1. 1.
    "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House
    "'ll never see the end is the road while you're traveling with me." Hope and optimism are timeless. As is this song, my favorite of all.
  2. 2.
    "How Soon is Now" by The Smiths
    Son and heir? Sun and air? Doesn't matter. Johnny Marr's guitar riff is inimitable and Morrissey's voice is hypnotic.
  3. 3.
    "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
    Ebullient music and depressing lyrics form a perfect union. Also the best opening of any on this list. Quite possibly of all songs, period.
  4. 4.
    "Carolyn's Fingers" by The Cocteau Twins
    Glossolalia - 1) Fabricated and nonmeaningful speech. 2) Any song by the Cocteau Twins. Ethereal vocals alternate between cooing bird and crazy woman shrieking which, along with the jangly guitar, are truly unique and entertaining.
  5. 5.
    "Pictures of You" by The Cure
    The concept of loss is overwhelmingly sad and beautifully captured in this song.
  6. 6.
    "I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You" by Savage Garden
    Back in 2000, this song was all over the airwaves (aka, the radio, this was pre-online music era) and I was pregnant with my first child (aka Kayan). The title and lyrics captured exactly how I feel about motherhood and that little baby. Who is now a young man that shaves, drives a car, and towers over me (sniff!).
  7. 7.
    "You You You You" by The 6ths
    Pieces of April depicts a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship which ends on a bittersweet yet somehow heartwarming note. Sarika and I have watched it a few times and we both love this song from the soundtrack. My girl who's almost a teenager still makes "my dreams come true and turns my gray sky blue" every single day.
  8. 8.
    "New Slang" by The Shins
    This didn't quite "change my life" but its significance did shift dramatically when I happened to overhear Kayan singing and playing it on his guitar and when we saw The Shins in concert together. The song reminds me of how lucky I am to have a kid with similar taste and interest in music, who is also willing to share it with me.
  9. 9.
    "I Will Follow You Into the Night" by Death Cab For Cutie
    Depressing yet powerful sentiment about staying with someone to the end.
  10. 10.
    "Billie Jean" by Micheal Jackson