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CB Answers: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Music has always been important to me. When I was younger, I tended to listen to whatever my sister or parents were into, and when I entered middle school and high school, I tuned into 100.5 and 107.9 to hear what everyone else was listening to. In the past year or so, especially the last […]

Music has always been important to me. When I was younger, I tended to listen to whatever my sister or parents were into, and when I entered middle school and high school, I tuned into 100.5 and 107.9 to hear what everyone else was listening to. In the past year or so, especially the last nine months in isolation, my music taste has become more uniquely mine. And I don’t think I’m alone.

To test my hypothesis, I interviewed a small portion of CB students and teachers with one question: What is your favorite song and why?

I believe the reasoning behind why someone’s favorite song is their favorite is incredibly telling. For some, it’s the beat and overall vibe of the song, and for others it’s the message or the emotional attachment that makes the song so great.

There was one thing everyone I asked had in common: they hated my question. No one had one clear answer, and some had no answer at all. Even with my attempted intimidation and peer pressure.

For me, the answer was obvious. My favorite and most played song this year was Rihanna’s 2016 version of “Same Ol’ Mistakes.” Because it sounds cool.

Here are the various answers along with the reasoning behind them. Attached at the bottom is a link to a Spotify playlist with the entire compilation.

  • “You’re Somebody Else” by flora cash
    • “It matches the weather and makes me feel sad.” — Taylor Paton (’22)
  • “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam
    • I like the guitar. It’s got some interesting instrumentals, I like the lyrics and the vocals.” — Dominic Rodriguez (’21)
  • “Ask” by The Smiths
    • “It’s a song for all seasons. There’s always a time and place for it. It’s catchy. It’s about breaking out of your shell and inspiring others to do so. The first time I heard this, I was like ‘this song slaps.’” — Mr. Anderson ’07
  • “ROS” by Mac Miller
    • “Probably because he’s dead and it makes me want to cry. It describes love in the most heartbreaking way possible and it;s sampled by SZA.” — Ellie Marty (’21)
  • “I THINK” by Tyler the Creator
    • “It gets me pumped up — I love it. It, like, brings good vibes.” — Janessa Muniz (’21)
  • “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay
    • “I liked it when I was a little kid and I still like it.” — Patrick Cahill (’22)
  • “Young, Wild & Free” by Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars
    • “It reminds me of when I was 9.” — Ray Fernandez (’22)
  • “Ginseng Strip 2002” by Yung Lean
    • “I like the atmosphere and the beat of the song.” — Russell Foster (’22)
  • “Midnight City” by M83
    • “It is played in one of my comfort movies.” — Elisa Cornejo (’22)
  • “Better Than Revenge” by Taylor Swift
    • “It makes me feel homicidal, but in a good way.” — Emily Wall (’22)
  • “Heaven or Las Vegas” by Cocteau Twins
    • “It has a unique beat to it and the lead singer’s voice actually doesn’t have one flaw.” — Carmen Lloyd (’22)
  • “She Used to be Mine”- Sara Bareilles
    • “It’s a song about how she used to be. It speaks to me.” — Ms. Cassetta
  • “En El Muelle De San Blas” by Maná
    • “It’s beautiful story and I love the melody.” — Mr. Capogreco ’86
  • “A Love Supreme, Pt. I – Acknowledgement” by John Coltrane
    • “[I love] the history behind it.” — Mr. Hood
  • “This Charming Man” by The Smiths
    • “It has a touch of modern day but it’s from the ’80s, so I’m drawn to it because of that.” — Maddie McDougall (’23)
  • “Hey Soul Sister” by Train-
    • This is Mrs. Brousseau and her best friend’s anthem, despite what you might hear from her best friend. Not to mention, “It’s catchy”.
  • “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers
    • “I really like the metaphors she uses and the backstory of the song.” — Emily Wildermuth (’21)
  • “Bailando–Spanish Version” by Enrique Iglesias
    • “Fun beat! It’s fun to dance to!” — Mr. Guro ’04
  • “Cloudbusting” by Kate Bush
    • “It has the sound of a train in it and I always like that. It’s beautiful. The message is that your dreams can come true, even if they’re crazy” — Mrs. Wanket
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