Well isn’t this a stressful list to be writing. On Halloween, Matt and I sat down and went through every The Wonder Years album and chose our favorite songs from it. We each had one song allowed each, and it got me thinking… I’ve never really thought of my favorite songs of all time. There are some easy ones on here: ones that remind me of Matt, or a specific moment in time. But then there are some less obvious ones, like ones that make me smile every time they come on or ones that I remember every single word to, even if I haven’t listened in two or three years. So, I guess we should start with the list. By the way, these are in no particular order, they are completely random.
1) You In January – The Wonder Years
The most obvious song on this list, since I believe that this has been featured in
every single most of my blog posts since the song came out. I love this song so much, since I’m a hopeless romantic and this is the only real love song my favorite band has ever written. I also love how the song is written: it’s filled with specific moments where the writer, Dan Campbell, fell in love with this now fiancee. I love this song and I don’t think I can reiterate it anymore.
2) Goodnight Moon – Go Radio
A song from a band that no longer exists (RIP), this is technically Matt and I’s “song” (although now that I think about it, we have about 15 of “our songs”). They were such a talented band, and now that the lead singer and songwriter (Jason Lancaster, one of my favorite people in the entire world) is a solo artist, he still sings it whenever he performs and every single time I hear it I lose my mind. He’s such a talented guy, and this song also holds a lot of meaning to me because this is my mom’s favorite song, too, and they were our favorite band.
3) Jersey – Mayday Parade
I have supplied the Audiotree version of this song, since it’s the first song I saw live at my first General Admission show. This is the song that made me love this genre of music. This is also the song that really solidified my relationship with my friend, Jess. We were best friends all throughout high school, and I don’t think we would have been friends without this song. It was also the last band we saw before graduating high school. This song always makes me very emotional.
4) Rock Bottom – Modern Baseball
This is one of the songs that brings me back to a specific moment in time. I was driving alone for the first time, and it was the first time I listened to this song, too. It was right after Matt went away to school for the first time. I think this song is just really real and funny and that’s what I love about Modern Baseball: they sound real and much more realistic than a lot of other bands. I’ve seen them live a bunch of times too, and they’re a ton of fun live. I really love this song, it’s kind of like You In January, where it chooses a specific moment to highlight that makes you really connect to it.
5) 12 Feet Deep – The Front Bottoms
This is the one that makes me smile whenever it comes on. There isn’t a specific reason I love this song. I think I just love screaming it loudly in my car, no matter who I’m with. I love this band so much (they’re from my area, which is a cool bonus), and Brian Sella (the lead singer) is 100% my celebrity crush. He’s kind of an asshole but it’s ok because he’s got a cute face and he’s super talented. But, the song, is just so good and different and they just do something different with every song, and I love that. They have no limitations. If you played a few of their songs to someone, they might not know they were the same band. I had a hard time picking one song by them, but I finally settled on this one.
6) I Don’t Love You Anymore – Real Friends
This is another one of those songs that brings me back to a specific moment in time: the day before my birthday this year, Matt, Lexi, my other best friend Kasey, and I went out on a whim and saw them. I’ve seen them a bunch of times before, I’ve also met them, but this time was different. The venue was pretty empty, and I was with three other people who love them just as much as I do. This song was just so much fun to scream, and it’s my favorite song by one of my favorite bands, because it made me realize that I love Lexi and Kasey and they’re my best friends.
7) Dirty Ickes – Sorority Noise
A really awesome band with a really awesome song. This brings me back to Skate and Surf Festival in 2015, when I saw them with about 30 other people who all really, really love this band. It was such a high energy 20 minutes, and I loved every second of it. It was just so much fun and such a fond memory that this song will just hold a special place in my heart.
8) Our Apartment – Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
Probably one of the hardest decisions on this list, since the entire Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties album is worth a listen. This is Dan Campbell from The Wonder Years side project, where he becomes Aaron West. I’ve seen this act three times (twice acoustic, once full band) and he is just so good. I really recommend listening to the entire album, because he tells an amazing story through songs. SERIOUSLY so great. This is the first song on the album, and I think it’s worth a listen.
9) Swim Down – Moose Blood
Moose Blood is a British band that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Their first time in the U.S. was at Warped Tour this summer and I saw them both full band and acoustically and it was amazing and totally solidified my love for them. This song is absolutely amazing. So great. Love these guys.
10) I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral – The Wonder Years
I could write an entire Top 10 of Wonder Years songs (this will 100% be a post next week). I love this band so much. This song is the last song on The Greatest Generation, and starts out as it’s own amazing song, and then turns into an AMAZING compilation of all the other songs from the album. It’s seriously so incredible. I don’t even have words, but when they play this live, I lose it.
Let’s Talk About Your Hair – Have Mercy
You Ain’t No Saint – Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
Summer Shandy – The Front Bottoms
December – Neck Deep
Apartment – Modern Baseball
Home for Fall – Real Friends
Centennial Lanes – Sudden Suspension
Nolsey – Sorority Noise
Constant Headache – Joyce Manor
Jamie All Over – Mayday Parade