Songs That Belong to Certain People

  1. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack
    Slow dancing with my sixth grade crush. They play this song at Office Depot on loop, even though it's 15 years old, I swear
  2. "Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)" by Handsome Boy Modeling School
    The first summer we met we did a dance to this song at camp. We weren't friends yet, but would be besties 4 lyfe by age 13. Anytime one of us starts saying Holy Calamity, the song starts again for us both.
  3. Ed Sheeran's entire X album
    We listened to this in his bedroom, trying to ignore the tension between us and failing miserably.
  4. "Like a Virgin" by Madonna
    First Thanksgiving in LA/away from our families, my BFF/roommate and I danced around our apartment acting out literal interpretations of Madonna songs while waiting for our friend to pick us up.
  5. "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People
    We dated 3 years after this song came out, but he loved it and sang it in the car as Waze took us through insane and illegal U-turns in Westwood.
  6. "Transatlanticism" by Death Cab for Cutie
    Sitting in the passenger seat of my best friend's CR-V in the parking lot of the Pei-Wei, eating pad Thai, and sharing secrets during the fall senior year of high school, before he got sick.
  7. "Landfill" by Daughter
    "I want you so much but I hate your guts" were fitting words for the deterioration of our non-romance.
  8. "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind
    My good friend and senior prom date would wander the halls of our high school playing songs from the late 90s on his guitar.
  9. "Fineshrine" by Purity Ring
    A week before our relationship ended the first time, we drove all the way to Santa Barbara to see Purity Ring. It was supposed to be an overnight trip with some of your friends, all of whom bailed last minute. When we finally arrived in SB, we discovered it was a DJ set by one of the band members, not a concert, which made you furious, and we ended up driving home at 1am, when she hadn't even gone on because you were too mad to stay.
  10. "Heartbeats" by Jose Gonzalez (The Knife cover)
    On that drive back from Santa Barbara, you were fuming and I was falling asleep, but I remember singing this song with you in the middle of the night, between passing out and it was the best memory of that whole convoluted trip.
  11. "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Singing (and obviously dancing) over Skype with a friend from high school while we were both away at college.
  12. @john's entire catalog
    For the boy who taught me that timing really is everything, who was all about punk music and John Mayer.