Iman’s Top Ten Songs

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June 30, 2020

The first time I ever fell in love is a vague memory, but I’m willing to revisit it just for you. I must have been about three or four years old, somewhere around there. I was watching TV and an Avril Lavigne music video came on. I have this clear, distinct memory of feeling so enlightened by the very sound of music. Of course, I had probably heard music before then, but this was the first time I remember feeling that genuine sense of affinity to an audible piece.

A large part of my upbringing was music. I would often wake up to the sound of my mother singing in the kitchen and our drives to school were fueled by the likes of Blondie, The Police, and The Beatles. As I aged, I began to spend an increasing amount of hours with my earphones in. I spent my pre-teen years listening to copious amounts of pop music. I had this ridiculous MP3 player overloaded with songs by Katy Perry, Jessie J, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Pink. If someone wanted to talk to me, they would have to physically remove my earphones.

When I entered my teen years, I had an epiphany of sorts. I began indulging in the esoteric, exhilarating, entrancing sounds of Grimes, Bring Me The Horizon, Fall Out Boy, and Twenty One Pilots. I would find music inciting a kind of passion within me that I never knew existed, and now that I am aware of its existence I cannot go without it.

Today I decided to share ten of my favorite songs of all time with you. Being a music enthusiast, it’s incredibly hard for me to narrow down all of my favorite songs to just ten songs, but I’m going to try my best. Please keep in mind that I’m rather fastidious with the music that I listen to. 

Follow You- Bring Me The Horizon

When Bring Me The Horizon released their album That’s The Spirit back in 2015, we saw them leap out of their comfort zone. Follow You is my favorite song off of That’s The Spirit. The first time I heard it, I remembered thinking, “This cannot possibly be a Bring Me The Horizon song.” But now it’s the first song I think of when Bring Me The Horizon is mentioned. A while after this song was released, I started listening to it on repeat. Something about it is so sentimental to me, and I feel like this song expresses sentimentality in every way. The music video for Follow You is definitely a Bring Me The Horizon music video. 

In Bloom- Neck Deep 

Do you know when having your heart shattered is a total bop? Yeah, that’s In Bloom. When Neck Deep released this song, it was received by fans with mixed feelings. I for one love this song. I think it was the beginning of a needed sound change for Neck Deep. 

Photobooth- Death Cab For Cutie 

This an oldie but a goodie. Photobooth was released in 2000, but it has a timeless sound for me. This warm, nostalgic, melancholic song has been the soundtrack to many days for me. 

Summertime- My Chemical Romance 

Summertime has the ability to remind me of every single summer of my life. I can’t explain what this phenomenon is, but this is definitely one of my favorite My Chemical Romance songs. Listening to this song adds an enormous amount of depth to an ordinary day. This song clears my skin, restores my faith in humanity, does my laundry, and responds to all my emails. I love this song, in case you couldn’t tell. 

Safer In The Forest / Love Song For Poor Michigan- La Dispute 

I’ve been obsessed with this song for a very long time. It’s one of those songs I can listen to on repeat for hours and never get bored of. I think that La Dispute’s Wildlife is one of the best albums in the history of music. It’s beautifully executed artistically from start to finish, but Safer In The Forest / Love Song For Poor Michigan is by far my favorite song off of Wildlife. It’s so raw and laden with emotion. 

Where Is My Mind? – Pixies 

So the first time I heard this song was at the end of Fight Club. Any of you who know me personally will know that Fight Club is my favorite movie of all time, so naturally, I fell in love with this song. It contains some andante parts to it, which really balances out the faster parts of the song. This song is timeless. 

Funeral Pyre- Julien Baker

I cry every time. That is all. No, wait! I cry especially if I listen to this at night. You might be thinking, “Why are you listening to morbid, sad music?” But this song is worth every tear. It’s not a song, it’s an experience. It makes you miss the art school boyfriend or girlfriend that you never had in the first place. With that being said, it’s time for your daily fun fact: when Julien originally wrote this song, she had titled it ‘Sad Song #1’. I love every single song by Julien Baker, so it’s extremely difficult for me to pick my favorite. 

4ÆM – Grimes 

4ÆM has some Grimes-Esque chaos sounds to it, which I absolutely adore. 4ÆM appears in the game Cyberpunk 2077. 4ÆM is by far one of my favorite songs by Grimes. I love so many of Grimes’s songs, so it’s incredibly difficult for me to pick just one. That being said, if you’re just getting into Grimes, I would suggest that you give this song a listen. 

Late Nights Alone- Backseat Vinyl 

I said it before and I’ll say it again, Late Nights Alone is one of my favorite songs in the history of music. A little while ago I had the privilege of talking to Nate Fuller -the lead singer of Backseat Vinyl- about this song. “Late Nights Alone was taking a turn in our music, at least for me, lyrically.” Nate had said of the song in his interview with The Aesthete,” I wanted to start getting more personal with my lyrics. So Late Nights Alone became that turning point. The song is a lot of tug and pull. Wanting to be with someone because you want what you can’t have. Then once you have it, you mess it up, because you don’t want it anymore. And then the cycle repeats.”

7- Catfish and the Bottlemen 

This is it. This is my favorite song in the world. Van McCann, the lead singer of Catfish and the Bottlemen, titled this song 7 because he wrote it when he was seven hours behind the time difference of the person who he wrote it about. 7 is a playlist essential for me and knowing me I probably listen to this song every day. 

It was really hard for me to pick ten songs considering that I have a vast knowledge of music, so these are all of the songs that come to mind when I think of the word favorite. 

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