Every year, my music taste changes a little bit. This past year was full of new music discoveries and lyrics that guided my soul as I traveled and took on my senior year of college. Words and music have power, and I love listening to certain songs for inspiration in writing and life. Here are several songs that moved me this year. I hope you are able to find some new favorites, too!
1. “I Lived” by OneRepublic
While my obsession with this song started last December, OneRepublic’s latest album was my all-time favorite of 2014. I loved this whole album and even went to their concert last June. Some of my other favorite from them? “Life in Color,” “Love Runs Out,” and “Counting Stars.”
2. “On My Way” by The Vantage
I discovered The Vantage on a music website called Noisetrade, which allows you to download songs for free with a suggested tip to the artist. The song “On My Way” became a quick favorite, and it was a song that let me reflect on my study abroad experience. I love the beat and the vibe of this song, and it makes me think of all things travel.
3. “Dreamer” by DeScribe
Just like “On My Way,” this song let me reflect on my memories living in Europe and what travel ultimately meant to me. I should mention that when I was traveling in Spain for half the year, my music playlist consisted of around 150 songs on my iPhone, and “Dreamer” (along with OneRepublic’s CD and most of these songs) was included in those 150 songs. I didn’t get sick of those songs over the course of several months; rather, I learned to love them even more!
4. “Multiplied” by Needtobreathe
I discovered this song last summer, after I listened to many of Needtobreathe’s older songs. This song moved me even more last Sunday at church, when our worship team played this song. My favorite lyrics of the song are: “I have surrendered to your design.”
5. “Love Take Me Over” by Steven Curtis Chapman
I love how upbeat and powerful this song is. This worship song was my prayer when walking through the streets of Sevilla and thinking about my day and I how I hoped to love and inspire others in a new city.
6. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
This feel-good song gets you in a perfect mood! I listened to this song during the first half of the year, and then found the rest of American Authors’ album and fell in love with all their songs, especially this next one:
7. “Love” by American Authors
This was another frequently listened song on American Authors’ CD. I highly suggest listening to their whole album, since I love getting the whole feeling of their songs together at once. If you like OneRepublic or Imagine Dragons, you’ll like American Authors!
8. “Sea Salt” by Sun Culture
“Sea Salt” and Sun Culture’s album is so warm and breezy and perfect for a summer road trip. I listened to this song constantly after discovering it last May. If you are a fan of indie rock artists and anything summer, you’ll like these songs!
9. “Ready or Not” by Britt Nicole feat. Lecrae
I first heard this song when I heard Nikki Phillippi’s cover of it last year, and then my friends introduced me to the original song by Britt Nicole. I’ve loved listening to “Ready or Not” while I workout or go for runs. I think it is just a feel-good and empowering song.
10. “We Move Like the Ocean” by Bad Suns
One of my best friends recommended Bad Suns to me during one of our many music conversations last summer. Just like with American Authors, I listened to their entire CD, and loved them all. I also recommend, “Cardiac Arrest,” “Salt,” and “Take My Love and Run.”
11. “What You Do To Me” by Dan + Shay
I can’t forget about my country music. While I love so many country songs, this one by Dan + Shay stood out to me when I heard it on a mix CD from a friend. It’s such a good car song and I’ve been loving it so much!
12. “Parachute Heart” by Aaron and Andrew
I also discovered Aaron and Andrew on Noisetrade, and quickly loved their lyrics and the beat of their songs. I love how this song particularly talks about chasing your dreams and holding on during hard times. The song reminds me of flying and freedom, and I tend to always start my playlists with this song.
While there are so many other songs I could have mentioned, I hope you enjoyed the variety of songs I enjoyed in 2014. Now, what about you guys? What are your favorite songs of the moment? If I could have a huge mix CD swap with you, I would definitely do that! Wait, maybe something like that could happen! Let me know your thoughts, friends!