Music waxes and wanes over time and so favorites come and go. The amount certain songs pop up on the radio changes, and so their popularity changes, too. Sometimes, song reemerge with gusto, other times they fade off into oblivion. My personal music library currently consists of over 12,000 songs (many thanks to my Apple Music subscription, which offers me the world of music at my fingertips) and yet there are always songs that if you come across them, you don’t even consider skipping.
The prompt doesn’t ask for favorites – thank goodness! – because I don’t believe I could just settle on three. But here are three songs that I love and seek out despite how many times I have heard them.
“Carry on my Wayward Son” – Kansas
I have been aware of this song for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I delved into the world of Supernatural that I began to get excited if it popped up on a playlist. For fans of the show, you know that “Carry on my Wayward Son” plays over the opening credits of the last episode in the season. There is a video montage featuring all the important things leading up to the story’s ending, and it gets you pumped for the episode. My husband and I are (slowly) catching up on the show and even now, eleven season in, if I hear this song coming from the living room I race out.
The video above is the finale of the first season of Supernatural, so if you’re thinking about watching the show and haven’t… maybe don’t watch the video.
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
This song wakes something deep inside me. It’s dark, it’s loud, it’s big. It makes me want to tear open my soul and scream something to the world. In that way, maybe a bit untraditionally for music, it moves me. Every time I hear it, it is compulsory that I scream it at the top of my lungs.
“Hallelujah” – Rufus Wainwright
This is my sad song. It’s the only song I can play on the piano. I sing it when I feel like my heart is breaking, but I still have enough hope in me to sing, instead of being swallowed by my bed. In the way that “Radioactive” makes me want to tear my soul open, “Hallelujah” makes me want to simmer into the night like a mist and disappear in sadness. I know that’s a little pathetic and dramatic sounding, but a good song should move people in some way.
Music, I believe, should always move us like these songs, and the ones that become our favorites – no matter how overplayed they are – have strong emotional connections to them. Sometimes, they are connected to a memory. Other times, they pull our heartstrings in such a way that we simply cannot resist their pull.
Any good musician should strive to move their listeners.
“Name three overplayed songs you love anyway.” – Plinky Prompt, Nov. 24, 2008