7 Favorite SongsTuesday, June 09, 2015
I still remember the first song I ever heard on the radio. We didn't listen to the radio a lot when my brother and sisters and I were little. Instead, we had a box of purple cassette tapes with kids songs on them that we would always listen to when we were in the car. My perception of the radio was just grown-ups talking about the traffic. And then one day Alan Jackson's Little Bitty came on and we discovered that there are actually people who sing songs on this thing! Ha!
To this day, I still don't listen to a lot of music on the radio — mostly because the kind of music I like just isn't on the radio. I have a very old-fashioned taste in music and the few modern artists I like have a very throwback style. It is hard for me to answer the question, "So what kind of music do you like?" because it's a mix of several different genres that leans heavily towards a country/blues sound.
I started thinking about this a little more after Megan of Freckled Italian posted about her five favorite songs recently. There are so many songs that I listen to regularly, but I don't love them and they probably wouldn't make their way onto my Top 5 list. Those spots are reserved for the songs that make my insides happy every time I hear them. When I started making this list, I realized that a lot of these songs made the list simply because of the memories they evoked. But that's the cool thing about music, right? No matter where we are or what we're doing, it can transport us through time and completely change our mood. So here are the seven songs (I couldn't narrow it down to five) that I would truthfully declare as my favorite songs. I challenge you to make a similar list, if you're interested. It's a lot harder than you think!
- Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes — This song was played on an episode of Parenthood when Victor made his first home run and it almost made me cry (which never happens while I'm watching TV shows!) I think that scene is what really made me fall in love with this song.
- Last Date by Floyd Cramer — I never ever get tired of this piano version. It reminds me of home and summer and all good things.
- We Got Paid by Cash by The Statler Brothers — The Statler Brothers are a hallmark of my childhood and although it is painfully hard for me to pick a favorite song of theirs, I think this one is it. It combines my memories of childhood with my love for Johnny Cash.
- Murder In the City by the Avett Brothers — We wrote the lyrics of this song on a chalkboard at our wedding, so obviously I get all the feelings when I hear it now.
- Some Nights by Fun. — I'm a fan of this band in general, but this song was just becoming crazy popular the summer I lived in Atlanta and I would hear it on the radio almost every day on my drive home.
- I've Got Dreams to Remember by Otis Redding — This song played on an episode of Scandal not too long ago and I was racing to find my phone and shazam it before it ended. It has been on repeat ever since.
- Girl Crush by Little Big Town — Meghan Linsey from the last season of The Voice made me fall in love with this song and now I turn up every time it comes on the radio. It's a great song to sing along to because you can harmonize with it so easily.
I feel like I'm leaving out so many amazing songs, but I'll leave it at this for now. Your turn!