Are you kidding? ONE favorite song? That's like asking someone to eat 'just one' lays potato chip. So what I'm going to do is list (in no particular order) 10 of my favorite songs and then curse myself later when I think of others I'd rather have shared.
For me music is almost like a religious experience. While some songs attract me because of their beat or the "eff you" attitude I can relate to only in song, others draw me in solely for the lyrics or the emotion in the voice of the artist.
1. Bless The Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
This was an easy pick for me. It's the first dance song from my wedding. The words almost bring a tear to my eye every time I hear it b/c they are so perfect (except maybe the 'God' part, but that's another discussion for another day. If it wasn't God who blessed the broken road, it sure was someone/something!)
2. I Chose You - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Believe it or not, this song is nowhere to be found on YouTube. I thought you could find ANYTHING on YouTube. Hmph. Regardless, this song is one of my all-time favorites and was the beginning of my love affair with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
It comes from the album "Original Soul" and was solo release from Potter back in 2004. For that reason, I don't believe they play anything from this album at their live shows and that depresses me to no end (especially since I'm going to see GPN on March 25th, 26th and in July out at Red Rocks in Colorado and want nothing more than to hear this song live!!!).
This is was another one of our wedding songs. It was the last dance and pulled the perfect night together and wrapped it in a big shiny, soulful bow.
To hear the song go here: http://www.gracepotter.com/music/original-soul/ and click on the 4th song 'I Chose You'
3. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Raw. Beautiful. Amazing. Enough said.
4. It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
It was getting a little too serious over here, so I had to lighten it up a bit. In 8th grade I filled an entire blank tape with this song and listened to it non-stop on my super-cool yellow walkman in the back of the school bus. Truth. Did I know what sess was? Did I care? Hells no!
5. Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Another 8th grade beauty. How one girl could have equally loved Rob Base and Def Leppard during the same time period is beyond me, but nobody ever said I made much sense. This song will NEVER get old!
6. Santa Monica - Everclear
I've mentioned before that I love me some awesomely bad music. Enter exhibit one. I can't even tell you how many times I banged on my brother's bedroom door while he was jamming on his guitar and BEGGED him to play this for me so I could sing along.
7. D'yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin
While I could add almost every Zeppelin song from '69-'73 to my "favorites" list. I have to go with what I believe to be the song I listened to the most. I looooveeee you - ooooh baby I love you!
8. I am a Rock - Simon & Garfunkel
Ditto what I said about Zeppelin in the fact that just about every song from S&G could be added to my favorites list. As a matter of fact, in 10th grade social studies we were given an assignment to present as 'a famous person who shaped history' and tell why. My friend and I begged to be this duo (I mean she had really curly hair, she was an obvious Garfunkel!) and our teacher told us it was a risk. He didn't see how we could prove they shaped history -- he wanted us to think more along the lines of Jesse Owens. Let's just say we ended up with an "A" on our project. I wish I could find it and post it online.
I related to this song more than just about any other growing up. I guess you could say "I was shielded in my armor" and had quite a few walls built up, or an ocean of water surrounding me.
9. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
I feel like this is one of those songs where words are just not necessary. And yes, I like this better than the Leonard Cohen version. Sorry.
10. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town - Pearl Jam
I think I could do a post of just favorite 90s grunge bands - Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, STP, Bush, Alice in Chains....oh man. Maybe not the angry angst-ridden song you'd expect but a masterpiece in my mind.
Wait, that's it? No Red Hot Chili Peppers? No Eminem? No Ray Lamontagne? The Eagles? The Dead? Jefferson Airplane? CCR? OMG THE KINKS how are they not here? What about my ladies of (classic) Rock? I knew this would be hard, but not this hard.....