Besides classifying my taste in music as eclectic and evolving, this list of favorite songs does not stay consistent so I chose these ten based on various criteria. They are not organized in a hierarchal order.
1. GENER8ION + M.I.A. – “The New International Sound Pt. II” (Official music video)
M.I.A’s music, particularly collaborations always produce haunting songs accompanied by impactful lyrics. The music video for the song is an excerpt from a documentary on Shaolin Tagou, a kungfu 功夫 school in central China attended by 36,000 students, all featured in “Dragon Girls.”
2. Death Cab for Cutie – “Ingenue”
An indie band I have adored for more than a decade. Their album Summer Plans debuted the summer prior to my senior year of high school. I drove my sisters mad by playing that album on repeat for months, no exaggeration. I am incapable of ever tiring of Death Cab. “Ingenue” made this list for its lyrics, and to give you a taste of their latest album Kintsugi.
3. Leehom Wang – “Can You Feel My World”
I shared a plethora of 王力宏’s Chinese songs, mentioning he also sings in English as well as code switching. “Can you Feel My World” delves into some dark stuff, and even if you can not comprehend the lyrics from a language standpoint, you can “feel” something.
4. Coldplay – “Fix You”
I have listened to Coldplay, like Death Cab, for years, and I do not care for people who claim not to like them because they are “too mainstream.” “Fix You” is here as I am unable to listen to this song without shedding a few tears. Yes, that’s right, I am capable of emotions, contrary to popular belief (just kidding) 😄
5. Phoebe Ryan – “Dead”
A very recent artist and song obsession I discovered thanks in part to my best friend and Spotify. I noticed a different Phoebe Ryan song she listened to recently in the Macbook app’s sidebar, adding Ryan’s music to my songs. “Dead” tops my charts for its lyrics I can relate to, a little too much actually.
6. Dashboard Confessional – “Stolen”
The modern emo band to end all emo bands. Another one that makes Marissa’s list because of how long our history dates back. ZJ and I, if I had actually started checking concert venues sooner, could have seen Dashboard and Third Eye Blind at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. 😔
7. Third Eye Blind – “Everything is Easy”
90’s rock music at its best…I did not become a devoted consumer of TEB until college, thanks to a college friend of mine and her impeccable mix CD creations. This song really features Stephan Jenkins’ enchanting vocals. And even if you did not want my two cents, Ursa Major remains my favorite album.
8. The Weepies – “Gotta Have You”
Just too cute, lyrics-wise, to not make this list.
9. Passion Pit – “Little Secrets”
Whenever I hear a Passion Pit song, flashbacks to college begin. “Little Secrets” is catchy, and that is really all there is to it.
10. 汪峰 － 一起摇摆 “Swing Together”
New Media students I taught three years ago challenged me to disclose Chinese music I like, and I immediately said 汪峰. Boy, did they make me regret that! They informed me that I had stale tastes in Chinese music. ZJ has since exposed me to a wide variety including Chinese indie, electro pop, and alternative.
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I am always on the lookout for new music so why not share your favorite songs?