1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    The OG. My Mom would tuck me in at night and rub my back while she quietly sang this to me. Even hearing it now brings me warm and fuzzy memories.
  2. Conga-Gloria Estefan
    This first tape I "owned" (my dad's tape) was Gloria Estefan's Greatest Hits. When I was 6, my mom said she would take me to any concert I wanted. I chose Gloria Estefan. The woman had quite the hold over my young heart.
  3. Shambala-Three Dog Night
    My Dad was a giant music lover and Three Dog Night was his favorite band. We would sit in the car together and sing "HOOOOOOOOOOW DOES YOUR LIGHT SHINE IN THE HOMES OF SHAMBALA" at the top of our lungs.
  4. Think of Me-Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
    My mom was an opera singer and in the 90s, she was asked to sing this song more than anything else. I can't stand opera, but I would sit and watch her rehearse this for hours on end. It seemed magical. I would listen to the Phantom soundtrack in my room, dressed up in one of my mom's old ball gowns and pretend to be Christine. I think this is when I knew I wanted to be a performer.
  5. MmmBop-Hanson
    I loved Hanson. LOVED them. In elementary school, I thought Isaac (the oldest) was the most handsome boy I had ever seen. I had a t-shirt with his face on it and a poster that said "I Like Ike".
  6. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town-Pearl Jam
    Anyone who has older cousins can attest that when you're a kid, they're the coolest people in the world. My cousins were big into Nirvana and Pearl Jam. They told me that Hanson wasn't a real band and attempted to educate me.
  7. Basketcase-Green Day
    My brother once rode his bike to Harmony House alone just to buy "Dookie" and "Tragic Kingdom". It was a baller move at the time and he was kind enough to let me listen to the CDs, in his presence, without touching them. Vintage big brother move.
  8. City on Down-OAR
    In middle school, I dated a boy named Ben who loved playing guitar, listening to Bob Marley and OAR, and making out with me. He tasted like Orbit Wintermint and I think of him fondly.
  9. Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton
    Freshman year of high school, my Dad died from cancer. This song seemed so cheesy before then, but after his death, it actually brought me a lot of comfort. I don't like listening to it now.
  10. Sugar, We're Going Down-Fall Out Boy
    High school angst 100%. My high school crush, Ben (different Ben) told me that he thought of me when he heard the line "wishing to be the friction in your jeans." While I maintain that's referring to a boner, it made me swoon. We made out to FOB's "From Under the Cork Tree" in the back of my mom's minivan in a TCBY parking lot.
  11. Hey There, Delilah-Plain White T's
    Freshman year of college, I was dating the boy who I would end up dating for 6 more years. I was a year older than him so we were "long distance" (an hour and a half away) for my first year of college. We called this "our song". We were idiots.
  12. Freaks and Geeks-Childish Gambino
    I listened to this song every day in the Fall/Winter of 2011/12. That time period included me working on OZ and deciding to move to LA. Listening to it now causes my stomach to clench with excitement. It was a good time in my life.
  13. Off to the Races-Lana Del Rey
    Mia and I listened to Born to Die for months when we first moved to LA. Even though Lana is all about that NYC life, this song feels so LA. It made me feel like I had made it.
  14. Being Alive-Company (Sondheim)
    Present day. Dating in LA is HARD, you guys!!!!!