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What Songs Do You Find Comforting?

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When I was in middle school, I was forbidden to listen to…

…anything other than Christian music. Still, pop punk was having a moment, and because those tunes were forbidden, that made me want them all the more. Every day after school I’d take off my backpack, sneak into my room with a Snack Pack, quietly click my headphones into my boombox and drift away to the melodic angst of the early 2000s. It was my unwinding ritual.

Every now and then, while I’m in line at Trader Joe’s, a familiar 20-year-old tune will drift from the speakers and a smile emerges under my mask. Because no matter how not-my-taste that song may be, it takes me back to that terrible, wonderful time of life. My heart still skips a beat when I hear “This is the story of a girl…

Here’s my current grin-inducing playlist:
All The Small Things by Blink 182
Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne
Steal My Sunshine by LEN
She’s So High by Tal Bachman
Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days

What are the songs you find comforting? Do any of them have a good memory attached?

P.S. What music do you make out to and what’s bringing you joy right now?

(Photo from Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of American History.)

  1. Sylvie says...

    In the arms of an Angel, Sarah McLachlen, instantly relaxes me!

  2. Hilary says...

    This is going to sound so weird but for me it’s finding catharsis in Bonnie Raitt’s “I Cant make you love me”

    There’s something powerful about recognizing an intractable situation for what it is, grieving and being human, and doing the hard but right things

  3. Sophia says...

    I have been listening to Godspeed by Frank Ocean endlessly these past few months. When it came on at the end of the Michelle Obama documentary on Netflix, I just started bawling.

  4. Becky says...

    Almost anything by George Michael amd Hall &Oates.
    I remember being very concerned when I heard George sing “and I’m never gonna dance again”. My 4 years old brain couldn’t figure it out 😂

  5. N. Rogers says...

    Can’t get enough of Classic Rock from the 1970’s!

  6. Denise says...

    Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. I’m 55 now, but it came out when my husband died a little over nine years ago. My daughter showed me the video a few days after his death and for a moment, we had a good laugh. It played constantly, and sometimes I’d be crying in the car and it would come on and I’d say to the heavens “Okay, I’ll cheer up”. I still love it and crank it up every time.

  7. Kari says...

    So much of my high school-era music still makes me so happy – Death Cab, Modest Mouse, Reliant K (for all you other teenage Christian music listeners). But what really is a warm hug for me is old 80s and 90s country music! It’s all my family listened to growing up so they bring up such warm memories of my parents and grandparents. Old Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Alabama, Patty Loveless, Don Williams… they all give me the warm fuzzies.

    • H says...

      Oh my gosh RELIENT K😭😭😭 so many good ones by them. I love “Getting into You”

    • CR says...

      Prime Country on Sirius! It reminds of me wanting nothing more than to star in a Trisha Yearwood or Reba McIntire video!

    • D says...

      Oh wow! I did not expect to see Reliant K here! They were from my church growing up. The craziest New Years Eve I’ve ever had was at a party at an apartment they shared with friends.

  8. Court says...

    I remember falling asleep to the same life Dave Matthews acoustic recording (possibly MTV Unplugged??) EVERY night during those first scary weeks of college when I felt lonely and like I didn’t fit in. Early on in the pandemic, I started listening to him again with same calming effect as it had in 2001. Maybe I should have gotten that fire dancer tattoo after all!!!

  9. Amber Leigh says...

    A very edited list of my cozy comfort songs.
    Baby, I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
    Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Graceland – Paul Simon
    High Tide or Low Tide – Bob Marley
    Tender – Blur
    Basket Case – Green Day
    Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
    Jolene – Dolly Parton
    My Girl – The Temptations
    Love My Way – Psychedelic Furs
    Polyester Bride – Liz Phair

    • Amy says...

      TENDER IS MY JAM! It gives me all the feels every time I hear it!! It never gets old and it’s just a perfect, perfect song.

  10. Kate says...

    The Big Chill Soundtrack was in heavy rotation when I was growing up and always makes me feel at home. “A whiter shade of pale” in particular has been such a balm to my pandemic-induced anxiety.

    • Emily S says...

      Yes, this! Same!

  11. Jen says...

    Here comes the sun
    Little darlin’
    Here comes the sun
    I say
    It’s alright.

  12. Cynthia says...

    An oldie but a goodie here. Getting a kick out of watching
    TwinsthenewTrend and others on YouTube who are listening to songs for the first time – The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, The Carpenters, Janis, even Prince and Queen. The best is The Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody. For all you youngsters out there, you gotta listen.

  13. Faith says...

    “Existentialism on Prom Night” all the way. So many teenage feels.

  14. Susan Young says...

    Anything classified as soft rock from the 70’s – Eagles, Chicago, Seals and Croft, Hall and Oates, BeeGees, Carpenters.. On the R&B/Soul side Earth Wind and Fire, The Isley Brothers, Rufus and Chaka Khan, LTD – so much good music and so many memories.

  15. Amy says...

    Come Healing by Leonard Cohen. Or really anything he sings.

    • Hilary says...

      I’m with you Amy! Leonard Cohen’s 10 New Songs album got me through November 2016. So much wisdom, grit, and feeling of the feelings

  16. Abbe says...

    What a fun topic!
    I always turn to the music I listened to in high school, which as a lot of indie stuff and also post-punk — I was a HUGE fan of Joy Division and some of their songs still get me right in the chest. Also Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie, and recently I had a craving to re-listen to all of Writer’s Block by Peter Bjorn and John (remember when “Young Folks” was everywhere?!).

    My family is Tamil, so also any 90’s AR Rahman music takes me right back to childhood. So many good jams!

    • Clare says...

      These were all my favorites too Abbe! (Plus Postal Service) And I actually studied abroad in Tamil Nadu during college. Listening to songs I loved from that semester, like the soundtrack to the movie Moonu, bring me back to a time full of so much energy and excitement. :)

    • London says...

      When I see your post-punk list it is perfect. I somehow we are the same age and we would have been friends in high school.

  17. Emma says...

    I’ve been listening to a ton of Ray Charles, especially his Genius! album. His voice is so comforting and even when the lyrics are sad, he sounds so uplifting. He has a song for every mood.

    • Faith says...

      Yes! So good!

  18. G. says...

    Growing up we didn’t have a radio in our car, so my Dad would sing Albanian folk songs anytime we went on a trip, and my mom would often join in. He has since passed away but playing those songs on Youtube (Hafsa Zyberi! Shpresa Berisha!) when I can find them, or humming them to myself is a gentle way for me to honor his memory and keep him present on the days when his loss feels extra difficult.

  19. Susannah says...

    Time to Move On by Tom Petty. I don’t know why but it always makes me feel better. I think maybe for me it’s just the idea that if something isn’t working, it’s not a big deal, you just move on! No drama, no blame, just move on.

    • EmilyS says...

      I love love love this song and have been listening to it a lot lately!

  20. Dana says...

    These ones wrap me up like a warm blanket:
    * by your side – sade
    * only living boy in new york – simon & garfunkel
    * holy – jamila woods
    * lilacs – waxahatchee
    * the world at large – modest mouse
    * lovin in my baby’s eyes – taj mahal
    * mother nature’s son – the beatles
    * we are fine – sharon van etten
    * with arms outstretched – rilo kiley
    * to ramona – bob dylan
    * tighten up, pt. 1 – archie bell & the drells
    * aguas de marco – this one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1tOV7y94DY (seriously, so enjoyable to watch)

  21. When i’m feeling down, i pull up Otis Redding everytime

  22. megan.mcdonell@gmail.com says...

    please please make a spotify playlist of all these songs!! cant wait to jam to them on my next quarantine walk

    • Lane says...

      My go-to’s have always been Taylor Swift and The Dixie Chicks. I am SO in love with The Chicks new rebranding and album and then woke up to the news today that Taylor Swift is releasing a new folk album tonight! Happy day.

  23. Cheryl says...

    Joni Mitchell is the mother of comfort music to me. I used to have a CD alarm clock with The Best of Joni Mitchell programmed as my wake up. “Urge for Going”, the first song on the CD was the equivalent of listening to a waterfall. I miss that morning routine.

  24. Connie says...

    For me it’s James Taylor. For some reason, James Taylor just makes me think of my dad, and no matter how crazy things get, I can turn on one of his albums and it just reminds me of being in the backseat of the car at night coming home from something or other, listening to my dad softly singing to the radio, holding my mom’s hand in the front seat-there’s no safer sensation in the world than that memory. (They’re both still alive, but now I’m absolutely an adult with a husband and two kids and it’s my job to be the one driving at night, singing gently, holding my husband’s hand and helping my kids feel secure-hearing James Taylor stirs in me the importance of being that steady, empowered adult, so I can give my kids that kind of memory-sensation, too).

    • Heidi says...

      James Taylor’s music is like a warm, cozy, soft sweater. I love him.

    • jdp says...

      love. no better feeling for sure.

    • Em says...

      I love and feel this comment, Connie <3 James Taylor perfectly put into words. Thank you.

    • Marni says...

      Named my first born James because of him!

  25. Annie says...

    Happiness by Jonsi and Alex! I had horrible panic attacks when I was a teenager and I would listen to this song to help calm me down. Then just this past May, I walked down the aisle to it! It felt like an old friend walking me down the aisle to my husband. It’s SO beautiful.

  26. Harley says...

    I have the same vivid memory of hiding in my room and listing to non-Christian music on my headphones. The ones that got me: Bitch by Meredith Brooks, Pretty Fly by The Offspring, and I want You by Savage Garden.
    At 16 I was working at a coffee shop and we got robbed at gunpoint. Afterwards the police were interviewing my co-workers and they both were sobbing. I was not sobbing and probably had a mildly panicked look because the radio station in my car was set to a non-Christian station and I knew my dad was going to drive my car home, since I seemed like I was “in shock”. ha! Dad disappointment can be scarier than guns sometimes.

  27. Yasmin says...

    Some of my joy-inducing repeats:

    Lovely Day – Bill Withers
    Listen to the Music – Doobie Brothers
    Distopian Dream Girl – Built to Spill
    Feeling Good – Nina Simone
    King of the Beach – Wavves
    Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine
    1976 – RJD2
    Bad Girls – MIA
    Groove Me – King Floyd

    Other honorable mentions for bringing on the FEELS include Afternoon in Bed by The Bats, Desert Skies by Beachwood Sparks, and pretty much anything by Billy Bragg and Wilco

  28. Rachel says...

    anything patsy cline! it always reminds me of my mother. :)
    …oh and – i will also never tire of the beach boys!

  29. JENNIFER ANDREWS says...

    Two albums have been on repeat for me:
    Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago — The entire album makes me feel safe and cocooned, which is perfect for these strange times.

    Kasey Musgrave – Golden Hour — I have played this non-stop lately, as it makes me feel hopeful.

  30. Savannah Layne Morgan says...

    Love this! Growing up it was the same for me with a few exceptions: Prince and bluegrass.

    My favorite comforting songs are Swept Me Away by The Avett Brothers, I Just Called to Say I Love You by John Prine, Like the Dawn by The Oh Hello’s, Harvest Moon – Lord Huron’s version. :)

    • Louise says...

      Love Prince and Dwight Yoakam, so I relate! Try Dwight out (if you haven’t already), his voice is incomparable. And Prince? Genius!

  31. Heidi says...

    My mom always played records in the house, so any of that music is comforting to me… Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Eagles. Also, as a child of the 80s, (and aging myself) I love listening to Yacht Rock as my guilty pleasure music.

  32. Lex says...

    “Girl put your records on” by Corrine Bailey. Takes me back to late night drives with my mom, my sister and I in the back seat, all listening to the Delilah radio show from the radio.

  33. Tyler says...

    “Days like This” by Van Morrison. Get me every time.

  34. Meghan says...

    I would like to THANK YOU, Erica, for reintroducing me to The Weepies. I loved them in university and haven’t listened to them in years. Promptly listened to them on repeat last night.

  35. Kelly Griffith says...

    Major Tom by Peter Schilling always makes me sing and dance.
    You Dropped a Bomb on Me by the Gap Band
    Have It All by Jason Mraz always makes me smile because it makes me think of my kids.

  36. Lindsey says...

    Tori Amos’ version of the Tom Waits song “Time”. Both versions are wonderful but Amos has a special place in my heart

  37. Joyce says...

    Your list takes. Me. Back.

    I will also forever be comforted by “Stay” by Lisa Loeb and “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks.

    Is any opening line more comforting than “I hate the world today”? Lol.

  38. Mouse says...

    Anything from my teen-hood in the 70s, the last time when big money did not rule as obviously. Little Feat Dixie Chicken, The Band–esp. The Weight–, Allman Bros. And Handel’s Messiah–long road trips in Dec through snow in Canada hearing the Hallelujah chorus on the radio…….

  39. Julie says...

    Harvest Moon by Neil Young. It will stop me in my tracks if it comes on in a shop or out and about, and I have to stop to listen to the whole song.

    • dd says...

      I came here to post the same song! I’ll also add Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

    • Julie says...

      I love that song so much! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A lot of Neil Young songs do that.

    • Rebecca says...

      This was my wedding song. Love it.

    • Kerry says...

      “Harvest Moon” — swoon. Just the most romantic song ever written.

  40. Sophie says...

    When my first boyfriend and I broke ups at age 20, I used have a good cry listening to „Crying in the rain“ by Aha Evers night.
    When I finished highschool and everybody was about to leave the nest and go out into the world, my friends and I often put on „Never forget“ by Take That on car rides and sang along from the top of our lungs. It felt so reassuring.
    Still 15 years later I get emotional when I hear these songs.

  41. Ha Kim those same songs are verrry reminiscent of my teens, but purely through osmosis as they were played incessantly on MTV and the radio. The Chili Peppers Californication album was a big one at the time lol…
    These days I find comfort in warm-voiced jazz and motown that feels like a hug. Bill Withers ‘Lovely Day’, Al Green, Sly and the Family Stone, The Emotions ‘The Best of My Love’.
    There’s also a new wave corner of my heart from my tortured teens: Blondie, The Cure, Adam Ant :)

  42. Pam says...

    This Girl – Kungs. When it came out, I was on vacation (ah, remember trips?!) with my mom and then 2 yr old in Kauai. We heard it on the radio at least twice a day driving around the island. Now we play it after dinner daily – the perfect fun beat for a quarantine day.

    • Emily says...

      Ah, similar situation here! I went to San Diego by myself after experiencing a lot of trauma in order to get away and refocus myself, and that song always takes me right back to how healing and fun that trip was for me. I still listen to it and beam. I think I’ll listen to it driving home from work later, thanks for reminding me! :)

  43. Albena says...

    Phosphorescent, “Song for Zula”

    I don’t know how I came across it on YouTube but I instantly fell in love with the tune. I try not to listen to it too often and keep it for when I really need the comfort it gives me.

    • Anna says...

      This has been one of my coronavirus-comfort songs, too!

    • Amy says...

      Same! Love the strings.

  44. C says...

    This must be the place, by The Talking Heads
    Carry me Ohio, by Sun Kil Moon

    • Stephanie says...

      Oh wow are you me?! I have such strong memories tied to those two songs!

    • K says...

      Oh that’s eerie, I love both of those songs too!

  45. Meg says...

    I can’t help but feel good when I listen to Feeling Good by Nina Simone. Such a classic!

    But also, I was listening to a Hawthorne Heights album the other day and totally feeling like a teenager again!

  46. Staci says...

    So many!
    Let Forever Be -Chemical Brothers
    Hyper Ballad -Bjork
    Vans -The Pack
    Award Tour -Tribe Called Quest
    Sunny Afternoon -The Kinks
    Someone Saved My Life Tonight -Elton John
    More Than This -Roxy Music

  47. Tracy O says...

    Blow Away – George Harrison
    Calling it Quits – Aimee Mann
    Raise the Spirit – Grant-Lee Phillips
    The Prince – Madness
    Mi T-Shirt De La Nasa – Mexican Institute of Sound
    Sleep on the Floor – Lumineers
    Private Idaho – B-52s
    Lola – The Kinks
    White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
    Wild Thing – X
    La Vie Tres Ordinaire – Eric Neveux
    More Than This – Roxy Music
    I’m Going on Make You Love Me – The Jayhawks
    Birds for Relaxation

    • Alex says...

      Aaaawwww! Thank you for reminding me Blow away! Haven´t heard that one for ages…and the whole Cloud Nine album used to be the soundtrack of the time when I was madly in love with my now partner :)

    • Wink says...

      I want to come dance at your house, Tracy O. I adore all things Beatles and Beatle related. George’s “My Sweet Lord” is beautiful and comforting even though I am not particularly religious anymore. The guitar chords truly strike a chord in me. The Beatles’ Abbey Road, listened to in its entirety, feels like I am back in my childhood room hearing it for the first time. Oh, and to perk up, the B52’s “Rock Lobster” never fails to get me jumping around and feeling happy.

  48. Megan says...

    I’ve been listening to the CoJ spotify playlist at work! I think Smile Jamaica is my new fav song. (Any chance you could make one out of the songs suggested on this comment thread? that’d be awesome).
    Mine — anything by Radiohead, Gomez (See the World was my walk down the aisle song), or Nat King Cole.
    There’s also something about Indian music with a little bit of chanting or the deep voice in the background like from the end of a yoga class that’s so calming.

  49. Meg says...

    I’ve been playing Van Morrison’s Moondance album pretty much every day around dinnertime. Therapy!

  50. Meg says...

    What a great post Kim! I think a playlist of all these gems is in order. :)

    My first car in 2007 had a tape player, and I had only three tapes: Elton John’s Greatest Hits, The Beatles – Abbey Road, and Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Now when I hear those I think of that rickety red musty convertible. I would always forget to put the top up before it rained.

    These are my memory joggers:
    Never Let Me Go – Third Eye Blind
    Shadowboxer – Fiona Apple
    Use Me – Bill Withers (and Fiona’s cover!)
    Something About Us – Daft Punk
    Hysteria – Muse
    Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
    Lovesong – The Cure (and 311 cover)

    Also from about 11 to 16 years old, I *knew* I was going to marry Josh Groban. So his entire discography, ha!

  51. Lorraine says...

    For nostalgia I’m such a sucker for 80s Top 40 music. (Ahhh freestyle!) I listened to a lot of radio in my early youth, and here are some songs that I’d love to hear while shopping at Target or Key Food – –

    breathe – “how can i fall?”
    howard jones – “things can only get better”
    duran duran – “new moon on monday”
    lisa lisa – “take me home”
    cover girls – “show me”
    shannon – “let the music play”
    information society – “what’s on your mind”
    human league – “don’t you want me”

  52. Martha Patterson says...

    My junior high choir teacher was real hip…He introduced us to the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Beach Boys, Seals and Croft, Buffalo Springfield, ….We actually sang a choral arrangement of “For What it’s Worth”! I find the music of that era very comforting. Love Simon and Garfunkle!

  53. Adrienne says...

    I agree with so many of these! Yes yes yes to Graceland. And adding
    -anything by Bill Withers,
    -Casanova by Levert,
    -Addictive Love by Bebe and Cece Winans,
    -Ahead by a Century by the Tragically Hip (the theme song to Anne with an E),
    -This Must Be the Place by the Talking Heads

  54. Coleen says...

    Blue Mind (piano) – OST of Hana Yori Dango TV Series (almost all of the instrumental songs are excellent)
    Moment (Instrumental) – The Heirs OST
    Love Affair Theme – Ennio Morricone
    This Way – Depapepe
    River Flows in You – Yiruma
    Nuvole Bianche – Ludovico Einaudi
    Orinoco Flow – Enya
    Both Sides – Joni Mitchell
    Fields of Gold – Eva Cassidy
    Butterfly – Mariah Carey
    In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

  55. K says...

    omg Kim, your choices remind me of Xanga days…

    • Meg says...

      Yes! and livejournal :)

  56. Nicole A says...

    Lofi hip hop on in the background is where it’s at. There are tons of great playlists out there. Reminds me of college days staying up late writing essays.

  57. M Nielsen says...

    For three months in 2003 i was bedridden with a bulged disc waiting for a date with the surgeon. During that time, Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me was a huge hit on the radio. I found that song so comforting to listen to in my time of despair. It wasn’t so much the lyrics, but the sound of her voice. It got me through a tough time. It didn’t repair my disc, but thankfully the surgeon did.

    • Kris says...

      Ugh, I can relate. Lying on my back every chance I got because it was the only way to find some relief. I love that that song and her voice helped you!

  58. Molly K says...

    Yess!! “This is the story of a girl…” That was one of the first songs I heard from that genre, on the way to school in my big sister’s car when I was about twelve. My parents listened exclusively to country music at home, so I was similarly sheltered. But hearing this song, I remember deciding that was the radio station I would listen to when I got to drive a car. And at a sleepover around that same age I heard: “I wanna run through the halls in my high school…” I loved listening to all that stuff. Some of my favorite songs from my teenage years were:
    Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
    Arms Wide Open – Creed
    My Sacrifice – Creed
    Dreamer – Ozzy Osbourne
    Shakira – Underneath Your Clothes
    Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette
    There are so many I can’t begin to list all my favorites. But all the ones you listed, Kim, made me so nostalgic. (Oh, and I was born in ‘88.)

  59. Hanna says...

    OMG Kim, we must be the same age :) I can hear these songs in my head the moment I read the titles.

    For me, though, it’s I’m Kissing You by Des’ree.

    Reminds me of the scene in Romeo & Juliet when they first lock eyes. Such a great scene :)

    • Em says...

      YES to this!

  60. bethany says...

    OMG I FEEL SO SEEN. I, too, was forbidden to listen to listen to anything except Christian music as a teenager in the late 90s / early 00s. One of my best friends had agnostic parents and four older sisters who loved 80’s pop, so I would go over to her house and we would dance around to Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles. They would make me mix CDs that I would hide in bedroom. I felt like Lane Kim in Gilmore Girls because I was constantly hiding music. I listened to more current stuff to, but whenever I hear 80s pop it puts a big smile on my face.

  61. Erin says...

    Anything by Jack Johnson. I lived on the California coast for 9 years and would often drive highway 101 with JJ playing, especially when my kids were babies and I needed them to take a car nap. I don’t live in CA anymore but hearing any of his music instantly transports me back to that soothing coastal drive.

  62. Lindsay says...

    We recently bought a house in New Hampshire – the toilet brand is “Toto” so any time I see it (meaning any time I have to go) I start singing “Africa” by Toto in my head. It is one of my favorite things I didn’t notice when we purchased the house.

    • Annie K says...

      I love unexpected delights like this.

  63. Laurie says...

    Eva Cassidy (Songbird, People Get Ready, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and so many more), The Band (The Weight), Yusaf/Cat Stevens (Peace Train)

    • Aj says...

      All great songs- all remind me of car rides at various times in my life!

  64. Jen says...

    “Wildflowers” by the Wailin’ Jennys – such gorgeous harmonies and I feel like I’m in a garden of wildflowers when I hear it. It just takes you to a happy place.

  65. MJ says...

    Somehow Soul Meets Body by Deathcab for Cutie has become my lucky song. Whenever I hear it randomly, something good happens, sometimes it is small stuff and sometimes it’s a new job or winning money or finding a lost item. it’s pure magic!

    Other songs that are comforting/sentimental/make me happy/sing out loud:

    Bad – U2
    Southern Cross – CSN
    Country Roads – John Denver
    Simple Song -the Shins
    Tiny Dancer – Elton John
    I’m Free – Soupdragons
    Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd
    In the Evening – Led Zepplin
    7 – Prince
    The Chauffeur – Duran Duran
    Breath Your Name – Sixpence None the Richer
    Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
    And it Stoned Me – Van Morrison

    I could keep going and going but this is a good random sampling of my past!

    • Meg says...

      The Chauffeur is definitely on my list!

    • Laura says...

      Love Bad by U2, really anything by U2

  66. Kate says...

    My husband and I have been listening to Billy Joel all during quarantine. The songs remind me of when I was a freshman in college and so homesick that first year and found comfort in his music. I find it interesting that is what has been on repeat now in our house, but it definitely has helped. We have also started nightly cheese parties as a way of marking the end of the work day – so a little Billy, some cheese and a glass of wine are now the ritual I look forward to everyday.

  67. Lindsay says...

    ALL OF THESE.

  68. Lindsay says...

    I couldn’t think of anything off the top of my head until I realized that the “Cheers” theme song is my calming Covid song. For a while it was all I could watch on TV and I listened to the theme song over and over again and would sing it to myself on repeat. It’s like a warm blanket and a hug!

    • Adrienne says...

      Yes!!!

  69. Patricia says...

    One Day by Matisyahu is my all-time favorite song. Best when listened to at full blast with plenty of room for dancing.

    • Molly K says...

      Oh my gosh, One Day, yes! It’s still on my super-old iPod, and when it comes on, I CRANK it up and sing along!! My kids stop playing and look at me funny, like, “What is Mom doing?”

    • Pam says...

      YES.

  70. JO says...

    “Only You” by Yazoo brings me right back to all those great 80s and 90s romcoms of my childhood… such a warm, giddy song.

    And “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King was my wedding song, and I still find it so simple and perfect.

  71. Jenny says...

    You know that song Time if the Seasons by the Zombies with the pervert breathing and the truly head-slapping lyrics about rich daddies? It comes on at the store or on some ambient radio station whenever a big change is coming in my life. You could say it’s a ubiquitous song and this is merely my imagination, but I say my heart soared when it came on before my divorce, at the JiffyLube before a heartbroke road trip, during med school application times…

    • Jenny says...

      Of*

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, that’s so fascinating!

  72. Lynn says...

    Oh my gosh! Songs from the summers of 1973-1976 take me back to my formative teen years, at the pool…I can go right back there when I hear ANY of them!Shambala by 3 Dog Night, How Long by Ace, any 10cc song, ooh child by the 5 Stairsteps, Love Train by the O’Jays, Rock the Boat by Hues Corporation!!!! So fun! And the disco songs from 1979-81, wow, what a crazy time!

    • Lauren says...

      I have memories of being REALLY little and driving around listening to Paul Simon’s Graceland album with my dad. That was before my parents’ divorce, when I still felt like the world was safe and stable, so that album always takes me back to that safe place.

    • Susan says...

      shut the front door. for me it’s the 80s but I always call that “pool music” because it was the music playing in those tall crappy metal speakers over the jam packed pool. i’d pay a solid 100 to go swim in that public pool right now!

  73. Erica says...

    The World Spins Madly On by The Weepies.
    By Your Side by Sade.

    If I’m feeling up or down, confused or anxious, either one of these songs will instantly center me. I don’t know what it is – the lyrics, the tone – but each of these songs has the power to release something inside me, allowing me to take a deep breath, open my eyes, start fresh.

    • Susan says...

      Me too!

    • Yulia says...

      The World Spins Madly On by The Weepies is the song I put on when I need to swim around in my own sadness, or when I just generally need to give myself permission to deeply feel my own emotions.

  74. BeverlySomething says...

    “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Chicks. I happen to be having a terrible day – right now… at this moment – and had to run home on my lunch break to change out of my period-stained pants. My phone synced up to my car and just automatically started playing it and I actually started crying tears of relief. It’s my go-to song anytime I need to calm my soul and I’m choosing to believe that it was a coincidence it started playing and not that my phone knows me THAT well. Periods, man. Ugh.

    • BeverlySomething says...

      Also… Levon by Elton John

    • Caitlin says...

      I was going to say The Chicks are comfort music for me! My feminist dad loved them and we bonded over their music. Beverlysomething, I hope tomorrow treats you well and that things look up for you soon. Thinking of you and hoping you have a good night.

  75. Alexandra says...

    Immediately after college, I went through a period of intense anxiety and panic attacks that took over my world for a time. I slowly found my toolbox of things to help soothe me, and one thing was the song “Bloom” by The Paper Kites. I’m not even sure how I found the song but all I know is that when I hear it now, several years later, I still feel such a sense of calm.

  76. The Indigo Girls! Their music has tugged at my soul since I was an emotional, dramatic, hopeless romantic pre-teen in middle school! 25 years later they are still my all-time favorites. They did weekly livestream concerts at the beginning of the pandemic and they were a gift.

    • Susan says...

      Love them –
      Especially “Closer to Fine”!

  77. Katie says...

    The Pointer Sisters “Jump”. That’s the first song I remember dancing to in our seriously early 80s, green-carpeted living room. I was probably four or five.

  78. Mara says...

    “Ripple” by Grateful Dead. For the rest of my life it’ll remind me of warm summer evenings in New England when my college boyfriend and I would cruise around his cute hometown, windows open and the wind in our faces. We had easy summer jobs and not a care in the world (well, maybe for me, the possibility of running into his ex somewhere around town!). The relationship was very serious but didn’t last, though it could have if we met another time in life. It’s been 20 years and I’m married to someone else, someone wonderful and very different. But my ex stayed in the furthest reaches of my heart, and I’ll never forget those carefree times. The song brings it all right back in an instant.

    • jdp says...

      love this. and love the song.

  79. Vanessa says...

    Kim, your list brought memories back for me took specifically, sitting in front of MTV doing my homework. Dad didn’t allow any TV when he was around, so these were my daily afternoons (no idea why he didn’t think I’d watch it behind his back).

    Some more of the same vibe (this is my rabbit hole list on YouTube once I play any of yr songs:
    Third Eye Blind’s singles
    Jimmy Eat World
    Matchbox 20
    The American Pie Soundtrack (!!)
    The Ataris’ Boys of Summer
    Semisonic’s Closing Time
    Blessid Union of Souls’ Hey Leonardo (this comes back to back with She’s So High for me!)

  80. Anything by Dave Brubeck. It’s like a pallet cleanse. Sort of like when you see a scary movie and you have to watch back-to-back Sponge Bob episodes just to “clean off” a little. Just like that.

    • Sara B says...

      Yes, I completely do the palate cleanse!

  81. Deana says...

    Some songs I’ve found comforting:
    Life Goes On – The Damned
    American Tune – Simon & Garfunkel
    Peaceful, Easy Feeling – The Eagles
    Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
    Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

    • Jen says...

      Thanks for reminding me of that S&G tune. So comforting and pretty.

  82. Colleen says...

    My aunt caught my cousin (then about 10 yrs old) using his allowance money to buy Nelly’s Country Grammar CD from Blockbuster Music (ohhh, the days). She was LIVID lolllll. She made him walk back in and return it immediately. Those ‘parental advisory’ stickers were THE WORST.

  83. Midge says...

    “Across the Universe” by the Beatles has been “my” song for 30 years. It appears magically when I need to remember who I am. Last week I was listening to Fiona Apple while walking and stressing out about the kids going back to school, just what on earth is going to happen to us all… and her version came on and I just laughed out loud. The universe was telling me it’s all going to be okay.

    • Alex says...

      Love this :)

  84. Katie says...

    1) Any track from Coldplay’s first two albums
    2) “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum, which is my dad’s favorite band. Used to feel like torture, but now it’s nostalgic
    3) “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake. What. A. Groove.

  85. Ann says...

    Into the Mystic by Van Morrison

    • MJ says...

      One of my favorite songs!

    • Eliza says...

      YES!!!

  86. Kim such great choices – those were the songs of my childhood!

  87. Taylor says...

    There are certain albums I can listen to all the way through that take me back to high school. Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American album is one of them. Every song takes me back!
    Also the You’ve Got Mail soundtrack.
    When I was at gymnastics in jr high we would sing “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain and belt out “And rain falls angry on the tin roof” because our gym had a tin roof and we would link arms and sway back and forth and considered it our team song.
    In college gymnastics “Thunderstruck” was out team hype song and we gathered together after our march out and sang it and jumped up and down on THUN-DER. It will forever be linked to Boise State Gymnastics for me.

    Your songs also take me back to high school….all the yellowcard, blink182, and hoobastank!

    • Julia says...

      OMG JIMMY EAT WORLD! I totally forgot about this album, but used to play it all. the. time.

  88. At the very beginning of high school, a good friend (who is still a bestie more than a decade later!) made me two amazing mixes: Awesome Pop Punk and Songs for When You Just Need a GooD Cry. I still have them in my iTunes, and I smile every time I put them on. Even Songs for When You Just Need a Good Cry, because it really should have been titled Songs for Angsty Teens.

  89. Molly says...

    The entire Paul Simon “Graceland” album. I know ever word. Totally makes me think about road trips with my family.

    • Sarah says...

      +1 to this.

      “These are the days of miracle and wonder” was my how I described (and still describe) a 6 month trip around South America. Feel in love with a man with an accent and found myself. The man didn’t last, but finding myself and a deep love of Paul Simon did.

    • Pam says...

      +2 I could have written your comment, Molly!

  90. Kailey J says...

    I dont know what it is about having more down time and spending *a lot* of time at home, but I find myself turning away from new music and being pulled towards the music I thought was so deep in high school. But as Natalie Portman said in Garden State, this music will change your life – so true. I can’t stop listening to

    New Slang by The Shins
    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel (sigh),
    anything Bright Eyes, and etc. etc. etc. :)

  91. Joy says...

    Just gave birth and have had this playlist on repeat from labor throughout the first month in COVID quarantine with my newborn.
    “Dawn Chorus” Thom Yorke
    “Untitled # 1 (Vaka), Ekki Mukk, and Sven-G-Englar” all by Sigur Ros
    “I know Places” and “Utopia” Lykke Li
    “Hey Moon” John Maus
    “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” Cigarettes After Sex
    “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” James Blake
    “Somewhere Tonight” Beach House
    “Arrival in Nara” Alt J
    Most Sufjan songs are great too!

  92. Kat says...

    Yessss to all the pop punk and emo music! So nostalgic and comforting indeed. =)))

  93. Amy C says...

    I listen to the Jimmy Fallon & The Roots performing Helpless with the Hamilton cast at least once a day. It’s an immediate mood lifter. Highly recommend.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo_s6PsVogI

  94. Colleen S says...

    How Bizarre by OMC. For me, I can imagine the summer I was 13 when the song came out, and just how it made me feel.

    • Shelley says...

      Yes!!!!

  95. Sarah says...

    Kim- search NEEDTOBREATHE Washed by the Water- acoustic live. They talk a bit at the beginning about only being allowed to listen to Christian music and what they did to get around it! Makes me smile every time I hear it!

  96. Samantha says...

    What’s with these homies dissin’ my girl? Why they gotta front?

    • Lauren says...

      Hahahahaha yes. Same.

      The Weezer album with Buddy Holly was loaded onto my family’s first PC when we got it. I listened to it constantly.

  97. Caitlin says...

    Oh so many…
    -Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley
    -Mustang Sally from The Commitments soundtrack (I’ve still never seen the movie, but for my whole childhood my mom used to walk around the house singing it-and still does whenever I’m visiting)
    -American Girl by Tom Petty
    Just to name a few!

    • Alex says...

      See the movie!! It’s sooo great!

  98. Tracy says...

    My college roommate (and best friend) and I could drive to Walmart in the time it took to listen to Carole King’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ and the B-52’s ‘Love Shack’. We would sing both at the top of our lungs. Many years later we saw Carole King’s musical ‘Beautiful’ at the West End in London and it was one of the best nights of our lives. So many songs remind me of that year we lived together in college, but Carole King… she will always remind me of my friend.

  99. Sarah says...

    New Shoes by Paolo Nutini and Boogie Shoes by KC and the Sunshine Band… You can probably tell I’m pretty prone to retail therapy as well!
    And for a feel-good song that ISN’T about shoes, FM by Steely Dan.

  100. Nicole says...

    Oh, those are some gems! Thanks for the reminder. Need to make a Spotify based on these songs.

    For lowering my blood pressure, I would go for the albums Astral Weeks by Van Morrison or Graceland by Paul Simon.

    For cheering myself up, 90’s/early aughts hip hop (Hey Ma, Hot in Herr, etc.), for sure. Those were my college years, and I remember them so fondly. Isn’t it fantastic what music can do for one’s mood, not to mention acting as a sort of time machine?

  101. Kaitlin says...

    Kim, were you born in Canada? Two of those songs are definite Can-Con!

    Mine varies, but includes the later singles of boy bands (Backstreet Boys’ The Call), and emo punk pop (Something Corporate’s Konstantine). Forever and always is Leonard Cohen’s The Partisan. My dad listened to Cohen when I was a kid and it was the album in his car when he died. It’s my favourite lullaby song for my daughter

  102. I have to agree with the 70’s easy listening.
    Christopher Cross – Sailing is like a balm for my soul.
    So smooooth.

    • Adrienne says...

      Me too!!! One of my faves

  103. Arielle says...

    My dad used to sing me “Surfer Girl” by the Beach Boys when I was small. Thinking of him singing the lyrics “Little surfer, little one, made my heart come all undone, do you love me, do you surfer girl?” still gets me misty! Whenever I hear that song I’m filled with love and nostalgia!

  104. Riley says...

    I listen Drops of Jupiter whenever I have a bad day. It’s my favorite song and I’ve never put it on any devices or playlists, so I have to go out of my way to listen to it. Usually when I do, I listen to it 3 or 4 times in a row. And then I feel a little better.

    • 100% agree. I always belt it out at the top of my lungs :)

    • Erica says...

      yes, totally, yes, THIS!!!

    • Amy says...

      My husband and I have a joke…hey babe there’s something in your hair…oh, no– it’s just drops of jupiter :)

  105. CJ says...

    I love listening to Blue October’s 18th Floor Balcony. There is something so unique and soothing about it. When I was in my 30’s in graduate school and had so many heartbreaks, terrible first dates and just general stress around relationships, it was a great comfort to me. It’s a beautiful and tender song that I still get chills from every time I play it.

  106. Jessica O'Malley says...

    Nothing has brought me more comfort since the Stay-At-Home orders than Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.” I listen to it every day at least once and I’m always dancing by the end. It’s a moment of optimism even when I’m feeling at my lowest. This will end and we will see the sun.

  107. Jo says...

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the poor downstairs neighbor from that Nine Days video. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Kim!

  108. Sil says...

    I’m can’t stop listening to Arum Rae (Sit Down, Loners and Should I). I also have Crimson and Clover (Tommy James) on repeat. And I recently fell in love with Pink Floyd all over again, almost as if I was hearing them again for the first time as an adult, it was a different level of appreciation.

  109. A says...

    Slightly off-topic, but the Fountains of Wayne album Welcome Interstate Managers, which features both Stacy’s Mom and, my favorite, Halley’s Waitress, is excellent road-trip music.

    — From someone whose angsty teenage years were in the late 70s.

  110. Angela says...

    OMG, I also wasn’t allowed to listen to anything but Christian music, pretty much until high school! I remember being 12-ish when Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill came out. I was at a friend’s house listening to it, while our mom’s chatted in the kitchen – my mom came into my friend’s room unannounced and immediately identified the music! Not only did I get in trouble, but my friend did too, and her mom broke the CD! Any song from Jagged Little Pill remains a guilty pleasure to this day.

    • Sarah says...

      I think you and I loved the same life

  111. maywyn says...

    Hey Jude, by The Beatles, Rocket Man by Elton John, Fingertips Part Two by Stevie Wonder, and, not songs, but an album that calms me most, Herbie Mann at the Village Gate.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Rocket Man is in my top 5 songs of all time. Fingertips Part Two! So good! Thanks, Maywyn!

  112. Suzyn says...

    One song that always hits me to my core (not sure that’s the question you asked) is KD Lang’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Damn.

    • Anne says...

      Yes! It’s a good song at all times, but kd lang’s version is my favorite too. So intense on rainy days

  113. Karin says...

    Kim, are we the same person??? I love all these songs! I’m a lot older than you, but 90s alternative/pop brings me back to a great time in life, when I was newly married, rising in my career, and living near the beach, and life seemed to stretch out before me with endless possibilities. These songs bring back memories of driving around my old neighborhood on sunny days singing along at the top of my lungs. (Don’t forget Float on by Modest Mouse!).

    I also love 70s singer-songwriters / pop radio (even songs that I hated as a kid, like Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts, are comforting now because they remind me of being 7 and playing with my Barbies.

    The Beatles are and always will be my ultimate comfort music, though.

    This is a great thread!

    • Jess says...

      I grew up with similar music bans. I was grounded for a week when Alannis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill (on CD) was discovered in my room. Every song from that album makes me smile!

    • Emma says...

      ahhhh Float On… perhaps should be the comfort anthem for 2020

    • Meg says...

      The first time I heard Float On was at a music festival, where Modest Mouse started playing about 3pm, and it rained in the middle of their set. Amazing.

    • Pam says...

      Float On!! “the comfort anthem of 2020” – yes please. My family does a bit of rafting and kayaking, and this is also the song I sing in my head if I fall out in a big rapid. Carries me through.

  114. Em says...

    When I was a kid, my parents were also strict with music and tv! I feel like I’m not as familiar with my generation of media (Backstreet Boys? *NSYNC?), yet their rules increased my appreciation and awareness of greater variety of music today. Nevertheless, I’ll never forget sitting on the school bus as a seven year old when ODB’s “Baby I Got Your Money” came on, shocking me to my core. Today, I can’t not dance to it when I hear it.

  115. Kendra says...

    Wow! I loved every one of those songs on you list :) Pure nostalgia! The other day I was searching for tonic water and stumbled upon an old favourite, Tonic “If You Could Only See”, and went down a nostalgia rabbit hole… I was also heavily into Matchbox Twenty those days lol.

  116. Maire says...

    Two albums: Madman Across the Water (Elton John) and You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (Jim Croce). My mom is a huge fan of both these artists so I have been listening to them my whole life and I never plan to stop.

  117. Fran says...

    All things oldies (which is relative, I know!). I was born in the mid-90s but love listening to everything from jazz to soul.

    Al Green will always transport me back in time. I had the opportunity to see him in concert last year with my parents and he was every bit as talented as he was in his hey-day. It was so fun dancing with my parents to the music they listened to while they were dating!

    (Also, Chet Baker for when I’m feeling sad and just want to revel in it) :)

  118. Meghan says...

    Leon Bridges- his voice gives such a mellow vibe!

  119. Meghan says...

    Any song by Leon Bridges is comforting. His voice gives such mellow vibes!

  120. Anonymous says...

    I heard Madison Cunningham sing Willie Nelson’s “Hands on the Wheel” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8TltQb7N_c) as part of Chris Thile’s Live From Home series just a few days after the university where I work was shut down back in March, and it’s stuck with me ever since. I listen to the original version every morning while I’m in the shower trying to brace myself for another day in this strange new reality.

  121. Robin says...

    I find Tracy Chapman so comforting. My parents listened to her when I was growing up in the 90s. I remember playing her record (on an old record player), lying on the floor in the sunshine and looking at the ceiling.

  122. Nigerian Girl says...

    Your playlist made me feel so nostalgic. I haven’t really listened to music during this period, but today I listened to “Dreams” by The Cranberries and it took me back to calmer, simpler times. Other songs I find comforting are:

    – “Let It Flow” by Toni Braxton
    – “Cranes in the Sky” by Solange
    – “By Your Side” by Sade
    – “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
    – “All Night” by Beyoncè

  123. Hannah says...

    “Back Home Again” by John Denver is a favorite, and I love the album by the same name. And recently, “Knee Deep” by the Zac Brown Band because the lyrics so perfectly capture how water makes me feel and the escape I want right now 😊

  124. Rachel says...

    Call me maybe:)

  125. Megan says...

    Songs from Alt-J’s “An Awesome Wave” and “This Is All Yours”. Specifically songs ‘Nara’ and ‘Bloodflood’ transport me to a world of relaxation

  126. Emma says...

    Melody Gardot’s “Baby I’m A Fool” is the musical equivalent of lighting a bunch of candles, pouring yourself a glass of wine, and slipping into a steaming hot bubble bath in a dark room. Bonus points if you do those thing’s while listening to it. No matter how stressed or high-strung I am, that song instantly calms me down.

    • Liljm says...

      Adore her and her music – heavenly!

  127. Tyler says...

    Recently rediscovered The Postal Service. Whoa man does that music take me back to angsty college romance. Nothing Better is one of my all time faves.

    • Katie Weltner says...

      SAME! Early in Covid times I had a craving for some Postal Service and it was just what I needed. It’s really beautiful music, and brought me back to a different time (right when I needed a little distraction).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oooh I love postal service. brings me right back to the early 2000s.

    • b says...

      I’ve been taking a musical tour circa senior year of high school/most of college lately: Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Snow Patrol, Aqualung, Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rilo Kiley, etc.

    • Meg says...

      Yes! The Postal Service reminds me of editing the HTML in my MySpace profile to make it perfect.

  128. Elizabeth R says...

    It depends on my mood, but:
    Broadway musicals notably Waitress
    Postal Service
    Snow Patrol
    Regina Spektor
    Matt Nathanson
    Ingrid Michaelson
    Ben Foldw
    Borns
    Brandon Flowers

    All but the musicals are because they remind me of friends. If listening to those makes me miss my friends too much, Wilco, ABBA, Sinatra and the other Rat Pack, Etta James and other torch singers, Norah Jones, Simon and Garfunkel, Motown, the song Smoke from a Distant Fire, etc all help. Also Irish music.

  129. HH says...

    Stacy’s Mom! Oh Kim, you take me back! How could I forget about “Fountains of Wayne?”! When I want to feel melancholy, romantic, nostalgic, and simultaneously comforted and heart-wrenched, Doug Burr. Probably no one on here will have heard of him–a Dallas-area singer songwriter whose album, “On Promenade,” I could listen to on repeat repeatedly. His “How Can the Lark (My Dear Theo)” is a brilliant translation of Vincent Van Gogh’s heartfelt letter to his gallery owning brother, Theo. Listening to that album, but especially that song, takes me back to the bittersweet, angsty feeling of falling in love with a boy I knew I couldn’t be with a decade or so ago. To misquote another song I could listen to again and again, my “heart said yes but my head said no.” (i.e. Mumford and Sons’ “Winter Wind”)

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      I used to LOVE Winter Winds!! Going to listen again tonight. Thanks, HH!!

    • HH says...

      Kim, ha, now I’m at work listening to Mumford & Sons on repeat. Some day I hope we cross paths! (I’m a Normanite!)

  130. Vy says...

    I’ve been loving Madison Cunningham’s “Who Are You Now” album this year. She’s an amazing singer/songwriter and guitarist. For fans of folk rock and introspective lyrics, check her out!!

  131. jane says...

    electronic ambient solfeggio. I discovered Philip Glass’ music for airports as an emo tween and found the genre expanded into the yoga, meditation and retreat world where this type of music is a deeply soothing staple. it’s what keeps me relatively sane!

    FYI it makes insanely effective time-for-sleep music for restless kids. tried and true.

  132. Beth says...

    Kim! We must be music soul mates! Love all of these. Thanks for the reminder. I also have a secret soft spot for “Far Away” by Nickelback, haha. xoxo

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      LOL yes I forgot to mention I can’t help but enthusiastically sing along to any CREED song that came out when I was in 6th grade. haha thanks, Beth!

  133. Vy says...

    What a lovely memory, Sarah! I’m 28 and finally started listening to Joni this year :)

  134. Nick Drake ‘s “Pink Moon.” Sometimes I wish I could crawl inside it and take a nap.

    • Kirstin says...

      Oh my goodness, you’ve captured that feeling I get from it so well! Me too!

    • Lindsey says...

      I feel that way about “Northern Skies”.

  135. Robin says...

    I take comfort from a wide diversity of music depending on what I need. But for a very chill vibe, I like Jose Gonzalez, Valerie June, Sigur Ros. For energy (because sometimes I need is energy to do the thing), I like Santigold and the Stones (Street Fighting Man always).

  136. Rachel says...

    I also loved pop-punk in high school, which progressed into Dashboard Confessional in college. I can’t listen to any of their music without feeling all of the feels. I love that music and bands can connect us to our many seasons of life.

    • Megan says...

      Sameeee Brand New feels for dayssss

  137. Laurie says...

    Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Why Was I Born’ lowers the ol’ blood pressure every time. :)

  138. Em says...

    Here are some songs I’m loving and finding comfort in at this moment in life:

    Fallingwater by Maggie Rogers
    July by Noah Cyrus and Leon Bridges
    Colour Me by Juke Ross
    Joshua Tree by Cautious Clay
    Lilacs by Waxahatchee

    Music has been my retreat and my happy place during quarantine so I’m excited to listen to everybody else’s contributions here!

  139. tina crisas says...

    I would love a post on how your family feels about your shift from such a conservative upbringing! This boggles my mind that music was forbidden and am so curious how this has turned out for you all – and others in similar situations.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Thanks, Tina! Looking forward to writing more about this more in the future!

    • Nani says...

      I second that. I went through the same thing with conservative, religious parents. I slowly rebelled and came out of it, with them actually accepting most of the situation. But I’m curious if my case was rare.

    • Nani says...

      I second that! 😊

    • Emma says...

      Yesss! I had NO idea this was a seemingly common experience for people growing up, so fascinating.

  140. Sarah says...

    The entire album Blue by Joni Mitchell. It reminds me of so many times in my life, but the first memory was during my first university snow day – I woke up for an exam and a girl in my residence washroom told me school had been cancelled. I went back to bed and curled up with a cup of coffee and a book, with Blue playing in the background. I love that record so much.

    • jdp says...

      one of the best albums. ever.

    • Brigette says...

      What a lovely memory!

  141. Emilie says...

    Ahh Kim! Are we the exact same age? Born in 1988? These songs are also those of my angsty adolescence. They definitely evoke a very clear memory of time and place: MSN messenger, teen dances, and my precious sony discman :)

    The songs that give me true comfort and make me feel in touch with who I am are: New York State of Mind by Billy Joel (I’m from western Canada so no idea why), prelude to Suite No. 1 of the Bach Cello suites, My Sweet Lord by George Harrison, Bad Timing by Blue Rodeo, and Stop this Train and In Your Atmosphere by John Mayer.

    Can’t wait to hear others <3

    • Meg says...

      ’88 babies what’s up! :)

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      LOVE My Sweet Lord! (and George!). Yes! I was born at the end of 87!

    • Stephanie Gilman says...

      YAY ’88 babies. I’m Nov ’88 :) And Kim. This sounds so familiar. The contemporary christian soundtrack of my childhood was cassette tapes (which graduated to CDs) of bands like 4Him, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Michael W Smith, Twila Paris, my dad’s Promise Keepers (a 90s men’s retreat) soundtrack, OR radio sermons by ravi zacharias and charles stanley and tony evans – dear god i could go on. And then suddenly, I was on a “slippery slope” of watching MTV TRL and discovering blink 182, whoever sang Breakfast at Tiffany’s, all american rejects, fountains of wayne and other amazingly terrible music. my music taste shifted so much in high school though. Towards the end I had discovered Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Wilco, and Bob Dylan and sort of stayed in that folk/indie realm. Anything I could cry to and hardly understand because the words were so deep and poetic, ha. That music still soothes me.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      I think we might be the same person! Discovered Sufjan and Andrew Bird in college and yes yes yes to anything that makes you cry and hardly understand! Love! Thanks, Stephanie!

    • Anna says...

      Oh, Blue Rodeo. Always a good choice!

    • Alison says...

      Feb ’88 here! Right there with you with Christian music childhood that bled into Christian punk pop teens (the hugest Relient K fan) and indie folk college years.

      Side note: Anytime I or anyone says, “This is…” it must be followed up with “…the story of a girl, who cried a river and drowned the whole world!” 😂

    • Christina says...

      May ’88 here! My favorite secular throwbacks are hootie & the blowfish and gin blossoms. (Also yes to Alison with the Relient K …. it was on repeat, always!) Five Iron Frenzy, anyone? BUT I’M SO GLAD I CAN LISTEN TO ALL MUSIC NOW. :)

  142. jdp says...

    we have a record player and somehow can’t stop playing billy joel. which is weird because it’s not our usual flavor of comfort. maybe it’s the simple, bittersweet sound of high school? or the east coast? or big summer concerts that we miss so much? we’re old now and live in california and the world is horrible, so…maybe. or maybe it’s because our 10-year old likes that he can hear and sing along to all the words, despite the music not being quite his thing either. whatever the case, it’s scratching a nostalgia itch and giving us a smile as a family.

  143. Soné says...

    Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”…..a thousand times.

    • Meg says...

      Yes! And her cover of Paint it Black on the same album. So good.

  144. K says...

    Really enjoying pick me up, energy filled songs right now:

    Spencer Davis Group – Give Me Good Lovin
    The Kinks – You Really Got Me
    CCR – Travelin Band
    The Runaways – I Want to be where the Boys are

  145. Katie says...

    I like to make out to ‘Rocket” by Beyoncé and “My cup” by Bob Marley brings me joy!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Love that!

    • Alexandra says...

      Yesssss to Rocket!! That whole album became the soundtrack to my embracing my sexuality after years of repression, shame, and trauma.

  146. Deb in Oklahoma says...

    Ooh, just about any of that classic AM Gold stuff from the 70’s–the songs that were on the radio when I was little kid and still remember 40+ years later. Summer Breeze by Seals & Croft, and Never My Love by The Association (Thanks, Outlander, for bringing that one back into mental replay this summer) are two standouts. But then again, Duran Duran in the 80’s still makes me sing out loud and remember how cute Simon and John were. Good times!

    • Lynn says...

      Deb, yes yes yes!!! Seals and Crofts Diamond Girl..summer at camp. Loved all the am radio from the early ‘70’s!!!

    • jules says...

      YES! I was coming to say the same. I love 70s soft rock/lite FM now when I’m stressed as well as deep classic rock tracks from childhood. Also lately into old Mazzy Star, Kate Bush, Cat power and other Gen X female singers.

    • Dawn says...

      I grew up in the 80s and Duran Duran always brings me back to my teen years. Still love their music.

  147. Littany says...

    The entire album “Enneagram” from Sleeping at Last.

    I’m an enneagram two and hearing that song from the album is a completely gut-wrenching, immersive experience but at the same time I find so much comfort in hearing a song that seems like it was written so intimately for just me. It feels like it acknowledges who I am without any shame or guilt associated.

    • Stephanie Gilman says...

      YES YES YES me too! I’m a 4 and love the Enneagram songs.

    • Kelly says...

      A “1” here. This is amazing!

  148. Louise Shin says...

    I remember loving these all of these songs back as an angsty tween/teen in the early 2000s! Still enjoying them 10-15 years later :)

  149. KP says...

    What the?!!! Why is there an in-line ad for Walmart??!!! Not cool!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for the heads up — we will remove it asap!

    • Brynn says...

      I know this is off topic from the blog post, but curious why is an ad for Walmart so bad? They are providing job security and new opportunities for many front-line workers in an unstable time and they provide 100% tuition assistance for their employees to go back to high school or college for free, no strings attached. They are upskilling and reskilling our population at a critical time.