Music has always been something that I was extremely passionate about because every song has a different meaning that really speaks to people in the most unique way possible. There have been numerous times where I’ve listened to a song and go, “Woah, this sounds just like what I’m going through!” So, for this post, I will be counting down my top five songs that I truly feel have shook me and changed how I see life!
5. “Hakuna Matata” from Disney’s The Lion King
I am starting this list with number five. The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies, so it’s no surprise that this song made the list! For those of you that don’t know me, I worry A LOT!!!! So, when I started listening to this song again as I got older, I was reminded of how important it is to just relax and enjoy life because we tend to get stressed by all of our priorities such as work, school, and families etc., that we don’t take the time to look at how great life can be when we don’t have a care in the world and not worry about a single thing! Not that we should be carefree all the time, but it wouldn’t hurt on some occasions!
4. “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Disney’s Pinocchio
This song always gives me the feels because it’s a good representation of why I love Disney so much! There is still hope out there and dreams really can come true if we have the courage to pursue them, *cough, cough, Walt Disney.* This song helped me discover my true passion for Disney and made me reevaluate my career plans, instead of pursuing a career as a one-on-one therapist, I have decided that I want to work for Disney because I want to contribute to that magic that I get to experience with Disney and listening to this song is just so good!!!
3. “Not the End” from Glee, sung by Cory Monteith
I actually quoted lyrics from this song for my high school senior quote because I fell in love with the song as soon as I heard it. Originally it is sung by a group called The So Manys, but I prefer Cory Monteith’s version because after his passing, I looked at it as a message for his fans saying that “this is not the end” and he will always be with us wherever we go. Cory may me gone, but he will always be in our hearts! That and this song is a good reminder to keep going on with life despite encountering struggles along the way. I especially love the lyrics “with one foot in front of the other that you can, you can fly into a better tomorrow and leave yesterday behind” because I struggled with moving on from my past, especially in high school. So this song gave me a sense of hope to continue on. I also first heard this song during my sophomore year of high school, after my senior friends left, so yeah, perfect timing!
2. “If Only” from Descendants, sung by Dove Cameron
It’s funny looking back on how I discovered this song because when Descendants first came out, I wasn’t a big fan of it. But I grew to love the storyline about how these villain kids shouldn’t be judged because of their parents’ actions and the characters themselves were very well-developed. Dove Cameron really does this song justice with the emotion she puts into “If Only.” I LITERALLY thought that the song was about me because just by the first line, it really spoke to me, “a million thoughts in my head, should I let my heart keep listening.” At the time, I was torn about what I should do about my feelings for my crush, whether I should let him go or keep holding on. I couldn’t decide what was right and what was wrong, which is exactly what Mal goes through in the film. She was torn between following in her mother’s footsteps and going along with her mother’s evil plans or being good and living a better life at Auradon Prep with Ben and her friends. I could go on and on about why this song is so good, but you’ll just have to listen to it for yourself!
1. “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” by Def Leppard
If I could pick one song that would describe my high school life, this would be it! High school was really messy for me, mostly because I was holding onto a guy that I knew I’d never have, but I was hoping he’d change his mind eventually. Knowing that he wasn’t the easiest person to keep in contact with, I tried to stay in touch with him. But it kept on getting harder and harder knowing that I had to keep on making the effort, while he didn’t care. He was trying to be nice and sweet about it, unfortunately, that only made things worse.
Those lyrics, “did you ever try so hard that your world just fell apart,” hit me in face right there, actually all of the lyrics hit me right in the face, and I suddenly realized how messed up I was back then. How I let a guy control my high school experience and it affected all of my interactions with my friends and even my teachers. “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” became not only one of my favorite Def Leppard songs, but one of my favorite songs period! I decided I was done letting boys control my life and it was time I take matters into my own hands! Now, I truly am in a better place thanks to this song. I hope to not forget about my mistakes, but to learn from them and accept that I can’t change my past, but I can change my future!
Know any great songs that made you think about life differently? Let me know in the comments below.
For now, take care and see ya real soon!