Ok, now that I embarrassed myself with 10 guilty pleasure songs yesterday, let me make some suggestions for songs that I think should be on everyone’s iPod. I’ll admit, I do lean towards rock, but I have been on an R&B kick lately (though that didn’t really show through on this list). Hope you find something you like! This started turning into classic rock songs that you shouldn’t be without…hopefully further editing has balanced this post out.
1. Living in the Moment – Jason Mraz
This is a great song to serve as a reminder to loosen up and enjoy life. I tend to keep busier and more stressed than I should, and this song reminds me to “not waste my days making up all kinds of ways to worry about all the things that will not happen to me.”
2. Hook It up – Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew
Pirate Rap. ‘Nuff said
3. Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant
Good song for when you want to feel badass. Just open the windows, put your shades on, and blast this song down the highway!
4. Taxi – Gym Class Heroes
A song made up almost entirely of band names. As a writer, I find that impressive. When I first heard this song, I tried to write a poem made up of band names. It failed. This song, however, does not.
5. Good Enough – Evanescence
Usually known for their gothic stylings, this Evanescence tune is almost classical. The piano and string arrangements are smooth, and when coupled with Amy Lee’s vocals, this song is absolutely gorgeous! It’s both sad and happy, but then again, sad is happy for deep people.
6. The Doctor’s Theme – Murray Gold
This man is a music genius! This song is great mood music. It’s short, somewhat ominous, and yet oddly beautiful.
7. Welcome to the Jungle — Guns N Roses
I like feeling badass…can you tell?
8. Catch and Release – Silversun Pickups
I almost went with Panic Switch, but I needed more slow songs and this is a great one. It’s sexy, but also a little sad. I always picture a figure skater when I hear this song because the music here is so clean and precise. I also love the bass melody.
9. Bromance – Chester See and Ryan Higa
This, like Hook It Up, is a silly one. The title says it all. I watched the video for this song on YouTube, saw it was available on iTunes, and downloaded it. It’s set up as part rap song, part 80s power ballad, and all hilariousness.
10. Lost in the Echo – Linkin Park
I wrote a letter to Linkin Park and told of how this particular song was my favorite from their current album, “Living Things.” It has served to give me energy and confidence. For example, I played this song while driving to school on my first day of college level teaching in September. I love the rhythm and hard-hitting lyrics.
Now it’s your turn! What is one song you think should be on everyone’s playlist?