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3. “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

May 29, 2019

“Viva La Vida” was released in 2008 on the album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.” The title means “Live the Life” in Spanish and was taken from a painting by the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. I chose this song because of a personal reason I’m not going to share on her...

4. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day

May 29, 2019

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” was released in 2004 on the album “American Idiot.” The entire album is the story of “Jesus of Suburbia” and this song in particular is about Jesus struggling with depression. It was one of their most popular songs. I chose this song because I can remember lis...

5. “Feel Good Inc.” by the Gorillaz

May 29, 2019

“Feel Good Inc.” was released in 2005 on the album “Demon Days.” It’s kind of saying “reality sucks, live with it.” You don’t always have to feel good, that’s not healthy. I chose this song because it’s, obviously, a good song, and I enjoy listening to it. It’s also one of the only ...

6. “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon

May 29, 2019

“Use Somebody” was released in 2008 on the album “Only By the Night.” It was written by Matthew Followill, Jared Followill, Nathan Followill, and Caleb Followill. Caleb Followill wrote the lyrics one day after a surgery when he was on medication and feeling a little blue. I chose this song bec...

7. “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne

May 29, 2019

“Complicated” was released in 2002 on the album “Let Go.” It was written by Graham Edwards, Lauren Christy, Scott Spock, and Avril Lavigne. This song is about pretending to be something you aren’t and was her first single. I chose this song because it reminds me of childhood and it’s ...

8. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash

May 29, 2019

“Hurt” was released in 2003 as a single. A few months after the music video for this song was released, Cash’s wife passed away, and after that, the house the couple had lived in for over 30 years burned down. I chose this song because every time I listen to it, I get goosebumps. I can feel t...

9. “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse

May 29, 2019

“Back to Black” was released in 2007 on the album of the same name. This was Amy Winehouse’s final studio album before she kicked the bucket. It was written about the ending of her on again, off again relationship. I chose this song because I think it’s a really good song, even if other peo...

10. “Clocks” by Coldplay

May 29, 2019

“Clocks” was released in 2002 on the album “A Rush of Blood to the Head.” It was written by Chris Martin, Will Champion, Jonny Buckland, and Guy Berryman. This song uses the paradox of always wanting to be punctual while also feeling a need to carpe diem. It won Record of the Year in 2004. ...

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