Recently (as in the last 6 years or so), I've been drawn to music that is heavy on acoustic guitars. Not necessarily an entirely acoustic song, but something that really brings the soul of the singer/songwriter out through the speakers.
- Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Getting Bruce on the list is a must. But I love this song for the hope that it contains. That all you need to get though in life is a lover, a car, and an open road. Plus after seeing him play it in concert 20+ times, there's this sense of belonging when the entire stadium sings it all together.
- Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabirel
Another song that makes you just want to drive in a convertible with the wind whipping through your hair. I was introduced to this song my freshman year of college by Pat. He had such a great taste in music and I'm glad that's one of the effects he had on me.
- World Spins Madly On - The Weepies
Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning when all you want to do is sit quietly outside, enjoying the peaceful simplicity of the world, with a lemonade and your dog sleeping on your lap. First heard this song while I rented Scrubs for a weekend-long marathon.
- And We Danced - Hooters
As soon as the drums kick in, I want to jump up and dance around the room spinning wildly. Listening to the Hooters brings be instantly back to high school. Good times.
- Midnight Blue - Lou Gramm
Back when MTV actually played videos, this was a favorite that was on the rotation. It had the same theme as Born To Run: bad-boy gets good-girl and they drive off together into the night.
- More Time - Needtobreathe
The acoustic guitar doesn't get lost on this one. From the "P.S. I Love You" soundtrack it plays into the storyline beautifully. But it also reminds me of the hope and promise of relationships.
- New York, New York - Ryan Adams
A rocker that came out in September 2001, this song to me was a tribute to the scarred city that I loved. "I'll always love you though, New York".
- Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
I LOVED the movie Once and this song was a key reason. Not only is the song beautiful and sweet but Glen is an amazing singer. I had the great opportunity to see him play live last fall and was blown away by the raw passion he puts into his voice. Another reason to love the Irish.
- Let My Love Open The Door - Pete Townshend
Silly, fun and makes you want to bop your head around like a bobble-head. My prince charming will serenade me with this song, or at least play it on his boombox raised over his head ala Say Anything.
- Shelter From The Storm - Bob Dylan
Yes, this was in Jerry Maguire, but despite that, it's another beautiful, guitar tune where you can actually understand what Bob is singing.
What are your top 10 songs?