This is a list of my favorite songs and why. I might even go a little overboard and post more than ten, but we’ll see!
1. Little Talks cover by Julia Sheer & Jon D.
The original is by far one of my favorite songs, but this cover takes the cake. This version really emphasizes the sadness and meaning of the lyrics through the help of acoustics. This really is a beautiful song sung by two people with beautiful voices who help carry the meaning rather than making it an upbeat, misunderstood tune. My favorite thing about this song by far are the lyrics. “Don’t listen to a word I say, the screams all sound the same.” I relate to this because whenever I was in my dark days, all I knew was the relentless screaming of anxiety in my head. “and some days I can’t even dress myself.” This shows the true effect that depression and anxiety can have on a person. There are several other meaningful quotes in this song that I can’t get enough of. I just think people need to reevaluate this song to search for the true meanings of the words and find the undertone of suicidal ideations between the lines.
2. Chandelier cover by Madilyn Bailey
This is another amazing song and I think that this cover makes it more beautiful. In the original, you can’t quite tell what the artist is trying to get across unless you really analyze the lyrics, however, in this version by Madilyn Bailey, you can really get a sense of the objective. I personally think that this has to do with a girl being confined to her stereotype as a party girl, when truly she has a deeper level of emotion going through her soul. She is restrained to the thought that her type is always happy and that she can’t feel pain and she has to make secret her true pain. The fact that she’s stuck in these expectations holds her back further, because through her pain, she follows through with them, drinking till she forgets, trying to fly one last sorrowful time before she breaks. These lyrics truly speak to me and the message, I believe is quite powerful.
3. Cecilia and the Satellite by Andrew McMahon
Another little known song that has to be one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. The music itself appeals to me so much, it has such a relaxed rhythm yet it remains upbeat and positive with undertones of hope and life. The lyrics are equally as important, they tell a story of this man who has had a hard rough experienced life where he has seen so much which has changed his heart and how he lives until he meets this “Cecilia” who turns his world around. She is the best thing he’s ever seen. He says that she lifts him up so he can see life from the positive perspective. He reiterates this by telling us that she is the sky and he is the satellite, meaning she is his whole world, and because of her he can finally see life from up above and down below. He finally has a new perspective on life and he can reassure himself and Cecilia that things are going to be alright, and I think that’s beautiful.
4. Carousel by Melanie Martinez
This song is about the game of love. It is a really very cynical grouping of lyrics if you really pay attention. You may recognize the tune from the recent teaser trailers for American Horror Story. Let it be said though, that this has nothing to the show at all. In fact, the lyrics are about being in the chase of love, which is like going around and around on a carousel and never being able to get off, doomed to go around in circles permanently. There is a great deal of disdain for the love game in this song, “and its all fun and games until somebody falls in love”. There really is no resolution to this tale, which is as it should be, because it is all about being trapped forever in an eternal loop, so you can imagine that the narrator will never truly reach an end to this eternity, therefore the song never truly ends.
5. Doll House by Melanie Martinez
This is an equally-almost-creepy but catchy song. It is about the facade of the traditional family and how the onlooker sees not what is really what’s going on. The large metaphor is the dollhouse. The traditional family and the traditional dollhouse are seen as containing the perfect family, but no one really knows what goes on when the doors close. I think that the lyrics are synonymous to the fake-ness that almost everyone can have and a plea for sanity. “Everybody thinks that we are perfect, please don’t let them look through the curtains.” This can also be a metaphor for the perfect outer walls that people put up when they have other, not so pretty things going on behind the scenes.
6. Everybody Wants to Rule the World cover by Lorde
Can I just say how powerful this song is? It is one of the most daring and real songs I have heard. It sees human kind as it is and challenges you to accept things how they are and it tells you how life is and how humans are. This song is not light at all, in fact it is one of the darkest and strongest songs I have ever heard, no objections. You may actually have already heard this cover before. You can find it in the trailer for the up and coming movie Dracula. I think that this is a perfect pairing. In Dracula, this man takes on a twisted cruel existence and his life becomes dark and that is what the song is describing in my own opinion.
7. Off to the Races by Lana Del Rey
This is another dark, almost disturbed song, despite its ability to become an ear worm. It’s about a sexually abusive, gambling father to his daughter and all the twisted results and effects of such a relationships. I tend to like the darker songs that detail the rough aspects of life and this is definitely one.
8. Fly by Sugar Ray
This is one of my feel-good songs. If I’m ever having a tough day, I can always just listen to this and relax. No one seems to give this song enough credit, I guess it’s just not the nineties anymore. What a shame. I don’t know what it is about this song or why, but I can’t but help just imagining listening to this while hammock-ing in the square on campus. It is just so peaceful and gives me a relaxed feeling. This song brings an aura of the days when people were just mellow and chilled out. Perfect.
9. Wings by Birdy
This is such a peaceful song about love. It’s a ballad of true love and how she just thinks of her undying feelings for her lover and how she would do anything to be with them. She tells how she can just get lost with this person and how blissful it can be. “We will remember tonight for the rest of our lives”, “Damn these walls”, “I would be by your side, if these wings could fly” all allude to the declaration of true love. But I also think this is not specifically saying how they are physically apart, this is a metaphor for the growing emotional distance and block forming between a despairing couple that cannot be saved.
10. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock
This is just a fun song, and my current favorite poppy song to work out to. It doesn’t have to have a deep message to be a good song in my opinion. Here I just like like how it mixes modern techniques and older styles in the music. I also greatly appreciate the technicality of how it was all put together and the layers of the music. This song is bound to keep you up and energized and moving, not to mention how catchy it is.
11. BONUS: This Time Around by Tove Lo
So these are eleven of my favorite songs. Hopefully I didn’t disappoint. Comment below with your favorite songs!