- More than a Feeling // Boston — I thank my dad for my interests in classic rock. I’ve loved Boston, and specifically this song, since the first time I ever heard it. Boston is just too good, and this anthem is perfect.
- American Pie // Don McLean (not on Spotify) — Pretty sure I know all the words to this one. Mom and I like this one a lot.
- Dead on Arrival // Fall Out Boy — Take This to Your Grave is by far FOB’s best album (although I’d hear you out for From Under the Cork Tree). I love this song from it. “The songs you grow to like never stick at first”…so true, in so many ways!
- Friends in Low Places // Garth Brooks (not on Spotify) — Need I say more? Also, that mysterious third verse is fantastic.
- The Load Out/Stay // Jackson Browne — Another song I’ve loved since the first time I ever heard it. Mom is a big Jackson Browne fan, so this one came from her. That piano, though.
- One Way Ticket (Because I Can) // LeAnn Rimes — I was 5 years old when I first heard this song (and when LeAnn Rimes came on the country scene). This was the first country song I ever loved, and I sang it all the time.
- Daydream Believer // The Monkees — Cheer up Sleepy Jeeeeeaaaaannn oh what can it mean… that I love this song, perhaps? Mom started me on The Monkees when I was a toddler; we listened to their CD in the car all the time.
- Spirit of the Radio // Rush — This is a great song for long drives on sunny days. My sunroof goes back and this song comes on, and I’m immediately happier.
- How Do You Like Me Now // Toby Keith — Always has been, and always will be one of my favorite “in your face” songs. Not gonna lie, sometimes I sing it to myself and replace “livin’ in your radio” with “livin’ on your bookshelf.”
- With You Around // Yellowcard — A top-10 songs list without a Yellowcard song? Naaahhh. While choosing a song for it was a bit difficult, I went with this over Ocean Avenue because this song means more to me personally. I mean, I cried when they played this when I saw them in concert two years ago.
I haven’t done a playlist in quite a while, so why not do one for Throwback Thursday? Lately I’ve been rediscovering my fondness for the music I loved in the mid-2000s, and even some of the music I wasn’t too fond of back then. Like Patrick Stump said in Fall Out Boy’s 2003 single, “The songs you grow to like never stick at first.” For real.
Side note: “Dead on Arrival” is my favorite song off “Take This To Your Grave.” Awesome record.
But first, an anecdote about how I recently realized that it is not 2004 anymore and I felt old:
I was browsing iTunes’ list of most popular songs and somewhere in the middle of the rankings, I saw “American Idiot” by the Australian boy band (and in my honest opinion One Direction wannabes) 5 Seconds of Summer. My first instinct was to listen and see if it was a cover of Green Day’s 2004 hit. It was. I cried a little. Seriously, who told them that was a good idea? Then I did a little snooping around entertainment sites, and it appeared that some young 5SOS fans thought “American Idiot” was a brand new song, not a cover. What? How could they not know that? How do they not know Green Day did it first? Ugh! No!
Then I realized that “American Idiot” and the album of the same title came out in 2004, and most 5SOS fans would’ve been toddlers at that time, maybe even younger. Meanwhile, 13-14-year-old me was trying to find ways to listen to the album with my friends or online, because my mom wouldn’t let me buy it because of the parental advisory.
That’s when I realized I’m 22, almost 23, but my 14-year-old self is still very protective over her musical tastes.
Anyway, with all that said, here’s my #TBT Playlist – listen and enjoy!
I loved country music when I was younger, and then grew out of it. Actually “thought I was too cool for country” is probably more accurate, but whatever. I eventually gave country another chance, and I’m glad I did.
|My personal favorite entire album of the 2000s|
I still don’t listen to a ton of “new” country, but I do love what I call early-to-mid-2000s country a whole lot. So that’s what I’m sharing today. I hope your inner country music star comes out as much as mine does when you listen to this.
And an additional song I couldn’t include via Spotify…easily my favorite country song of the mid-2000s.
As I mentioned in my last Five on Friday post, I’m breaking back into my running routine. I can’t run without good background music, and I’ve got plenty of it. I have several mixes that I switch among, but I’ve got one that never fails me.
- Dear Maria, Count Me In — All Time Low
- Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) — Beyonce
- Take the Lead (Wanna Ride) — Bone Thugs & Harmony (from the Take the Lead film soundtrack)
- 3 — Britney Spears
- Let’s Go — The Cars
- I’ll Make a Man out of You — from Mulan
- Fighter — Christina Aguilera
- I Don’t Care (Machine Shop Remix) — Fall Out Boy
- Good Feeling — Flo Rida
- I Don’t Wanna Dance — Hey Monday
- Tonight, Tonight — Hot Chelle Rae
- Let’s Get Loud — Jennifer Lopez
- On the Floor — Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull
- Nothing Wrong — Jimmy Eat World
- Watch Me Shine — Joanna Pacitti (yes, the song from Legally Blonde)
- Unstoppable — Kat Deluna
- Mr. Brightside — The Killers
- Party Rock Anthem — LMFAO
- Hit or Miss — New Found Glory
- Summer Fling, Don’t Mean a Thing — New Found Glory
- Ready, Aime, Fire! — New Found Glory
- You Can’t Stop the Beat — from Hairspray
- Kiss You — One Direction
- Get the Party Started –P!nk
- Get It Started — Pitbull ft. Shakira
- This is How a Heart Breaks — Rob Thomas
- Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) — Robert Palmer
- The Ballroom Blitz — Sweet
- Dynamite — Taio Cruz
- Yeah! — Usher ft. lots of people
- Switch — Will Smith
- Lights & Sounds — Yellowcard
Suggestions? Comments? “Why don’t you have [this super awesome song]?” There’s a box at the bottom of the page for those. Send ’em my way!
I love making mix CDs for friends, and will find any excuse to make one. I have a very eclectic taste in music, so I’ve been told, and an extensive iTunes library to match, so why not share it?
Since I can’t make mix CDs for all y’all, I’ve got a different way of sharing my favorite music: a “playlists” series. I’m a believer in the notion that there’s a song (or collection of songs) for every occasion. I haven’t decided on a timetable for this, but every so often, I’ll create a playlist with a certain theme and post it here for everyone to enjoy.
Sound good? Awesome. Let’s roll.
I can’t remember what prompted me to make this playlist, but it’s in my iTunes and on my phone, and I play it in my car almost every time I’m in it. Gotta say I’m pretty proud of this one; it’s practically perfect in every way.
Side note: 10 points to whoever gets the movie reference I just made.
- Vegas — All Time Low
- One Week — Barenaked Ladies
- Twist & Shout — The Beatles
- Some Nights — Fun.
- Standing Outside the Fire — Garth Brooks
- Die Young — Timeflies
- Check Yes, Juliet — We the Kings
- Kiss You — One Direction
- Fool in the Rain — Led Zeppelin
- My Sharona — The Knack
- The Load Out/Stay — Jackson Browne
- Here I Am Alive — Yellowcard
- Daydream Believer — The Monkees
- Sell Out (Skacoustic) — Reel Big Fish
- Coming Home — New Found Glory
- Give a Little Bit — Supertramp
- Keeper — Yellowcard
- Keep Me in Mind — Zac Brown Band
Rock on, y’all. Suggestions for playlist themes are welcome! Leave a comment with ideas, thoughts, etc.