Top 10: Songs

I am introducing Top 10 to my blog. the purpose of these posts are to list my top 10 favorites regarding any subject. Today, the list is my top 10 favorite songs. This list was extremely hard to make and I will probably feel a different way about it tomorrow. I tried to choose songs that I never skip when it comes up on iTunes or Spotify.

10. Hollow by Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly is very underrated. She has a fantastic voice and should be 10x more famous than she is. Her song “Hollow”is apparently Tori’s love song to God, which I didn’t know until I looked it up. I thought it was just your typical love song. I guess I should have caught on when she sings “Only your love can fill up my cup.” I love the song even more now that I know the true meaning.

Her song “Should’ve Been Us” is also great, but not good enough to make this list.

9. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

How do you follow up a love song to God? A song by a bat biting, gothic rockstar. I first heard this song when I played it in marching band in high school, and it was the best marching band song ever. I honestly just like the instrumentals, and I have no idea what the song is talking about.  I also searched for the meaning of this song, but couldn’t find anything.


8. Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers

I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I saw them at a Jazz Festival in New Orleans and it was amazing. “Otherside” is my favorite song from the group. I know this song is about drug addiction, but I wanted to see if there were any more details about it. Apparently, the song is a tribute to former guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose.

This is not my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers video. “Give It Away” takes that crown.


7. Drops of Jupiter by Train

As you can tell by now I have a thing for Rock/Alternative music. When I listen to “Drops of Jupiter”, it reminds me of my momma driving my brothers and me to Westmoreland to visit relatives and the only station that came through clearly was WRAR in Tappahannock. WRAR was one of those stations that played hits from “the 80s, 90s, and today”. So much Matchbox Twenty, so much Train.

Anyway, my interpretation of the song is that it is about a girl who leaves her boyfriend to go find herself. However, Pat, the lead singer of Train, has stated that the song was inspired by his late mother who died of lung cancer.


6. Fantasy (Remix) by Mariah Carey featuring O.D.B

This song would not have made this list without O.D.B (Ol’ Dirty Bastard), a former member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He died of a drug overdose in 2004. You have Mariah Carey’s fantastic vocals and then O.D.B takes the song to another level. There is a version without O.D.B and it is not the same. It is like “Bad Blood” without Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick made that song.


5. Wannabe by Spice Girls

Best girl pop group of all time, and my favorite song from them is “Wannabe” The “rapping” toward the end of the song is the best part. This is also their best music video. When Mel C does that backflip on the table, I thought she was so cool.

So, what is this song about? To me, the song is about a guy who is interested in a girl, but in order for things to move any further he has to get along with her friends. However,, accounts of the “true meaning” of the song were told to British tabloids about the song having more sexual undertones. But, I don’t know how much truth is behind that.

Side note, I am definitely a Sporty Spice, but I really want to be like Ginger. She was the coolest of the group until she decided to abandon them and the group was never able to recover.


4. White Flag by Dido

I actually first heard this song when Eminem sampled it for his song “Stan”. I have only started listening to “White Flag” in the past year or so. Here is a fun fact, the lead guy in the tv show Bones is in this music video.

So, I am pretty confident this song is about Dido not wanting to give up on her relationship with her ex, but the guy is just not about it. It turns out that the song is indeed about an ex, her ex fiance.


3. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

This song really pulls at the heart strings. I am not really into country music, but sometimes I will come across a song that grabs my attention. Adele also does a good rendition of this song.

The song is pretty self explanatory. Bonnie loves someone who doesn’t love her back. Simple yet complex like vanilla ice cream. The songwriter, Mike Reid, was inspired to write this song when he read a story in the Nashville Banner about a guy that was drunk on moonshine and shot his girlfriend’s car tires. The judge said, “I hope you learned something from this experience.” And the guy said, “Yeah I learned that I can’t make her love me if she don’t.”


2. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

“Don’t Stop Me Now”, “We Are the Champions”, “Somebody to Love”, “We Will Rock You”, “Another One Bites the Dust”. Queen made hit after hit after hit. However, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has to be the greatest Queen song in my opinion. The song has so many layers. It is like listening to three songs in one. And, the build up is awesome.

I have listened to this song a million times and I can’t really figure out what the song is exactly about yet. I don’t know if the song had something to do with Freddie’s past or something he was experiencing at the time he created the song or both. Apparently, Freddie was mum about the meaning of the song.


1.Juicy by Notorious B.I.G

R.I.P to one of the greatest rappers of all time. He was only 24 years old when he was murdered. This song is the real “started from the bottom” anthem (sorry Drake).  Biggie pretty much raps his autobiography. I love rap music, but I have a hard time remembering the lyrics of songs, especially rap. However, I can remember at least half of the lyrics of this song, which is saying something. My three favorite lines of the song are:

  • It was all a dream/I used to read Word Up magazine/Salt’n’Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
  • Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis/When I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this
  • Birthdays was the worst days/Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay


Honorable Mentions (in no order): Freakum Dress (Beyonce), Love on Top (Beyonce), Touch the Sky (Kanye), Seasons of Love (cast of Rent), Burn (Usher), Come On Over Baby (Christina Aguilera), Almost is Never Enough (Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes), Changes (Tupac)


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