I've finally done a Top 10 - it's a shocker, I know. But in true form, it did take me about 2 weeks to decide on the finalists; there were just too many. The first 3 were easy, but I agonized over the rest. Factors included longevity, emotional impact, and inflation. I couldn't even be cold hearted enough to make a clear cut, so I have listed some honorable mentions as well. I've also begun wrangling up a Top 10 Albums, which is surprisingly quite different from this list.
1. Black - Pearl Jam
The embodiment of my teen years all wrapped up and expressed through this one song. Read more about when I finally heard it live here.
2. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
The second of only 2 songs I've ever cried when hearing it performed live; a close second. The accoustic version gets me every time.
3. Capoicity - Powderfinger
I asked the drummer (Jon Coghill) why they didn't play it that night I saw them for the first time. He laughed and replied, "It's too complicated; we can't be arsed." I understood; the instrumentals are truly incredible.
4. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morissette
Fall in love with your best friend? Story of my life. I actually bought myself a harmonica so I could learn how to play this song; don't laugh, I was 17.
5. What a Good Boy - Barenaked Ladies
Amazing song about how much pressure we're put under to achieve. 'Gordon' came out when I was in Grade 9, so it was pretty huge considering their second single from that album was "This Is Me in Grade 9".
6. Mutha Fukka on a Motorcycle - Machine Gun Fellatio
One of the funkiest songs I've ever heard; it makes me want to jump up and dance. The woman that sings this usually performs it topless with stick-on mustaches on each nipple - it is totally ridiculous and I love it.
7. Melbourne - The Whitlams
If you've been reading my blog, then this one is fairly self-explainatory. Ah, Melbourne.
8. No Need to Argue - Cranberries
My ultimate "Jim" song. Dolores O'Riordan stole my thoughts and made them into this song about the two of us.
9. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
The best "fuck" song ever written, in my opinion! It's hard, hot, deep, and dirty.
10. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Brian Adams
When this came out, I bought everything it was on - even though it was all the same version. I often pictured myself as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio when I hear it play. "RRRRRROBIN!!!"
Other highly honorable mentions include:
Undivided Love - Thirsty Merc
D'yer Mak'er - Led Zepplin
I Alone - Live
Miss You Love - silverchair
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Tori Amos (covering Nirvana)
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
Masterpiece Theatre III - Marianas Trench
Strangers - Portishead
Lithium - Nirvana
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
and, of course...
Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright - which played when I walked down the isle on my wedding day :)