14 Songs That Affected Me in Some Way at Some Point

14 Songs That Affected Me in Some Way at Some Point

Most of these are just outlets to talk about my life

When I was about five years old, my dad made me a mixtape of some fun songs to listen to with my brand new CD player and in the car. By mixtape, of course I mean a blank CD with ripped songs from his many albums. At the time, it was the best thing ever, and I could say still is but the assortment might raise some questions. It started normally enough with some alternative rock and pop from Collective Soul and Gavin DeGraw respectively, but got a little weird halfway through when the scores from Jurassic Park came up followed by All Star by Smash Mouth which isn't a bad song to grow up on. Now that I'm older, I wonder what I would put on my own mixtape if I wanted to give a little insight into what I've grown up on since. These aren't necessarily my favorite songs, but may have been at one time my most played songs -- and possibly acted as a transition into a new genre or place in my life.

1. Better Now - Collective Soul

It seems that the beginning is a good place to start as this was the first song off the aforementioned mixtape. Let's be clear, I came from a household where at the time, I was an only child and if the radio was on, my parents were listening to a right wing talk show. So other than those occasional times on the way to the library where the radio graced my ears with the sound of Avril Lavigne, I wasn't exposed to a whole lot of music. This song all changed that as I listened to that addictive opening guitar riff almost every day. To this day, I still listen to Collective Soul as they have consistently put out quality albums since the early 90s.

2. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty

This was the closing music to one of those right wing talk shows I mentioned and I believe the instrumental saxophone chorus is art and no one can convince me of otherwise. There was also this one time I tried listening to this song un-ironically and right as the chorus started, I walked outside and made solid eye contact with a possum. I like to think that was God speaking to me somehow.

3. Can't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

"Why not Thrift Shop, Luke? That was his big song!" Well this song isn't a joke so there. It's honestly pretty impressive that after the success of a funny YouTube song, Macklemore was able to release an actual hip hop song with some real merit. For all intents and purpose, this song was the anthem of my knockoff polo, unibrow, nerdy glasses filled first year of high school.

4. Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Okay, all jokes aside, this is actually my favorite song of all time. I feel this one doesn't really need a whole lot of explaining because it is oozing with passion. The Slippery When Wet album was Bon Jovi's peak and is the reason I have so much respect for 80s music.

5. Just Lose It - Eminem

Mom, if you're reading this, just don't look this one up. Being homeschooled for a decade and then getting thrown into public school at the ripe age of thirteen can cause some rebelliousness among one's music tastes. Sorry, I just couldn't listen to K-LOVE anymore. It is pretty funny because as "rebellious" as I was being listening to rap, this song had already been out since I was in kindergarten AKA my kitchen table. Oh yeah, also this song is fun but whatever, I wanna talk about my complicated upbringing.

6. Complicated - Avril Lavigne

Yeah, this was the song I was mentioned earlier. I didn't even know who this was song was by until I heard it for the first time in a while very recently and went through what might consider an out of body experience where I was projected across space and time into my booster seat in a crappy Subaru Outback driven by my mom as she was on her way to be healthy by shopping exclusively at Whole Foods.

7. King of Anything - Sara Bareilles

Considering I have a lot of issues with authority and expectations, this song speaks to me on a lot of levels. That is all.

8. Slow Ride - Foghat

One time I played this song on Guitar Hero for a straight five hours and ever since, it's been the most triggering sound of my life. Also, I was like nine with no real motor skills so just imagine hearing this song for an afternoon but with most of the actual notes missed. That's the real version to me.

9. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

The first time I heard this was in School of Rock which I think should tell you everything you need to know about me. But let's be honest, the Shrek 3 Snow White Version is much better.

10. Rockstar - Nickelback

Does anyone actually hate Nickelback or is it just a meme? Regardless, I like this song and my mom hates it which means I like it extra. I listened to this a lot when I was probably twelve because at the time, this song contained all my aspirations.

11. Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

I started listening to this when I was four and still don't know if I completely understand the lyrics but it seemed fine to listen to, at least my Dad thought so. This opinion was brought to you from the same Dad that was like "What's that? You're two years old now? Jurassic Park 3 is definitely the next step in your cinematic life journey!"

12. Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp

When I hear this song, I sing "Goodbye Toby" instead. If you don't get this reference, feel free to click away.

13. I Want it That Way - Backstreet Boys

I'm listening to this all the through for the first time as I write this, but my dad used to sing this to me as a lullaby so I guess unconsciously, it calms me down.

14. Patient - Post Malone

When I arrived in college, I learned that playing show tunes in the shower wasn't exactly appropriate so I downloaded this song and then my credibility as a normal person skyrocketed. Luckily, I can still listen to show tunes in my personal time so take that society.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.


Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill


South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos


I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja


I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs


They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

Are these two facts connected? Maybe.

What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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