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My Top 50 Songs

A fun little exercise I did. When I went through my library and chose contenders I picked around 160 and narrowed it down. It was interesting to see where I ranked songs that used to be my favorites when I was first getting into music with my favorites today. I think the National had the most nominations with around 10 and As Cities Burn close behind with like 8. I have 3200 songs in my iTunes library at this moment, which is probably not a huge number in comparison to many other Sputnik users, but here's my top 1.5%. Descriptions start at 20.
50Bon Iver
Perth
49Anberlin
The Haunting
48Brand New
Jesus
47The National
Fake Empire
46Blood and Water
Interstate
45Third Eye Blind
Narcolepsy
44Brand New
Play Crack The Sky
43Arcade Fire
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
42Hawkboy
Two Bit
41Switchfoot
The Beautiful Letdown
40Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Deathkamp Drone / [Antennas to Heaven...]
39The National
Mr. November
38Bon Iver
The Wolves (Act I And II)
37Arcade Fire
Rebellion (Lies)
36Anberlin
Godspeed
35Bon Iver
Blindsided
34As Cities Burn
This Is It, This Is It
33Switchfoot
Twenty-Four
32The Gaslight Anthem
The Patient Ferris Wheel
31The Classic Crime
Sing
30Jon Foreman
Southbound Train
29The State Lottery
Stories
28Mae
Bloom
27Relient K
I Celebrate The Day
26Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Yr. Skinny Fists, Like Antennas to Heaven...
25Death Cab For Cutie
A Lack Of Color
24Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math
23Future of Forestry
Slow Your Breath Down
22Paper Route
Carousel
21Emery
Cutthroat Collapse
20Titus Andronicus
The Battle of Hampton Roads

When I first made this list this was left off. I'm not as infatuated with the Monitor as most are here, but then I realized that not including it was a crime. I plopped it down in the 40's but then I realized that was a crime too. Bumped it up a little, then a little more, and it found its way into the 20 spot. The word "epic" is insufficient.
19Sigur Ros
Glosoli

Like running up a mountain and then jumping off a cliff and flying.
18Sanctus Real
We Need Each Other

Band is decent at best, but We Need Each Other is incredible. Positive energy unleashed, We Need Each Other is a universal call to friendship and understanding.
17The Fold
Beside You Now

Another gem from an average band. They have one golden egg of a song that is Beside You Now. Fast subtle rhythm, bittersweet, heartbroken lyricism, and the sickest double vocals you'll ever hear, Beside You Now is a diamond in the rough.
16Third Eye Blind
God of Wine

The final song in the closing trifecta, God of Wine is intense, moving, and an ideal closer for a classic album. The part where Jenkins sings "The god of wine comes crashing through the headlights of a car that took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go, we can't get back again" is chilling.
15The National
The Geese of Beverly Road

Likely the National's best lyrical song, which is certainly saying something. Highlight lines include "Hey love, we'll get away with this, we'll run like we're awesome, totally genius," "We're the heirs to the glimmering world," and "Come be my waitress and serve me tonight, serve me the sky with a big slice of lemon."
14Mae
The Fisherman Song (We All Need Love)

The story of meeting a fisherman. Clever symbolism and a driving finish make this so memorable. Also an incredible live song.
13The National
Apartment Story

Apartment Story groves, swells and builds subtly. Layer upon layer, it's the crowning highlight on the near-perfect Boxer.
12Relient K
Deathbed

Deathbed is a song about a man dying. He reflects on his life and the choices he made. Incredibly genuine and a sprawling eleven minutes long, Deathbed is about as ambitious as a pop punk band can get.
11Lifehouse
Everything

My limited exploration into this band beyond this song has revealed this: they are the definition of your average pop rock/rock band. So Everything is likely a fluke, a rare mathematical oddity that an average band can release an emotional epic of enormous magnitude. Forgotten both by their fans and much of the time myself, Everything is a secret tour de force of lyricism and emotion.
10Anberlin
The Unwinding Cable Car

For a long time I would have said The Unwinding Cable Car was my favorite song, and though it has grown off of me slightly, it's still up there. It has the most plays in my library with a staggering 149.
9As Cities Burn
Clouds

The conceptual idea behind Clouds is quite imposing. The first few minutes are merely different vocal samples of people's opinions regarding God with some minimal instrumentation. When the full band comes in they rebuke all of them remarking brilliantly "I think our god isn't God if he fits inside our heads." Perhaps the best conceptual song I've ever heard, both in its general concept and its execution.
8Third Eye Blind
The Background

The Background is the prime example of the personal nostalgia of Third Eye Blind's self titled debut. The guitar effects are impossibly close to home and those lines "the plans I made still have you in them" and "I only know because I carry you around in the background" get me every time. A song you feel long after it's through.
7As Cities Burn
Timothy

Timothy is where As Cities Burn finally lets go. All of the pain throughout the album is gently released and they are truly broken. The final words to close the album are magnificently dark and comforting at the same time.
6Anberlin
(*fin)

I think everyone wants to like the children's choir technique more than they actually do because so many times it is used cheaply as a disingenuous way of creating humility, but Anberlin sure don't do it that way. Even without them though, (*fin) is the perfect album closer. Seeing this performed live and hearing the audience sing the part of the children's choir while Stephen Christian sang his part is likely my favorite concert experience.
5Mae
Seasons

In a certain sense I'm frustrated that Mae released this song because I'm not sure that a 14 minute piano suite by just another alternative band will ever be able to reach the acclaim it deserves. I don't listen to classical music or instrumental piano music much at all, but I feel as if those people that do caught on to Seasons and took it seriously it could be immensely successful.
4Third Eye Blind
Motorcycle Drive By

To be honest I don't know how to explain why Motorcycle Drive By is so good, or much of the album it comes from. All I can really say is that few bands have ever packed so much emotion into a single song. In a certain sense I pity everyone who has yet to hear it, or anyone that fails to appreciate it, because Motorcycle Drive By is about as personal as music gets.
3Sigur Ros
Untitled 1

Let's be serious, Untitled 1 is musical perfection embodied. A six and a half minute emotional catharsis that doesn't even use real words. Chilling, frightening, and riveting.
2Pedro the Lion
Secret of the Easy Yoke

On first listen Secret of the Easy Yoke is actually quite boring. David Bazan mumbles through most of the song, as he does on much of the album, but multiple listens reveal the song's power. A more deeply personal song may have never been written, as Bazan comes clean on his faith and really his entire outlook on life. An extremely influential song on me personally, in fact if any song has ever been "life-changing" for me it is likely this one.
1As Cities Burn
Contact

Really it's an easy pick. From the shimmering synths at the start to the climactic guitar frenzy, Contact is perfect in its lyrics, vocals, production, instruments, structure, you name it. The complexity of the ideas running through Contact are mind-boggling both within itself and in relation to the rest of the album. The part where Bonnette sings "God, does grace reach to this side of madness? Cause I know this can't be the great peace we all seek" and the following instrumental section is easily my favorite moment in all of music.
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