What We’re Listening to This Week (December 30th, 2019 Edition)

Since it’s the end of the year and decade, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at twenty of the songs that we’ve been listening to a lot this decade~

65daysofstatic has already had another song, Unmake the Wild Light, make it to these lists, and here they are again. Because there aren’t any lyrics, I often found myself just playing this as background music and never becoming distracted enough to want to press stop.

From what I can gather from this list, it seems I prefer my love songs slow and ballad-ey, which is a terrible way to describe this one. Between this fun video and that one video starring Tom Hanks, I should probably like Carly Rae Jepsen more than I do, but I guess that’ll have to wait for another decade.

Not only was Crywolf my most played artist on Spotify for 2018, he was probably also my most played artist for the last decade. It was super hard to choose which song of his I enjoyed/played the most, but this was as good a choice as any, and it kind of reminds me of that Earth Angel scene from Back to the Future.

It was an easy decision to add this song to the list, because not only was this much-played song my first introduction to EastNewSound, it also happens to be L’s favorite song ever. Unlike L, I wouldn’t call myself a fan of ENS, however, there are a few songs of theirs that I like, mostly because these are usually the would types of songs that L would show me. 😛

SPOILER WARNING! This song/video has already been featured on a past week’s list, but it was still one of my most played songs this decade, so it should be included as well. Given the number of AMVs on this list, it’s clear the way to my heart is to combine an epic video with epic music, so Steins;Gate probably played a part in me liking this song so much.

Another song that has found it’s way onto the list for a second time, it’s been played so much that despite me not knowing about it for most of the decade, it still made it onto the list. Freya Ridings might be one of my most-played artists over the last couple of years, and I’m hoping more people can discover her in the 2020s.

Without a doubt, the worst thing about being a pet owner is having one of your pets die, and it’s even worse when it happens more than once. So when I lost a couple of cats this past decade, this is a song that REALLY resonated with me, but that’s why I love it. And then there’s this awesome animated video that kicks you right in the feels.

Truth be told, this is probably my favorite song ever. Yeah, ever. It came out way back in 2004, but I’ve definitely listened to it a lot more in the 2010s than in the 2000s, so it should still count. It probably helps that it’s had the entire decade to be in rotation, but I have a feeling it definitely would have made it onto the list even if it were released in the last ten years. I enjoy it that much~

This was the decade that I became a Kpop fan, and as one of only two Kpop songs on this list, Nothing Lasts Forever was a sad ballad that you can apply to a lot of unfortunate situations. The song was written for a young fan/friend of Ha:tfelt’s that had passed away, and it always helps to put things into perspective for me.

Time was another song that I tended to just play in the background as I did other things, making those other things seem epic. Writing a blog post? It made it seem epic. Getting dressed? It made it seem epic. Walking down the street? It made it seem so epic. Thanks, Hans Zimmer! 😛

This is another song that’s been on the list before, but that was a cover, and this is the original. The 20/20 Experience was probably one of my most-played albums of the decade, and this was my most-played song from that album. The Aaron Richards verison was good, yet this version is simply better.

Maybe I’m just out of the loop, but it seems that a lot of people don’t really know about Mat Kearney, which is disappointing seeing how many of his songs I like. Anyway, I found this song to be pretty uplifting in certain situations, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Yet another song that was originally released in the previous decade, this was one that I took a liking to, and despite all her uptempo hits, it seems I prefer the slower love songs/ballads from Nelly Furtado. It probably helps a little that she looks gorgeous in this video, but it’s the lyrics that were the biggest reason that I played it so dman much.

Seemingly every time I’m in a not-so-great mood, I turn to this song. Honestly, it probably doesn’t actually make me feel better, but worse, so maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. Given what happened to Cobain, maybe that’s not the most encouraging sign, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

I really liked Inu x Boku SS, and I guess this isn’t the best place to say that I shipped the main pairing really hard. This song fits the AMV quite well, but I was a little surprised when I found out this was a religious song, since I’m not religious at all. Either way, I enjoy it~

It’s hard to say for sure, but Hang With Me may be my favorite song of the decade. I already knew a few of her songs and really liked them, but this was my favorite. Also, I really enjoy these kind of behind-the-scenes videos showing an artist on tour and in other laid back situations.

SPOILER WARNING! Actually, I saw this AMV before I saw AnoHana, so when I first started watching, I was expecting things to happen like they did in this video, but they never did. Still, I loved this anime, song, and AMV, and they all got a lot of play time for me in this past decade.

This has been my most-played Kpop song of the last decade, and I’m kind of surprised that that ended up being a ballad. But if was going to be a ballad, who better than Taeyeon to sing it? In addition to being a great singer, she has a super cute personality, so she’s super easy to like.

Because I liked this song so much, I went in search of other songs from The xx, but I returned empty handed. I couldn’t find other songs of theirs that matched the tone of this one, so that’s super disappointing. Still, this is a really nice love song, and one of my favorites from the past decade.

When you just have to get your blood pumping, what one song do you turn to? For me, this might be it. This is probably the song that got me into Two Steps From Hell, and even though I’m not a Ravens fan, the song made the highlights from this awesome game even better.


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