1) The Jackson 5- I want you back
-An incredible song. This jam never fails to put me in a good mood and to this day I am increasingly impressed at the amount of talent put into this song. It may be old, but like all good old songs, it puts most of today’s music to shame. Play this song around me and be prepared for lots of happy dancing.
2)The Rolling Stones- Moonlight Mile
-I am perfectly aware this song is about drugs. However, when I first heard it I had no clue, and it became a song for my Dad and I. We have a very close relationship, and love to rock out during car rides together. This one was a tough battle between The Who and U2 (his favorite bands) which we greatly enjoy, but for as long as I can remember, Moonlight Mile was our chosen favorite.
3) Jay-Z – Moment of Clarity
-This was probably the hardest to figure out. I am a HUGE fan of rap music, both meaningful and totally pointless. My all time favorite rappers are Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and LIl Wayne. I tried to pick a song that best represented solid rap music, because while they are extremely vulgar, one has to admit good rappers have quite a bit of skill and the best rappers can vocalize some powerful visuals of struggle.
4)Coldplay- Kingdom Come
-I think Coldplay is absolutely phenomenal. This is a personal favorite of mine, but with all the hits Coldplay has produced in its years there are so many to choose from. This song is one of my favorite love songs next to Georgia by Ray Charles.
5)Better Than Ezra- A Lifetime
-I’m not totally sure what it is about this song that I love, but it’s been a favorite of mine for a while now and it never seems to get old. The story of simple friendship and the struggle of death combined with the usual teen search for freedom just makes for a great combination. leave it to the 90’s. This song was in a tough competition with Train in making the top 10.
-Another close decision. I am the youngest child in my family with 3 older brothers, and we’re all 4 years apart in age, so growing up I think I got a pretty cool look at a few different trends of the past 20 or so years. Between Blink 182, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine, and Ben folds (along with some others) I was exposed to some pretty funky music as a young girl, so Brittney Spears was never really an option in my house. I can remember hearing this song as a kid and liking the beat, and now when I listen to it, I can’t help but laugh, and it has become one of the lasting favorites. I’m a loser, baby.
7)U2- Sunday Bloody Sunday
– As I mentioned before, U2 is one of my Dad’s favorite bands and has quickly become one of mine. I went to see them for the first time in concert last summer and they are nothing less than incredible. Always sending a positive message and in the meantime totally rocking out, this band will always have a warm welcome in my playlist.
8)Taylor Swift- Long Live
– I can’t even Lie, I am a sucker for TSwift. All cheesiness aside, she does make some awesome songs. This is a newer one of hers, but it is definitely one of my favorites.
9) Dave Matthews band- Everyday
-Growing up near St. Louis, Dave Matthews was always the summer concert of choice in high school. Their laid back hippy style and musical talent is great for long summer days and will always remind me of home.
10) Need To Breathe- Through Smoke
-Put God first, others second, and yourself third. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting. Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words. Music plays a pretty big role in my life, and I find that Christian music is always uplifting and helps bring a bit of focus to my life. This happy little band from North Carolina was introduced to me about 2 years ago and they’ve really stuck. Their folky style is very fun and in my opinion they have quite a bit of talent.