illustration of The Western Comrade magazine, September 1, 1914
Sonny & the Sunsets' Hit After Hit is one of my favorite albums of this year, but I think my favorite Sonny Smith song comes from 2009's Tomorrow Is Alright. "Too Young to Burn" is the first track on that record, and it's what I consider to be a perfectly-constructed pop song. I starts with a sunny acoustic guitar riff, a low-pitched, wordless vocal line, and a shuffling drumbeat that simply wouldn't be complete without handclaps. They run through the whole song, providing a bounce that provides a nice contrasts to the lyric about untimely death.
"Too Young to Burn" by Sonny & the Sunsets