So, without further ado, here's is my top ten list, although they're not really in any particular order (and if you ask me again next week, it'll probably be a little different).
1. "Pretty Bird" by Jenny LewisThere's just something about this song, even though the lyrics are uncomplicated. It obviously means a lot to me, or else I wouldn't have named my blog from the lyrics. :)
2. "Walk This World" by Heather NovaYup, Heather Nova was a one hit wonder, and this was that one hit, but I still own two of her albums. This speaks to me as both the romantic and, as my friend called me the other day, a gypsy who can't stay in one place too long.
3. "Man on the Moon" by R.E.M.Okay, well, my love for R.E.M. even goes through Michael Stipe's Orange Crush/eyeliner phase, although I think this came earlier. I'm not sure I can pinpoint why I picked this song over anything else, but there's something in it that speaks to me, be it the references to Andy Kaufman or the midwestern/central plains charm.
4. "Gravel" by Ani DiFranco (the song starts around 0:50)This is a song that strongly represents my college years, and my issues with men. Enough said.
5. "Supernova" by Liz PhairA college icon of mine. I love many of her songs, but this one was popular for a while (many years ago), and I thought it might grab some attention :)
6. "Circles" by Soul CoughingCollege years. There's a great story of my friends and I trying to see Soul Coughing in Chicago one winter January, going down a one-way street in a neighborhood looking for parking before the concert, and a massive firetruck barreling toward us with its lights and sirens going. Obviously we survived, and hopefully the house on fire (or the cat in the tree) were equally taken care of.
7. "Sugarhigh" by Coyote Shivers (from the Empire Records soundtrack)
My favorite movie in high school, and the song that plays during the happy ending. I just don't love sugar as much as I did back then!
8. The Witch's "Rap" from Into the WoodsThis one goes back to my musical theater days in high school. I loved this show, and I adored Bernadette Peters as the witch. I couldn't find a clip with Bernadette Peters, but this one with Vanessa Williams is pretty good, even if the video quality is poor.
9. "15 Steps" by RadioheadAw, man, I love Radiohead. This song is great (and was before it ended up on a Twilight soundtrack).
10. "Measuring Cups" by Andrew BirdAh, our insecurities. I like this clip in particular because it gives insight into Bird's ideas for the song. Anyway, with my own academic and personal insecurities, this song is a must here. Not to mention that Andrew Bird is perhaps one of the most amazing and talented musicians I've ever heard of.
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