Music has always been something that means a lot to me. I have been a dancer since i was 5 years old. With this, I have always been moved by music that I could dance to. As a kid, you don’t always understand the message a song is trying to portray. However, when we grow older we look more for songs that we can connect with on a deeper scale. Songs that we can tie into our experiences and journeys in life no matter how sad they may be. Which now more than ever, I find myself listening to those songs that hold a deeper meaning. These are my current top 10 songs for hitting me in the feels.
Number 10: Michael Jackson- Man In the Mirror
To be 100% honest, it was really hard to pick one Michael Jackson song for this list. His music speaks volumes to me, and the passion and feelings behind the music have always caught my attention. However, I chose Man In the Mirror because this song is one that just simply brings me into my own head. It gives me a way to self reflect on myself as a person, and I find myself doing just that every single time I listen to this song. I find myself crying, yet it helps me see the reflection of myself and what I need to work on to become a better person overall.
“I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love. It’s time I realize.”
This is my favorite line because it makes me realize just that. I am a victim of a selfish love. I am always just so worried about what I don’t have that I don’t stop to think about what I do have. It is then that I realize that I can do better and be better.
Besides that, the video is just as powerful as the message. I know there was so much controversy surrounding Michael Jackson during his life, but just because he was a human and made mistakes doesn’t mean that he didn’t write amazing powerful music. Music that can speak to the soul. I can’t discredit him for that. His music helped me get through some trying times in my life and for that reason…Man In the Mirror makes this list.
Number 9: Cyndi Lauper- Time After Time
Time After Time is a fantastic song no matter how you see it. It is a timeless song about the struggles of an unrequited love. I don’t know why exactly this is in my top 10, but I find myself crying every time I hear it. Maybe it is the melody, or maybe it is something seeded deeper in my soul. No matter how hard I try though, I can not escape this song. I never change it. I never pass it. It just holds a special place in my heart. I love Cyndi Lauper anyway, so there are no complaints here.
“If your lost, you can look, and you will find me. If you fall, I will catch you. I will be waiting. Time after time.”
Such simple words, yet so powerful. I know this feeling. I have been here. I wish I was still in that place at least then, I would still have the option to catch them before they fell. However, that’s not how our lives turned out.
Number 8: New Empire- One Heart/ Million Voices
One Heart/A Million Voices is a song that a friend of mine told me I needed to listen to. She told me that she listened to this song and she was in tears. Of course, coming from this friend, I had to check it out. It changed my life. This song is so powerful. The video is just as powerful. The video shares the story of people who have went through very difficult and stressful times, and how they have overcome the obstacles.
The song itself, I take away the message of losing a loved one and overcoming the hardships of that loss. One Heart/ A Million Voices is about living on and being strong for those who we have lost along the way. No matter how difficult because one day we will see them again.
“It may be over for us, but seasons change, oh they change for a reason. Like the autumn leaves that fall down. I wrote your name across them all. So that you know that I am here with you, and you know that Spring is coming soon my friend. “
Again, this song makes me cry every time I hear it. The vocals really sell the message, and it is so damn powerful. This song gets me by some days. It gives me the strength to keep moving forward, no matter how hard it is to breathe. I probably wouldn’t have made it this far without it.
Number 7: Fun- Carry On
Carry On is another one of those songs that have truly helped me keep it together, even on my hardest days. It reminds me to pick myself back up and try again. Not everyone gets the chance to wake up in the morning and try again to make the life they wanted to make.
“If you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone. Carry On. May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.”
You must carry on and make decisions to become a better person. To be happy with the person you are. If you continue to live in the past, you can not make a better life. You will make the same mistakes over and over again. Use that past as stepping stones to remind yourself where you want to be.
Number 6: Spose- Knocking On Wood
Knocking On Wood is another one that just helps me wake up in the morning and realize that my life really isn’t all that bad. It is a great way to look at my mediocre life. Because by looking at this perspective, I have it made. Check. Check. And check.
“Look, I don’t got a mansion. I’ve never been to the Hampton’s. It’s more likely you’d find me if you came up here and went camping. I got bills stacked up like jenga. Respected less than most singers. But you don’t see me sulk about it or wallow in self doubt and let that linger. Look, I still haven’t been killed. “
Seriously, if you haven’t listened to Knocking On Wood. Do it. It gave me a whole new lease on life. It really reminds me to quick focusing on all the negatives in my life and be thankful for all the things that I do have.
Number 5: Less Than Jake- The Rest of My Life
The Rest of My Life is another fantastic song with a fantastic meaning. Throw in the video and quite honestly, it was perfectly portrayed. If you are interested in checking out this song, watch the video as well. It is such an eye opener. Be kinder. Be better.
“This is my all time low. Somehow it feels so familar. Somehow it seems so familar. I feel like letting go. Every second that goes by, I’m screaming out for a second try….It’s gonna kill me the rest of my life. Let me apologize while I’m still alive. I know it time to face. All of my past mistakes. I’ve got to live with them for the rest of my life.”
Pulling yourself out of a hole is near impossible alone. You need that support to help you see just how worth it you are. I know I’ve been there. In fact, I shared this song with someone, and I think that it is why I am so attached to this song. I had a fight with that person. Said some nasty things. Sent this song, and tried to make it right. There is nothing like being on that ledge. Please reach out. To anyone.
Number 4: Airborne Toxic Event- Graveyard Near the House
Graveyard Near the House is absolutely beautiful. It gives you a look into the staples of life, love, and death. The song incorporates the entire journey and the fears of losing the person that means the most to you.
“I can list each crippling fear like I’m reading from a will. But I’ll defy every one and love you still. I will carry you with me up every hill, and if you die before I die. I’ll carve your name out of the sky. I’ll fall asleep with your memory and dream of where you lie. It may be better to move on and just let life just carry on and I may be wrong. But still I’ll try because it’s better to love whether you win or lose or die.”
I actually have that line tattooed on my body. My one and only tattoo. “It’s better to love whether you win or lose or die.” One of the most powerful lyrics I have ever heard. Who would have thought it would end up meaning so much more to me. I always associated that with my friend that passed away. I got my tattoo when we were together, and it was our song. Now, it holds so much more.
Number 3: All Time Low- Remembering Sunday
By now, I am sure you know why this song is so significant…for the most part. Remembering Sunday is the story of a couple who shared their love. When the boy was about to propose to her, she disappeared. Never to return. Later in the song it is said that she possibly committed suicide. This song speaks volumes to me as I essentially have lived this song. Only role reversal. Maybe not in his eyes. Maybe this song was exactly that. Who knows? We both ran from each other in the end. But he’s the one that left.
“Funny how it rained all day, I didn’t think much of it then. But it’s starting to all make sense, oh, I can see now that all of these clouds. Are following me in my desperate endeavor, to find my whoever, wherever she may be. I’m not coming back (forgive me), I’ve done something so terrible. I’m terrified to speak (I’m not calling, I’m not calling) but you’d expect that from me. I’m mixed up, I’ll be blunt, now the rain is just (You’re driving me crazy, I’m. washing you out of my hair and out of my mind. Keeping an eye on the world, from so many thousands of feet off the ground, I’m over you now. I’m at home in the clouds, and towering over your head.”
What makes this even more important to me, we used to sing this song together all the time. It was the first song we ever sang together in my car when we were just wasting our time being teenagers. Little did I know then, that this song was the story of our lives.
Number 2: Pink-Who Knew
Are you sick of them yet? Songs about suicide? Well this truly my darkest demon. I could have done more. Songs are just my words left unsaid. Who Knew was a song I loved before everything happened. It just went up in my most meaningful songs.
“I wish I could touch you again. I wish I could still call you a friend. I’d give anything. When someone said count you blessings now before they’re long gone. I guess I just didn’t know how. I was all wrong. They knew better, still you said forever, and ever. Who knew.”
I mean do I really need to go into this anymore? He promised he’d be here and now he isn’t. I feel this song everyday. The feelings are so true. I never understood this song, until it happened to me. Then…well it’s hard to live with it. Seriously, reach out. This feeling? No one deserves to live with. You are loved. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to keep stumbling in the darkness until you find it. It’s only temporary.
Number 1: Mc Lars- Twenty-Three
Twenty-three is a fantastic song. It is so real. Mc Lars put his real life pains into a song, and I am forever grateful for that. It gave me comfort to know that I am not the only one dealing with things like this. I mean it is sad that anyone has to feel this way, but no matter how sad the song, I find strength knowing I am not alone.
“Maybe suicides an answer but it wasn’t the solution. I wish that you hadn’t done it. Could have won it and moved on from it. We could have grown old together, but instead you’ll always be 23.”
Maybe suicide’s an answer but it wasn’t the solution. Now repeat that. It is such a great line. I repeat it all the time. All the pain, all the baggage. I will continue to carry it, because if I don’t someone else will have to. I don’t wish these feelings on anyone.
Sorry, everything was super depressing. I didn’t even realize how many were super sad, until I finished the list. Thanks for taking time to check out this post. Also, let me know what you think about these songs. Are you familiar with any of them? Do you have any stories with them? Or am I the only one? I hope to hear from you guys, and I hope to see you all in the next one.