On any given day, you can go to my recently played songs section on iTunes or Spotify and find it loaded with a bunch of alternative music that you may or may not have ever heard before.
Recently, though, I’ve been making a playlist with my friends for a road trip. I know they won’t know a lot of the music I listen to now, so I’ve been looking for older songs we all know. In the process, I’ve come across the following songs and become incredibly nostalgic.
"Say It Ain’t So" by Weezer
When you put rock band and my uncle’s beautiful (not really) voice together, you get pure magic.
"Just Dance" by Lady Gaga
I used to love to make up dances to this song when I was jamming out to it in my room while my parents thought I was cleaning. Actually, I did that with almost every song ever. I may or may not still do this.
"Meet Virginia" by Train
I love Train. I always have, and I always will. I think this is the first Train song I fell in love with, you know, when I was five.
"Naturally" by Selena Gomez & The Scene
My dad used to sing this song all the time. It was kind of the best thing ever. Kind of.
"Behind These Hazel Eyes" by Kelly Clarkson
I loved rocking out to this song. I also used to get oddly emotional for a 9-year-old when I listened to it.
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield
This song is super uplifting, and it was in the first "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" movie and the theme for "The Hills." Enough said.
"Like A Prayer" by Madonna
This song and “Music” are Madonna’s best songs, or at least the most memorable to me. I remember dancing to them in the garage when I was supposed to be helping my dad wash the car.
"That’s The Way It Is" by Celine Dion
When I was younger, I liked to think I was the next Celine Dion. I was devastated when I realized I was not. However, I did have my Celine Dion moment when I played this song at a piano recital and at church. By the way, I nailed both of my performances.
"Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake
The Gregorian chants, particularly at the beginning of the song, used to make me think of my old church pastor. Weird, I know.
"… Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
My dad and I bonded over this song. I remember running to my parents’ room when I was little every Saturday morning and singing it with him.
"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
My mom didn’t like it when I listened to this song when I was younger because of the lyric, “you gotta rub me the right way,” but I listened to it anyway. What. A. Rebel.
"Inseparable" by The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers could do no wrong. Except for that time I went to see them, and they basically played their whole discography excluding this song just because it was my favorite JOBROS song, ever. But I’m not bitter or anything.
"A Change Would Do You Good" by Sheryl Crow
“Hello it's me, I'm not at home/If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone.”
"That Don’t Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain
This song’s message is great. I’ve wanted to say this to so many guys. Also, have you seen the music video for this song? If not, go watch it now. Shania Twain can rock leopard print like no other.
"Harder to Breathe" by Maroon 5
Adam Levine makes it harder to breathe. And he impresses me much.
That is all.