Soundtrack to My Life Part 2: Songs w/ Music Videos and Meanings
As per suggestion from a friend of mine today, I decided to extend the Soundtrack to My Life post. They had suggested posting links for all the songs. For those interested, I have linked the music videos to the song titles listed below (click the song to hear) and talk about each song from the meaning behind them and what first comes to my head when I think of them. If you wish to read part one, click here (Soundtrack to My Life). Hope you enjoy!
This is one of my favorite songs of all time because of the in your face political messages. Lupe goes in on the war on terror, education being an afterthought in America to the talking heads and voting system. I remember when Lasers dropped sitting in the car with my college roommate who turned me on to Lupe and just listening to it 5 times over because how hard it went. Still to this day, I love it.
Much like the previous song, I’m Gonna Be is straight forward. Big Sean raps about how he is going to be everything he wants to be no matter what. I feel that all the way.
I actually had to look up what Crazy Train is about. It is one of the most overplayed songs in the sports realm so I don’t really listen to it. I didn’t know it was about the Cold War because I don’t actually know most of the lyrics to the song.
This is easily one of my favorite songs of the 90s. I honestly didn’t really appreciate or love this long until about 2 years ago. I found a playlist on Fit Radio for my runs and it was the second song and it’s just a downright feel good song. His lyrics talk about going from the lowest point of his life being jailed for a few months due to a nightclub incident to being back. Ironically, it became one of the biggest hits in the 90s. Poetic justice.
It is one of the earliest songs featuring Michael Jackson and arguably Jackson 5’s most popular hit. This song reminds me of Billy Madison because it is featured in the 90s classic. The song itself compares how loving someone is similar to learning the alphabet.
Another straightforward hip hop song that talks about being hood rich, something I know nothing about. That doesn’t mean I don’t still get fired up the second I hear “Wassup Fresh? It’s our turn, baby…” Big Tymers were and still are a massive part of my musical interests. If you grew up in or near New Orleans, you probably love them.
Simple Plan was my favorite band in middle and high school. They were very much what Panic at the Disco is for me now. I know almost every song and not just the hits. I could listen to them on repeat for days. Welcome to My Life talks about not fitting in and not being understood by people. At times growing up, that is how I felt. Obviously in school, there are popular kids and then there are the “losers.” I fit the mold of both. I had friends that were popular, but I was more known by association I felt like.
Katy Perry was my celebrity boo thing in high school. She had me hooked from this song. She grew up in a very religious family and the song talks about experimentation that much of the younger generation, especially women, go through. Her entire song is about kissing a girl and how much she liked it. Fun fact, I saw her live at Disney Grad Night when they still had that. Myself and some friends played the “Penis Game” with her. Being the immature 17 year olds, we screamed penis in between songs when she asked the audience a question. She then asked “are they saying penis or peanuts?” We screamed it again and said “Oh, yeah they said penis.” She won the game. I miss old Katy Perry.
Literally one of the most fun songs to sing of all time! Play this at a wedding or karaoke bar and the crowd goes nuts. I have several vides on my phone of me singing this while drunk. I am not ashamed of that. It just goes hard. The song itself talks about the struggle of the young working class just trying to make it. Something I can relate to along with many other youth of today.
This song is the first memory I have of the great Blink 182. I remember watching them perform this live in 1999 at the MTV Music Awards. Another great song you just have to sing when you hear it. Former member, Tom DeLonge (my favorite member from the group) wrote this for his girlfriend after complaining that he always wrote songs about other women.
One of the many hits from Green Day. Honestly, I never got super turned on to Green Day until American Idiot and from there I began diving more into them. The first memory I have is from the movie Angus because of how much they were talked about. Good Riddance I would say is in the top 5 of my favorite songs by them. Lead singer Billy Joel Armstrong wrote this about his girlfriend when she moved to Ecuador and sings about the anger he felt, but you have to just keep moving on.
One of my good friends texted me on a trip to Central Arkansas for Nicholls Football about Macklemore’s album The Heist. This was before it blew up like wildfire. I spent the entire ride listening to the album on repeat because of how good it was. Can’t Hold Us is a song of perseverance and not stopping until you reach the top. It is just a great beat, sound and fun as hell. One of the things I love is that this was the song for the Seattle Seahawks during their Beast Mode and Legion of Boom run every time they scored. The crowd would go nuts.
It is a ballad to the haters, simple as that. Love him or hate him, Kanye is one of the best in hip hop history. He doesn’t need the approval of everyone and he fits the bill of no publicity is bad publicity. Kanye is an alpha, period. The name “Power” fits perfectly because the song is nothing, but powerful.
First and foremost, Brendon Urie is a god. I can’t stress that enough. Pray for the Wicked is probably my favorite album to date. The song is self explanatory. He has been in the music industry since the mid 2000s and was the young age of 17. Now, he is one of the most popular artists in 2019. After breaking from his group and being the lone man of Panic at the Disco, he has dropped two amazing ultra popular albums with Death of a Bachelor and Pray for the Wicked. The song is saying to his mom that he made it through all the trials and tribulations of his journey.
The song itself is a ballad to lead singer Deryck Wibley’s struggle with alcohol addiction. The song came out in 2016. Although, it isn’t even remotely close to one of my favorite Sum 41 songs, I do enjoy it. Sum 41 also happens to be one of my favorite punk rock bands ever. This song is definitely one that can amp me up when I need it. I picked this song on my post in reference to easily the toughest thing I ever had to go through. Failures are part of life and I usually embrace failure because trial and error is everything. However, when you spend years working toward something only to realize how much you hate it and the person you became as a result, that is a tough pill to swallow.
As I stated in the original post, this song will forever hold a place in my heart because it is the song my wife and I danced to for our first dance as a married couple. The lyrics describe how you sometimes do things for the one you love that you don’t normally do. That is how I feel about my wife.
Another Lee Brice hit, the song talks about all the trials and tribulations growing as a young boy. It discusses the good and bad things most boys will eventually do. I can’t help but think of my son when I hear it. It hits hard every single time. I just want the absolute best for him. I want what most parents wants for their children. They want them to live long, healthy and fruitful lives. Brice was actually quoted talking about how he would see people in the crowd at concerts with pictures of their sons in the audience which makes him think how lucky those parents are who never have to experience serious heartaches with their children. Obviously, I agree with him when he says you should never take your children for granted, even in the times of frustration.
The song itself talks about staying young, having fun and living for the moment. Quite frankly, that’s all I am trying to do. I see so many people who struggle daily with work, family and whatever else is going on. Trust me, I have my own struggles at times. There are times I doubt everything, but those are far and few between. Overall, I try my best to live every day wearing my heart on my sleeve and having fun.
I actually love love love the meaning behind this song. The Struts don’t look like a band that belongs in this decade. In fact, their first record label wanted them to drop their entire look in favor of a more modern approach. They stuck with the course and began opening for Motley Crue and The Rolling Stones. That is pretty damn good company to be in. The song references that and talks about the what ifs. If you are passionate about something, go for it. Otherwise, you’ll live in a sea of regret thinking what could have been. That is something I never want to go through.
Another awesome love song about love that lasts a lifetime. The opening line of “Grandma and grandpa painted a picture of 65 years in one little house” hits home. I currently live in my late grandparents home and I think about them constantly. The song talks about building the foundation of love from young adults to spreading that love to your kids and then it coming their way. I hope that is us.
Fun. came in hot with their album Some Nights, which is one of my favorite albums ever. Carry On is exactly what it sounds like. The song stresses the importance of moving on in life no matter what you are going through even when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. There is no major significance to the song for me personally other than Fun. is awesome and this is a great song to listen to.
The first thing that comes to mine when I hear this is One Tree Hill. I had no idea a few years back who Angels and Airwaves was and it took me until halfway through the song that it was Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 singing. So I started looking up their albums and now I love them. The song itself is actually DeLonge turning to God in his most desperate time. He used a supernatural to help him in his addiction to painkillers. For me, I love the song because it talks about being there for the people you care about. I do my best in times of need to be there for the ones I care about despite not having the same in return all the time.