So I'm going to have a list (in no particular order, with the exception of number 1):
10: Anything from John Mayer spanning from his early career (circa 2001) with Room for Squares and then following with Heavier Things. I followed his tours for years - I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen him. Let me remind you - this was all before he turned in to the ultimate douchebag he is today. Such a waste. The last time I ever saw him was in Indianapolis in 2006, I believe, with my boyfriend (now husband) and he was mediocre at best. Fav songs include 3x5, City Love, Comfortable, Neon (any live version), Something's Missing and Come Back to Bed.
9. Britney Spears. Flame away! She's my guilty pleasure. I saw her Circus tour in Chicago last year, and it was an amazing show. Notice I said "show" since it's widey known she does lip sync. But I can't help it - it started with Baby, One More Time and the love continues to this day.
8. Rolling Stones. They. Are. EPIC. I've had the fortunate circumstance to see them live in concert not once, but twice. The first time, during their 40 Licks tour, in Detroit and the second was the first major concert to be played at Churchill Downs here in Louisville. It was awesome. I was with the hubs (before he was the hubs) and it poured down rain the entire time but still rocked. Fav songs include Beast of Burden and Miss You, both of which they did NOT sing either time I saw them live.
7. Eminem. I love him. LOVE. HIM. So happy he is back. He's another I've had the opportunity to see live which is amazing because he very rarely tours. He hasn't put out a song that I just don't flat out love. Some favs include: Shake That, Without Me and The Way I Am.
6. Jack Johnson. Again, anything this man puts out is nothing short of amazing, in my book. It immediately transports me to a happy place, and a state of uber relaxation. I love Sexi Plexi, Bubble Toes, Better Together and Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.
5. Love Shack by the B-52s...because it's my mom's favorite song and ultimately reminds me of her every time I hear it. And she loves, loves, loves to dance to it. I even put a "mother/daugter" dance in to my wedding reception so all the women in my family could come out on the dance floor for this:
4. Ray Charles. He reminds me of my Dad and when I was younger. Dad drove me to grade school every morning, and we would jam out to Ray Charles. I knew the words to most of his songs by the time I was 10. My all time favorite (and the ring tone assigned to me when I call my Dad on his cell now) is What'd I Say.
3. Taylor Swift. She brings out the 16 year old girl in me. I adore her and I think she's such a positive role model (unlike my previously listed number nine) for girls in a world of trash. Fav Taylor songs include Fifteen, You Belong With Me, Hey Stephen and Love Story.
2. That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings. Somehow, someway - this became "our" song. And by our, I mean my darling husband and me. We go crazy when it comes on, and now we are known for it. Here is some photographic evidence:
(at our rehearsal dinner at Duffy's Love Shack)
(at our wedding reception at the Ali Center)
1. This is a toss up. It's tied at 311's Love Song (cover of the original song by The Cure) because that's our REAL song - the song we dance to at our reception, the song that for the 4 1/2 years we've been together we still call one another when we hear it on the radio, the song that gives me goosebumps. We even saw 311 live in concert when we were dating and they sang this song. It's lovely. The only song that could tie with this song would be Somewhere Over the Rainbow, preferably the Hawaiian version by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, as that's the version that played as I walked down the aisle. It's also the song that we had our actual first dance to as husband and wife, in St. Thomas, on our wedding night at Havana Blue as our dear friend Emily sang so beautifully for us, unexpectedly. It was, needless to say, very emotionally charged:
And here we are dancing to Love Song at our reception in Louisville:
Long post! But, as you can see, music is a pretty important part of my life. I could go on and on about it, but I won't. I promise all entries won't be as long as this one!