Just like Patty Punker, this girl loves herself a list. I was working out last night, panting and breaking a sweat on my treadmill, when the idea of a favorite song list of all-time came to mind. Part of the reason I love working out – besides the potential health values it brings – is that it gives me a chance to rock out to my iPod. I put it on party shuffle and have my own personal dance party, sans hairbrush. (A hairbrush would be too tricky to have on the treadmill and I’d probably end up injuring myself.)
I should also add that my treadmill/iPod behavior is one of the reasons I don’t frequent a public gym. Unless a gym allows me to sing along and rock out while listening to my iPod, I can’t get my work out on and I definitely don’t want to disturb the other patrons.
So, here it is in no particular order, my favorite songs of all time:
1. For the Widows in Paradise for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti by Sufjan Stevens. The line: “I’d do anything for you,” repeated over and over in this song makes me curl up into a tiny ball in the corner of my room and sob quietly. It’s just so beautiful. That voice. Those lyrics. That line. SO many reasons why I love Sufjan Stevens.
2. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. I want to come out to this song at my wedding. Not because I’ll be marrying my baby daddy or because I have an illegitimate kid, but because it effing rules. That bass line? Omg.
3. Paper Planes by M.I.A. I think its part in Slumdog Millionaire sealed the deal for me and this song. It’s so unique sounding that it’s hard not to love. Better yet, it’s chorus is based on Wreckx-n-Effect’s Rump Shaker. “All I wanna do is do a zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom” or how it’s heard today, “take your money.”
4. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. This is my mom’s favorite song, and my love of music is constantly tied to her. She made me fall in love with music at a young age. She would blast Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin every Sunday morning while we did household chores. It was our Sunday church. Our religion. I love this song because I think it really captures the pain of missing someone: “We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl.”