January 25, 2011

top 10 SONGS

"Without music, life would be an error."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

I've read a lot of posts about music:  Top 10 songs of all time, top 10 songs of 2010 and so forth.  There really isn't any way for me to narrow down the songs or musicians that I like.  I really don't think I could ever do it.

Nevertheless, I wanted to get on the musical post bandwagon and thought I'd list the last 10 songs I purchased via iTunes.

1.  Supermassive Black Hole - Muse

Interesting fact about Muse:  If any of you are fans of the Twilight books, you may be familiar with the fact that author Stephenie Meyer thanks the band for being her....muse.  Apparently, she listened to their music a lot while writing.

As a result, there is at least one Muse song on each of the Twilight soundtracks. I personally think Meyer's tribute to Muse has catapulted their music.  Without Twilight, I doubt any tweens would be listening to them today.

I've known about Muse for awhile, but just recently began appreciating their music.

2.  Light on My Shoulder - Susie Suh

Does anyone ever watch the TV series One Tree Hill?  I used to, but then I grew a brain.

Despite it's over-the-top-ness, One Tree Hill definitely has some of the best music ever during the episodes.  In fact, there is an entire website dedicated to listing each and every song  played during every single scene of every single episode.  I have the website bookmarked.  I look at it frequently when I want to find some new music, and that is where I discovered Susie Suh.

3.  Emily - Stephen Fretwell

Whenever I find a new artist on iTunes, I pay attention to the section that says "listeners who bought this, album also bought this."  I find that very useful, and I know that is how I found Stephen Fretwell.  When I saw he had a song titled Emily I just had to listen to it.  Not too many songs are named Emily and since Emily is my name I feel it is my duty to love and appreciate the song.

As it turns out, the song isn't about some wonderful girl named Emily.  In fact, she kind of sounds like the type of girl that rips out hearts, stomps on them and then walks away.  But, I like the song anyway.

4.  Coffee and Cigarettes - Michelle Featherstone

Michelle Featherstone is another artist I found via One Tree Hill.  I tend to gravitate to songs about love, break-ups and other depressing things like that.  My brothers tell me my taste in music is "slit-your-wrists-ish."  I wouldn't go that far, but I see where they are coming from.

5.  Kill - Jimmy Eat World

Every now and then, I'll revisit an artist I really like to see if I can find a good song I may have not noticed before.  That is how I stumbled upon this song, and it was a good find.

6.  Uprising - Muse

Not too long ago, I heard this song on the radio.  I know it wasn't the first time I heard it, but on this particular day I liked it more than I had before.  Does that happen to anyone else?  I hear a song billions upon billions of times and only start to like it once pretty much everyone is done and over with it.

7.  We Are Man and Wife - Michelle Featherstone

When I bought the song "Coffee and Cigarettes" by Featherstone, I noticed this song was her top song.  I thought the title was pretty cheesey, so I didn't think twice about it.  But, then I went back awhile later and listened to it.  It's a beautiful love song, and not cheesey at all (well, maybe a little bit).  I wonder at how many weddings this song has been played.

8.  Hole in the Middle - Emily Jane White

Do you remember what I said about songs titled "Emily"?  Same goes for artists named Emily.

9.  Paper Gown - Caroline Herring

While I don't like country music, I adore folk songs, especially female folk singers.  They just seem so tough.

10.  What If You - Joshua Radin

Joshua Radin is by far one of my most favorite artists of all time.  I don't know all the details, but he apparently was discovered by Zach Braff, star of the hilarious TV show Scrubs.  I've listened to Radin's music for so long that I've forgotten how I first heard of him.  Even though I've heard his songs on a few different TV shows (House, for example), he doesn't seem to be super, urber popular - popular to the point where his music is overplayed on the radio.  At least, that is the case in Utah.  And, in my opinion, that is a good thing.

Well, there you have it.  The last 10 songs I bought off of iTunes.  I hope you like some of them.


  1. I forgot about some of these songs and some I've never heard of! Great list!

  2. I've always liked your taste in music, even though I seem to usually resort to whatever's popular.

    One Tree Hill has featured some seriously awesome artists. It's true.

    The last 10 songs I bought on iTunes were all Beatles songs.

  3. I don't think I've ever heard ANY of these songs. Does that make me a loser?

  4. Not even the Muse songs, Bev? Supermassive was played during the baseball scene in Twilight.

    No, it doesn't make you a loser. I am unfamiliar with most all the songs that are played on the radio. It's all about what you like to listen to. :)


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