Nine Songs I Will Never Get Sick Of


1. “Wild Horses” by The Sundays

I love this cover of The Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” and not just because they play it in that movie Fearwhen Mark Wahlberg fingerbangs Reese Witherspoon on a rollercoaster (although it certainly doesn’t hurt.) I don’t even like cover songs but The Sundays manage to do their own beautiful take on it. I might even like it (gasp!} better than the original but don’t tell my classic rock loving father that.

2. “That’s The Way” by Led Zeppelin

I dare you to listen to this song and not feel a ton of emotion. Classic rock may have a certain level of predictability and cheesiness now but Led Zeppelin is an amazing band. Period. Their rock songs rock harder than anything else and their ballads exhibit a tenderness that is usually unheard of in all-male rock bands. Listen to “That’s The Way”, tear up, and pretend your Penny Lane for a sec.

3. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

I’m not a big Bruce Springsteen fan but this song continues to blow me away. It’s heartbreaking for reasons I can’t quite understand, which means that it’s done its job. When a song evokes powerful emotion out of you for seemingly no reason, you know it’s special. Plus, Bruce Springsteen is just the number one babe. Come on now. He’s the beautiful personification of the Fourth of July. Fantasizing about him is practically our American duty.

4. “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.IG.

I just realized I posted three bummer songs in a row so here’s a happy one! It’s very White Boi of me to be like, “OMG, I love Biggie. He speaks to me!” but whatever. He’s so good! When this song comes on, I can’t not get like Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About Youand I’m sure you can’t either. Wanna try to be Mr. Cool Guy though? Play this song and resist dancing. Stay completely still and shoot people incredulous looks when you see them dancing. You’re having fun now, aren’t you?!

5. “Sun Was High (So Was I)” by Best Coast

I heard this song right around the time I had my seventh surgery after my car accident and because of the loads of Percocet the doctors gave me, I renamed the song “Sun Was High (So Was Rye}”. But even now, as I’m listening to it sober, I can’t help but fall in love with its dreamy guitars and fuzzy vocals. Gosh, I think it’s making me feel stoned again. Thanks, Best Coast! You’re way less sketchier than a prescription pad or a drug dealer!

Ryan O'Connell

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“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

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  • lalala

    ill have this as a mixed tape title: that nine songs by RyanOconnell

  • Ronald

    It’s weird how a bullseye agreement compels you to like an article. The fact is that Mary Jane’s Last Dance makes me think of the jukebox at my sixth grade dance.

    Googled “music machine with discs in diners” to come up with jukebox.

    • Ronald

      FMI (for my information, in which I unprovokedly make a public statement) TMI: read the Mary Jane’s Last Dance blurb and lol’d, then listened to other songs; became overstatedly sentimental during Sun Was High (So Was I); fantasized, oddly, about giving Ryan O’Connell, or just some random guy or whatever, a blowjob while listening to Gimme More.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10036647 Aimee Vondrak

    I completely love you for adding The Boss and Tom Petty’s song to this list. “I’m on Fire” is so hauntingly romantic and classic.

    …Now, however, I have to judge your affinity for Blackout. Really?? Better than Femme Fatale!?

  • nom

    the video link for ‘im on fire’ isn’t ‘i’m on fire’

    that song is in my top 5 favs ever. great choice. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/asmond Asmond Chew

    you are so cool ryan

  • http://twitter.com/snuggiebunnies Olivia Moore

    blackout is one of brit’s best albums and i agree i’ll never get sick of it. femme fatale is amazing but i can’t say i haven’t gotten sick of it because it’s been playing on repeat for the last 8 months by my gay best friend. so glad wild horses was first on this list because it’s probably one of my favorite songs of all time. great list. can’t say i don’t agree with most of these songs being some of my favorites

  • JinDC

    I so agree with your choice of “Landslide” ….  Definately a tear-jerker.   I need a tissue just thinking about it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EUL6B7WZUNAHGMO5KRCKZTGP54 Damen Handle

      The best is the Dixie Chicks cover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7_K6by3u7g

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1823724501 'Drea Williams

        Not Hardly! Although I adore The Dixie Chicks that version of Landslide really, really sucked! Even The Smashing Pumpkins version is better . . .

      • JinDC

        I like the DCs version too …. but maybe bc it was out around the time they made that statement about Bush and the war.  “Not Ready to Make Nice” …. I like that one alot too!

  • Magen

    crazy britney was the best britney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamaicamalangmojica Jamaica Malang

    “I’ve talked about my love for Blackout before and I’ll reiterate it again: It is one of the best pop albums of all time.” Redundant with ‘reiterate’ and ‘again’. IMO Blackout’s good but not exactly one of the best.

  • Anonymous

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  • http://blip.tv/The-Film-Twit The Film Twit

    You’re not alone in your love of Under Pressure. One of my favorite songs ever.

  • Henry

    I think there’s something wrong with me. I’m 25 and I don’t agree with any of these. I am capable of getting sick of each one.

  • http://www.breakfastbachelor.com Alexander Testere

    I love when Stevie does this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPEhIoKeTg0

  • scin

    under pressure is an amazing song. these are the days it never rains but it…pours

  • Natalie821

    We’d easily be best friends because of this list..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=24703745 Carleigh Anne Mahaffey

    …people hate Under Pressure?!

  • cf

    i got a tad too excited when i realized i share a love for best coast with ryan…

  • http://mrianmbelcurry.tumblr.com/ Mr. Ian M. Belcurry

    I love “Silver Spring” from the reunion Fleetwood Mac did in the mid 90’s. Youtube it, makes me cry. And love “Tangerine” off Led Zep 3. Great selections. You mentioned the Sundays Wild Horses before with Buffy the vampire reference. Love this :-)

  • Maldo

    I agree with most of these, and I can’t believe people don’t like “Under Pressure”!  I just hate the song “Landslide”.  But I’m pretty sure it’s the Dixie Chicks’ fault.

  • Arthur

    Blackout is a fucking classic, but keep that on the hush. It’s meant for the fans.

    and pity about her not being in a psychotic daze anymore. Now she’s all hyped up on psychotropic drugs, which is really more a daze than the glimpse of the true Britney we had.

  • Shikole Struber

    I play your number 6 on repeat almost every time I drive. I will never tire of it. 

    Blackout is also fantastic. 

  • Jarose4

    I don’t associate with people who don’t like under pressure, i didn’t realize it was a problem.

  • Marycg_

    I actually love Under Pressure.  That is the standard that I hold all other music to.  I’m shocked that other people don’t like it.

  • Em

    Somehow I just KNEW Landslide would be on this list. It’s probably on everyone’s list <3

  • Guest

    ooh this britney song is a bit of a guilty pleasure. as  is that other one where she talks about people calling her too fat/thin..baha

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