10 Songs that Should be on your iPod (or other MP3 player…)

Album cover for the Evanescence single "G...

Album cover for the Evanescence single “Good Enough”, version 1. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Streamy Awards Photo 1189 (Photo credit: The Bui Brothers)

Wordplay (song)

Wordplay (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.”

02 – Living In The Moment

2. Hook It up – Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew
Pirate Rap. ‘Nuff said

06 Hook It Up

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!

03 Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked

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.

Gym Class Heroes – Taxi

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.

Evanescence – Good Enough

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.

03 The Doctor’s Theme

7. Welcome to the Jungle — Guns N Roses
I like feeling badass…can you tell?

Guns N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

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.

Catch and Release

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.

01 – Bromance

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.

01 – Lost In The Echo

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ipod shuffle loja online leilao (Photo credit: sucelloleiloes)

Now it’s your turn!  What is one song you think should be on everyone’s playlist?

I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This: 10 Songs I’m Embarrassed to Say I Listen To

Back in August, I wrote a post about music I’d recently discovered. But we all have songs on our iPod that we put on when no one else is listening.  They’re the guilty pleasure songs.  For me, a lot of these songs have a nostalgic quality.  Others, well, there’s just no excuse…

1. Ultimate – Lindsay Lohan

Over (Lindsay Lohan song)

Over (Lindsay Lohan song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok, this one doesn’t actually have a nostalgia excuse.  I worked at a library for a few years where I helped out with children’s programming.  Many times we’d play “Freeze Dance,” where the object was to freeze right as a song stopped playing.  One of the songs we played frequently was this one.  After hearing it so many times, I just put it on my iPod.

Lindsay Lohan – Ultimate

2. Who Do You Think You Are? – The Spice Girls
A little know song by Britain’s other fab five.  It’s got a funky retro vibe that I dig. But I swear, I listen for the nostalgia.  Not like I dance around in my apartment on a regular basis to this song.  Nope, not at all.

Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are?

3. We R Who We R – Ke$ha
There really is no excuse at all for this one.  I heard it on the radio once and thought it was the most stupid song in existence.  The second time I heard it, I started bopping my head.  The third time, I started singing along.  Oh, pop songs, how you are so terribly catchy.

02 We R Who We R

4. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
Why yes, I do rick roll myself on occasion.

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

5. Man, I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain
Silly as it sounds, there are times when I feel empowered by this song.  Not in the “I am woman, hear me ROAR!” kind of way.  But in the “I am woman and, dammit, I’m going to have fun!” kind of way.  Also a fun one to dance to.

Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

6. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys

Millennium (Backstreet Boys album)

Millennium (Backstreet Boys album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know why nostalgia embarrasses me, but it does.  I don’t think this is a particularly bad song, though I was around 13 when I first made the “this is a good song” judgement.

Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way

7. All or Nothing – O-Town
Another boy band.  I’m more embarrassed by how excited I get when this song plays on Pandora than by the song itself.  Also, I belt it out whenever it’s on.

8. A Little Pain – Trapnest
Oh, the days of conventions and cosplaying!  In an article I posted last week, I showed a picture of me dressed as a character from the anime Nana.  That character is the lead singer of Trapnest’s rival band.  There was a time I was very much into anime, thus how this song made it’s way onto my iPod.

Trapnest – A Little Pain

9. Wonderwall – Oasis
Yeah, nostalgia.  I’m not even sure why I’m embarrassed by this song.  Maybe I just needed to fill space in this post…

Oasis – Wonderwall

10. Heartless – Kanye West
Yo Kanye, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but I made up this dope dance to yo’ song.  No really, I made up a dance that’s more a series of hand gestures. I don’t know that I’d perform it if asked.  It’s silly.

Kanye West – Heartless

I was going to include a Schoolhouse Rock song on this list, but ,dammit, I like interjections!

Your turn to share!  Any embarrassing songs on your MP3 player?

Sunday Morning Playlist

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a music related entry.  I love finding new bands and artists (and recently discovered Pandora Radio… “new music” post to come soon).  In that spirit, I put together a playlist showcasing a sampling of what I’ve been listening to lately in hopes that people can find a new song or two to add to their mp3 player.   So here it is: a collection of what I consider some funky, killer, and risque tunes!

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