A Musical Chronology of My Life So Far

  1. 1987: "Faith" by George Michael
    Unfortunately, this was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week I was born.
  2. "Planet Claire" by The B-52's
    One of the first songs I remember liking and learning the lyrics of. My favorite part was "No one ever dies there / No one has a head."
  3. 1995: "Another Night" by Real McCoy
    My first "favorite" song, and one that sparked a temporary interest in pursuing a career as a backup singer.
  4. 1995: "1 2 3 4 (Sumpin New)" by Coolio
    The first CD I ever owned was this single. I distinctly remember dancing to it in my basement, with the lights off and a strobe light on. (For some reason, I had a strobe light when I was 8).
  5. 1998: "I Want You Back" by NSYNC
    I received NSYNC's first album for my 11th birthday, and my friends and I choreographed a dance to this song at my birthday party. This is memorable because my neighbor had come over earlier and supposedly left, but actually hid in my bedroom and jumped out and scared us while we were dancing.
  6. 1999: Blue by Third Eye Blind
    An album my dad gave me as a surprise when he picked me up from school one day. I didn't even know he knew who Third Eye Blind was. The imminent transition from elementary school to junior high had me really feeling "Never Let You Go" (which is kind of hilarious in retrospect).
  7. 2000: Ricky Martin
    The first concert I ever went to. He played "Livin' la Vida Loca" twice, which was probably for the best since most of the audience didn't know any of his other songs.
  8. 2000: "The Real Slim Shady" by Eminem
    I listed this as my favorite song in my 6th grade yearbook, and also had a memorable experience that year with a disgruntled concession worker at Safeco Field, who yelled at me and made a reference to the line about "spittin' on your onion rings."
  9. 2001: "Crazy" by K-Ci & JoJo
    My song of choice for lying on my bed and staring at pictures of my crush in my 7th grade yearbook.
  10. 2002: Blue Skies, Broken Hearts... Next 12 Exits by The Ataris
    The album I remember listening to most during my walk to school every day in 8th grade on my yellow Sony Walkman Portable CD Player with Electronic Skip Protection.
  11. 2002: Aerosmith
    The first classic rock concert my dad took me to. Later followed by Paul McCartney, Def Leppard, Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, and Tom Petty.
  12. 2003: The Swiss Army Romance by Dashboard Confessional
    The first Dashboard Confessional album someone burned for me (because you know, CD's), which ushered in the next year of listening almost exclusively to Dashboard Confessional while indulging my teenage emotions.
  13. 2003: Dashboard Confessional, Brand New, MxPx, and Vendetta Red
    The first concert I went to without adult supervision. Also, my first (and only) experience with a mosh pit.
  14. 2003: Say It Like You Mean It by The Starting Line
    The album I listened to in my car the first time I got to drive it by myself.
  15. 2004: "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
    I spent about a year trying to learn how to play guitar, and most of that time was spent playing this song.
  16. "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
    My favorite song during most of high school. At the time, I also declared that it would be my wedding song. (It wasn't.)
  17. 2004: "I'm Gonna Getcha Good" by Shania Twain
    This song was featured heavily on the Safeway Radio Network, and it makes me feel like I should be bagging groceries every time I hear it.
  18. 2004: "Shoot the Moon" by Norah Jones
    I listened to this a lot on my way to school in the fall of my junior year. It's still my go-to fall song, and carries with it a strong association with the tall cinnamon toffee nut white chocolate mocha I used to get before school every day.
  19. 2004: "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey
    I briefly considered singing a rendition of this song over the intercom at work to ask a guy I liked to winter tolo. Luckily, I remembered that I can't sing. And that I am nowhere near cool enough to actually execute something like that.
  20. 2005: "The New Workout Plan" by Kanye West
    A key component of the playlist my friend and I would listen to while we spent our Saturday nights driving around aimlessly. Because that's what you do when you finally have a car.
  21. 2005: Give Up by The Postal Service
    The album that played on repeat for two hours while I sat in my car and broke up with my first boyfriend. Ironically, it's also the album that played on repeat for two hours while I sat in my car and talked to my future second boyfriend (and eventual husband) after driving him home from work one day.
  22. 2005: "Peace of Mind" by Boston
    A song Stephen and I bonded over when we first started working together. We used to write notes back and forth to each other, and after he found out we both liked Boston, he left me a note with the (incorrect) lyrics to this song.
  23. 2006: "Portions for Foxes" by Rilo Kiley
    The song on my MySpace profile, carefully selected to make me seem cool.
  24. 2006: "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls
    Stephen and I decided at some point that this was our song. There is a story behind this, but it's long and anti-climactic.
  25. 2006: "Here's to the Night" by Eve 6
    The theme for my senior prom. I expected myself to get emotional about high school ending when they played it... but I didn't.
  26. 2006: "Everything is Alright" by Motion City Soundtrack
    The song I remember listening to most while walking to my first class (on the complete opposite side of campus from my dorm) during my first quarter of college.
  27. 2007: "Ticks" by Brad Paisley
    The gateway song to a brief period (okay, like a year or so) in college during which I listened mostly to country.
  28. 2008: "Rum and Coca-Cola" by The Andrews Sisters
    The song that got me interested in music from the 1940s. I first heard it while working at Starbucks, which is now the title of my playlist of music from that time period.
  29. 2008: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
    A song that stands out in my mind as one I listened to a lot during the few months that I drove around every day between 1am and 4am delivering newspapers.
  30. 2009: "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus
    It seemed like this song was always on the radio when I drove to work during my first long-term substitute teaching position. I was extremely anxious during that time, and this song helped me calm down somehow.
  31. 2010: "Animal" by Neon Trees
    This song played on my way home from my interview at hello, cupcake, which I was feeling very optimistic about. (Also, I made chocolate chip cookies that day.)
  32. 2011: "Never Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses
    My favorite song on the hello, cupcake playlist when I first started working there. It always reminds me of how happy I was to have found a job I loved so much.
  33. 2012: "Titanium" by Sia
    A song that was prevalent during a difficult time I went through. Whenever I hear it, it reminds me to appreciate where I am now.
  34. 2013: "Bangarang" by Skrillex
    The song Stephen and I listened to while driving through Huntington Beach, CA during our first road trip.
  35. 2014: "The Call" by The Backstreet Boys
    The song my coworker and I were loudly singing along to while making cupcakes before the shop opened on the day that my future landlord for hello, cupcake stopped by to pick up my check for the first month's rent.
  36. 2015: "How Bizarre"by OMC
    A song I rediscovered and listened to quite a bit this summer, thanks to the "Summer Hits of the 90's" Pandora station, which is obviously the best station ever.
  37. 2015: Heart
    The seventh classic rock concert I went to with my dad, but the first one I bought the tickets for.
  38. "The Hills" by The Weeknd
    The last song I added to my music library.