There are more but... Here are the lyrics that are important to me, in no particular order.
  1. "Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten/Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on"
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    "Horchata" by Vampire Weekend. This song feels like the perfect antidote to snow and cold and bad vibes. It's lovely and lively and poignant.
  2. "I'm glad that we stopped kissing the tar on the highways (and I like you)/We move in the tree street"
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    "400 Lux" by Lorde. This song is absolutely gorgeous, and it immerses me and feels warm.
  3. "Nice to meet you, where you been/I could show you incredible things"
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    "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift. Really, this whole song is a perfect exercise in satire. It's beautiful and I listened to it for a month straight when it first came out, walking across my school campus at night.
  4. "And who are you hiding from/It ain't no life to live like you're on the run"
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    "Water Under the Bridge" by Adele. When she sings this, my heart flutters and want to be the person Adele thinks I can be!
  5. "So if I'm losing a piece of me/Maybe I don't want heaven"
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    "Heaven" by Troye Sivan. This song incorporates metaphors he weaves throughout his debut album. It's a haunting reflection on spirituality and sexuality.
  6. "Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?"
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    "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac. This one gets me every time. It's so beautiful and knowing and tragic.
  7. "I didn't know I was lonely til I saw your face/I wanna get better, better, better, better"
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    "I Wanna Get Better" by Bleachers. This song is one you can dance to while tears run down your face. It's victorious while still acknowledging despair.
  8. "All the broken hearts in the world still beat/Let's not make it harder than it has to be"
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    "Girls Chase Boys" by Ingrid Michaelson. She dispenses some serious feel-good philosophy in this gender-bending ditty.
  9. "Man oh man you're my best friend/I scream it to the nothingness"
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    "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This song is rambling and sad and sweet. It's one of my best friend's favorite songs and I have great memories singing this in cars and at school.
  10. "God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes"
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    "Daniel" by Elton John. Pierces me to the heart whenever I hear this.
  11. "I pray to God this breath will last/As I push it past my lips as I gasp"
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    "Between Two Lungs" by Florence + the Machine. I danced to this on a snow day a long time ago, thrashing outside and the moment has never left me.
  12. "Yeah yeah and it's ok/I tie my hands up to a chair so I don't fall that way"
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    "Helena Beat" by Foster the People. This song is such a BUILD. It slays and is surprisingly perfect for a run.
  13. "And some nights I pray a sign is gonna come to me/But usually I'm just trying to get some sleep"
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    "Some Nights Intro" by fun. This song is theatrical but so real. It tells you how it is, drenched in hyperbole, but not really.
  14. "But you didn't have to cut me off/Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing"
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    "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. So sad and so great. I feel it.
  15. "I was only looking for a human to reciprocate"
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    "Pin" by Grimes. She wins 2015 and she wins life. This lyric, in this song, is heartbreaking but without the self-pity. It's universal and personal, like most things.
  16. "I want to run in fields, paint the kitchen, and love someone"
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    "First Train Home" by Imogen Heap. So stark and so grandiose and so digital and so, so wonderful.
  17. "And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun/The near and the dear ones, the old and the young"
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    "Merry Xmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. So touching and inviting and HOPEFUL.
  18. "All the vampires walkin' through the valley/They move west down Ventura boulevard"
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    "Free Fallin" by @john just destroys me. It's so lilting and light and dark all at the same time.
  19. "Sitting in restaurants/Thought we were so grown up/But I know now that we were not the people/That we turned out to be"
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    "Merry Happy" by Kate Nash. These few lines feel like throwaway wisdom, just a passing comment about aging and identity that profoundly affected me as a teenager.
  20. "I finally found you/My missing puzzle piece/Now I'm complete"
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    "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. You are lying if you say this song ISN'T you. I don't care how old you are. This song is hella emotional and hella great.
  21. "I guess I'm cool and those happy thoughts in my head I'm feeling like I'm Peter Pan"
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    "Up Up & Away" by Kid Cudi. The middle school me thought this was rap and very cool. It still is.
  22. "I've been out on that open road/You can be my full time daddy white and gold"
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    "Ride" by Lana Del Rey. I always thought she said "photon daddy" which I like even more. The opening to this song belies just how epic it gets. Haunting.
  23. "I'm gonna marry the dark/Gonna make love to the dark/I'm a soldier to my own emptiness/I am a winner"
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    "Marry the Night" by Lady Gaga. Such a great opening song to Born This Way. Powerful and nostalgic.
  24. "Somebody left the gate open/You know we got lost on the way/Come save us a runaway train/Gone insane"
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    "Into the Wild" by LP. This was the song in the commercial that everyone loved and hunted down. The voice, the theme, the idea--it's just so amazing.
  25. "Remember only God can judge ya/Forget the haters 'cause somebody loves ya/And everyone in line in the bathroom/Trying to get a line in the bathroom/We all so turnt up here"
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    "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus. The coupling of the divine with hard drugs never fails to make me laugh and smile. I think this is how it should be, and I think God does, too.
  26. "Up in your room and our slates are clean/ Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes"
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    "State of Grace" by Taylor Swift. Honestly, this whole list could have been TS, but I chose my two favorites. She paints such a detailed picture in TWO LINES. I love it I love it I love it.