All-Time Best Rock Songs

25 Of My All-Time Favorite Songs That Are Sure To Become A Part Of Your Playlist

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In the middle of listening to a song, I sometimes just stop and think, "Dang. That's really good." So after finding a few songs that made me go like that, I thought I'd compile them in a list and share them on the Odyssey. From classic rock to that weird, alternative stuff, here are sixteen that we can appreciate and think, "Dang. That's really good," together.

November Rain- Guns N' Roses

I don't really know what to call this song other than inspirational. Next time you're going through something, just remember: "Nothing lasts forever/ Even the November rain." I know I'll be using it to get through the coming school year!

505- Arctic Monkeys

I could spend hours talking about the Arctic Monkeys so I'm just going to keep it short. This song is so cool. I think it's the first song they made where they really split off from imitating the style of The Strokes. And towards the end, it's almost explosive with an emotion I can't really describe. Long story short, it's awesome.

Hotel California- Eagles

I still don't understand what the lyrics could mean other than possible drug addiction? Either way, you don't need to overanalyze the song to know that those guitar solos are absolute perfection.

In a Week- Hozier

Ahh, the sweet, calming ambience of death and festering bodies. But in an odd way, this song makes it strangely peaceful to come to terms with.

Holocene- Bon Iver

In his cool, poetic way, Bon Iver manages to evoke emotions we've all had just by writing a line with several words in it. It's another song that makes it easy to come to terms with our insignificance in this world.

Timeless- James Blake

Probably one of the few rap songs I will admit to liking, "Timeless" is just really catchy and something I had never heard before. Vince Staples and James Blake are both great musicians and they really produced something different and unheard of with this song.

Videotape- Radiohead

This melancholic song is beautiful in the way it kind of sounds like a funeral march. I have an even bigger appreciation for it after watching Vox's video on it.

Cigarette Daydreams- Cage The Elephant

A nice, sweet love song that sings about a search for identity at the same time.

Broken- Gorillaz

Desencuentro- Residente

I don't often listen to songs I don't understand, but with my extremely rudimentary understanding of Spanish, I was able to somewhat piece together what it means. It's a kind of sad song about missed love, and together with the verses in French, it makes for a beautiful song.

Fly Me To The Moon- Frank Sinatra

Who would exclude Frank Sinatra from their list of all-time favorite songs? Especially this one in an age where a sweet, old, simple love song often eludes us.

Man of War- Radiohead

I'm so happy Radiohead decided to release this song years after their album "OK Computer." It's absolutely brilliant and reminds me of their older songs when they still had guitars and less synthesizers. Plus, the music video is just as good as their song.

Fire Escape- Foster The People

This one is completely different from the upbeat and fast songs that Foster The People usually writes. It's a calming song from the perspective of a fire escape discussing the beautiful and the ugly that the search for stardom brings. Pretty cool, right?

Vincent- Don McLean

I think Don McLean definitely seems to understand what Vincent Van Gough went through. His song about him is almost as beautiful as Van Gough's paintings.

Sleep- My Chemical Romance

Yes, it's time to awaken the inner emo that's lain dormant for all these years. Seriously though, apart from all the cringiness that's associated with them, MCR is an amazing band, and this song is definitely one of their best.

What a Difference a Day Makes- Angelina Jordan

Okay, I know this was written by Dina Washington, but I really like Angelina Jordan's cover of it. Can you believe she's only twelve years old right now? She literally sounds like a mature adult.

The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

This song is just plain old catchy and makes me smile every time I hear it. It's great for dancing and singing along to in the shower.

Arsonist's Lullaby- Hozier

Everything Now- Arcade Fire

A danceable song about the modern world, the phrase "Everything Now" perfectly describes the overload of things that we face today.

The Dream Synopsis- The Last Shadow Puppets

A slow song about Alex Turner's past, it leaves a lasting impression when he sings, "Isn't it boring when I talk about my dreams?"

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My Freckles Are Not A Beauty Trend For You To Appropriate And Immitate

Those with faces full of freckles can't wipe them off like you can after a photo shoot.


While it is fun to use makeup to express yourself, one can argue unless you are in costume, it should be used to enhance your features, not create new ones. The trend of artificial freckles puts a nasty taste in my mouth reminiscent to the feeling I get when I see a Caucasian woman apply such dark foundation to her face that she appears to be donning blackface.

To someone who has a face full of freckles, it is offensive to see you paint on freckles as if they were not permanent features of other people's skin that they cannot remove with a makeup wipe. I remember asking my cousin at 5 years old if I could surgically remove my freckles and crying when she broke to me that I'd be stuck with what she called giraffe spots my whole life.

I'm not alone in feeling self-conscious about my freckles. The face is the fulcrum of the identity, and it can feel like my facial identity is like a haphazard splash of orange/brown debris. Another against the fake freckles movement retorts: "you'll soon regret them when people begin to describe you as a polka-dot-skinned troll or a cinnamon-toast-faced goblin. Also, when your eyebags start to sag in middle-age, that 'cute' skin art will probably deteriorate into something more closely resembling oblong blackheads. Sincerely, A Freckled Person"

One woman recalls her struggle with accepting the patterns of her skin from a very young age:

“When I was a young girl, I remember staring at myself in my bathroom mirror and imagining my face without the scattered brown dots that littered my face and body. I dreamed of having the small imperfections removed from my face and obtaining the smooth porcelain skin that I envied. I looked at my bare-faced friends in awe because they had what I wanted and would never know. For some odd reason, I had made myself believe that my freckles made me ugly."

I've come to appreciate the beauty of these sun kisses, and many nowadays have too. However, freckles haven't always been considered cute. There is a history of contempt toward red reader freckled people, just ask Anne Shirley! The dramatic young heroine laments: "Yes, it's red," she said resignedly. "Now you see why I can't be perfectly happy. Nobody could who had red hair. I don't mind the other things so much — the freckles and the green eyes and my skinniness. I can imagine them away. I can imagine that I have a beautiful rose-leaf complexion and lovely starry violet eyes. But I cannot imagine that red hair away. I do my best. I think to myself, "Now my hair is a glorious black, black as the raven's wing." But all the time I know it is just plain red, and it breaks my heart. It will be my lifelong sorrow." (Montgomery).

Historically, freckles on ones face have been seen as dirty or imperfect. It's easy to forget that Irish features such as red hair and freckles have been subject to hateful discrimination for centuries. In some places, the word ginger is even used as a slur.

I am not a red-headed stepchild for you to beat — or for you to appropriate.

My facial texture is not a toy for you to play with.

It is rude and inconsiderate to pock your face for a selfie while those with randomly splashed spots get someone once a week trying to rub off the "dirt speck" on their face.

Greg Stevens has a theory to why there is anti-red prejudice

“Skin tone is another one of those well-studied features that has been shown to consistently have an impact on people's assessment of physical beauty: Those with clear, evenly-colored skin are widely regarded as being more attractive than people with patchy, blotchy, or freckled skin.
Nowhere is this more obvious than when looking at professional photos of redheaded models and celebrities. Even those "hot redheads" that flaunt the redness of their hair usually are made-up on magazine covers to have almost unnaturally even skin tones. Moreover, there is a reasonable theory to explain why the bias against freckles might be more than just a cultural prejudice. Not to be too blunt about it, but freckles are cancer factories."

By that, the author means freckles can be early indicators of sun damage or skin cancer. This illusion that freckles indicate deficiency may also play in negative connotations toward a person with freckles

While I acknowledge the intention of people with clear skin who paint freckles on their face isn't to offend — rather it is to appreciate freckles as a beauty statement — the effect is still offensive. If you are thinking about trying this freckle fad, you should put down your fine tipped brush and consider what it would be like if you couldn't wipe away the spots.


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