“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry. It’s fun, up-beat, and so much fun to dance to. Or when drunk, sing to.
“When We’re Apart” by The Morning Benders. A great Bay area band. They have two albums and an EP out. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan, who they say is an influence. Relaxed music, hushed voices, simple lyrics, but all come together to create something wonderful.
“Basket Case” by Sara Bareilles. This song tugs at my heart. Her voice is the most prominent feature on this track. It adds intimacy to the lyrics, like she is singing to you.
“Killing a Camera” by Braid. Brings me back to high school and when I delved into the post-hardcore emo scene. My first real taste of different music, as I had grown up listening to the oldies stations and adult contemporary (my parents liked their radio stations). It sounded so different with static drums, diverging guitar rifts and double vocals. It strayed away from the classic A B A B bridge B B B consistency of most music. But it still maintained a level of consistency. This song, specifically, I did not discover until recently, but it holds a level of rock mixed with just the right amount of pop.
“Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons. Freak folk, I believe, is how these guys are described. I think it is an apt description. This song, specifically, makes me so happy.