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My Top 5 Favorite Songs

When you ask someone what their favorite song is, you might not get a clear answer. It's often one of those questions that has lots of answers. It's hard to narrow down, and people usually associate many different songs with important memories, events, and feelings.

I'm not one of those people, though! 😜 If you ask me, I can easily pinpoint my favorite song. The thing is, I'll want to keep going and tell you about my top five, so that's what I'm going to do now!

1. "Winter" by Tori Amos

I got into Tori Amos when I was in middle school, maybe around 13 years old. She's been a staple of my music listening habits ever since. "Winter" has always resonated with me because it's about the love that parents have for their child, even after they've grown up and gone away. The chorus is a father asking his daughter, "When you gonna love you as much as I do?" Then, in the end, that chorus is turned back on the parent, asking the same question of them. It's just a beautiful, heart-wrenching song that never fails to give me chills, even after all these years.

2. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve ft. Gwen Stefani

I was only 13 when this song came out, and it was the coolest thing I'd ever heard. I became obsessed with both Eve and Gwen Stefani for a while. (Who am I kidding? I'm still obsessed.) This remains the single most nostalgic song for me because I listened to it so much as a young impressionable pre-teen. It immediately takes me back to chilling in my room with my Discman feeling like nobody could ever break me.

3. "End of Small Sanctuary" by Akira Yamaoka

This is a short track, but I listen to it probably more than any other song in existence. It's so chill and calming, and it immediately puts me in a good mood. It transports me back to being a teenager and exploring the mall in Silent Hill 3, a game that left a lasting impression on me with Heather, its teenage female protagonist who was just like me. Good vibes, good memories.

4. "Downfall" by Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil is my favorite band of all time, and this is my favorite song of theirs. I love Cristina's soothing vocals, Andrea's haunting backups, and the epic guitar solo. It's my number one song for rainy days and just lying down in bed with my headphones on. It's melancholy but somehow therapeutic at the same time. It's the kind of song that you can sort of just wallow in for a while.

5. "Love Will Come to You" by Poets of the Fall

This song has an uplifting message and a soothing melody. It's impossible not to feel better when you listen to it. It helped get me through an especially difficult time in my life, so it has special meaning to me, and it remains one of those songs that I can't skip when it comes up on shuffle. It's a healing song.

There are so many more songs that I love and have meant something to me at certain points in my life, but these are the staples, the ones that I immediately go to in my mind when I think of my favorite songs. They've outlasted everything else, and they'll always be with me.