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Bliss in the Lists

Brennan's High School Graduation Album

< by Brennan >

I am a creature of lists: To-Do, Top Hits, Best of, Greatest *insert subject*, 30 Abandoned Places That Look Truly Beautiful (seriously, go look at these; the history nerd in me exploded in amazement.)

But I think one of the best style of lists that is fading into obscurity is the sentimental playlist. One you put together for your significant other, a sibling, a friend that is moving away; we need more playlists that carry emotional weight!

I was cleaning out my old bedroom at home a couple weeks ago and stumbled upon all kinds of playlists: Valentine’s Day, birthday, Christmas, wedding, you name it. CDs (remember those?) that all told a story about a specific moment of time and the person associated with them. The songs form a sort of narrative, each one chosen specifically and with intention.

Lost in revelry, I couldn’t believe my good fortune that I still had these. Then, the Holy Grail: Four Years at Warwick High School (WHS), a personalized CD my oldest brother Cullen made for me when I graduated high school. Songs that haven’t been mainstream for 10+ years (or, for some, ever). I love the story this playlist tells.

  1. Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
  2. Just Because – Jane’s Addiction
  3. Hemorrhage (In My Hands) – Fuel
  4. Mr. Brightside – Killers
  5. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
  6. The Red – Chevelle
  7. Somewhere Out There – Our Lady Peace
  8. Still Waiting – Sum 41
  9. Numb/Encore – Jay-Z and Linkin Park
  10. Dragula – Rob Zombie
  11. Just Like You – Three Days Grace
  12. Vertigo – U2
  13. Like a Stone – Audioslave
  14. No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
  15. It’s Been Awhile – Staind
  16. Aerials – System of a Down
  17. Someday – Nickelback
  18. Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
  19. Everlong – Foo Fighters
  20. Take a Picture – Filter

Now go make your own playlist that tells your story. Just make sure Black Eyed Peas make some sort of appearance.

1 Comment»

  Larry Who wrote @

“Hats Off to Larry” by Del Shannon would be #1 and then, of course, every song ever recorded by the Black Eyed Peas would complete the rest of the list, if they made enough songs.


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