10 Songs for a Soundtrack

I’m finding a lot of good prompts on Tumblr lately. This one is pretty easy because 99% of the time, I have a song stuck in my head (right now, it’s that annoying new Taylor Swift song).

Which 10 songs would be on the soundtrack of your life?

1. All the Things She Said – t.A.T.u

2. Still Alive – the Portal theme song

3. Rabbit Heart – Florence + the Machine

4. My Hero – Foo Fighters

5. Here is No Why – Smashing Pumpkins

6. Crucifere – Eths

7. What Now – Rihanna

8. Breathless – Spyro Gyra

9. Brave – Nichole Nordeman

10. First World Anarchist – The Dollyrots

A lot of these are about confusion, which is probably about 75% of my life, and others are about turning points, which are not a large part of life but are still significant enough to be represented on a soundtrack. There are definitely way more songs that I haven’t included here, but these are the first 10 that jumped into my head.

Top 5 Favorite Albums

Music time! These are my five favorite albums that I physically own (not downloaded). Feel free to share yours in the comments!

1. Evanescence – Fallen (2003)
Genre: Hard Rock
This was the first CD I ever got and it’s still my favorite to this day, even though I’ve come to see some of the lyrics as a little too dramatic for real life. Fallen has never ceased to inspire me when I’m writing, though. Listening to those overdramatic, soaring vocals can be just the trick.

2. The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
Genre: Rock/Grunge
This album has been listed as a 90s classic many times. The lyrics may be some of the most depressing, angst-ridden stuff you’ve ever heard, but, strangely enough, the sound is as calming as it is angry.

3. Flyleaf – Memento Mori (2009)
Genre: Hard Rock
I already wrote a review of this album in an earlier post, but it was worth mentioning again. The album is Christian-oriented, but even if you aren’t Christian, you’ll feel the intense emotion infused in every song.

4. Spyro Gyra – Three Wishes (1992)
Genre: Jazz fusion
Totally instrumental, this album will still make you want to get up and move. It is definitely not the kind of jazz that constitutes elevator music or background sounds while you’re on hold.

5. Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room (2001)
Genre: Pop/Rock
There is something about the sweet hopefulness of the lyrics that keeps drawing me to this album. Artistically speaking, it may not be the most unique album in the world, but its positivity is very worthwhile if you’re feeling down.