A response to a question from Xandi:
Great follow up question, and yes, even more so I think. But when words and music are combined, well, the result can be magical. I particularly love when a "Leitmotif" is used properly, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitmotif
) helping you easily understand what emotions the composer wants you to experience as the story unfolds. It's that moment of connection, when you can experience the joy, pain, sorrow, pleasure or triumph that that the composer and/or lyricist are trying to share.
As for my favorites - a bit more difficult to answer. My taste vary quite a bit and cross all genres of music. As long as there is an emotional element that conveys a story, I care little for the genre it lives in. There are some amazing country songs and hip-hop songs that have moved me, but I would never say i am a fan of either styles.
That being said, here a a few that come to mind -
Glen Hansard - “Leave” Glen Hansard "Leave" - Live at Stubb's BBQ
William Fitzsimmons - "It's Not True" William Fitzsimmons "It's Not True" Official Video
or "if You Would Come Back Home" YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
Gary Jules - "Mad World" Mad World - Gary Jules
Vega Choir - "Creep" Creep - Vega Choir
– Original by RadioHead - "Creep" Creep - Radiohead
Puccini - Tosca: "E lucevan le stelle"
Il Divo - " Hallelujah" Il Divo - Hallelujah
Sorry for the long response - great topic to discuss.