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What's Your Top 10? An Exercise in Choosing Your Favorite 10 Songs of All Time

Updated on April 2, 2014

I have listed my top 10 and went in depth at why my number 1 is my number 1. What would your 10 be? What about number 11? How did you make that choice? It's a lot harder than it sounds...


10.) “Superman” - Goldfinger (1997)

9.) “Changes” - 2Pac (1998)

8.) “Superstition” - Stevie Wonder (1972)

7.) “I Need a Dollar” - Aloe Blacc (2010)

6.) “Your Hand in Mine” - Explosions in the Sky (2004)

5.) “Wonderful Tonight” (Eric Clapton) – Covered by: Slightly Stoopid (2007)

4.) “God of Wine” - Third Eye Blind (1997)

3.) “Swing Life Away” - Rise Against (2005)

2.) “Neon” (Acoustic Live Version: Where the Light is) - John Mayer (2008)

1.) “Closer” - Kings of Leon (2008)

The song I chose to be number 1 is “Closer” by Kings of Leon. Now, I could have easily picked any Kings of Leon song to be number 1, they are my favorite band. The reasoning for which I could “relate” to the lyrics of the song are not actually existent. The song is number one because it is a trigger for me that brings me back to one of the hardest times of my life as well as one of the greatest things I will ever experience. The things that speak to me in this song are the incredibly unique sound, and the passion in the lead singer, Caleb Followill's voice. Music has been a very large part of my life since I myself am a guitarist and musician, and everything about this song is what I look for when creating my own music. The way the song comes together with each instrument playing a very significant role is truly amazing; it brings me chills every time I listen to it, whether its the howling like sound of the guitar, Caleb's raspy almost hopeless singing, the constant steady beat of the drum, or the very interesting bass line which features a pedal to flip the octaves of the notes back and forth. Outside of the musical construction of the song, this song brings me back to May 2011. I had recently just been exposed to the most difficult time of my life when my father passed and I saw an advertisement on MTV for a Kings of Leon concert that would be held at the iconic Slane Castle in Ireland. Not only have I always dreamed of going to Ireland, but I was familiar with the castle and I had always wanted to see a show there. The opportunity presented itself at a very low point in my life so my thinking was I can only go up from here. I entered the contest and not only won but I was flown out to Ireland on MTV's dollar to document the tour from a fan's point of view. It was amazing, I met the band and I was interviewed during my trip about my favorite Kings of Leon song and this was the song I chose. For all the above musical reasons, this song has always captured my ear; the trigger that the song now has just seals the deal. I will never be able to experience something as great as that again and this song will always remind me of the great time I had, I like to think of it as a gift from my parting father. If you don't believe my story, here is my proof...

MTV “Meet the Winners; Road to Slane” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r7iNda7ckw

Closer - by Kings of Leon

Verse 1

Stranded in this spooky town,
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
Snow is crackling cold,
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run,
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun

Bridge (Instrumental)
Verse 2

Drivin' by the strangle of vain
Showin' no mercy I'll do it again
Open up your eyes
You keep on crying, baby I'll bleed you dry
Skies are beneath me
I see a storm bubbling up from the sea


Chorus
And it's coming closer [2x]

Verse 3
You sh-sh-shock my bones,
Leavin' me stranded all in love on my own
What do you think of me?
Where am I now, baby where do I sleep?
Feels so good when I'm home
2000 years of chasing takin' it's toll

Chorus
And it's coming closer [4x]

Guitar Solo and Outro (Instrumental)

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