10 Songs that Define Me…

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

It has been about 3 weeks since my last post, and when I started this blog, I fully intended to write a new post every week. Needless to say, life happened. Bowling has come to an end (the girls were number 1 in their conference), my seniors have turned in their research papers (I should probably be grading them right now…) and I’ve had some time to breathe. So, I’m back… maybe not as funny… but I’m back!

Everyone that knows me knows that music is one of my favorite parts of life. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t listen to music in some capacity. I wanted to share some of the songs that define me as a person. It was really hard narrowing it down to only 10. Hopefully, some of them are songs that define you as a person, too. None of these are in any particular order.

  1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    Ever since I can remember, this has been the go to song for my mom and me. Every time it comes on, I either sing Marvin Gaye’s part and my mom sings Tammi Terrell’s or vise versa. I know this is traditionally a love song, but it means so much for my mom and me. She’s the one person I’ve been able to depend on and she’s more than just a mother to me, she’s my best friend.
    Favorite line(s): If you need me call me no matter where you are / No matter how far; don’t worry baby / Just call my name; I’ll be there in a hurry / You don’t have to worry
  2. She Used to Be Mine – Sara Bareilles
    I didn’t hear this song for the first time until about four months ago. I’ve always been a fan of Sara Bareilles, but this song really spoke to me the first time I heard it. If you’ve ever heard a song you thought was meant for you, this is what this song is for me. It’s a perfect description of moving on after putting your whole self into a relationship that didn’t work, but that’s another story for another day!
    Favorite line(s): She is hard on herself / She is broken and won’t ask for help / She is messy, but she’s kind
  3. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
    Hands down, this is one of my most favorite songs of all time. It makes me want summer and happiness and to just BREAK IT DOWN! Katy Perry has always been my jam, but this song makes me so happy. I could be in the worst mood and hearing this song will immediately put a smile on my face. I automatically bust out the car dance moves (LOTS of arm and head shimmying).
    Favorite line(s): I finally found you, my missing puzzle piece / I’m complete
  4. Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse
    Amy Winehouse was a genius and I can only imagine the impact on music she would have were she still alive today. Back to Black has been one of my favorite cd’s since it came out, but I recently got it on vinyl and it’s so much better! The hints of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in the background add to all of the reasons why I love this song. It’s so honest.
    Favorite line(s): He walks away / The sun goes down / He takes the day but I’m grown / And in your way, my deep shade / My tears dry on their own
  5. Treasure – Bruno Mars
    I don’t see how anyone could ever listen to this song and not want to dance and sing along. Anything by Bruno Mars makes me happy and this song is no exception. I’m always working on background vocals and dance moves just incase we meet and he wants me to go on tour with him…
    Favorite line(s): Pretty girl, pretty girl, pretty girl you should be smiling / A girl like you should never look so blue
  6. You – Chris Young
    I haven’t really been listening to country music lately, but Chris Young is amazing. Although this song is really short, it puts a smile on my face every time I hear it.
    Favorite line(s): I thought I knew what love was but I didn’t have a clue / I never found anything that makes me feel like I do about you
  7. Syndicate – The Fray
    Easily, The Fray are in my top 10 artists, but this song is my absolute favorite. The very first time I heard it, I played this song on repeat for weeks. It’s such a simple song, but the lyrics have so much meaning to me.
    Favorite line(s): Don’t know what your made of / ‘Till the one thing that you want / Is coming with the dawn and suddenly changes
  8. Stop This Train – John Mayer
    Every time I’m upset about getting older, I listen to this song. I love almost everything by John Mayer, but this song gives me chills every single time I hear it. He speaks so many truths and I always feel like the lyrics are just for me. I remember the first time I heard him play this live, all I could do was cry. If you ever get the chance to see him live, PLEASE DO! Minus the weird faces he makes while playing the guitar, he’s amazing.
    Favorite line(s): So scared of getting older / I’m only good at being young / So I play the numbers game / To find a way to say that life has just begun
  9. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe – Kendrick Lamar
    Thiiiiiiis! This song is pretty self explanatory. Kendrick Lamar is such an amazing song writer and this has to be one of my favorites by him. If I’m having a bad day, I’ll blast this the whole way home.
    Favorite line(s): Look inside my soul and you can find gold and maybe get rich / Look inside of your soul and you can find doubt, it never exists
  10. Good Life – One Republic
    To end my top 10 list, I wanted to include One Republic. Ryan Tedder is a genius and listening to this song can make even the worst days better. Whenever I hear this song, I’m smiling from ear to ear. It always reminds me that although I’m having a shitty day, there’s always something out there that makes this life worth living.
    Favorite line(s): Oh this has gotta be the good life / This has gotta be the good life / This could really be a good life, good life / Say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight / Like this city is on fire tonight / This could really be a good life / A good, good life

Well, hopefully these songs are some that influence your life or make you happier. If it weren’t for music, sometimes I feel like there would be no way to express myself. Whenever I hear a song that means something to me, I make my friends and family sit down and listen to it with me. If you have any suggestions of good songs out there, let me know! I’m always down for a new jam!

Honorable mention:

  1. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
  2. Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac