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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Songs that change the world

"Change the world" may be an overstatement, but it is certainly true that every once and a while a song comes out that moves you in some particular way. It could remind you of a first date, a last date, or even a mood you where in. It could inspire artistry, raise your temper, or cool you down. Whatever the effect, it usually hits the first time you hear it.

Over the course of my life, I have had this happen a few times. I would be curious if anyone else has every been hit so hard that they had the buy the song as soon as possible. For me, the top 10 (in no particular order) are probably:

  1. Avalon - Roxy Music
  2. Old and Wise - Alan Parsons Project
  3. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie
  4. Everything you Want - Vertical Horizon
  5. Clocks - Coldplay
  6. Forever Young - Alphaville
  7. Noah's Dove - 10,000 Maniacs
  8. Prophecy - Remy Zero
  9. Eye in the Sky - Alan Parsons Project
  10. White Flag - Dido

Of course there are others. And there are complete albums that just blow me away such as "Strong Persuader" by Robert Cray or even "The New Edge" by Acoustic Alchemy. It is funny that no matter how different cultures are or how people vary in their spiritual beliefs, there is always music living as a common thread.


Blogger Lapsed Cannibal said...

The songs that hit me hardest come mostly from my vanished youth. I don't know about you, but experiences in general just seemed *richer* before my mind started to calcify. There was a time when I could recite the lyrics to every Springsteen song, every They Might Be Giants or Pixes song I'd ever heard. When I'd go to sleep with the industrial harmonies of Nine Inch Nails pounding in my head (and that was a *good* thing).

Happily I still have the capacity to be blown away, just at a lower level of intensity. By System of a Down, say, or Bright Eyes or The Metallic Fields. They Might Be Giants aren't doing anything revelatory any more, and The Pixes haven't done anything *at all* for a long time, but Springsteen still comes out with the occasional gem, and Trent Reznor has apparently finished trying to kill himself and is doing good stuff again. Kanye West's Late Registration is possibly the best album, taken in its entirety, that I've heard in a long time. Or maybe that's The Postal Service's Give Up.

I don't know. Lots of good stuff.


January 16, 2006 8:31 AM  
Blogger cgncognito said...

Being the analytical soul that I am, your choice of, "songs that change the world", makes me rather curious about the last decade or so of your life. Maybe over coffee oneday?

February 26, 2006 2:11 PM  
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