1 & 2 - Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey & Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
I can't tell you which of these was my first CD, because I received them both for Christmas when I was in third grade. I still love both songs & they remind me of all the concerts I put on with my cousin Megan.
3 - Hold My Hand by Hootie and the Blowfish
Oh Hootie. The man (yes I know Hootie is a band, but Darius Rucker will always be Hootie to me) has a special place in my heart. I absolutely loved the album Cracked Rearview Mirror all through elementary school & Hootie's Greatest Hits is one of the most played albums on my iTunes account. Eric & I have seen Hootie live twice and their songs are our among our favorites for road tripping.
4 - Anything Hanson
Hanson was my first real love. I was obsessed. I had t-shirts, calendars, the Christmas album. Mmmbop still makes my heart happy. This Christmas, I downloaded the Christmas album again & started teaching Ella about the joys of Hanson :)
5 - I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys
So I loved Hanson, but my cousin Megan loved Backstreet Boys. Because she loved them so much, I grew to love them too. In fact, they were our first concert & I can still remember how much fun we had that night at Darien Lake. I love just about all BSB songs, but I Want It That Way is my fave. I remember watching TRL (anybody else love TRL?) and seeing how packed Times Square was when they released that album. It was mayhem & totally deserved.
6 - Swing Swing by All - American Rejects
Oh my "rocker" phase.... Actually, my whole high school went punk rock for a few years & I still love to sing along with these songs. Blink 182, All American Rejects, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan & Yellowcard - so many memories in my first car on the back roads belting it out to these bands.
7 - Say My Name by Destiny's Child
Again, anything by Destiny's Child would fit the bill, but I just love this song! This was a staple at our high school dances & I can still vividly see the video playing in my mind too - because again, TRL was my world in high school. (I'll always heart Carson Daly.)
8 - Moth's Wings by Passion Pit
So this song isn't main stream, but it comes on & I immediately want to funnel a few beers! It was the party anthem at Eric's house in college and the memories that I associate with it make me smile every time. His roommates are some of the wildest people I know & there was never a dull moment in that house. We definitely don't party like we used to, but we can still dance it out to this one.
9 - We Are Never (Getting Back Together) by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is my homegirl. I can put all of her albums on shuffle and sing along to every. single. song. Of all her songs though, We Are Never is my all time favorite. Every road trip always involves some T.Swift & I wouldn't have it any other way. She is the one concert that I would still pay substantial money to go see.
10 - Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
This song makes the list because it's my all time favorite running song. The opening notes pump me up & I just love to pound the pavement to it. Bonus points because it's one of Eric's favorite songs too & quite honestly, we don't have a ton of those in common.
- Pontoon by Little Big Town - which is our Myrtle Beach anthem.
- Anything Dave Matthew's Band because it reminds me of nights spent with Eric.
- Bad Romance by Lady Gaga - just another all time fave that makes me dance!
- The Frozen Soundtrack because I know all the words & nothing makes Ella happier.
- Big Poppa by Notorious BIG - again, college nights.
- Party in the USA - I may have a choreographed dance routine to this.
- Anything N'Sync or Justin Timberlake because he will forever be my love.