In a mere 7 days, I will be celebrating my 29th birthday. I’m not what you would call a fan of my birthday, but I’m trying to come around to the idea that maybe my birthday isn’t so bad, you know?
So, with that in mind, I figured that I would share some of my favorite things in celebration of the last year spent in my 20s. (Oof, that was hard to type.) After a recent poll, the decision was split and it would seem that lists of both my favorite songs and my favorite books were requested!
Without further ado, I do believe it’s time to get into the first list: 29 of my favorite songs from my first 29 years!
“The Wind”-Cat Stevens
Okay, I don’t know what it is about this song, but it’s been my favorite song of all time for as long as I can remember. It’s simple and sweet and just flows beautifully. It’s also a nice reminder that not everything needs to be taken so seriously, that things can be easy and simple if you let them be.
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”-Elton John
This is a perfect Elton John song. It’s also by coincidence that both this and the previous song listed are both featured in one of the best music industry movies of all time, Almost Famous.
“Stay”-Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
This is one of those songs that’s really sexy without even needing the words. And then you add in the words and you’re like, “Oh, okay. It’s definitely sexy.” Hard not to sway along to this one!
“Times Like These”-Foo Fighters
First and foremost, Dave Grohl is the best musician alive right now. This is the hill I will die on. But this song also just elicits such good vibes. The beat is fantastic, it gets you hyped up whenever you hear it and I love, love, LOVE the lyrics. “It’s times like these you learn to live again/It’s times like these you give and give again/It’s times like these you learn to love again.” It’s just the perfect song.
Choosing a favorite Beatles songs is nearly impossible, but there’s just something so alluring about this one. It’s a love song that hinges mostly on lust and the honeymoon phase of a new relationship to me and it’s just beautiful. Also one of the most beautiful scenes in Beatles Love.
“Head Over Feet”-Alanis Morissette
Whenever I’m in the car and scrolling through my music, no matter where I start, I always end up on this song. It’s such a sweet love song. Close runner up: “Uninvited” because the angst is too good.
I listen to ABBA probably more than I listen to anything else and I can’t tell if that’s indicative of something or not. Probably, but it’s okay. I love this song so much. It makes you want to get up and dance, as most of their discography does, and that’s always my favorite feeling.
“Murder in the City”-The Avett Brothers
Man, there are so many amazing songs to choose from, but this one has always stuck out to me. It’s a really lovely song about family. Runners up: “Die Die Die”, “Will You Return”, “January Wedding” and “Winter in My Heart.”
Man, this song is just a bundle of happiness.
“Love and Pain”-New Found Glory
I could have honestly picked one of 102 different songs, but this one has a special place in my heart. It’s from 2006’s Coming Home which I finally got to see in full last year and I may have welled up when they played this song. This whole album, this band, is perfect.
I feel like this song has always spoken to me in a lot of ways. I always feel like I have an elastic heart, like I can bend, but not break. I try to be really strong, self-reliant and flexible. Sometimes it’s really hard, but I always have to remember that I can bend, I can expand, I can shrink, but I never want to break.
“Through the Dark”-One Direction
Full disclosure, it was nearly impossible to pick my favorite One Direction song, but this is one I constantly go back to. It’s got that foot stomping, clapping sort of vibe and sometimes, that’s what I love most about music. It’s also just ridiculously good.
“Sophomore Slump or Come Back of the Year”-Fall Out Boy
I met some of my closest friends through Fall Out Boy shows and From Under the Cork Tree is one of those albums where I can hit play, get to the end and think, “I could listen to this 1-6 more times through today.” And then I do. This song just sticks out because I love old school Pete Wentz lyrics. So dramatic, so metaphorical. Classic.
“When Doves Cry”-Prince
This is one of those “TURN THAT UP AS LOUD AS YOU CAN!” when you hear it on the radio songs. Plus, it’s always a nice reminder of how sexy Leonardo DiCaprio was in Romeo + Juliet.
“Dirty Diana”-Michael Jackson
This is just really damn good. Close runner up: “The Way You Make Me Feel.”
“I Like That”-Janelle Monae
This sort of hits home. I wasn’t exactly the prettiest gal in the grade, so boys weren’t always the nicest to me. Then, as I grew up, I realized that I didn’t care and I was smart, I was funny, “a little crazy, a little sexy, a little cool.” So, “but even back then with the tears in my eyes/I always knew I was the shit” really resonated with me. I learned to embrace what I liked, who I was/am and never be apologetic for it. This whole album is gold.
“Any Man of Mine”-Shania Twain
I used to walk around with this album ON CASSETTE and sing this song and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” when I was really young and would belt it out. I’m sorry, who did I think I was? I had no idea what these songs were about, but I sang along with gusto.
“A Minute Without You”-Hanson
Honestly, this song still holds up. I still love this song immeasurably and despite their ever changing setlist, I have managed to hear this song every time I’ve seen Hanson live and it’s been the best couple of minutes every time. If it’s this or “MMMBop,” I’d go with this any day. Also, if you forgot they were a band, PLEASE GO LISTEN TO THEIR DISCOGRAPHY. They’ve only gotten better! And hotter, but that’s irrelevant.
Leaving Through the Window was one of the very first albums that I could listen to on loop when I was in my early teenage years. Andrew McMahon is an earth-bound angel and creates some of the most beautiful music. He brought piano rock back to us all and that’s a blessing we should all think about.
“The Trolley Song”-Judy Garland
I’ve been obsessed with Judy Garland since essentially my life began. We watched Meet Me In St. Louis every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember and “The Trolley Song” has always been my favorite scene. It’s just too much fun! Though I really love “The Boy Next Door” too. What? I love musicals.
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”-Lauryn Hill
This is a beautiful cover and it just makes you so happy when you listen to it. Plus, this entire album is one of the best albums ever, so. There’s that.
Sorry for partying.
“Independent Women Pt. II”-Destiny’s Child
Infinitely better than part one. It’s like it’s much sassier counterpart. I love the opening and the beat. “I am my number one priority.” Honorable mention: “Happy Face” because it’s so joy inducing.
This is their best song ever. #sorrynotsorry
I listen to this song literally every day. No regrets. It’s perfect.
“You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”-Miley Cyrus
You thought I was going to say “Party in the USA”, didn’t you? While I support our true national anthem, this Bob Dylan cover is really lovely and is exactly what Miley should be doing. But also “Party in the USA.”
Ultimate break up track. It’s Rihanna’s world and we’re all just living in it. (I wish I could just write her entire discography right here. BEST workout music.)
“Hold”-Saves the Day
Also their entire discography, but this is the best love song. Straight up.
“I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA.” Have you ever heard a more realistic attribute of a Leo? Didn’t think so.
While there are plenty of songs that I have loved over the years and continue to listen to and love today (see: “Loves Lies” by Normani & Khalid), these songs have stuck with me the most. I love music and try to be as open minded as possible.
If it sounds good, that’s all we should care about! Click below for a link to my Spotify playlist and stay tuned for next week’s post about my 29 favorite books!