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The music that soothes my soul

A certain whore and I were talking about music. She was explaining how lyrics and songs resonate and speak for her, and how it’s awesome and how she doesn’t think I understand it, because every song I mentioned that resonated with me was stupid. I have decided to bring it to the internet to see what the people in my computer think.

These are a few songs that really reach deep within me and strike a chord. These are some of the songs that touch me:

1. Nine Inch Nails: “Something I Can Never Have”

2. Billy Joel: “Good Night Saigon”

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Under the Bridge”

4. U2: “One”

5. Chris Isaak: “Wicked Game”

6. Ani DiFranco: “As Is”

7. Lisa Loeb: “Stay”

8. Cyndi Lauper: “True Colors”

9. Greatest American Hero theme song

10. Denis Leary: “Asshole”

11. Bon Jovi: “I’ll Be There For you”

12. Timmy T: “One More Try”

13. Sinead O’Connor: “Nothing Compares 2 U”

14. Righteous Brothers: “Unchained Melody”

15. Bangles: “Eternal Flame”

16. Bonnie Tyler: “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

According to Britt, these songs are shallow and show that I have no depth and no soul. What do you think? Do any of these songs speak to you? What other songs do? What other songs resonate with you? Touch your soul?

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144 Replies to “The music that soothes my soul”

  1. adena

    I LOVE “Something I Can Never Have.”

    It’s always struck something in me, but maybe more-so right now than ever before.

    ANNND….now I’m even more maudlin than before.

    Thanks. 🙂

  2. Turnbaby

    Well we’d have to begin with the premise that you have a soul to be soothed;-)

    There are some songs of considerable depth in this list.

    But a list this long for you that does not include Avril???? I go back to my first statement

  3. Dan

    I saw U2 live once. I’m not the biggest fan and was going mainly to keep my wife company, so it really surprised me when i found tears in my eyes halfway through their rendition of One. That’s a powerful song.

  4. Amy B.

    I have a feeling we’re about the same age, as some of those songs coincide with major hormone-addled times in my life, which mans they tend to have “meaning” and stick around in my psyche way past their expiration date.

    But I listen to Nothing Compares 2 U over and over on a regular basis, and sing it at the top of my lungs. It would totally be my American Idol audition song, were I not too old and too un-bored to audition for American Idol.

    But that Timmy T. song is pure-d shit. Sorry.

  5. Blondefabulous

    I L-O-V-E the “Greatest American Hero” song “Believe It Or Not”. Back in the day, I used to scour the radio stations for it. My parents were too cheap to get a tape player so that was the only way I was gonna hear it. In the break part, where he sings, “Look at meeeeeeeee, Falling for youuuuuuuuu.”….. I still hear that in my head sometimes when I look at HHH!

  6. CP

    If you are not moved by the song “One”, then you are truly a being without a soul. Bono is God in leather, alright? And, what is with you men and that stupid song “Unchained Melody”? Did you ever really LISTEN to the lyrics? It’s about some loser ass who got locked up in jail and is hoping that some stupid bitch is still pining over him back home. At least, that’s my cynical version.

    (Or maybe it’s the fact that it was my wedding song with one of my husbands. Pick one. I’ve had three.)

  7. kapgar

    Ahhhh… Wicked Game… featuring my only true man crush, Chris Isaak, and my one-time future wife, Helena Christensen. Yes, that one does a lot for me. And the song stirs me to my core.

  8. Karen Sugarpants

    I love Asshole!

    That reminds me of this chick that came into my husband’s store (years ago when he ran the Sony Store here) and looking through the movie catalog with her father, yelled out “I LOVE SNATCH!”

    Heh.

    Many of the songs you listed have good memories attached to them, so I’m with you on some. But if I never ever TEOTH again, I’ll be happy. I don’t know why but I hate that song. 🙂

  9. Peau

    some are not my style (the more pop-y stuff) but i love, absolutely LOVE that nine inch nails song. having said that, music is art and art touches different people differently. just because someone else doesn’t get it doesn’t make it any less significant. you could just as easily say what Britt said to you, to her, you know?

    but Bonnie Tyler…for real?

  10. Grant

    If not for the Denis Leary song, I would say your a morron, you losser. Okay, Wicked Game also rules. It always makes me think of the scene in Wild at Heart when Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern are driving at night down a lonely highway and they come across the scene of an accident.

  11. Robin

    I’m not going to go down the list, as I like a lot of those songs in different ways but in particular NIN. NIN reaches me in a way a lot of other music can’t, it’s dark, it’s deep and it’s so very real.

  12. Cissa Fireheart

    I actually agree with some of your choices. Eternal Flame, True Colors, One…hell even Asshole! Some, not so much, but if they speak to you? Who am I to judge the connection you have to some of the lyrics of a song? We each have so many life experiences that if a couple of lines from one song mean that much, it shouldn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

  13. Finn

    “One More Try” resonated with me because it came out after a guy I had been seeing cheated on me.

    Love “Goodnight Saigon” and anything by U2 is usually good to at least make you think.

  14. Mighty Hunter

    I applaud your taste in music, sir. I consider “As Is,” “Nothing Compares 2 U” (especially when Prince performs it), and “Goodnight, Saigon” to be among my favorite songs as well. If you pull meaning out of these songs, who cares what anyone else says. Right? Right.

  15. cat

    I’ve always thought Goodnight Saigon was a very sad, poignant piece. But I’m almost ashamed to say that because one of my best friends is always railing about what a hack Billy Joel is… but that song has always touched me.

  16. Jill

    I totally didn’t mean to publish my comment yet. Do over please! Most of those songs I like but are just kind of meh. Except for the ones in my prematurely ecommentulation up there. Especially Lisa Loeb and Cyndi Lauper. Now I have to go find those songs and add them to my iTunes. You owe me $4.95.

  17. Hilly

    Oh my DOG, I cannot believe you have “One More Try” on here! I haven’t heard this song forever and yes, yes I am jamming to it as I type this.

    Anydoodle, you have some seriously old school stuff on here and while there are a few I don’t like at all, most of them have a deeper meaning for me because they trigger a memory. Maybe that’s your thing? Songs that trigger memories?

    Like Britt, I tend to listen to artists (like Tori Amos) that actually make you stretch your mind and soul so I get what she is saying however, nothing can stop me dead in my tracks quite like SWV’s “Weak” or Stevie B’s “Spring Love”.

  18. Christina

    Wow, I have not thought of Goodnight Siagon in ages. It was one of our college drinking in the dorms song. It still reminds me of my friends and the craziness of those 4 years especially since the line “we’ll all go down together” hits home when our friend died a few years later.

    One by U2 gets me to my core!

  19. Coal Miner's Granddaughter

    When I listen to music, I listen to clear my mind, to not think about anything except a drum line or a trumpet solo. The songs that “speak” to me are the songs that have an incredible piano solo. It has to be the instruments themselves. Like “Mandolin Rain” – I could listen to Bruce Hornsby play the piano all day. Or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with violin solos out the wazoo. That’s the music that speaks to me and takes me away.

    And no, your selections aren’t shallow. They are so very you. 🙂

  20. muskrat

    Absolutely. Several of these songs have erupted from my lungs at Mary’s, the gay bar down the street, on karaoke night. In fact, “I’ll Be There for You” did just that only last weekend (right before I left to throw up).

  21. martymankins

    I admit that a few of those songs hit me just the right way – the Righteous Brothers track from “Ghost” “Under The Bridge” by RHCP is another.

    I could see how Britt would say that since she only listens to Prince. 😉

  22. B.E. Earl

    I’ll be honest, none of those songs speaks to me. I wouldn’t call any of them shallow, but they just aren’t my particular brand of tequila, if ya know what I mean.

    Songs that speak to me? Hmmm. Let’s see…

    “I Have Found Me a Home” by Jimmy Buffett
    “Everlong” by Foo Fighters
    “Duality” by Slipknot
    “Turn It On” by Sleater-Kinney
    “Tangled Up in Blue” by Bob Dylan
    “I Believe” by Stevie Wonder
    “Badfish” by Sublime
    “After the Gold Rush” by Neil Young

    stuff like that

  23. Mari

    Okay. I’m on board with NIN, Chris Izaak, Lisa Loeb & Sinead. The only Cyndi song I ever really felt was I Drove All Night – I could just listen to that over and over (and have).
    Since I’m a little *eclectic* I’ll listen to just about everything – except country! I really love Devil Inside from Utada, Chorus from Erasure, some VNV Nation and (wait for it….) Shakira!
    But I suck like that.
    😛

  24. Poppy

    Under the Bridge is one of the deepest songs I know. It melancholies me to my core. I adore that song. It is about feeling the most painful sorrow that exists, and knowing you never want to feel that way again. How much less shallow can you get?

  25. Nat

    I have memories of getting groped during Total Eclipse of the Heart — does that count? Bon Jovi is definitely pushing the fringe on shallow. (If only for the hair during that era.)

    Definitely, some good solid songs on there. Under the Bridge is one of my faves. And well, no one can argue against NIN.

  26. Stone Fox

    oh hey, 2001 called: “wants to know if you need help getting unstuck from the 80’s & 90’s, and if you are still sporting Chip N Pepa Jeans and Members Only jacket.” if it were not for: true colors, GAH theme song, and asshole, you would be in danger of losing street cred. though i suppose street cred is not as important as having a “good song” to listen to as you comb out your mullet.

    just sayin’.

  27. Stephanie

    I love “Wicked Game”, “True Colors”, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, and “I’ll Be There For You”.

    Speaking to me currently are,”Outside” by Fred Durst and Aaron Lewis. “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y7p06f0EWo

    and “House of The Rising Sun” by The Animals
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzcfTDD-tOo

    and “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-0deHi0Hqk

    and “Hurt” by Johnny Cash (Trent Reznor song)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o22eIJDtKho

    and as corny as it sounds, “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdYQX8J-FFo

    I know. I can’t help it. It’s how I roll.

    .

  28. Julie

    “Forgiven Not Forgotten” by the Corrs. Three of the hottest chicks (sisters actually) you’ll ever hear sing. They’re pretty much over now, but their first few albums were gorgeous. I think the lead singer (Andrea) even had what looked like a “fling” w/ Bono at one point (they sang a duet “When the Stars Go Blue”, and looked like they were having an affair right there in front of the camera).

    It’s on youtube.

  29. Elizabeth Kaylene

    Some of those songs — like “Unchained Melody” (Ghost was my favorite movie when I was a kid, that and Homeward Bound), “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and “Something I Can Never Have” (especially that last one) — have always resonated with me.

    Britt, just ’cause he’s sensitive doesn’t make him shallow! (;

  30. Faiqa

    Really? I think those songs are great, they’re some of my favorites. The songs that make me really teary, though, are in Hindi or Urdu. You know, because I’m *international* like that.

  31. Jess

    ANYTHING off of NIN Pretty Hate Machine gets me. Brings me back to high school. I pretty much hated everything about high school though. So. There’s that. No wonder I loved Trent Reznor.

  32. melissa

    there are just some tunes that make me melt into a pool of emotions (and put it on repeat):
    All My Life, by K-Ci and JoJo
    Remember, by Phil Collins
    Don’t Worry Baby, by The Beach Boys
    Forever Young, by Rod Stewart
    Behind These Hazel Eyes, by Kelly Clarkson
    Freshman, by The Verve Pipe
    I Hate Everything, by Three Days Grace
    So Far Away, by Staind
    Karma Police, by Radiohead
    Take Her to The Music Store, by From Autumn to Ashes
    My Best Friend, by Depeche Mode

    i know this was a huge mix of music i just through at you, but they all have a special memory tied to them.

      • melissa

        @Avitable, ugh…please forgive me for my grammar and spelling errors. apparently i wasn’t typing as fast as i was thinking. gah! i’m so ashamed.
        “through” was intended to be “threw.”
        and no biggie to know my music. just wanted to share some of my faves.
        i did forget quite a few, but i’ll just add a couple more:
        “What Do I Have To Do?” by Stabbing Westward and “Autumn’s Monologue” by From Autumn to Ashes.
        but if you have a chance, take a listen to them. i’m sure ANYBODY can relate to these two.

  33. SwanShadow

    Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” is one of the greatest vocal performances ever recorded. I mean, it’s a Prince song, and she totally puts Prince’s version to quivering shame. NOBODY can do that.

    From your list, I also love “Wicked Game” (an a cappella group out of Denver called The Diners used to do a magnificent rendition of that song), “One,” “Eternal Flame,” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (Jim Steinman can do no wrong… except when he attempts to sing, which he can’t).

    I used to love “Unchained Melody,” but four decades of bad cover versions and Patrick Swayze ruined it for me.

    And while I’m not all that crazy about Lisa Loeb’s music, I do think she’s the cutest thing since Martha Quinn in the early days of MTV.

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