This millennial’s music guide.

I’m not really sure what genres I could call this collection of songs. But, since music is such a big piece to my life, I thought for the first time ever, I’d share some of my favourite songs on this blog.

I truly believe that a person’s taste in music can tell you a lot about who they are. People are often surprised when they hear my selections for song choices. I’m not really sure that this collection will say much about me, but if it is does then please feel so inclined as to share some of your favourite songs. I’d love to let your favourite songs tell me a little bit more about you.

I really tried to narrow it down to ten but I just couldn’t. Thus, this list is thirteen…

Tom Cochrane & Red Rider – Boy Inside the Man

I can’t really explain the reason why I love this song so much. It just a certain ‘purity’ to it that makes me think of all the adventures I go into growing up. It’s pure nostalgia for me when I hear it.

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

Oh goodness, I might need to stop actually talking about why I like these songs because I’m only on #2 and I’m struggling. This song, it reminds me of a specific moment in my life when someone said to me “Forgive me for staring, but your eyes, they’re the most blue of anyone I’ve ever seen.” When I hear it, I’m transformed back to a much more simple time and place in life. And, I like that. I guess you could say this one is nostalgic for me as well.

The Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See

This song is waking up in the morning to smell a fresh pot of coffee brewing and hear some extremely loud singing coming from the shower. It’s a peaceful drive into the city, on your way to work, witnessing the truly incredible sights the Canadian landscapes have to offer, with the sun beaming on your face and a sense of fulfillment in your heart. This song is… peace, calm and serenity to me.

Tom Petty – I won’t Back Down

Though it doesn’t sound like much of a fight song, this song is my fight song. When I feel like the world is kicking me around and throwing all sorts of shit at me that I can’t handle, this is the song I’ll go to.

Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark

Ugh… to me this song should be a Millennial Anthem. It’s like… as we were being born, he knew how we’d feel 30 years from then…

Paul Simon – You can call me Al

This song is equally annoying and incredible to my brain. I both love it and hate it equally, and cannot stop listening to it. It’s like an earworm that I’ve had since I was ten years old.

Otis Redding – Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay

This song reminds me of my grandfather. This was his favourite song, and I think as a result that’s why it’s one of my favourites. My grandfather was someone who could hear something on the radio and sit down and play it on his piano, or guitar, or any of the instruments he had in his house. He was a music genius and he always had a soft spot for this song. As a result, I do to.

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel

I love Elvis. I love all Elvis. From Jailhouse Rock to Blue Christmas to Suspicious Minds, I really love it all. If I had to pick a favourite though, this will always be my favourite Elvis song.

Dobie Gray – Drift Away

This is the most chill of all chill songs (for lack of ability to describe it any better).

Chris Stapleton – Millionaire

A song from this decade, how did this sneak in here? Actually though, Chris Stapleton is one of the most amazing musicians ever in my mind. Fun fact: he was actually a songwriter for other artists before he broke onto the music scene himself. I’ve seen the man live… 3 times now. I’d go to his concerts again and again and again because his lyrics are incredible, his voice is powerful and his shows are just as damn good as the recorded songs. And when his wife appears in concert with them – oh my god, you won’t be let down.

The Wallflowers – One Headlight

This song was a key piece to my ‘I’m a moody teenager soundtrack’ and has stuck around on my list of favourites ever since. The 90’s was a truly great decade for music. Seriously.

Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man

This song also ranks on my ‘top of the tops’ list because of my grandfather. I recall so many times going over to his house and this song was playing. I think this was one of his favourites. He used to sit down and play it on his various instruments and try to make me sing. I would never sing though, because I’m horrible. But… fond memories.

David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

ANOTHER SONG FROM THIS DECADE! This song is my go-to for when I’m in a really bad mood. It always seems to make me feel like it’s better than I think it is…

Have any song suggestions that are your favourites? I’m always looking for some new music to encapsulate my soul.

56 thoughts on “This millennial’s music guide.

      1. Aretha Franklin_ Ever changing times.

        Eric Clapton_ Wonderful Tonight

        The Verve_ Bittersweet Symphony

        Righteous Brothers_ unchained Melody

        LeAnn Rimes_ Can’t fight the moonlight

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      2. You’re my musical spirit animal. All I have to say is yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. I love all of those. And it’s really easy for people to pick music I think is terrible, so you basically just knocked it out of the park with those suggestions!

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    1. I think when we’re inundated with so much new music almost on the daily, it can be hard to think about these really great songs from decades past. Me, I’m much more of a fan of older music. There are some recent songs that I do like, but for the most part, I prefer the 60’s-90’s.

      Do you have any suggestions of songs I could add into circulation?

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      1. Ummmmmm a little Lionel Ritchie from the 80’s maybe some hot chocolate – so many good ones from that thirty odd years – that’s the thing, these days I struggle to find new music that I love


      1. Oh goodness – I have a musical variety! And even at my age I have been known to enjoy the occasional rap song 😛 I’m exposed to a lot of different genres with a 21 year old and a 14 year old in the house 😉
        My song choices or likes are not always based on the lyrics – there are a lot of them where the lyrics have no meaning to me, but the melody or beat is what I favour. And sometimes I just like a song because it brings back a happy memory for me of something that happened while the song was playing, or because it reminds me of someone in a good way 😉
        If you asked me what five I wanted to listen to right now, they’d be these :
        Kokomo – Beach Boys
        River Depp Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner
        Hotel California – The Eagles
        Smells like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
        Photograph – Nickelback

        How’s that for a messed up mix 😛 😉

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  1. There is only a couple here that I recognize such as Elvis haha! I completely agree about music really revealing who someone is, this list is the polar opposite of what I would listen to. It really interests me because I just couldn’t imagine listening to it all day but you love it and it means a lot to you!
    If you get 5 minutes can you check out my latest post?
    Love & Support

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  2. Hi Vi,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I wasn’t expecting to recognize many songs on your favorites list but, as it turns out, I knew them all and some of them are on my list, too. In passing, I’ll just mention also that my mom’s name was Vi and she had Bette Davis eyes. I would add to your great list with “Budapest”, “Shook Me All Night Long”, “Operator”, “Landslide”, “Wild World”, “Leather and Lace”, and Pete Townshend’s whole Empty Glass CD. Also, “Let it Be”, “Sweet Child of Mine”…I’m getting carried away. There are so many. How did you limit your list to just ten? That must have been tortuous.

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      Which version of Operator are we talking her?

      Also, yes, yes, yes to all songs you’ve listed here. You’re my musical soulmate.


      1. A bit like you I like a real mix of stuff – old and new. I listen to bands that most people have never heard of too. The most recent gig I went to was Cassia and Alfie Neale – both worth a listen. Next week I’m going to see Joseph. Have you heard of them? They’re great. The week after that I’m going to see Emeli Sande supported by Ben Monteith. If you don’t know any of these guys you should look them up. 🙂


  3. I’ve been to a lot of concerts, in the 80’s I traveled up and down the east coast to see the grateful dead, good times. Here is one of the lost gems from the early 70’s. The jondra is funk, wedged in between the hard rock of the 60’s and the disco movement. The lyrics are remarkable, at the time the context was in the U.S. we had huge urban areas that were blighted. This was after the watts riots etc our cities were war zones. Check it out

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      1. mmmmmmm I don’t know. There are a lot of artists that I just like one song from and I don’t really care about the rest. I don’t know if I’d like that…


  4. Music is life! Sadly I know hardly anyone who’s into the same type of music as me. Flume is my favourite producer, he makes pioneering electronica… and he’s (apparently) hugely popular, but I don’t know anyone who likes him anywhere near as much as I do!

    I hate feeling like a musical loner!

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  5. Hello! What a fun post, for a Millenial you appreciate some ‘older’ music too. Just joking, music from all ages is beautiful. But your ‘fight’ song made me share mine. I think it’s great to have a fight song, it really helps.


  6. Wow! You have unique taste in music. Honestly, I have no specific genre of musical tastes. I have no problem with listening to any genre or artists as long as I can be attracted and related to it (whether the lyrics/melody/beat/vibe/background story etc). Hmm..maybe someday I should share some of my playlists (?) haha


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