I’ve been in love with Post Modern Jukebox for years, and vocialist Haley Reinhart for longer than that… since 2011 when she was on “American Idol”. Which is the last season I actively watched because lets be honest, it went way downhill after that.
Haley has often been a part of PMJ and some viral retro-style covers like Radiohead’s “Creep” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”, and after 5 years, she’s back with a cover of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”!
I mean, DAMN girl. Damnnnnnn…
Her voice is just beyond. And her stage presence and look… she’s total freaking package. I’d give my right eye for a voice like that!
How is she not Top Tier level pop star? Seriously. WTF???
Whatever. The world is weird. Haley + Post Modern Jukebox is always a win, and I’m so glad they’re back together!
Earlier today, “Rolling Stone” magazine released their revised list of the Top 500 Songs of All Time. The full list is here.
What’s really crazy is the Top 10.
Really? “Get UR Freak On?” The hell?
So, I wanted to make my own Top 10, based off of my all-time favorite songs. These are songs that no matter what I’m doing, if they come on the radio, or on my playlist, I stop what I’m doing and just listen. Or rock out 100%. Great songs will make you happily interrupt whatever you’re doing to experience them, no matter how many times you have heard them before.
This was really hard to narrow down, but I had to make my Top 10 picks, and these are my current 10 favorites EVER.
#10: “Purple Rain” by Prince
Oh, the Purple One… no matter how many times I hear this, it jjust never gets old. The drama, and the gorgeous guitar solo at the end gives me goosebumps every time.
There will never be another Prince.
#9: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John
Elton John will forever be one of my favorite all-time artists. Incredible artist, who, with songwriter Bernie Taupin, put out songs that forever stand the test of time. This one gets me, as I am that girl who just wants to get back to the farm one day. Plus, the music and writing is awesome on this!
#8: “Wildest Dreams” by Tyalor Swift
I unapologetically love Taylor Swfit- especially her 1989 album. Yeah, so this song may be a bit of a ripoff of “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues, but I happen to love her take on it. It’s very atmospheric and it’s one of my favorite songs to ride my horse to. I put my phone in my sports bra, put this song on, and gallop my golden steed across the fields to it.
You think I’m kidding.
Nope. I totally do that. And enjoy every second.
#7: “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin
This iconic cover of the Kris Kristofferson original has me jamming out every time I hear it. I love bluesy rock, and this version will never get old.
Janis Joplin… total icon.
#6: “Tuesday’s Gone” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
As I mentioned earlier, I love bluesy, Southern rock, and this epic song by Skynyrd earns a spot in my Top 10 because of the music, which somehow makes one nostalgic when you hear it, even if you’re not. It just one of those songs that transports you, and that’s what a great song should do. Also, one of my favorite concert memories is watching Skynyrd play this song back in 2004 at Skullbone Music Park in Skullbone, TN. My best friend and I were front row, and the rain was puring down when they played this song. Just one of those really cool moments that sticks with you.
#5: “The Cowboy Rides Away” by George Strait
I would be remiss if I didn’t include the KING of Country music, Mr. George Strait.
This song is pure Country perfection. The music, the lyrics… all of it is YES.
Actually, George Strait is just YES, always.
#4: “Still Loving You” by The Scorpions
I LOVE 80’s Rock, and The Scorpions had me from the first note on this song. The lyrics aren’t that special, but holy cow, the music! Those guitar riffs at the end… the sheer drama of it… I wish I could play guitar if only to perform that solo. Which will never happen, but a girl can dream!
#3: “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica
Elton John claimed last week that this is one of the best written songs of all time.
I can’t really disagree. The lyrics, and the waltz-like music married to rock and roll is sheer perfection. The perfect Rock love song. I always imagine a gothic ballroom scene when I hear this one.
#2: Anything by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Especially anything from “Phantom of the Opera”
Andrew Lloyd Weber is a true genius, and has blessed the musical world. Everything he composes is pure magic.
#1 “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
Anyone who knows me won’t be shocked by my #1 choice.
I will always stop what I’m doing and rock out to 11 when this song comes on. The vocals and lyrics and the masterful guitar solo by Slash… the whole energy of the song makes it my #1. It’s also my favorite to perform live, just for that reason. I LOVE escalating vocals and songs that make you sweat, and that make you throw your hands up in the air and scream “HELL YES” every time you hear it. So, yeah, this fits the bill.
Also, since I’m expecting my first “Sweet Child of Mine” like any day now, it’s evern more special. And every time this song comes on, he kicks. So, he’s a fan as well. Rasing him right!
What would be your Top 10 list?
Anything is better than what “Rolling Stone” came up with.
I’m a happy woman, as there is new music from one of my favorite modern rock bands on the scene Halestorm!
I’ve had a mad girl crush on Lzzy Hale for over a decade…those vocals, looks, AND plays rythym guitar? Be still my heart. She’s pretty much everything I wish I could be, but I mean… reality check. Only Lzzy has that combo.
Anyhow, Halestorm recently dropped their new single “Back From the Dead” and of course, it totally rocks.
Damn, right? It’s like her voice just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait for the new album, and my only real bitch about this song is that I can’t sing along to it. I mean, I could, but I’d break a vocal cord in half even attempting what she can do.
In honor of those 13 brave Marines who gave their all in Afghanistan last week, Brantley Gilbert released a song in their honor “Gone But Not Forgotten”. I’m not trying to get political here… but I feel like our fallen soldiers should get all the respect possible by our fellow countrymen. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen.
Country music always does a great job of supporting our military, and showing respect for those who gave all.
As a military wife, I definitely appreciate it, and I know our soldier do as well.
Thank you, always, to those who serve, and never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can live our lives freely.
I know as Americans we complain A LOT, but you know what? We have it damn good here. And our military is to thank for it.