There’s something so mystifying about music, it almost seems unreal. On one hand, a song could have no real special meaning, just a tune that pumps you up. On the other hand, a song can have such an impact that tears start to form. Whatever the reason is, everyone has a few select songs that remain timeless in their hearts.

I have compiled a list of my top 10 favorite songs. These songs vary from playful songs to songs that have meaning to them. On more than one occasion, the songs are put on repeat and stay there even when the music stops. For this list, I decided to only include one song per artist.

10. “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” by The Ramones
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There’s just something about this song that gets my head banging. The drum is the prelude to a song that makes you want to start dancing. It’s the perfect example of a very lyrically simple song but the music is so upbeat that you could skate with 2 Hawks named Tony underground. Also there’s a pretty good musical comedy of the same name, with the band in it, and is a pretty decent watch.

 

9. “Boyz-N-The-Hood – Remix” by Eazy-E

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Well done songs, in my opinion, should be able to tell a story or help extend an existing story. Eazy-E’s “Boyz-N-The-Hood” is a 6 minute song with incredible beats, memorable lyrics, and an epic of being a boy in the hood. One of the most iconic songs in gangster rap, in such that “Cruisin down the street in my six-fo'” is the hook to the Straight Outta Compton movie. Though the original is great, the Remix is what got me into rap in the first place. Back during 6th grade, in which I primarily listened to country, my brother played this song all the time on the way to school. After a few times through the song, I knew every single lyric in the song and can still rap it at much faster pace. So a great song holds it place as my first rap song I loved.

8. “This Corner” by Denaun Porter
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Speaking of movies, from the Southpaw soundtrack, “This Corner” is what I love to see in movie soundtracks. This Corner is a synopsis of the movie and adds a sense of internal dialogue not provided in the movie. Protagonist Billy Hope, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a character dealt with heartbreak after heartbreak, which makes it so much more rewarding when he starts getting back on track. “This Corner” is able to stand on its own as a good motivator to never give up even when everything seems to be at its lowest. You won’t get tired whenever you’re backed up in “This Corner” if you ever feel overwhelmed.

7. “Purples Eyes” by The Knocks featuring Phoebe Ryan
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From the get-go, the beginning of this song sounds straight out of Hotline Miami. The song carries this electronic beat that’s relaxing, making your head sway, and put you into a trance. Any time I want to relax or doze off, I put this song on because it feels so pleasant to my soul. The song is catchy as can be and it’s surprising to me that it took me so long to have purple vision.


6. “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies
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If you have ever heard the Big Bang Theory song, then you have listened to the Barenaked Ladies. A band full of clothed men, they usually have really catchy but meaningful songs. After “One Week” of listening to this song, you won’t be so anxious. “Odds Are” helps you realize that the things you worry about have less of a chance of happening than say getting struck by lightning. An upbeat tune with pleasant lyrics that says screw it, why not have some fun? There’s something about the vocals that carries a certain charismatic charm that makes you believe that everything’s going to be alright.


5. “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” by Travis Tritt
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Yes, I like Country music, at least what I grew up with. Is it my favorite genre of music? Not at all. This song is a calming song that I love to listen to whenever I’m happy. It’s one of those songs that make me incredibly nostalgic. Travis Tritt’s vocals on this song just helps the realization of the wonderfulness that is life. Not much to say other than this is my happy song.

 

4. “Socially Awkward Penguin” by the Bloodhound Gang

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So whereas Barenaked Ladies is pleasant and chipper, the Bloodhound Gang is the goofy and absurd other side of the coin. Known for their innuendos, this song is kind of a great example of awkward. You get the story of this guy who wants to talk to this pretty but has low self-esteem. As some of us who felt that way or still do, it’s pretty relatable with doubts of what we say and how our thoughts diluted our confidence. Then you get references from Billy Mays to Charles Barkley dodging the Death Star. I just really love how this song is somewhat peaceful and then the chorus goes bonkers. Goofy mixed seriousness is always a highlight in my book.

 

 

3. “JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~” by the JO☆STARS

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So I’m going to just make one thing clear: I love Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and it is my favorite anime. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is unpredictable and has a new “Jojo” for every part. That said, this song is brilliant and seems to get overlooked when talking about OPs(these are the intro sequences to anime). The JO☆STARS consists of Tominaga “TOMMY” Hiroaki, Coda, and Jin Hashimoto. The artists, in order from Phantom Blood to Stardust Crusaders, are from the previous OPs. The OP itself is amazing and will be discussed more at a different time, but for now, the song. Holy crap, this song starts off so foreboding and the lyrics even foreshadow future events. I get so amped up as the song goes on with amazing instrumentals and the different artists voices through out. Since all the artists are from different parts, it truly feels like this song carries a lineage that’s been leading up to this. When the song closes out and each artist is doing the popular “Ora Ora Ora” over and over again into one big shout from all of them, it really feels like the last period of that story has been typed.

2. “Wonderful” by Everclear

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I’m going to get a little personal with you. I’m the kind of person who wants to make people happy and make everything wonderful. This does not mean I don’t know the between reality between what is true and what I’m told is true. Growing up, I was and still am very self-aware of the actions of myself and others. Though my parents fought, I always knew that we would get through it. Though obvious, it still bugged me and I didn’t like being lied to about problems that didn’t exist, especially when my friends hid their pain. “Wonderful” reminds me to try and be aware of what others may be going through so that I can be there for them. I hear this song and I instantly remember feeling alone in pain, just wanting to blow up and have a breakdown because I felt alone. No one should ever have to feel alone and for that, this song is my 2nd favorite song of all time to remind me to be here and there for people.

 

1. “Headlights” by Eminem

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I know Eminem being on this list may not come off as a surprise but the choice of song probably is. I could’ve chosen any song but this song is my favorite of what it represents. If you’ve ever heard an Eminem song, chances are you may of heard him take a stab at his mother. Well “Headlights” is an apology and tribute to his mother. In the song, Eminem discusses about how their rocky past and how his mom is the one who got the worst of it in regards to disses on his tracks. Any time Eminem hears “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”, he feels disgust about it. Realizing his mother tried her best to raise Eminem and his brother Nate with a hand of crap cards being dealt to her, the two apologize to their mother. Towards the end of the song, Eminem talks about how he introduced one of her granddaughters to her and as they were driving off, he was fixated on her headlights. Eminem felt overwhelming sadness because she’s never been a part of his life except for what said about her on tracks. Eminem tells his mom in “Headlights” that she will always be beautiful to him, thanks her for being his mom and dad, and tells her that he will always love her.

“Headlights” brought tears to my eyes when I first sat down and listened to it. It’s just so beautiful and mature to listen to. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing because of the years of Eminem prior to this song. The bashing of his mother after years for him to come out with an apology. I was overwhelmed with joy for Eminem because Recovery and Marshall Mathers LP 2 seemed to show he was finally past all his demons. “Headlights” was the final song that confirmed that for me. In my opinion, it was one of the most mature things I’ve ever heard another person do. For all those reasons, “Headlights” is my favorite song ever.