Music triggers all – Electric currents of Nostalgic pangs flowing through the body. Invigorating minds. Sending shivers down the spine.
“That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people, and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.”
– David Groehl
I believe every piece of good music has a tale to tell. Every definite note, every subtle element, every frivolous tune and every unique beat strikes up a different memory. Taking us to a different era altogether, good or bad – Sometimes, gripping us, numbing us, paralysing us in awe of its power. But it’s a personal tale, known to no one, but us. Which is what makes it so special.
It seems so fitting to compare music to Dumbledore’s Pensieve in Harry Potter. Only, in this case, we don’t voluntarily store memories. The ‘commit to memory’ is always on. We’re always going to associate our most liked song of a certain period of time with that time. And when listened to later, this song is what is going to help us experience those past times. Subtly, but surely, helping us to delve into the labyrinth of a mind palace existing in the folds of our brains.
Music is powerful enough to become a religion. It has the power to assuage any sort of grief. Or better yet, it serves as infallible solace in those troubled times when it seems impossible that the sun is going to rise. And it just gets stronger every time we escape into its Elysium. Ultimately leading us to finding musical bliss in Blissful music, and isn’t that exactly what we aim to do?
Let me share with you some of my music. While I like to think that I have a pretty good music collection, you’re free to feel otherwise.
The effective Antidepressants and Bubbles of Happiness
Worried that your noradrenaline levels have dipped to a new low resulting in the sulkiest mood of all time? Then you must try these songs!
- Counting Stars – OneRepublic. This song simple makes you feel alive.
- I’m Yours – Jason Mraz. The simplistic theme of this song is what appeals to so many people on so many different levels.
- Belief – John Mayer.
- Cello Song – The Piano Guys. This song is an absolute masterpiece by these guys.
- Starlight – Slash.
- Ordinary Love – U2. I think this is the best song U2 has ever composed! No wonder it got nominated for the Oscars!
- Heart Skipped A Beat – The xx. Another personal favourite. The guitar in the latter part is just crazy.
- Lazarus – Porcupine Tree. This song is happiness redefined.
Add-ons: It’s Time – Imagine Dragons, Heart Of Life – John Mayer, Sweeter – Gavin DeGraw, Love – Matt White, Funny The Way It Is – Dave Matthews Band.
Dance Dance Revelation
Warning: These songs are going to pump huge dosages of Adrenaline through out your body, forcing you to drop everything you’re holding and start waltzing away like a maniac. (So please ensure your hands are free.)
- You Will Leave A Mark – A Silent Film.
- Up In The Air – 30 Seconds To Mars.
- Trespassing – Adam Lambert. That flamboyant artist has delivered.
- Annie’s Theme – Afrojack. This song is going to get you rocking in no time.
- I Need Your Love – Calvin Harrris
- Typical – MuteMath.
- Electric Daisy Violin – Lindsey Stirling. (If you like this song, make sure to check out the entire album by her.)
Add-Ons : My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy, Belly Belly Nice – Dave Matthews Band.
Before taking those crazy side-effects clad drugs to deal with your stressed out life, or giving in to alcoholism to calm the brain down, why don’t you give these a try? I’m sure they’ll work like a charm.
- In Loving Memory – Alter Bridge. This song is really special to my heart. It has never failed to get me out of anger.
- Big Jet Plane – Julia & Angus Stone.
- Mad Sounds – Arctic Monkeys. These people are uniquely brilliant. Their new album, AM, is simply genius. It’s got a subtle rustic guitar theme to it.
- Fly Me To The Moon – Atlantic Five Jazz Band. Jazz music always does wonders to appease anger.
- Fix You – Coldplay.
- Soleil – Dualist Inquiry.
- Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World.
- Black Tables – Other Lives.
- Night Beds – Ramona.
- Everything In Its Right Place – Radiohead.
Add-ons: Of – Broadway Project, Sleep – Poets Of The Fall
This one’s to satisfy that ruminating side of yours. Sometimes we just like to sit back, relax, and think about life. These songs just help to accelerate and trigger those ideas.
- I’m Not Yours – Angus & Julia Stone. Light me up a cigarette, put it in my mouth…
- One Last Breath – Creed.
- Call Your Name – Daughtry.
- My Immortal – Evanescence.
- The Way It Ends – Landon Pigg.
- I’ll Follow You – Shinedown.
- Another Love – Tom Odell. I wanna cry. I wanna learn to love, but all my tears have been used up…
Era Of The 90’s
Although I don’t have any memories of the 90’s, the unexplainable mood that these songs create appeal to my brain wonderfully.
- Streets Of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen. This song is surreal. Especially the lyrics.
- Always Somewhere – The Scorpions.
- Take On Me – a-ha.
- I Want To Break Free – Queen.
- Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
These are the sort of songs that I would love to listen to on a long night drive, driving around the countryside, cutting through the mountains, trees on both sides, with the cool rustic air mixed with an aroma of wet mud slapping across my face. Just thinking about such an exhilarating experience excites me.
(The Order works its way towards the best song.)
11. Get Lucky (Feat. Pharrell Williams) – Daft Punk. These two french artists, who rarely appear in public without their robot costumes are geniuses when it comes to the guitar.
10. Dig – Incubus.
9. Otherside – Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
8. Wait For Me – Motopony. The background beats really enhance the entire song.
7. Tamer Animals – Other Lives.
6. Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel. This is probably the best song by Simon & Garkfukel. The lyrics to this song are really something.
5. Lazarus – Porcupine Tree.
4. Angels – The xx. This band is another special one. The beats of almost every song by them are superb.
3. Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National. I love the chorus! It will require a few listens before you begin to appreciate its beauty. Just stick with it.
2. The Noose – A Perfect Circle.
1. House Of Cards – Radiohead. Sensational. Mind blowing. Fabulous. The guitar is god-like. The lyrics are beautiful. The way they approach stark reality, it’s just unbelievable. It’s a multicoloured song. Whenever I listen to it, I am completely consumed by the song alone. It fills up my mind, mollifying me, caring for me. (you will need to listen to it for more than a few times to realise its true potential.)
And Lastly, a music video. Because a music post cannot be complete without a music video. While I personally find the music in the video a tiny bit vexatious, the video is pretty damn cool, portraying, according to me, a very simple message: Spread The Happiness; Spread The Love.
*The title of the post is inspired by Big jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone. This duo is coming damn close to becoming my favourite artist. Thank you, Raashi, for suggesting it to me.*