I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers
This is my current favorite song. It's just weird, and the video is weirder. But it's a good one to listen to after a rough day and just sing the refrain over and over again to pump you up for the next day.
The reason I like it: The verses are crazy, but the refrain is fantastic. It starts off soft and almost distorted, and then the refrain kicks in and the volume goes up a few notches. (There's no interlude in the actual song.)
Boom Clap - Charli XCX
This was a song I heard in the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, and it worked perfectly. So much so that someone made a video using the font from the book cover, since the two are forever linked.
The reason I like it: It's a good song to get me pumped up. Plus, who doesn't clap?
Start a War - The National
This song I heard while I was binge-watching Friday Night Lights, and it was used at the end of an episode in the fifth season. Not many of the FNL songs were very catchy, but I heard this one and immediately looked it up.
The reason I like it: I've been looking for a good melancholy slow song, and I finally found it!
Electric Love - BORNS
You may have heard this one earlier this year when Hulu used it in their commercials. That was also my first taste of it. But what got me to buy the song was when I was flying a redeye to surprise my parents at home back in May. I got a rental car, and this was the first song that came on as I was driving back home and the sun was starting to come up.
The reason I like it: Sometimes things mix just right and create that perfect moment - this was one of those moments.
Clark Gable - The Postal Service
This was recommended as a good running song, since the cadence is pretty fast. I do enjoy it for running, but I enjoy the song itself for its very unique lyrics. Fun Fact: the singer for The Postal Service is also in the band Death Cab for Cutie.
The reason I like it: It's synth-pop vibe is different from other stuff out there, and reminds me a lot of Owl City. (And it's great for runs.)
Still Hurting - Anna Kendrick
This song was taken from the Off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years. It turned into a movie starring Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, but this song opens the whole thing and pretty much tears your heart out (her husband leaves her). It's beautiful...except when Kendrick sings the word "better." But I can get over that.
The reason I like it: Because it was an Off-Broadway property, the instrumentation is very light. At the same time, the string part of the song really helps make the piece beautiful. The video below is from the movie.
Hey Ya - Obadiah Parker
I just finished rewatching Scrubs, and this was performed by Sam Lloyd (Ted!) at the end of the vacation episodes in season 8. As a matter of fact, I'm going to put that version here as well. I like it better, but you can only purchase the Obadiah Parker version legally. It's pretty good. But it's not Ted.
The reason I like it: I really don't like the Outkast original, but slowing down the song and stripping out the instruments makes it so much better.
Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
I don't know too much about Andrew McMahon, but this is a great song. Many people I know really enjoy Andrew McMahon...maybe I should start listening to more of his stuff.
The reason I like it: The song feels ethereal without using weird synthesizers or anything. But when he sings "and you're the sky," everything just opens up.
Light and Day - The Polyphonic Spree
This was another song heard first on Scrubs. I watched that episode right before I graduated college, and now that song reminds me of graduation day - which was fantastic!
The reason I like it: The Polyphonic Spree is an interesting group, consisting of over 20 band members in what they call "choral rock." That unique choral rock sound is why I like this song.
A Model Day at Disney Parks - AKA Good Morning Cleveland - Daniel Holter & Matt Smith
I first heard this one on October 1, 2009, when the DisneyParks Blog released it on the anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World. I was really into all the Disney sites at that time, since I was researching for my first trip in 10 years, and I just loved the look of the tilt-shift video along with the perfectly appropriate music.
The reason I like it: The song is a feel-good song, for sure, and combining it with the Magic Kingdom just makes it a feel-GREAT song.
We'll return with a special version of The Music Zone very soon! Be sure to go back to our previous Music Zone posts, listed below!
The Music Zone
The Music Zone II
The Music Zone III
The Music Zone IV
The Christmas Music Zone
I am Claire Nat! I am a teacher and write for TouringPlans.com. I write about anything that interests me - mostly music, Olympics, and fandoms! Follow me @CeePipes or facebook.com/blurbmusings.