Anyone ever ask you, “Hey dude, what’s your favourite song?”. As a music lover, I never knew how to answer this question. The truth is, I don’t think there is a correct answer. To me, this question is much like asking a drummer their favourite drum; a mathematician their favourite number; or a sommelier their favourite wine. Yes, they could answer if pressed, by why would they? Music can be enjoyed with a particular activity, or dissected in silence. It has the ability to make me feel like I’m walking home from bus stop on a rainy day, or simply laying and relaxing on a sunny beach. The following are some of the songs that I could never get tired of listening to. My top 5 in no particular order:
My Heart – Paramore
This song kills it for me on so many levels. First off, Hayley William’s voice is angelic. The highs, lows and lyrics make for an emotional roller-coaster of a song. Towards the end of the track, former paramore basist Jeremy Davis adds a screamo backing vocal (which if done wrong, can completely ruin a song for me) and executes it flawlessly with so much raw emotion. The drummer, Josh Farro, adds his signature drum fills and great base drum groove toward the end of the track. There are few bands (maybe Rush and Zeppelin being exceptions) in which all members display this level of mastery of their instruments. I’ll pop this song on in the car, working out, or even just to relax. There is no bad time for My Heart.
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Dave Letterman knows what’s up. We both share Everlong as one of our favourite songs of all-time. Dave Grohl, the lead singer of the foo fighters, admitted he had no idea the excitement Everlong would generate until the album was actually released. This song is the most mainstream in the foo fighters discography for a reason! It opens with a soothing guitar melody and infectious high-hat groove on the drums. The lyrics to Everlong can unexplainably relate on a personal level to every foo fighter fan I talk to. Drug addiction, love, recovery – whatever the message of the song is, the way it connects with people is pretty astounding. The Foo fighters managed to create a highly complex song, while maintaining instument cohesiveness. Never have I listened to music that can calm me, fire me up or spark emotion the way Everlong does.
Hotel California – Eagles
Hotel California by Eagles holds quite a bit of nostalgia for me. Reminds me of Sunny days, palm trees and friends sitting by a campfire. This song has one of those opening guitar riffs that can give you the shivers. Hotel California was quite unorthodox for the time which it was released due to its controversial lyrics (some say contains repetitive mention of the devil) and a six minute radio run-time. As far as guitar is concerned, this song is killer. It has a addicting, easy-going vibe and an electric guitar solo by Joe Walsh that will knock the shoes off your socks and the socks off your feet. As far as music goes, Hotel California is a hit that can bring young music fans and the not-so-young together in the spirit of rock and roll.
Hello, I’m in Delaware – City and Colour
“This is a mellow one” might be an understatement. I wont do justice describing this song so please go download it. Dallas Green is one of Canada’s most underrated song writers in my opinion. Listen to this song with a good pair of earphones and hear each individual string being struck by Dallas’s pick. The longing in his voice sells an emotional and sorrowful story, one which I really cant relate to, but feel for all the same. The five words “a long time from now” are spread across two full bars and emphasize the helplessness of his “I will see you again”. Musically, the acoustic guitar in this song is impressive to say the least. Hello, I’m in Delaware is a treat that is meant to be savored.
Try Honesty – Billy Talent
Try honesty represents the punk rock scene that many of us 90’s kids remember so fondly. Seeing these guys absolutely explode on live, (M)TV so many years ago instantly hooked me. They were one of the first bands I would follow religiously, as well as see live in concert. The melody of the opening guitar riff is a perfect build to the two accented snare notes 11 seconds in to the track. From here, Ben, the lead singer (not to be confused with Mr. Talent who frankly does not exist), takes us through the traditional punk structure consisting of hand banging choruses and rage inducing verses. Try honesty’s mellow sections are rare, but will have any Canadian kid in the 90’s singing along.