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Stevesie60’s FTSOAT

T-Y to Stevesie60

As the late, great Gene Simmons once said, “You wanted the list? You got the list.” The long-awaited Stevesie60’s Favorite Ten Songs Of All Time. Do NOT go straight to the bottom. The floor is yours, Stevesie.

Keep in mind this is a list of songs based on favorites, not best. So you can argue all you want, but you’re wrong.

10. Coming in hard at #10; Dissonance and tempo changes together form perfect beauty – Chiodos’ “All Nereids Beware.”

9. Taking things down a notch, I have Miike Snow at #9 with “Silvia.” I’ve never heard desperation summed up so well.

8. Billy Corgan’s voice and violins somehow mix together perfectly. “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins

(Alternate version suggested by nicname)

7. The perfect build-up. 10 cool points if you’ve heard it before. “Midwestern Dirt” by Dear and the Headlights.

6. The best song of the past 5 years is at #6. “Itchin’ on a Photograph” by Grouplove.

5. I honestly believe this album changed the course of alternative when it came out. It used back-up vocals as instruments, something no one had seen (heard) done before but a trend that has continued since. Not to mention how prominent the style was immediately after “Tell All Your Friends” came out. Don’t even get me started on how amazing the music video is. Okay, do. Here it is, “Cute Without the “E” (Cut From The Team) by Taking Back Sunday.

4. Beautiful, Heart Breaking. Incredible metaphor that they stick to for the entire song. A break up summed up in a song about a ship wreck. This is the first song I ever learned on guitar. It’s so simple but hey, some of the most beautiful songs are. “Play Crack the Sky” by Brand New.

3. Short and to the point. Impossible to not get pumped up to this song. I love the complexity that they go through, as the song has 4 very distinct parts, yet the transitions blend together so well. I even got to listen to it while driving down Hollywood Boulevard, which was very fitting. It’s “I Am Hollywood” by He Is Legend.

2. I’m not sure I can pinpoint why I love this song so much. The outro is by far the best I’ve ever heard. Up until that point it’s a pretty basic, raw metal song. Like, if, someone had no concept of what metal was you could show them that song and they would comprehend it perfectly. And the fact that two of my favorite bands worked together on a song couldn’t be ignored. The first runner-up is “Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste” by Norma Jean.

1. This has been my favorite song for about the past 10 years, and I doubt it will ever change. I guess I’ve always found piano fascinating because I have no idea how to play it, so there’s extra mystique when I hear it. I can’t help but listen to it and picture some guy just like me spilling his heart without worrying whether it’s a good song or not, he just needs to get something off his chest. But as Andrew McMahon does, he made something beautiful without even trying. The coolest part about this song is that they never released it on an actual album, so it makes fans feel extra cool when they have a copy of it. At least it did in 2004 when it wasn’t as easy to find unreleased music. At number one, (it’s okay Dlew, don’t cry) it’s “Konstantine” by Something Corporate.

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