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Complete an emotional inventory of your music library/experiences

This is not so much an ask thread as it is a task one. The idea is simple: for any/all of the categories below, identify music from your library or experiences that fits the bill, and explain a bit about why.

You can choose any from the list, or do all if you like, but please do NOT just list items with no explanation! Your thoughts are the exciting parts of this exercise, not just the music itself, so please share!

For the purposes of this inventory, "music" can refer to a specific lyric, a song, an album, an artist, or even a concert or event -- really anything that you think fits the bill. If you want to go into multiples per category, that's fine too -- just remember to explain them!


Inventory Items

Tell me about music that:

  • Is an instant mood lift
  • Is emotionally devastating
  • You've cried to
  • Reminds you of someone you love
  • Reminds you of someone you used to love
  • Brings you back to a specific memorable moment/time in your life
  • Helps you relax
  • Amps you up
  • Makes you feel safe
  • Could put you to sleep (in a good way)
  • Makes you feel like you're on an adventure
  • Reminds you that there is beauty in this world
  • Impresses you
  • Makes you smile
  • Makes you laugh

You don't have to do all of them -- only the ones you feel strongly about or that have interesting stories behind them. Also, feel free to add on new categories in the comments that people can also respond to.

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  1. guywithhair
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    This sounds fun -- modern streaming platforms have made it so easy to find tons of music, and I always like sharing some of my findings. I can't remember the website lots of people using for...

    This sounds fun -- modern streaming platforms have made it so easy to find tons of music, and I always like sharing some of my findings. I can't remember the website lots of people using for sharing links. If someone knows of a good one, I'll try to update the links I've posted below which are otherwise Spotify links.

    • Is an instant mood lift

    • Is emotionally devastating (which could mean several things to me -- I interpret to be focused on the message of a song)

      • u by Kendrick Lamar
        • There's so much to albums by Kendrick Lamar, and TPAB had such raw emotion that this is where my mind first went. He's an incredibly talented musician, and really has a way with using music as a medium for communication. He addresses it directly in AbSoul's Outro on section.80 in a way that I find really satisfying
    • You've cried to

      • Breathe by Laura Brehm
        • There are some artists like Laura Brehm who have voices that I could cry to. Not necessarily sad nor happy, but totally enveloped. There's something about self-harmonizing that always gets me.
    • Helps you relax

      • Darling by Real Estate
        • The simplicity of Real Estate's music is something I find very soothing. For most songs of theirs, it feels like I've known the song forever, even if it's my first timelistening. Even so, it seems fresh and satisfying each time I go back to them
      • Worms by The Japanese House
        • One of my favorites off her most recent album. I could just as well put this in the category above.
    • Amps you up -- I could post these forever because I used to be heavily into EDM, so here's my few favorites (It was really hard not to post 20 links!)

    • Makes you feel safe

      • Judy You Hung the Moon by HARBOUR
        • Another son gthat I felt like I'd heard a million times the first time I listened to it, yet I can't find anything else that gets it right like this track does. It feels like the perfect track for a corny 90s college rom-com, despite being recorded in the last 5 years
      • Souk Eye by Gorillaz
        • A simple, sweet, and familiar-sounding track
      • Love Won't Sleep by Lostboycrow
        • One of the best voices I've heard in recent music. I couldn't stop listening to this guy's voice for months when I first found him. I'm not gay, but I wouldn't interrupt if this dude serenaded me.
    • Makes you feel like you're on an adventure

      • Impurity by Kaizen
        • Mainstay song from a camping trip with the boys back in college
      • Around Your Sun by Surfer Blood
        • Great music for going on an adventure! This track is perfect road-trip music in my opinion
      • Born Yesterday by Tritonal
        • I'll only hint at it, but I've had a couple of... experiences with certain consumables, and this track (plus the next one) are some of the most engaging ones I've listened to. The types of songs that grab your attention whether you like it or not!
      • Pace by Julian Calor
        * I like that there's this simple beat that forms and changes as the song progresses, giving it this feeling of momentum as it reaches a climactic point fit for a movie score. Never heard anything else quite like it.
    • Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

      • Less Than Thou by The Beths
        • Beautiful song from a fantastic band. It's the perfect ending for their first album, too. I always appreciate a strong buildup to a song, even if it means the song feels stagnant for a minute or two.
      • Snowdonia by Surfer Blood
        • This is really 3 songs in one (3 movements, I suppose), and shows some great range inthis band. The first part is slow and uncertain, but morphs into something catchy and smooth before going through a neat time change as it settles into a more ethereal movement. I have to be in the right mood to listen to this song, but I never regret it. Not all of Surfer Blood's music is for everyone, but I enjoy some of the variability from them over the years
      • Butter Rum by Goose
        • An especially smooth track. Some of the best type of background music I've found. Simple and soothing, but not shallow.
    • Impresses you

      • Satellite by Froxic
        • This song is bananas once it finishes building up for... 80% of the song. This one takes some patience, but it pays off. I'm always hesitant to play this for something because I'm not sure if they'll stop it halfway and asks for something else. Nonetheless, one of my favorite drops of any EDM song ever (of however many thousands I listened to throughout college).
      • Be Above It by Tame Impala
        • Tame Impala has some fantastic psychedelic tracks that I worry he won't make many more of. Be Above It has to be on the strangest, most dissonant yet pleasurable tracks I've listened to. I feel bad when I listened to this on anything but the best headphones I have because I always want to appreciate the depth of this intro track.
      • Rigamortis by Kendrick Lamar
        • So much technical talent in this song. I don't know how Kendrick manages to breathe during some of the verses. I wish I could digest what he's saying throughout the song, but it's a bit too much at times. Controversially, my favorite song by Kendrick.
    • Makes you smile

      • Future Me Hates Me by The Beths
        • The catchiest song I've heard in years. It's got everything a good track in this genre has; perfectly executed. I can't find anything that I don't like about this band. Impossible not to sing along.
      • Reet Petite by Jackie Wilson
        • When I finally got around to listening to some Soul, Jackie Wilson is the one who grabbed my attention the most. The well-known singers from the at era as so talented, and I'm glad to take the time to go back and rediscover some of their work. I've heard Jackie Wilson was a fantastic live performer; I may need to see if I can dig up any videos of it, which may be tough given the time it would have produced.
      • Postman Song by Ratboys
        • A sweet, kinda silly song with some really lovable dialogue and passive advice from the singer. Ratboys are a personal favorite, and I'm so sad that I missed out on a concert they were supposed to have in April 2020.
    • Makes you laugh

      • Squad by Branchez and Big Wet
        • The most absurd song I know of. I cannot tell if it's a joke/parody song or not, but I like to find a way to play it whenever I DJ to see if people are listening. Big Wet and Branchez are some type of country rap, I guess, and I will forever choose to believe it was made to be as ironic as I think it is.
      • money machine by 100 gecs
        • Not a song I would play with DJing. Meme music at its finest. It makes no sense to me and maybe it's not supposed to, but listening to it makes me feel hip.

    That turned out to be really long, but was fun scouring through stuff I hadn't listened to in months or years. Neat discussion topic!

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  2. bailey
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    Rhubarb by Aphex Twin. Almost every time I've listened to this song it has sent me on an introspective trip. Thoughts about childhood, family and loss always come bubbling to the surface with...

    Is emotionally devastating

    Rhubarb by Aphex Twin. Almost every time I've listened to this song it has sent me on an introspective trip. Thoughts about childhood, family and loss always come bubbling to the surface with surprising ease. The song itself is relatively simple ambience - there is no narrative or subtext - but seems to resonate with me at a very low level. The main musical idea is evolved masterfully, changing enough to provoke thought without evolving too quickly to keep track of. While not always emotionally devastating, it always evokes an intense and complex emotional response from me.

    The first time I heard this song was when my friend introduced it to me. We did not talk, or even make eye contact for the whole song. By the end I had tears in my eyes. It felt very intimate and personal, yet oddly private. We did not want to share the details of our thoughts; we simply acknowledged the profoundness of the experience.

    For me, this is not a song that I like to listen to regularly. I know that some people like to loop it as background ambience, and I can see how it could fit that role well. For me, however, the emotional associations are too strong. Treating it as background music would ruin the magic. I listen to this song when I need the perspective it provides - almost using at as a tool for emotional well-being over pure recreation.

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  3. Bauke
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    I don't really have any stories to associate with a lot of these, but I figured I'd participate anyways. :) I'll probably add more when I think of them. Rameses B - Timeless, I could make this...

    I don't really have any stories to associate with a lot of these, but I figured I'd participate anyways. :) I'll probably add more when I think of them.

    Is an instant mood lift

    • Rameses B - Timeless, I could make this entire list with just Rameses B songs as I have been following him for forever now, but I figured I'll just limit myself to a few. :P
    • BassDropz - Free

    Is emotionally devastating

    Brings you back to a specific memorable moment/time in your life

    These 3 songs take me back to some of the rough times I had in my teenage years, and also signify when I started collecting music, as they were the first 3 songs I ever downloaded and catalogued.

    Helps you relax

    Amps you up

    Makes you feel safe

    Makes you feel like you're on an adventure

    Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

    Impresses you

    Makes you smile

    Makes you laugh

    6 votes
  4. ThatFanficGuy
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    Music doesn't work in a downwards direction for me: doesn't help me relax, doesn't help me sleep, doesn't help me cool off or cool down. It either works me up, or overwhelms me, mostly in a good...

    Music doesn't work in a downwards direction for me: doesn't help me relax, doesn't help me sleep, doesn't help me cool off or cool down. It either works me up, or overwhelms me, mostly in a good way. I prefer it that way, mostly because I know of no other way it could work for me.

    I attend to music. I listen to it intently, even when it's in the background. If there's a track that doesn't jam with my workflow, it interrupts the workflow, and I need to find a better track.

    My musical universe is made of tracks. If there are whole albums I care about, they're an exception. I don't understand people who chase albums: my preference most usually lies with the track because tracks are unique, and even two tracks on the same album are galaxies apart. I follow artists who made the track afterwards, and if their work brings similar effect, I stick to them for a while.

    Some of these categories don't make sense within my narrative because it's usually that multiple traits come along for any tracks I'm eager to list. I'll try to keep it in order because this is a good exercise.

    Is an instant mood lift

    Battleflag by Lo Fidelity Allstars. I've only found the track recently, but every single time I listen to it, it's so good I can't help but feel better. It starts slow and picks up the pace and the mood progressively. It's like Eminem: serious about the execution, playful about the style.

    Abrepuertas by Eruca Sativa. I knew I would be in love with this track from the very initial electric saw. The track has energy like I've never seen before. You can tell I'm not alone in this because people reacted in the same way externally as I do internally on that first riff.

    Comin' in Hotta by Halo Sol. Such a positive, energetic track.

    Is emotionally devastating

    Sleep by Poets of the Fall. I used to sing it to my friends because I'd do it well, with the voice cadence and everything. I stopped because even though I did it well, it exhausted me emotionally every time.

    Meds by Placebo, or at least it was initially. I'm very empathetic. I take others' struggles as my own and grieve alongside them, even when they don't know me. This song is particularly heartbreaking because I can relate to the character's struggles to a degree. It reminded me of the bad times. I learned to mute it eventually, because it's an amazing track worth a listen regardless.

    If I Had a Heart by Fever Ray, or – it used to be when I was younger. This was my track back when I attended uni the first time, when I was still a sheltered kid just getting his first breath of fresh air of living. It was grim, but it resonated with me, though I'm not sure why. It was also something I'd put on to cope with the thoughts about my first break-up. The girl had a dark well in her, too; I guess the song reminded me of her.

    You've cried to

    Nightingale / December Song by Sunset Rubdown. You can count the times I've cried emotionally (rather than from physical trauma) on one hand. This track played in my ears for an hour straight after I found out a girl I loved didn't love me back. I cried on the way home by intercity bus, and this was playing in my ears. A perfect track for the moment, I realize looking back. Among things, it all happened in December.

    Amps you up

    Shining by the Misfits. Exactly the right kind of rhythm, tone, and energy I need to get me going.

    Galvanize by the Chemical Brothers. I'd heard it when I was 11 or so, at a "disco" in a local children's resort. Fell in love with it instantly, and then it faded away. It'd re-emerge a couple of times, to vanish again, but now I have it.

    Sabotage by Beasty Boys. Like most tracks of the recent five years, I found out about it at random, from Dara O Briain talking about it on stage. It's a fuckin' rocker, that track.

    Hardcore by Tropkillaz. I don't know what it is. It's optimistic, almost entrepreneurial. "Go get things done"-type track.

    Makes you smile

    Superbunnyman's Main Menu Theme by Peculiar Goat. TUUuuu TU TU tu tu TU TU!

    Old Lock It Down by Treologic. There's something lively about it. Something very urban, American. I enjoy the feeling a lot, as much as I enjoy going through the streets of New York with Google Street View. (If you've seen me talk on Discord, you know I enjoy it a lot.) It makes me smile because it gives me the New York feeling.

    THIS IS CHAI by CHAI. Just listen to it.

    Makes you laugh

    Uh Huh made me laugh when I first heard it. You can make songs out of that? And it worked, evident by the fact that I'm still listening to it eagerly: not for the laughter, but because it's a good fuckin' track.

    Makes you pensive

    Some tracks put me in a meditative mood. Sometimes, I use these tracks to meditate without meditation. So far, games 0h h1 and Shenzhen Solitaire have been my go-to for that: they let me defocus and let my subconscious do the processing for a while.

    Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppers is absolutely, staggeringly fantastic. It's also one of those tracks that have the right wavelength to it (mood, tempo, tone) to make me want to lay back and do one of the things I do to meditate without meditating. Parallel Universe, an equally-fantastic track, received a single, and Dark Necessities didn't; makes me wonder why.

    Glitterball by FC Kahuna. Soft, melodic track with just enough energy to be engaging but not to agitate or excite. It plays comfortably in your earphones when you need something chill but not boring.

    Move Over by Teddybears. This is the one I use when I'm particularly sad: it speaks to me in ways no other track does. I put it on repeat until I'm out of that zone; in the meantime, I resort to meditation without meditation.

    Jim by Teddybears. Same as above, but for when I'm angry.

    You asked for an inventory. I can go on for ages. I didn't. You're welcome.

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    thistle
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    I don't think for a moment anyone else will care about this, but this was fun to do. Thanks for the idea @kfwyre :) Is an instant mood lift Stevie Wonder - Summer Soft. The pure energy of this...

    I don't think for a moment anyone else will care about this, but this was fun to do. Thanks for the idea @kfwyre :)

    Is an instant mood lift

    • Stevie Wonder - Summer Soft. The pure energy of this track is infectious. It flits from key change to key change, with a punchy, melodic bassline that you can't not dance to, which probably makes it one of my favourite tracks of his.

    Is emotionally devastating

    • Car Seat Headrest - Nervous Young Inhumans (from the original Twin Fantasy - not the newer edition). The whole of that album is emotionally devastating, although you do have to listen to it at 2am for it to have its full effect. High to Death (this time from the new version of the album!) has a similar effect.

    You've cried to

    • Could also be a lot of CSH, but Daft Punk - Something About Us takes this spot. There are others that I've cried more to, but I can't really think of them right now.

    Reminds you of someone you love / Reminds you of someone you used to love

    • This is weird, but I actually can't really connect any songs with these two prompts. I don't know why. I can connect some with the sadness I felt in relation to it, but that's not really the same, is it?

    Helps you relax

    • Anything by Mac DeMarco, but the opener on 2 , Cooking Up Something Good is super relaxing. The chorus'd guitar lines, the crooning vocals... it's all got a really laid-back and calming feel to it.

    • Klaus Johann Grobe - Zu Spät is simultaneously really funky and really cool. The almost-whispered vocals and bassline seal the deal.

    Amps you up

    • Radiohead - 2 + 2 = 5 is an explosive opener to their 5th(?) album, Hail to the Thief. My favourite is the live version, which really kicks off. My Iron Lung (same artist) also contains this same unbridled energy. Again, the live version is the best. Make sure you turn it up loud.

    • Father John Misty - Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow has a superb, and I mean superb live version. The seismic drum fill before the descent into a chaotic guitar riff at the end just takes my breath away...

    Could put you to sleep (in a good way)

    • Portico Quartet - Prickly Pear. All of their album Knee Deep in the North Sea could satisfy this one, but with this tune it's particularly true. It's just so... soft. Almost fluffy.

    Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

    • Radiohead are back, this time with Reckoner. There's a pure beauty within every part of this piece: the vocals are like warm water, the percussion reminds me of waves gently breaking against the beach, the lyrics are, while a tad whimsical, very poetic: "because we separate like ripples on a black shore (in rainbows)".

    Impresses you

    • too many to list. Anything by Led Zeppelin for the sheer musical talent of those people. Johnny Marr's playing in a lot of the Smiths' discography for the same reason. Fleet Foxes' vocal harmonies are incredible. To be honest, I think that all good music is impressive. Everytime I listen to a track I enjoy, I'm impressed by the talent required to create it.

    Makes you smile / Makes you laugh

    That's it, then. I'm also looking for recommendations if anyone has any similar tastes :)

    5 votes
    1. mono
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      F' yeah, listening to Stevie is like injecting pure joy into your veins.

      F' yeah, listening to Stevie is like injecting pure joy into your veins.

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  6. mono
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    Kudos to anyone that actually reads/listens through this, but it was fun to do. I'll probs be adding more. Happier Than The Morning Sun · Stevie Wonder I worship Stevie. His music is sunshine....

    Kudos to anyone that actually reads/listens through this, but it was fun to do. I'll probs be adding more.

    Is an instant mood lift

    • Happier Than The Morning Sun · Stevie Wonder
      • I worship Stevie. His music is sunshine.
    • Malinda Herman
      • So, Malinda Herman is this little cute 70 year old Thai woman that plays guitar and piano covers on Youtube with her sleepy Chihuahua, Jewjam, and sometimes her cat. She's just so sweet and wholesome, how could one not be cheered up by her?
    • Sparkle - Tatsuro Yamashita
      • Japan produced tons of some killer funkish pop (known as City Pop) in the 80s.

    Is emotionally devastating

    Reminds you of someone you love

    Brings you back to a specific memorable moment/time in your life

    • Knives Out - Radiohead
      • Takes me back to high school. A mutual love of Radiohead is how I met one of my best friends. We were obsessed. It was the beginning of a very transformative period in my life.
    • Lotus Eaters - Moloko
      • I was obsessed with Moloko during a kind of fucked span of my life. I still love them, but listening them now is a trip.

    Makes you feel safe

    Helps you relax

    • Where You Belong - Little Dragon
      • Little Dragon is really good at making music that has such a calm rhythm to it. It's like laying a hammock on a Summer afternoon. You listen and just sway to the beat. I find that kind of thing way more relaxing than music without strong rhythmic structure.

    Amps you up

    • Sketchead · Arctic Monkeys
      • It's punky and akimbo. Makes me want to do donuts in an abandoned parking lot or something.
    • High - Sir Sly
      • It's about getting high. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    • The Man - The Killers
      • There's a comment on the video that I think explains it pretty well, "Now I know how black girls feel when they listen to Beyoncé."

    Makes you feel like you're on an adventure

    • Marche Slav - Tchaikovsky
      • One of the first classical pieces I truly fell in love with as a kid. The Romantic period, especially in Russia, produced tons of just the meatiest, most epic music.
    • Lezginka (from Gayane) - Khachaturian
      • Russian/Soviet classical music, but more contemporary than Tchaikovsky.
    • Short Circuit - Daft Punk
      • Daft Punk is one of my top five artists period. The entirety of Discovery could fit under this category, but this is my favorite.

    Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

    • When you Want to Love (feat. Will Heard) - Tom Misch
      • I've yet to hear a Tom Misch track I didn't love and Will Heard's voice is pure golden honey.
    • Anything by Chopin
      • I am convinced Chopin is probably one of the greatest musical geniuses to ever live, and he's not recognized as such as often as he ought to be. I've learned a couple of his pieces on piano, and having become familiar with them, it absolutely boggles my mind how someone can come up with the things he did. His compositions are almost supernatural to me.

    Impresses you

    • And I Am Telling You - Jennifer Holliday
      • I am NOT a musical theater guy, but I've watched this performance of Jennifer Holliday doing an excerpt from the play Dreamgirls about a million times, and I get goosebumps every single fucking time. It is a masterpiece. And she was only 22!
    • Anything by FKJ
      • This dude is talented beyond belief. Self-taught multi-instrumentalist, crazy good improviser.

    Makes you smile

    • Expression - Salt-N-Pepa
      • Salt-N-Pepa are SOOO underrated these days. They were basically the first female hip hop group, and no one talks about them now. Their album "Blacks' Magic" is a gem. The fact that Swift has fewer than 20k views on Youtube is criminal.
    • Like Sugar - Chaka Khan
      • Chaka Khan is STILL making hits.
    • Furry Happy Monsters by R.E.M.
      • The original song is great, but R.E.M. performed this on Sesame Street. I watch it every now and then when I need a smile.

    Makes you laugh

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  7. Kuromantis
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    Sonic 4 OST: Splash Hill Zone (ACT 1) I think it's the harmony of the notes and their relative length (which makes them play over eachother) that make this song so happy. Either way the result is...

    Is an instant mood lift

    Sonic 4 OST: Splash Hill Zone (ACT 1)

    I think it's the harmony of the notes and their relative length (which makes them play over eachother) that make this song so happy. Either way the result is that the song just wants to make me put on a propeller hat and run around.

    Beyoncé: Crazy in love (instrumental)

    10/10 trumpet. That's all I have to say really.

    Is emotionally devastating

    While the word 'devastating' still seems a bit strong, The Downward Spiral by nine inch nails and respite. by blackdeku definitely capture the feeling of being at the bottom of the world, although they are quite different. The mosquitoes/flies and sewer sounds in the former song are a nice touch.

    Helps you relax

    Windmill Isle (Day)

    The simple guitar and the 'small' notes are pretty relaxing.

    Amps you up

    See this.

    Nechael Nechabarren/Mister kaze: Painful Retribution

    The words "Last stand" come to mind. The song has a very fast vaguely 16-bit (in the undertale sense, this is for an undertale AU) melody (or rather melodies.)

    Devin Martin: KILLBOT (Kind of reminds me of those songs that played on MLG montages. I really like the background beat in this. The sliding (I think) movements with the really loud music after the drop definitely put it high in this list.

    Dr: I keep holding on (The textbook MLG song or "AND MA HOPE WILL NEVER DIIIIIIIIIE")

    Makes you feel like you're on an adventure

    Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): His World

    The violin mixed with rock-and-roll definitely fits to a pretty epic journey. Sometimes the lyrics have some dumb edginess but they're overall pretty good.

    Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

    Blend W.

    It's blend S but a smoke weed everyday remix. There has to be a misplaced meme song in the list somewhere.

    Impresses you

    Most of Jake Chudnow's most famous songs. Olive, Dream, Banana, really, just check them out.

    Okay, here are some of my own categories.

    Expresses multiple emotions at a time:

    DM Dokuro: Reality check through the skull

    A Semi rock, semi video game, Megalovania remix. It starts with 3 ell rings and a initial beat that is pretty slow and calm. Then the Megalovania melody builds and an energetic drop comes and you have a rock remix of Megalovania.

    Then another calm guitar melody comes along coupled with the main theme of undertale and it's pretty relaxing.

    Then it builds up again and the main melody is Song That Might Play When You Fight Sans and it's decently heavy but not really too intense.

    Then it goes to a guitar solo like the one in Megalovania and it's super intense and absolutely belongs in the hype songs section.

    Then it cuts off the guitar to just the Megalovania melody and it's... almost sad.

    Songs that make me feel part of something greater than me, like a movement

    Geraldo Vandré; Pra não dizer que não falei das flores

    I'm just gonna leave some of the lyrics here:

    "Walking and singing, and following the song"
    "We are all equal, hands together or not"
    "Across the streets, undecided they march, and they still make the flower, their strongest hymn"

    Makes me a lot more patriotic than any national anthem. I can picture the people marching.

    Bella Ciao (Italian partisan version)

    Makes me feel like I'm weathering a crisis/Makes me feel sad, but in control/not explicitly emotional

    Rakim: The Saga Begins (instrumental)

    This instrumental is super sad but the beat is nice. I don't know what instrument they used for this (...a piano? I honestly have no idea.) But it's great.

    Racionais MCs: Eu to ouvindo alguém me chamar

    The hospital heartbeat in the background makes the song. The album this is from is also called "surviving in hell" so I'm probably gonna need to check the rest of the album.

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  8. frostycakes
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    Is an instant mood lift Shamir - In For the Kill Pure bad bitch energy right here. I've caught myself strutting like a cocky fool while listening to this, I always feel better after jamming to it....

    Is an instant mood lift

    • Shamir - In For the Kill
      Pure bad bitch energy right here. I've caught myself strutting like a cocky fool while listening to this, I always feel better after jamming to it.
      Good lord that video is something else though, balloon boy dropping mixtapes was absolutely NOT what I expected for that.

    You've cried to

    • Geographer - Ready 2 Wear
      "But frostycakes," you ask, "isn't Ready 2 Wear a love song, and a happy one at that?" Well, the original (an aside: the original is one of those songs that seems very out of its time, I honestly didn't believe it came out in 2004) certainly is. This version is just tinged with so much sadness, the fleeting nature of this encounter makes the happiness bittersweet. Guy did an amazing job with this cover, but I can say that discovering this version very recently coming off of the end of an almost seven-year relationship made me break down the first time I heard it. Maybe it's just the circumstances that make this such a sad and touching song to me, but I'm not so sure.

    Reminds you of someone you used to love

    Brings you back to a specific memorable moment/time in your life

    • Depeche Mode - Dream On
      The moment that this song is inextricably linked to in my memories isn't a particularly memorable moment, so it's made all the more weird that I remember a mundane summer's night as a kid, trying to fall asleep on the couch in the basement because our air conditioner was broken. This album had just come out and my parents were upstairs listening to it. I had just showered and can still smell the Paul Mitchell tea tree conditioner in my hair, the earthy, slightly dusty smell of the basement, the feel of the couch's cushions and fabrics, the sweat on me, all of it. I don't know why such a mundane memory is so intensely seared in me twenty years later and linked to this song, but it is.

    Amps you up

    • Adebisi Shank - Sensation
      Frenetic math rock? I don't know how this couldn't amp someone up, to be honest. Plus, it just exudes a fun energy-- it's plainly obvious that these guys are having a good time and it's pretty infectious. Might be a little too hyper for some people, though. If you've got a lead foot, probably don't drive and listen to this, I may or may not have caught myself doing 90+ just completely in the zone with this song.
    • Refused - New Noise
      Like the sheltered suburbanite I was growing up, my first experience of this song was in the Friday Night Lights soundtrack. Ever since then, it's always been a go-to for workout mixes, pre-interview self-hype, you name it. May have also been my gateway drug into lefty politics, now that I think on it.

    Makes you feel like you're on an adventure

    • Thrice - Night Diving
      This has always made me, someone who grew up in a landlocked place and has never been diving, feel like I'm in some crazy bioluminescent underwater world. I cannot recommend listening to this in a dark room (preferably stoned, but it's still fantastic sober) enough.

    Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

    • Danielle Ate the Sandwich - Faith in a Man
      Makes things as mundane as bridges and utility poles seem grand and beautiful, it's a roundabout reminder of the beauty in unexpected things to me. Song starts at about 1 min 50 sec in, but it's an awesome music video too.

    Makes you smile

    • Magic Bronson - Fences
      Optimisim in struggle, it's hard not to smile at that. Feels like it should be played over a party scene montage in a movie in some ways, but it's upbeat and boppable, very much a languid happy summer track.

    Makes you laugh

    • The Chemical Brothers - Salmon Dance
      Not only is it a fun song, the music video is great. I was absolutely obsessed with fish growing up as well (wanted to be an ichthyologist from about 8-15 even!), so it speaks to me on that level too (epic misidentification of the fish and a mix of freshwater and saltwater species in the tank notwithstanding). Have yet to meet someone who hasn't enjoyed it on some level either.

    • Electric Six - Randy's Hot Tonight
      I mean, it's Electric freaking Six, they're hilarious across the board. This is a totally underrated gem of theirs, and the low-budget video of Dick Valentine acting a goon outside what looks like the Sister Sister house cracks me up every time.

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  9. rosco
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    Is an instant mood lift Derevolutions - Just One Look As soon as I hear the start of the argument that kicks the song off I am buzzing. It doesn't matter where I am when I hear this song, it makes...

    Is an instant mood lift

    • Derevolutions - Just One Look
      As soon as I hear the start of the argument that kicks the song off I am buzzing. It doesn't matter where I am when I hear this song, it makes me want to dance.
    • Cults - Go Outside
      This one gets a very real body reaction from me. I used to have it as my cool down song on a running playlist and to this day I get flooded with adrenaline and endorphins. I think it's a little pavlovian. It should be a depressing song but it makes me feel like everything is ok with the world.
    • Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
      Oh man, Mr. Blue Sky. No need to dive deep into this one, you just can't possibly feel bad listening to it.
    • Ben Gibbard - Something's Rattling
      I love the tone and the warm dusty feel of this song. I know Gibbard is appropriating with this piece but I love it regardless. Another song that just makes me feel like I'm exactly where I'm meant to be.

    Is emotionally devastating

    • Blake Mills - If I'm Unworthy
      So I wasn't really sure what to do with this section because music doesn't devastate me, even songs associated with negative memories. I'll say song that give me intense emotional feels. This song always makes me wonder if I'm being a good enough partner and think about the pain I may be imparting on my significant other.
    • Nathaniel Rateliff - Something Beautiful
      This song always throws me into a feeling that questions the decisions I've made. Did I make the large decisions because I wanted to or because I was scared? I always wonder if this is the beautiful life that I want.
    • Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
      This one is such a brutal description of lynching tied into a beautiful and enchanting song. This is the one song on here that I would actually call devastating. Very poignant for the current moment.

    You've cried to

    • Sturgill Simpson - In Bloom
      I know it's Nirvana, but how Sturgill belts it makes the song take on an even greater sense of love. It makes me wonder if I'll ever feel a love as strong as the one conveyed in the song or if I'll end up just "liking all those pretty songs".
    • Patsy Cline - Strange
      This one pierces the soul for anyone who has gone through a breakup and had to reconcile the fact that you're still with your partner in dreams and wake up alone.
    • John Prine and Iris DeMent - In Spite Of Ourselves
      This song is all happy tears. It's like the ending of a bad hallmark film: they are imperfect, balance each other out, and deeply in love. For some reason it comes off as completely genuine and I fall in love with them just hearing it.

    Reminds you of someone you love

    • Father John Misty - Real Love Baby
      I can't get the shit eating grin off my face when I listen to this song. It makes me think of my longtime partner and all of the amazing times we've had. I always imagine her dancing in favorite blue dress barefoot.
    • Kishi Bashi - Hey Big Star
      This one might be better suited for the "memories" section but again takes me straight to my partner. We shared headphones on a packed train ride where we had to look at each other through this weird little window on the exit barrier. We said at the time that we were making memories and we were right.
    • Glenn Miller - In the Mood
      This makes me think of my parents before they got divorced. I'm not sure how often my parents would do it, but every so often they would move all the furniture and steam clean the carpets. After we'd throw on Glenn Miller and dance/run around the now HUGE rooms. It always felt like complete freedom.

    Reminds you of someone you used to love

    • Black Eyed Peas - Tonights Going to be a Good Night
      This was the same brief relationship from the MGMT memory. We had a weird, intense, short relationship that left me thinking of her a lot afterwords. She introduced me to this song and it was of course the smash hit of the year. I heard it incessantly and always thought of her.
    • Maroon 5 - Daylight
      I had been working on a regional project that was coming to an end. I had met an amazing girl, my female counterpart, but due to how the complexity of our countries of origin and work we didn't even broach staying together after the projects end. We had one of the most amazing 24 hours of my life the night before I flew out and I just remember laying next to her thinking of that stupid song and how I wished daylight wouldn't come.
    • BB Brunes - Lalalove You
      I was too old to be into the BB Brunes when they came out (it's french teen pop) but I loved the song and the girls I got to enjoy that year with. This is more of a collection of previous loves.

    Brings you back to a specific memorable moment/time in your life

    • MGMT - Electric Feel
      This song embodies my early college years and takes me back to a study abroad moment in Ecuador laying in the bed of a pick up of a pickup staring up at the stars snugged up next to my crush from the program. We shared headphones and she grabbed my hand halfway though. The relationship was short but it is a very warm memory.
    • PAPA - Ain't It So
      My significant other and I had quit our jobs and decided to bike tour around Europe for 5 months as we looked for jobs and decided where to live. This became the anthem of the trip. I have a weirdly specific memory of figuring out the song's name in Potes in the north of spain.
    • The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
      First break up. I sat in my car outside of my suddenly ex-girlfriend's house not wanting to go home, not wanting to stay there. I listened to this song on repeat for about an hour straight before driving home. I still love the song but even today I still get a slight tightness in my chest and am flooded with those memories.

    Helps you relax

    Amps you up

    • FIDLAR - No Waves
      Everything FIDLAR produces gets me jumping around like a drunken monkey. It could be 6am or 9pm it doesn't matter, I will always scream along with this song. My computer fan even kicked on while I was listening to No Waves and writing this.
    • Base Drum of Death - Get Found
      Oh man, this is one of the few songs that the music video really embodies the feeling I get when I listen to this song. I want to do nothing but rage.
    • Gary Clark Jr. - Don't Owe You a Thing
      The attitude. This song just makes me feel like I don't need anything. Just go out, see friends, and have a good sloppy night.
    • Wolfmother - White Unicorn
      Uhhh, Wolfmother. What else is there left to say. Everything off their first album was amazing and the intro to White Unicorn still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time I hear it 13 years later.

    Makes you feel safe

    • Mac Demarco - My Old Man
      This is a little melancholy because it's about Mac's dad getting old and passing away. That said it always makes me think of my dad and think of all the things he does that I used to find so weird that I'm slowly finding myself adopting. Passing a weird little house that doesn't fit into the neighborhood, better take a photo and text it to him with no context. It's the audio version of stale beer and potting soil.
    • Faces - Ooh La La
      Similar to My Old Man, it makes me think of my parents. They've both done a great job at giving guidance but letting me make my own mistakes. I think back to the advice they gave me when I was younger and groan at just how much of it were true nuggets of wisdom, none of which I ever took.
    • Herman's Hermits - I'm into Something Good
      Herman's Hermits entire discography is an amazing warm blanket from my childhood. They are just good, upbeat songs that remind me of growing up.
    • Tobias Jesso Jr - The Wait
      Unlike everything else in this category, The Wait just has a very reassuring feel to it. It makes me think of relationships and pining for girls when I was a teenager. He managed to climb into my own experience and lay it bear. It was a very exciting period for me and I still hold a lot of those memories very near to my heart.

    Could put you to sleep (in a good way)

    • M. Ward - Chinese Translation
      This is such a fun song. I feel like this is the closest equivalent to an adult fairy tale/lullaby.
    • Marbert Rocel - My Bed
      This song managed to synthesize the feeling of lazy morning in a new relationship. It's not just the lyrics, the entire feeling of the song gives me the warm buzzing feeling of stomach butterflys and the light golden light that seems to bathe everything at the beginning of a new relationship.
    • Air - Ce Martin-la
      Another band that I could have chosen almost anything from their discography. It is so calm and melodic that it just gently rocks you off to sleep.

    Makes you feel like you're on an adventure

    • Damien Jurado - Silver Timothy
      Jump in y'all we're headed west. Silver Timothy paints a picture of jagged mountains, endless pains, running horses, and rugged dirt roads. It is, in my opinion, the ultimate adventure song.
    • Ty Seagall - My Lady's On Fire
      I had to sneak Ty in here somewhere. My lady's on Fire is one of his more even keeled pieces and always gives me the feeling that I'm setting off for somewhere good. This is a solitary driver awake on a road trip. This is a group of good friends leaving the pub at the end of the night linked arm in arm.
    • Mark Ronson - Bike Song
      This one is incredibly specific for me. From the repetitive lyrics to the the distinctly start of the 2010s feel reminds me of the end of college and the freeing feeling of joining the working world. It was the start of an adventure and a real sense of freedom.

    Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

    • Herb Albert - Ladyfingers
      So much of Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass's music is amazing but this song makes me believe in true love. It's lofty, crooning, and hits you squarely in the heart.
    • Calle 13 - Ojos Color Sol
      Another gorgeous song. It just makes me feel like I'm falling in love again and again.
    • Nicolas Godin - Les Rues de Paris
      I don't cry much, but this song always makes my eyes well a little. The feeling that some people ascribe to Paris: the warm feelings from the glowing streetlamps, the smell of fresh bread and garlic wafting through the streets, the giggle of young lovers; this song makes you feel them all.

    Impresses you

    • Michael Jacksons - Entire Discography
      I couldn't pick one. I couldn't even pick an era. Everything from the Jackson five to Thriller and beyond were amazing. Michael truly changed the face of music and pulled from what seems to be an endless well of talent.
    • Daft Punk - Alive Album
      Daft punk is another band that has just dropped banger after banger. Alive is special to me because they mashed up so many of their amazing songs from Discovery/Homework/Human After All. It's a masterclass in putting on a show. It has stood the test of time as the only live album I like.
    • Luigi Boccherini - String Quartet in C Major 324...
      I'm not often drawn to classical music, but this piece just speaks to me. It's fun, it's complex, and it conveys a whole sense of feeling from the musicians. I love it.

    Makes you smile

    • Yelle - Ce Jue
      I love Yelle. She has been a force of good feeling in my music collection for over a decade now. The song just drips in playful, sassy french attitude. I can't help but start wiggling my shoulders and smiling when this song comes on.
    • Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
      Oh man. What evening out isn't made better by Come on Eileen spontaneously coming on. It's a wholesome good night out incarnate. It is shenanigans.
    • T.Rex - 20th Century Boy
      This song sends the tingle down my spine and makes me want to throw on a shirt unbuttoned all the way down to my happy trail. The punky voice is jsut elevated by the almost sunday morning church back up singers. It's a masterpiece.
    • Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
      This is a sleeper of a song. Very few people I know have heard of it and when someone else knows it I feel like we have instant kinship. The almost beach blanket babylon feel of the song gives you a "wild boys" feeling. I just love how he enunciates his words, "ei. to find out where they hide uhhh". At it's crescendo it's pure fun.

    Makes you laugh

    • The Darkness - I Believe In a Thing Called Love
      To those who don't know the Darkness, I'm not sure how, but this is your invitation to an amazing time. It's like someone took all of the rockers from the 60s and 70s and distilled them down into one perfect song. Even the video is amazing. Even the low budget first video is amazing. If you ever need to zap a giant space squid or make love to a furry eight armed beast, this is your song.
    • Boney M. - Rasputin
      You'll find me almost every weekend in my underwear dancing erratically with a mop scrubbing down the mess from the week to this song. I'm not sure if the tale of one historic figure has ever been told so eloquently or flamboyantly. If you don't know Boney M it's time to make new friends. Just listen to the song.
    • Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
      The rockingest song from an era of big hair, wide pants, and sequens. This song makes me so sad I wasn't around when this was considered pop music and almost makes me feel like I'm dancing through some vintage porno. Take Abba, turn it up to 11, and you'll come close to touching Baccara.
    • Hot Chip - Easy To Get
      The funky vibes, the ironic hook, the almost Lonely Planet lyrics. It is a great feel good night out anthem.
    • The Chats - Smoko
      And with that I'm going on Smoko. So leave me alone.
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  10. krg
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    I'll definitely be revisiting this topic, but for now... Some Things Last A Long Time by Daniel Johnston ... on many levels, really. A Rorschach test for pain. Forever by Juliana Barwick ... I...

    I'll definitely be revisiting this topic, but for now...

    Is emotionally devastating

    Some Things Last A Long Time by Daniel Johnston ... on many levels, really. A Rorschach test for pain.

    You've cried to

    Forever by Juliana Barwick ... I happened to be browsing my mother's Facebook profile. Looking through her pictures...I was just sad for her as I feel she deserves more happiness. She sacrificed a lot just to raise some dumbass kids.

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    Is an instant mood lift I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness Is emotionally devastating *K.I.T. - USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) You've cried to End of an Era - Oliver Boyd and the...

    Is an instant mood lift

    • I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness

    Is emotionally devastating

    • *K.I.T. - USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)

    You've cried to

    • End of an Era - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

    Reminds you of someone you love

    • She's So High - Tal Bachman

    Reminds you of someone you used to love

    • Sell Out - Reel Big Fish

    Brings you back to a specific memorable moment/time in your life

    • Glass Shatters - Disturbed

    Helps you relax

    • No Sleep - Caamp

    Amps you up

    • It's About To Get Hectic - Bassnectar, Jansen, Born I

    Makes you feel safe

    • God's Country - Ani DiFranco

    Could put you to sleep (in a good way)

    • I Need My Girl - The National

    Makes you feel like you're on an adventure

    • Maiden Voyage - Sea of Thieves Soundtrack

    Reminds you that there is beauty in this world

    • Drifting - Andy McKee

    Impresses you

    • The Sound of Silence - Pentatonix

    Makes you smile

    • Count of Tuscany - Dream Theater

    Makes you laugh

    • Leggy Blonde - Flight of the Concords
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