Favorite 100 Songs: 1-25  

Monday, April 30, 2007

And here's the last (or the first if you want to think about it truly) of my personal favorite songs. I have listened to most of these songs repeatedly and they never seem to lose that special something I love.

So, what about you? What's your favorite or a few of your favorite songs?

1. Over and Out - Duncan Sheik
This song isn't on the track listing of Humming, but it's there at the very end. It was a pretty popular thing to do in the 90's, I think.

2. It Looks Like Rain - Jann Arden
The song beautifully captures a feeling without overdoing it. Everything in the song seems just right.

3. It's Not - Aimee Mann
A song about being stuck in a rut. Of course, it's much more poetic than my little sentence.

4. Shout Out Loud - Amos Lee
I saw Amos Lee on one of the late night shows (David Letterman maybe?) a few months ago performing this song and I loved it. People don't really live in communities anymore. We're all in our own little silos and we like it that way.

5. Fisherman's Woman - Emiliana Torrini
This song was written by Emiliana after her boyfriend was killed in a hit & run. In it she imagines that he's out to sea and she's at home waiting for him to come home.

6. Anywhere - Beth Orton
Beth records interesting music. This song has a touch of trumpets (or some sort of brass) and bass that makes it fun to listen to.

7. Nichiren - Duncan Sheik
I like how the strum of a guitar is used to sound like a drum in this song. It has a tribal type of feel to it.

8. The Beauty of the Rain - Dar Williams
I think it's the most beautiful song Dar has recorded.

9. Drive North - Perpetual Dream Theory
This song is probably my favorite love song - everything is right here, in this moment, with this person.

10. I Wish I Was the Moon Tonight - Neko Case
I could have chosen several songs from the album Blacklisted, but this one is as close as I have to a favorite.

11. Touch Me with Your Love - Beth Orton
Another interesting song from Beth. I haven't heard anything else like it before.

12. That Day - Natalie Imbruglia
You know when you have an epiphany, it's kind of like this.

13. Rise Up With Fists!! - Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins*
Another Jenny Lewis song that's sort of gospel, but not.

14. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
I had a hard time with Pink Floyd because I really enjoy their music. But it's hard to pick one song out. For example, Dark Side of the Moon is great, but I couldn't separate one song out for a list. They all belong together.

15. My Favourite Game - The Cardigans
This song was playing on the radio when I was driving home after I found out my niece died. It's always going to remind me of that. Later I saw the video and the car speeding down the highway made it seem almost surreal.

16. Speed Of Sound of Loneliness - Amos Lee
I didn't realize when I first heard this song that it was recorded by Nanci Griffith on Other Voices, Other Rooms. I think John Prine, who is a big influence on Amos, recorded it originally.

17. Attack - 30 Seconds to Mars
Sometimes you're just angry.

18. I Am the Highway - Audioslave
A song more about telling someone what you are not.

19. Babylon - Edwin McCain
I like the "funkiness" of the song. (It's not really funk though, I don't think. Don't take me literally.)

20. Samson - Regina Spektor
This song is just beautiful. It's a slightly different retelling of the old tale.

21. The Melancholy of Returning - Soren Laulainen
An instrumental that perfectly defines how I felt at one point. It still is really calming to me.

22. Raspberry Swirl - Tori Amos
This is probably my favorite Tori song, not necessarily because of the meaning of the song, but because I enjoy the disco-esque beat of the song.

23. Waltz (better than fine) - Fiona Apple
"If you don't have a date/Celebrate/Go out and sit on the lawn/And do nothing/'Cause it's just what you must do/Nobody does it anymore"

24. Whisky in the Jar - Metallica
Yes, I rated this one higher than One, but it's not because it's better musically. I just like it better.

25. Another White Dash - Butterfly Boucher
A song about traveling on the open road.

*Corrected artist - thanks anonymous

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