There aren’t many things that make me as nervous as wanting to listen to music and not knowing exactly what I need. For those awful, awful moments, I have a number of “safe songs”. You know when a song feels like home? Well, the next few songs are my home when I need it. The list is to be continued…eventually.
Maybe - N.E.R.D
I don’t know as many N.E.R.D songs as I should, but this is probably the first song that comes to my mind when I don’t know what to listen. It is an amazing bittersweet song, Pharrell does that hipnotizing thing with his voice, has he always does, he starts with that soft tone, and then goes to the higher notes, while I melt in my chair. The way he repeats “and now she’s gone”, at the end of the song, hits me everytime. “Maybe”, just like Pharrell, doesn’t age.
Oasis - Don’t Look Back In Anger (Noel Gallagher - Live from Argentina)
“Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock and roll band” is one of my favourite lines of all time. It describes exactly the advice that I didn’t take, because, to be honest, I really couldn’t have. This version is from Noel playing solo, I know, but it is wonderful. The way that entire stadium sings together is the exact reason why we should put our lives in the hands of a rock and roll band. This always makes my day brighter.”Step outside, the summertime’s in bloom”.
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Sometimes, a song makes you cry not because you identify with what they’re singing, or because it reminds you of someone. Sometimes, a song makes you cry only because it’s perfect. This is one of those cases. As soon as it begins, I feel it immediatly crawling under my skin. Really good song when you want a talk with your own demons.
The Kills - The Last Goodbye
One of the most perfect heart-breaking songs from The Kills. It’s probably my favourite song from them. I saw them live last year, and this was the moment that I most wanted to see. Right after Alison began to sing, she stopped because of a fan who wasn’t well in the first row. After that, they started the song from the begining, and she cried a little. I cried a lot. I don’t think I ever cried so much at a concert. So everytime I get back to this song, I feel warm.
Kiss Me - Sixpence non the richer
“Kiss Me” is the only song that I know from Sixpence non the richer and it’s the sweetest song in the world. It reminds me of smiles, rainbows and childood sunny days. “You’ll wear the shoes, and I will wear that dress”.
Kanye West - Stronger
Kanye West meets Daft Punk. Does it get more powerful than this? Yeah, didn’t think so. This song could also be in a “soundtrack to world domination” list.
Maroon 5 - Sweetest Goodbye
Aaahh, there was a time where I really liked Maroon 5, this song is what remains from my love for them. It has such a beautiful sadness inside. You feel comfortable when you hear it. And this live version kicks some serious ass.