100 Songs To Get Through Life

29 Apr

I decided to collaborate with some musically inclined people in my life and we are trying to create a list of songs to help anyone get through life. These songs are joyous, sad, hard, angry, empowering. These are the kind of songs that you yearn for when you’re in that moment that feels like no one else has ever felt. [Added 11/27/12] So far this process has taken me 7 months to get to 92 songs, I have posted the list on social media sites and asked for input, I have thought about songs that truly touched my heart, and made me feel like someone out there knew exactly what I was feeling, or how to say the words that were just on the tip of my tongue. I’m so proud that this list is almost finished because it has inspired to me to make more, and perhaps more categorical. I was inspired to make this list from a snippet of, One Tree Hill where Peyton believes she may die during the course of her unborn childs early life, she is so fearful that she compiles a time capsul of sorts just in case, and one thing in there is an Ipod complete with 100 songs to get through life. She says, that if she really isn’t there, all her daughter needs to do is listen to this playlist and the answer is there. That is something I have tried to replicate here, that regardless of your situation, somewhere in this list is at least one song, one line of a song, to make you feel connected.

Here is the list [so far] in no particular order
1. Skinny LoveBon Iver
2. Somebody That I Used To KnowGotye & Kimbra
3. Big SurMason Jennings
4. Butterfly Mason Jennings
5. I Will SurviveGloria Gaynor
6. Haven’t Met You YetMichael Buble
7. The Guy Who Says Good-Bye To You [In Out of His Mind] – Griffin House
8. Where I StoodMissy Higgins
9. Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
10. Foolish Games – Jewel
11. Closing Time – Semisonic Youth
12. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis
14. Heartbreak Warfare – John Mayer
15. Hey Jude – The Beatles
16. Let it Be – The Beatles
17. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
18. Yesterday – The Beatles
19. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
20. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
21. Wonderwall – Oasis
22. Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga
23. Songbird – Glee Version Original Fleetwood Mac
24. Raise Your Glass – Pink
25. I’m The Best – Nicki Minaj
26. ABC The Jackson 5
27. Tune Out – The Format
28. Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
29. first single – The Format
30. smile – lily allen
31. Killing me softly- Lauren Hill’s version
32. Fucking Perfect – P!nk
33. My Immortal – Evanescence
34. Sober – P!nk
35. Dock of the bay – Otis Redding
36. It’s not right (but it’s okay) – Whitney Houston
37. God gave me you – Blake Shelton
38. Home – breaking Benjamin
39. Congratulations- Blue October
40. The Cave – Mumford and Sons
41. Bad Kids – Lady Gaga
42. Harold Song- Ke$ha
43. Circle the Drain- Katy Perry
44. No more drama – Mary J Blige
45. Move Bitch – Ludacris
46. I Say A Little Prayer for You – Aretha Franklin
47. It’s Time Imagine Dragons
48. The Gift – Aselin Debison
49. Los Angeles is Burning – Bad Religion
50. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script
51. Smile – Nat King Cole
52. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa
53. Imagine – John Lennon
54. She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
55.  If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
56.  I’m going down- Mary j blige
57. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen.
58. We Are YoungFun
59. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bob Marley
60. Alright Supergrass
61. The PromiseTracy Chapman
62. Dancing in the MoonlightKing Harvest
63. American PieDon McLean
64. Sweet MaryEqualizer
65. Jumping Jack FlashRolling Stones
66. Heavy in Your ArmsFlorence and the Machines
67. Comeback SongDarius Rucker
68. Little TalksOf Monsters and Men
69. Some NightsFun
70. Piano ManBilly Joel
71. The BoxerSimon and Garfunkel
72. The Sound of SilenceSimon and Garfunkel
73. Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
74. Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn
75. Tempted Squeeze
76. Carpark North – Just Human
77. Ho HeyThe Lumineers
78. Die YoungKe$ha
79. Turn Me OnDavid Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj
80. You’re Gonna Miss Me Lulu and the Lampshades
81. Here’s To UsHalestorm
82. Shake It Out – Florence and the Machines
83. Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machines
84. One Day – Matisyahu
85. Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
86. Thriller – Michael Jackson 
87. Better Weather – Good Old War
88. Love Song For No One – John Mayer
89. One and Only – Adele
90. Fix You – Coldplay(original), Javier Colon (The Voice Version, Cover)
91. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom
92. Keep Marchin – Raphael Saadiq
93. Erik Hassle – Standing where you left me


5 Responses to “100 Songs To Get Through Life”

  1. Lily Maestas May 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    I will survive was sung by Gloria Gaynor.

  2. Sofia Pasternack August 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    High Hope by Glen Hansard
    Permanent by The Milk Carton Kids
    Love Song For No One by John Mayer (although pretty much every JM song could work for this…)
    Many The Miles by Sara Bareilles
    That’s What’s Up by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
    Losers by The Belle Brigade
    Hold On by Alabama Shakes
    Don’t Leave Me by Regina Spektor
    Better Weather by Good Old War
    Anna Sun by Walk the Moon
    We Come Running by Youngblood Hawke
    Let’s Go by Madi Diaz
    Dirty Rain by Ryan Adams
    (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
    Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
    L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah & The Whale
    Low Rising by The Swell Season
    For The First Time by The Script
    Fix You by Coldplay
    Runaways by The Killers
    One Day by Matisyahu
    One And Only by Adele
    Chasing Pirates by Norah Jones
    Weights & Measures by Dry The River
    Keep Marchin’ by Raphael Saadiq
    Precious Love by James Morrison
    Repo Man by Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
    Hope For Me Yet by Marc Broussard
    Heartbeat by The Fray
    Live Like You’re Dying by Kris Allen
    Good Boy by Town Hall
    Up Up Up by Givers
    The Outsiders by NEEDTOBREATHE
    No One by Alicia Keys
    Sweet And Low by Augustana
    Life Is A Highway by Rascal Flatts
    Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
    Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine
    Ordinary People by John Legend
    To Travels and Trunks by Hey Marseilles
    Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson
    New Shoes by Paolo Nutini
    I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker by Sandi Thom
    Live Your Life by TI
    We’re At The Top Of The World by The Juliana Theory

    • Samantha Rose Photography November 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      I’ve started listening to the songs on this list that I haven’t heard of and re-listening to the ones I have, I think we have some on here that will definitely make my list!

  3. Sofia November 28, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie
    These Are the DAys – Jamie Cullum
    A Beautiful Mess – Jason Mraz
    Wild At Heart – Gloriana
    I’d Rather Be With You – Joshua Radin
    More Than Anyone – Gavin DeGraw
    Bright Lights – Gary Clark Jr.
    Charlie – Town Hall
    Gravity – Sara Bareilles
    Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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