I’ve decided to make a list of songs that I believe to be exceptional. It could be because of the lyrics, meaning, rhythm and beat, or vocals. Not all of them will be American(English) songs– some will be Japanese, Spanish, or Instrumentals. I hereby present you with my compilation.
1.)The Invisible Wall(by The GazettE). This song is partly in English, and some Japanese. I found it hard to understand most of the English with Ruki’s(the lead singer) accent unfortunately, but you can always look up the lyrics. It’s more on the heavy metal side of things and presents an air of truth about the ugliness of human nature.
2.)Safe and Sound(by Capital Cities). This song falls under the “pop” and most likely “old themed” genre. The rhythm is upbeat and the lyrics state that no matter what happens, they’ll be “safe and sound.”
3.)Wheel in the Sky(by Bon Jovi). This is an older song, but the vocals are amazing.
4.)Hate Me(by Blue October). I love this song– the message that Blue October depicted through these lyrics was something that everyone can relate to at one time: the loss of someone who that person loved, and all the things that he/she wished they could’ve done right.
5.)Like a G6(by Far East Movement). I don’t necessarily understand the lyrics, but the tune is just so catchy that I find myself singing along whenever I hear it.
6.)Siempre Juntos(by Romo ONE ft. Eikem). This song is in Spanish. For those us of who speak and understand the Spanish language, then we know what the title means; but if you have difficulty with it, the title means “Together Forever.” I love the meaning– the singer talks about how he loves this woman so much, and even if she passes away, he’ll always love her. Listening to it makes my teary most of the times.
7.)Bittersweet Symphony(by The Verve). The violins and other instruments are great. I love how the vocals and instruments work so well together in this particular song.
8.)Reila(by The GazettE). Yes, another Japanese song, and by the same band nonetheless. The lyrics convey the message of losing a loved one. In the PV(music video), you see memories of the band about a girl. It is later found out that “Reila” has committed suicide. The last lyric line, when translated into English, says the following: “You’ll come back to me tomorrow, right?” There are numerous rumors surrounding whether or not “Reila” was a real person.
9.)100 Years(by Five for Fighting). I love the meaning of this song, which has to do with the life of any person and how they spend their time. It states “when you only got 100 years to live.”
10.)Blow Me Away(by Breaking Benjamin). Vocals are more than amazing. I loved every aspect of this piece.
11.)Madness(by Muse). Techno mixed with more great vocals is just the best combination. The lyrics also have an appreciated meaning.
12.)Enjoy the Silence(by Depeche Mode). Another old song, and definitely a classic. It has “good vibrations”, as some might describe it(that statement is in now way to be considered offensive).
13.)Everybody Wants to Rule the World(by Tears for Fears). Here we have another classic. The rhythm is an A plus.
14.)You Get What You Give(by New Radicals). The tune is so very catchy, and the lyrics generalize our need to feel accepted.
15.)Demons(by Imagine Dragons). I’m a huge fan of this band. Almost every song that they’ve released has been a big hit with me, this one especially. It was based off of someone with cancer, who has since passed.
16.)It’s Not Over(by Daughtry). Lyrics– heart touching. The singer states the following in one part: “this love is killing me, but it’s the only one– it’s not over”, and “when you slammed the front door shut, a lot of others opened up” in another place.
17.)Midnight City(by M83). It consists of pure techno and a few inaudible words in the background– but I listen to it for the awesome beat.
18.)Time(by Pink Floyd). It states how time seems to fly, and “you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking” and “shorter of breath and one day, closer to death.”
19.)Fall Apart(by John Wilson). This is a Christian/any religion song that’s based on an experience of coming to God. I like the lyrics and vocal work.
20.)In the End(by Linkin Park). I’m also a big fan of Linkin Park, as they often get into all sorts of subjects that anyone can relate to.
21.)Masquerade(by Versailles). A Japanese band that’s “theatrical”, to say the least. Part of the reason for the list title including “open-mindedness” is that a few of the songs are out of the ordinary. Versailles has several songs worth listening to.
22.)Mysterious Ways(by U2). I love the beat and the entirety of the song.
23.)Sail(by AWOLNATION). I like the music and vocals– the lyrics are good, too.
24.)Breakeven(by The Script). This song is more on the soft side. The meaning includes how when two people move in different directions, the pain is never equal.
25.)Sleeping with a Friend(by Neon Trees). I don’t necessarily agree with the lyrics, but the vocals and beat is very catchy and something easy to sing along to.
Well, that wraps up this list. If there’s a song that you love and feel that I should listen to, leave a comment and I’ll definitely check it out. Also, if you have another list preference or suggestion, I’ll look over it and do some research.