Yesterday, I wrote a little bit about how music really has an impact on my emotions, and how they can really get me through rough times. So I put the music that I’ve purchased on my phone on shuffle to see what comes up, and below I’ve listed the first 25 songs that came up, so enjoy:
Believer, by Major Lazer & Showtek
This song I’ve only recently came across, maybe six months ago, but I got really into it immediately. The beat is so intense, and that was what caught my eye—ear?—the first time I heard it. Its electronic style makes you feel like you’re at EDC, and you know I’m all for moving it.
The Last Time, by Taylor Swift feat. Gary Lightbody
This was one of the first songs that I really loved from Taylor’s album, Red. It’s slow, and kind of sad, but something about it is so beautiful. The lead singer of Snow Patrol’s voice meshes so well with Taylor’s, and getting to hear both sides of the story doesn’t happen all too often in songs that aren’t in musicals, so I loved that element. This is one of my top ten favorite Swift songs.
Mirrors, by Justin Timberlake
Anybody who knows me knows my undying love for Justin Timberlake; he became my very first celebrity crush back in his *NSYNC days, and continues to still be one of them. Although this isn’t my number one favorite song of his, I still jam to it every now and then. It’s dramatic, catchy, and JT sings it, so obviously I enjoy it.
At the Beginning, by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis
I honestly love so much that this song popped up. This song is from the Anastasia soundtrack, from the 1997 movie. Anastasia is my favorite animated movie of all time, and this song doesn’t play until the end credits, so it’s kind of bittersweet. It’s a beautiful love song, but when that song started to play, it only meant the movie was over. (Didn’t stop me from listening to the whole thing, though.)
Nobody Love, by Tori Kelly
I remember not knowing who Tori Kelly was when friends would rave about this YouTube sensation. I didn’t really listen to her until college days, but I was hooked. I’m pretty sure this is one of her most popular songs, and it’s so good. Her voice is seriously heavenly—and her runs are everythingggg.
Girl Almighty, by One Direction
One Direction basically went from being one of the few things I would listen to, to a guilty pleasure. This song was on their album Four, which was probably foreshadowing to Zayn’s departure from the group. It’s bouncy and pop-y, but enjoyable. Not one of my favorite songs, but I’ll still listen—and even jam out—to it.
Shady, by Adam Lambert
I’ve loved Adam since he was on American Idol. I don’t judge people who don’t like him as an artist or person, but you have to, at least, give this guy the respect and props he deserves. He’s so good. One of my favorite songs of his, Runnin, is all him: using his full range of three octaves. And not to mention, he also toured with Queen, which I have a total soft spot for. The man is fucking great.
Gold Rush, by Ed Sheeran
Speaking of men who are great artists, the next song that came on was an older one of Ed Sheeran’s. Personally, I think he’s a lyrical genius—and he’s not bad at guitar, either. I own an embarrassing amount of songs of his on my phone, and I never skip any of them. Similar to One Direction’s Girl Almighty, Gold Rush isn’t in my top ten fave Ed songs, but I still jam to it.
Sweet Child O’ Mine, by Guns N’ Roses
Seriously: if anyone doesn’t know this song, you’re disowned. Whenever I hear this song, I picture three things: Adam Sandler’s 1999 movie Big Daddy, the 2008 movie Step Brothers, and my brother, Heinrich, saying “All I can picture is that scene in the car from Step Brothers.” This song is such a classic, and very loved by me. My air guitar solo to this song is one of the best in history.
Killing Me Softly, by Fugees
When I think of this song, I immediately think of my cousins, Jess and Beck. This is their jam. And I can’t blame them; Lauryn Hill’s voice is just plain amazing. I can’t hear this song without belting it out, in full [horribly]. I couldn’t even tell you the first time I heard this song, but I can tell you that the last time I jammed out to it was about two minutes ago.
Dear Theodosia, from Hamilton
If you were to ask me what my Obsession of 2016 was, I’d tell you it was Hamilton, hands down. I’ve never listened to a musical’s entire album so many times in my life until the very first time I heard the opening number, Alexander Hamilton. That was the beginning of the end for me. This sweet song that Alex and Aaron Burr (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. respectively, from the OBC) sing to their newborn children melts my heart every time.
Country Girl (Shake It for Me), by Luke Bryan
So I think, at least, that I listen to a wide range of music. I feel like a lot of people don’t see it coming when I say that I enjoy country music, but I really do. Luke Bryan is one of my favorite male country singers, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people feel the same way. The man really knows how to put on a show. I rock out to this song probably a little harder than I should, but you can’t really blame me. It’s just asking for me to dance.
Rockstar, by A Great Big World
I’m going to mention Adam Lambert again for a second. The first time I heard this song, it was while I was watching Glee. Adam Lambert and Chris Colfer (who played Kurt Hummel) sang this song together, and I remember thinking that everyone probably goes through a phase where they wish they were a rock star. The original duo’s song is obviously better than the Glee version, but I’m grateful for Glee’s introduction to this group. They’re really good.
Dancing On My Own, by Robyn
In a way, I feel like nobody knows this song; but then sometimes, I feel like everyone knows this song. Robyn is wildly known for having these danceable hits, and Dancing On My Own is her most popular one. This song seriously gets me moving. I knew Call Your Girlfriend first, in which you can bet your ass I also jam out to, but this woman seriously has some good hits on her hands.
End of Time, by Beyoncé
Speaking of danceable hits, Queen B has arrived to the party. If anyone knows how to get a group of women moving to the dance floor, it’s Beyoncé. I have been a fan of hers for a long time, but my true Beyoncé craze didn’t start until I saw Todrick Hall’s video of him and an entire crew of people in Target (my home), dancing to this song. It was iconic and the beginning of a new love for B.
Alive, by Sia
This is my favorite song by Sia. If you don’t think she has talent, you should probably listen to Chandelier again. She can hit some crazy notes! Sia’s been around in the music industry longer than we realize, and it’s a wonder how she didn’t become so famous sooner in her career. This song seriously leaves me with goosebumps; her lyrics are so deep, and her voice brings them to life. She’s got so much respect and admiration from me, it’s kind of ridiculous.
No Scrubs, by TLC
I know for a fact this is, if not most people’s, everyone’s favorite car jam. I can picture anyone that was alive in the ‘90s agreeing with that statement. I jam out so hard to this song, but I feel like I do that to any song that I’ve known since before I can remember. I like music, okay?
Counting Stars, by OneRepublic
I love this song; it’s such a good song! I wasn’t really until a big fan of OneRepublic until their album Native came out. I actually avoided listening to their previous hits (Stop and Stare, All the Right Moves), but something about the songs from Native seriously made me open my eyes to their music. I love it now.
Say Something Loving, by The xx
I feel like these are the guys that everyone reading this is going to say, “who the hell is that?” Look them up. The first time I heard something by them was on The Great Gatsby soundtrack, and at first I couldn’t get into it. But then something clicked for me when I heard this song. It’s emotional, and relatable, but you can totally vibe to it. They’re better known for their hit Hold On, which is also a favorite of mine.
It’s Time, by Imagine Dragons
When I first heard this song on the radio sometime between 2012 and 2013, I fell in love with it—and Imagine Dragons—pretty much immediately. This song ran so deep for me, and the fact that I felt it on a deep level so quickly made me more interested in the band. Dan Reynolds’ voice when he sang the lyrics, and the beating of the drums, really stood out and stuck with me. And they continue to do so with the band’s other songs.
Somewhere Only We Know, by Keane
Okay, let me start by saying that I really love this song. The first time I remember hearing it was when I was in the middle of my high school years, when Darren Criss sang it for Glee as Blaine, and I thought it was such a beautiful song that I immediately looked for the original on YouTube. I owned the song less than ten minutes later because I was so obsessed.
Someone Else, by Miley Cyrus
When the Bangerz album first came out, I was not a huge fan of Miley’s new look and sound. But, with the influence of friends’ opinions and pure curiosity, I finally gave the album a try. This song, along with a couple of others, like #GETITRIGHT and Drive, struck a chord with me. Someone Else is a rough song to listen to if you’re Liam Hemsworth, but so good. It’s emotional, but has a really good vibe to it. Ten out of ten, highly recommend.
More Than A Woman, by The Bee Gees
I low-key have a great love for The Bee Gees, and a not as low-key love for Saturday Night Fever. This song is probably my favorite out of the whole soundtrack, although Night Fever and You Should Be Dancing come in pretty close. The Gibb brothers’ high voices used to annoy me as a child, but I’ve really come to enjoy their sound over the years. (And no, it’s not so crazy that a ‘90s kid likes music twice her age.)
Door Number Three, by Sara Bareilles
This song was on Sara’s album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, but the lyrics were almost completely changed for the show, where it ended up being a song called What Baking Can Do. I was actually kind of sad when I purchased the musical’s soundtrack to find out the song technically never made the cut, because I love this version of it, but What Baking Can Do does make a better fit for the show.
Make You Feel My Love, by Adele
This song makes me so freaking emotional. The fact that it’s Adele’s voice makes it sound so powerful and beautiful and sad, but have you ever watched Glee? I feel like half this post ended up being about Glee. In the episode after the hiatus following Cory Monteith’s death, Lea Michele covered this song. Her character, Rachel, dedicated it to Monteith’s character, Finn, but Lea and Cory were also a couple off-screen. You could just tell that her tears in the show were so, so real. I cried so freaking hard watching that scene, and that’s all I can ever think of when I hear this song.
So I hope you enjoyed my raving about how good every song is that I have on my phone, and my emotional end. I’m really sorry about that, but I had to say it. Glee was a big part of my life at one point. Anyway, I need to go listen to something more upbeat to pick me back up.
Happy Hump Day!
Prompt: Put your music on shuffle. Name the first 25 songs that show up, and explain a little about why you like each song.