so since i did a list for books and another for movies, i figured i should do one for my first love: music. of the lists, this one’s been the biggest bitch to compose. my library is vast, yall, and not all in one place, so given that i’m weeding the itunes account on my mother’s desktop rather than on my laptop or the archives i’ve got from the laptop before or my disc collection… given that… these are what i think are the best songs ever written, with the performing artist following the title. also, please understand that of these three lists, this is the least concrete. also there were some three hundred songs on here. this one hurt me. i had to take off van halen and def leppard and acdc and jimi hendrix… it hurt, yall. and then clicking publish… i was actually nervous about that, and that’s never happened.
almost gone. mary black.
anna begins. counting crows.
anna molly. incubus.
angel. sarah mclachlan.
at this moment. billy vera.
baker baker. tori amos.
bend and not break. dashboard confessional.
between the lines. sara bareilles.
the blower’s daughter. damien rice.
breathe (two a.m.). anna nalick.
the chain. ingrid michaelson.
cheap wine. what made milwaukee famous.
the climb. miley cyrus.
a common disaster. cowboy junkies.
crash into me. dave matthews band.
desperado. the eagles.
the dog days are over. florence and the machine.
everybody knows. concrete blonde.
fast car. tracy chapman.
fire away. chris stapleton.
fortress around your heart. sting.
the freshmen. the verve pipe.
gates of the country. black lab.
the god of wine. third eye blind.
hallelujah. jeff buckley.
hang. matchbox twenty.
happiness. abra moore.
here’s a quarter. travis tritt.
hope for the hopeless. a fine frenzy.
i will always love you. whitney houston.
i’ll lead you home. michael w. smith.
i’ll stand by you. the pretenders.
i’m gonna be (five hundred miles). the proclaimers
i’m gonna love you through it. martina mcbride.
i’m sorry. adam wakefield.
innocent. our lady peace.
invisible city. the wallflowers.
judith. a perfect circle.
just give me a reason. pink and nate ruess.
just go. staind.
king of pain. the police.
leave the light on. beth hart.
let it be me. ray lamontagne.
like a friend. pulp.
like a stone. audioslave.
a little less conversation. elvis presley.
live to tell. madonna.
lonely boy. the black keys.
lose yourself. eminem.
me and bobby mcgee. janis joplin.
missing you. john waite.
must be dreaming. frou frou.
my immortal. evanescence.
name. goo goo dolls.
not even the trees. hootie and the blowfish.
nothing. the script.
nothing compares to you. sinead o’connor.
numb. linkin park.
on fire. switchfoot.
one more try. george michael.
operation spirit (the tyranny of tradition). live.
paint it black. the rolling stones.
payphone. maroon five.
pour me. trick pony.
prince of darkness. indigo girls.
the rose. bette midler.
rumour has it. adele.
san francisco mabel joy. john denver.
say hello to heaven. temple of the dog.
the scientist. coldplay.
secret garden. bruce springsteen.
seen it all before. amos lee.
she talks to angels. the black crowes.
sleep to dream. fiona apple.
sometime around midnight. the airborne toxic event.
sometimes love just ain’t enough. patty smyth and don henley.
the song remembers when. trisha yearwood.
stand inside your love. smashing pumpkins.
stay. lisa loeb.
sway. bic runga.
a thousand miles. vanessa carlton.
’til it happens to you. lady gaga.
underneath your clothes. shakira.
uninvited. alanis morrisette.
uptown funk. bruno mars.
vienna. the fray.
wander this world. jonny lang.
we belong. pat benatar.
when i look to the sky. train.
why go. pearl jam.
wild horses. the sundays.
with or without you. u2.
wolves. garth brooks.
you may be right. billy joel.
you raise me up. josh groban.