Music is everything to me. It fills me with energy, vigor, happiness, catharsis, peace, and awe. There are so many songs that have enchanted me through the years, that I find myself obsessively playing over and over and over and over again until I have each sound imprinted into my mind. Each time I find a song that captivates me like this I become really excited and want to share it with others. Thus, this post. These ten songs are a part of my many favorite songs whose melodies and words I have listened to countless times.
1. Algiers – Blood
Anything that I could write about this song wouldn’t be able to do it justice. I’ve listened to it so many times, and every single time I get goosebumps and feel overwhelmed with emotion at the climax of the song.
2. Enej – Zbudujemy Dom
This is a Polish song that I really love; the melody is gorgeous with emotion and the central message, of peace and unity among all people, is creatively and very genuinely delivered in this song.
3. M.O.V.E. – Over Drive (High Power Remix)
This is a really fun song, a perfect example of the happy hardcore genre. The artists are Japanese and as I do not speak the language I have no idea what they are saying in the song, but that doesn’t matter to me – I just love how upbeat and happy it is, it always energizes me.
4. Rusko – Jahova
This is the first dubstep song I ever listened to, about 7 years ago. This was when dubstep was just starting to come up in America (it was born in England) and the majority of the big artists, including Rusko, were British. Whereas now most dubstep songs have “drops”, early dubstep like this song didn’t have them, or they weren’t that common in songs. That is a part of why I love this song – it manages to be creative and compelling without a drop, and the melody itself is something special. I get a very nostalgic and almost transcendent feeling when I listen to this song.
5. Jakubi – Can’t Afford It All (Kygo Remix)
Kygo is a famous electronic artist and has a lot of great songs, however, even after all of his music that I’ve listened to over the years, this is still my favorite song. The melody is luscious and effortlessly happy – it makes me feel very content and peaceful.
6. Akala -Malcolm Said It
Akala is a political and socially conscious rapper from England, and this is one of my favorite songs of his because not only is it very good musically, but the message in the song is delivered in a very strong and powerful way.
7. Eyedea – Even Shadows Have Shadows
Eyedea was an amazing poet and rap artist (he died in 2010) who released so many songs that are thought-provoking, philosophical, but also grounded in his own life. I love this song because not only is the background music really beautiful, but also the lyrics resonate powerfully with me. Whenever I sink into a deep depression I listen to this song because it helps me feel less alone, because a lot of what he describes about his mental state is what I feel during those times.
8. Studio Killers – Jenny
I really love this song and the artistic style of the music video. It has a beat and melody that you just want to keep listening to, and the story in it, about a girl in love with her best friend is wonderful too, especially given the ending. A couple months ago, I was listening to this song on repeat for half an hour and drew a picture (included underneath the video).
9. Nao – Haru Kaze
I accidentally stumbled across this song years ago on Youtube and am so happy I did. “Haru kaze” is “spring breeze” in Japanese and that’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a beautiful, warm song that blossoms like a gorgeous flower in the refrain. The piano in this song beautifully flows and intertwines with the other instruments to create an exquisite bouquet of sound.
10. FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
FKA Twigs is one of my favorite artists right now because she has such a unique sound. She’s an experimental artist and draws from various genres to create her music. She also has a lovely voice that is positively mellifluous in this song, while still being strong and powerful. She exudes elegance, grace, and strength.