C-Jam Blues: "What I learned how to play blues piano riffs from. Peterson was the best."
Solid Sender: "If I could have a song as a wife..."
Soft: "I've always thought that I really relate to the lyrics of this even though I don't really know what they are. I love the singer's enunciation in all their songs. They are pretty much the only modern band I can say I am a fan of."
Cold Sweat: "This song hits me just as hard every time I've heard it since I was a little kind and I listened to James Brown on the way to school."
Dean: "I love Terry Reid. I love the schizophrenic decisions he makes towards the end of this song when he's choosing what notes to sing. Terry Reid was just one of those guys like James Brown who when they got into a groove, it just seemed like they'd want to keep singing the same line, let alone the same song, all night."
Stepping Out Queen, Pt. II: "Another guy who has such a visionary and unique take on what structure in songwriting is, what singing is and what can be achieved emotionally and spiritually through music."
Lengths: "Another new band I like. This is a beautiful song. I like how it's produced. This whole album is great."
One Mo'gin: "I love D'Angelo. I used to always try and sing like him when I was younger and embarrassingly fail. I like his pronunciation when he sings. I think when you try and write lyrics and you think that there is no way the listener will figure out what you're saying or what you mean, you write much more honestly. I think."
Blue Monday People: "Got inspired by putting D'Angelo on. This whole album is amazing. The production on it is incredible. A really interesting album which not a lot of people listen to. Don't know why."
Brown Trout Blues: "I grew up with some amazing musicians in London who are still my friends. Marcus Foster, Bobby Long and Sam Bradley are recording their albums now, but Johnny Flynn completed his one a while ago. I just saw him play in L.A. and he was incredible. But he's always been incredible so I can't say I was surprised. Get this album it's great and no one else does music like him at all."
Ambulance Blues: "One of the most moving songs ever written or recorded. I used to listen to the line 'I guess I'll call it sickness gone' on repeat for hours when I wanted to try and write something."
A Whiter Shade of Pale: "Just a beautiful song. Reminds me of the end of Withnail and I."
Ruby's Arms: "My favorite Tom Waits song. I cry almost every time I hear it. Plays over an amazing scene in one of my favorite movies too - Prenom Carmen."
(First) Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12: "This song just hurts, it's so beautiful."
T.B. Sheets: "Only Van Morrison can do a performance like this. No one else has come close."
Love and Happiness: "I felt like this song would set the tone. Love and happiness are the two most indefinable emotions, but I think Mr. Green did a pretty good job."
The House That Jack Built: "This reminds me of my first apartment. I used to blast Aretha while vacuuming. I want Jack to build me a house."
The Woman in You: "I literally cried the first time I heard Ben Harper sing."
You've Got a Friend: "Oh, my buddy Michael Angarano. This one's for you."
Brooklyn Zoo: "I grew up listening to rap/hip hop. It wasn't until recently that I was even aware, let alone had an appreciation for other kinds of music. Wu Tang, Biggie, Nas, Tupca, you guys all have a special place in my heart."
Brown Trout Blues: "Johnny is a friend of a friend. I saw him play live, and it was an indescribable experience. Music like this just isn't made by people in my generation anymore."
Top Yourself: "I just recently fell in love with Jack White. He doesn't know it yet. I met him not too long ago at a show. All I said was 'hi', and then I hid in a corner."
There's Gotta Be a Change: "I'm mixing blues with politics. Let's make it happen people."
Shine: "I wanted to put 'The Man Sings' but iTunes doesn't have it. It's 'that song' that I used to play at maximum volume in my car over and over gain. There was a time when I felt a deep connection with those lyrics. Now I just laugh when I hear it. All of her songs are amazing, I'm her biggest fan."
It Makes No Difference: "A song like this is useful every once in a while. So is a good cry."
You Got Me: "I don't know why I love this song so muc, but a friend of mine says it reminds her of the time we spent together in Russia."
Change: "My mom used to play Tracy Chapman in the car, driving around the block for 30 min when I was a restless little kid. It relaxes me, it reminds me of my childhood."
Jehovah Made This Whole Joint for You: "I tried to cover this song with my friend Sage. We recorded it on Garageband. To this day we still laugh even at the thought. I love it, but I'll never attempt to sing it again."
Zealots: "I've probably gone through five copies of this CD. It's just a classic one. Also, there was a time when I literally thought I was Lauryn Hill's long lost identical twin. (No you can't see any photos)."
Madame Joy: "When I hear this song, I think of night shoots in New Orleans with Kristen, drinking espresso, and singing out of tune. We've decided that this will be the theme song at our wedding."
Crawling: "In general I think the album Hybrid Theory is a must. A lot of their songs I feel I relate to, it's very hard to pick just one."
Colorblind: "I use music a lot when I am acting...this one I use, without fail, every time."
Warning: "This song is a favorite because it's both really soft at points and really intense too. I think the song's message about not letting life pass you by is something everyone can relate to."
Walking After You: "I love love love Dave Grohl because he was the drummer for Nirvana and managed to overcome the devastating passing of their lead singer Kurt Cobain. This song manages to melt my heart every time I hear it."
Gravity: "Most of the songs I love I relate to. I rely on music to help me feel or get through things and this one had a big influence. Plus her voice is just so gorgeous."
Runaway Train: "This is such a bittersweet song. I can't help but get lost in the music when I hear it. 'Seems like I should be getting somewhere'."
So Rich, So Pretty: "This one is a fun song that gets me amped to go out with my girls. I admit this song has some controversial subject matter, but you must admit it's got a catchy beat!"
Sleep to Dream: "This song was my angry girl song that got me through a bad break-up with an ex."
Everything In Its Right Place: "This song is so mellow, I love it. Makes me melt every time I hear it."
Breathe Me: "There are some songs that you just love...just because."
Fearful: "The melancholy opening is soothing and beguiling of the energy to come. Once that near-ragtime piano drops in, and the powerful lounge voice of Spencer Bell croons, 'I'm almost a person,' the song leads you on an incredible musical journey, dipping in and out of genres with lyrics too powerful to ignore. Love it."
Under Pressure: "Famous for Vanilla Ice ripping off the hook, this song is absolutely magical. Bowie's vocals mixing with Queen's harmonies and the overall experience of two incredible musical powerhouses...makes for amazing karaoke."
Walking the Cow: "I first learned of this guy from the documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston. This song, like so many of his, is raw and honest, and the lyrics are deceptively simple, but there's always a double meaning or a pun lurking below the surface. Think of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' when you listen to this song."
All My Heroes Are Weirdos: "One of the few bands that can get me to dance. This song is rough, raw, has a garage-funk type sound that I love, and it's accurate as to whom my heroes happen to be. Like Thom Yorke sang, 'I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo,' plus their band is genius, (pronounced 'chk-chk-chk')."
Muscle'n Flo: "I stumbled across this CD in a used record store in Venice, CA, and I ended up buying it for the incredible 3D cover art. However, after this first song on the album, I fell in love with a new sound. The drum beats, the composition, the breaks, the lyrics, the vocal arrangements, and, once again, the cover art. Beauty."
Thou Shalt Always Kill: "I first heard this song on Indie 103.1 and it was the first time I've called a radio station to enquire as to what they just played. This song is a necessity to anyone who's considered marrying an entire band."
Gimmie Some Salt: "I love funky rock bands, and this song makes me wanna moonwalk, albeit terribly as I don't know how to properly...but I bet you'll try it when you give this song a listen. You'll probably do better than I do."
Long Haired Child: "He's one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time, putting on incredible live shows and having a prolific catalog for such a young guy. He reminds me of a psychedelic, less-politicly transparent Neil Young, with a better singing voice. This song is for all the older hippies who have kids these days."
Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby: "I followed this band from their origins as the Unicorns and their first CD blew me away. This song, albeit I don't quite get the title, is so much fun to sing-along to and makes a great start to any car journey's playlist."
Formed a Band: "This song explains this band perfectly. They formed a band, and that's what they sound like. Whenever our band 100monkeys was formed, I sang this Art Brut song for a month straight, 'Formed a band, we formed a band...Look at us! We formed a band!'"
Champion: "I know nothing about this band, except I stumbled across this song one day on iTunes and started dancing. This is the song to get you going in the morning; it's even better than caffeinated doughnuts. That's right, I said 'caffeinated doughnuts.' They do exist, first had one at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR, and they are powerfully delicious, like this song."
Be Gentle With Me: "Branded as country-disco, this band has some of the most fun music I have ever heard. It's playful, doesn't take itself too seriously, yet it has incredibly composition and production value. Their one album is worth the $9.99."
Doo Right: "This is one of Man Man's few ballads. Much like Tom Waits, they place a few straws of hay in every needle-stack. Every single album of theirs holds a piece like this, and this new one os probably my favorite so far. Genius lyrical composition."
A Minha Menina: "I first heard this song as a cover by A Band of Bees, but a friend told me about this original. So much fun to sing along to, especially if you're like me and have no idea what the words are or what they mean."
The Angry Mob: "This song is anthemic like the Killers' music often is, but holds to more of a raw edge, plis, the lyrical content holds an incredibly accurate finger on the vein of modern society, and...it's just plain fun! 'We are the angry mob!'"
Live Your Life (ft. Rihanna): "This song is my anthem. Great for motivation when starting your day."
Let It Rock: "This is a great song to move you when you're out or just driving around town."
Faint: "This song starts my workout and pumps me up!"
That's What You Get: "They started playing this on the radio a couple months ago and I was hooked. The lead singer rocks."
Hold the Door: "Totally relaxing song. Helps me chill out after a long day of shooting."
Intergalactic: "I remember this is the song that got our generation hooked on the Beasties. My older brother loves these guys."
Into the Ocean: "Love this song. Hey, even a tough guy can have a soft side."
Let the Drummer Kick: "One word...CLASSIC!"
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: "How can you go wrong with Fall Out Boy? It's just fun tunes."
Paralyzer: "The lyrics of this song remind me of how it really is sometimes when you're out...once in a blue moon a girl will catch your attention."
The Pretender: "I think of myself as very unique. This is definitely an anthem for those of us who set ourselves apart from the crowd."
Dope Boys: "New song that rocks, it's crazy to see rap collaborating with rockers to produce perfection."
Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast in America (ft. Patrick Stump): "Great mix of rap/rock. I heard the lead singer is dating Katy Perry...so jealous!"
Wish You Were Here: "This is my California song. There's not a song that makes me feel more at home."
Hip-Hop Saved My Life (ft. Nikki Jean): "I love the beat, but you have to listen to the lyrics to understand."
Eye of the Tiger: "This is undoubtedly one of the most physically inspiring songs ever made. You associate this song with the movie Rocky and can't help pushing yourself extra hard while listening to it."
Going Back to Cali: "This is the theme song to all my road trips. I was raised in California and this is the song that was on repeat on my first descent from San Francisco to Los Angeles."
Bohemian Rhapsody: "Everyone digs it. It's got so many different parts. Fun to sing along with in groups..."
Let's Stay Together: "Ahhh, relationships. He made pain sound so good."
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: "Michael Jackson is all I gotta say."
Scatterlings of Africa: "This is a song that I love and set to a one-man show that I wrote about my African heritage while I was in college."
Clocks: "This is a very romantic album. Could listen to it over and over again. It is a vibe that can be described as nothing else but right."
American Boy (ft. Kayne West): "This is a great dance song. And I know all the lyrics and yell them out with enthusiasm as soon as I hear the beat."
Bamboleo: "This song gets my blood flowing. I feel it all through my body."
Crazy: "This is not only good but it is profound. A deeply sad song disguised in a really hip package."
Don't Stop Believin': "Come on. Who doesn't love this song?"
Roxanee: "It makes me utterly happy to listen to this. Play it anywhere any time and I will love it and sing along."
Darling Nikki: "I ain't ashamed to admit it. This is a hot song. Prince is a great artist."
You Can Call Me Al: "Reminds me of my father. When I was a kid, I remember him playing this song."
American Pie: "This is a classic. And I love it. It's full of so many images and allows you to go into a peace nostalgic reflection."
A Case of You: "The metaphor in this song for someone as wine and being intoxicated by them never able to get enough is the most poetic I've heard. The whole Blue album is like poetry to music."
Wide Open Spaces: "When I moved to L.A. I drove across the county and listened to this song again and again. If I had a theme song this would without a doubt be it."
Sweet Lorraine: "I love country music for the storytelling and this one, about breaking free despite wherever you may come from, is my favorite. I had a hard time only picking one song from this album though."
Strange Fruit: "About the lynching that went on in the south, Billie's record label wouldn't release this so she recorded it independently. I think it is the perfect example of why music is so important and how it can make us really think about things we might otherwise not on."
A Whiter Shade of Pale: "When I was a kid I used to play my mother's LPs all day and I think I actually wore the record out listening to this, it's just the most haunting melody."
Angel Mine: "Relationships are about accepting people for who they are, imperfections especially. I love that this song is about asking to be accepted and trusted and loved even though you have made mistakes."
The Space Between: "So many love songs would have us believe that true love is perfect but it's a difficult journey. The idea that there is 'a space between' the hard times where you remember what you're fighting for is so honest and the most romantic view of love for me."
Full Force Gale: "I find this song so uplifting. The original by Van Morisson is wonderful but my favorite is an a capella version by Elvis Costello."
Something in the Way She Moves: "If I ever had to pick a song to be serenaded with this would be it."
The Captain and the Hourglass: "Nikki Reed introduced me to Laura and it's my favorite album right now. Just a great track about the ticking clock of being human."
That Time of Night (The Short Straw): "Best opening line of a song, ever. The incredible image conjured up by that first line has never been equaled for me. That, and these guys can PLAY their instruments."
Dirty Diana: "Hands down the best gritty, get-sweaty, hardcore pop-rock song out there by the true master of get-you-on-the-dance-floor music. And that opening synthesizer crash never gets old!"
You Can Call Me Al: "My dad's name is Al so he always used to joke that this was his favorite song. I've been listening to it since I was a kid and it's actually still one of my favorite songs today."
In the Real World: "Off Roy's last album. I don't think it's very well known. It's one of the saddest songs I've ever heard but also one of the most beautiful. I cry almost every time I listen to it."
Mountains O' Things: "I chose this one because living in L.A. I sometimes need a reminder that wealth and fame don't really mean anything and this is my go-to song for that!"
Smother Me: "The Used: I love the Used and this is my favorite song of theirs. The song expresses the pain experienced when that special someone is not around. The song takes me to a place where I want nothing more than to be with her."
Best I Ever Had: "I believe you never really know what you have until it's gone. I've learned to enjoy every moment and live life to the fullest because after it's over, you want it back. The words to this song strongly describe the feelings that occur when you lose someone you love."
Drops of Jupiter: "This is one of my father's favorite songs. He's played this song ever since I was young. I kind of got addicted to it throughout the years. If you don't like it, you can blame it on him."
Never Knew: "This song symbolizes the importance of having someone in your life you can trust and look up to. There are many people in my life I can relate this song to."
The Saints are Coming: "U2 is probably my all-time favorite band and this song is one of my favorites. I thought the idea of creating a song with Green Day was absolutely genius and it turned out to be great!"
Put Your Hands Up in the Air!: "As annoying as this song may be, I have many great memories behind it. A friend and I made a music video to this song for school and it was absolutely hilarious. We actually got 100 percent on it!"
Let It Rock: "This is just one of those roll-your-window-down, blast-the-music-while-you're-driving-dow
Fall For You: "This song is an emotional song about a boy falling in love with a girl. I first heard this song on the radio and it captured my attention so I immediately went home and downloaded it from iTunes."
Addicted: "This is one of my favorite romantic songs. I'm a sucker for romance songs since I'm a hopeless romantic. The song starts out quiet, a little sad and becomes more powerful as it progresses."