This week is my birthday, so per tradition I have made an annual playlist.
Same rules as always: these are the songs that have meant the most to me over the last year, one song for every year I’ve been around, in listening order and not order of significance. The link to the playlist on Spotify is below if you feel like giving it a listen.
This year had a ton of really high highs and really low lows, so I built the playlist to reflect that journey to some extent. It’s become increasingly important to me to be honest about when life is difficult and painful, but also to hold fast to hope in whatever form I can find it.
- Dreamer – Sea In The Sky
- Almost (Sweet Music) – Hozier
- Vagabonds – Grizfolk
- Heavy – Birdtalker
- Star Maps – Aly & AJ
- No Plan [Explicit] – Hozier
- Preach – John Legend
- Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves
- lovely (with Khalid) – Billie Eilish, Khalid
- Call Off Your Ghost – Dessa
- Welcome to the Family [Explicit] – Watsky
- Human Touch – Armors
- I Melt With You – Sugarcult
- Polarize – Twenty One Pilots
- I Need You – Relient K
- </c0de> – Motionless In White
- Those Nights – Skillet
- World Away – Tonight Alive
- Anchor – Skillet
- You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
- I Will Spend My Whole Life Loving You – Kina Grannis
- Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
- Chin Up – Copeland
- One More Light – Linkin Park
I hope you enjoy this playlist. What songs have you had on repeat lately? Let me know in a comment below or on Twitter @ohgrowup. Thanks for reading, and good luck adulting.
P.S. Honorable mention to “Land Of The Free” by The Killers. I’ve listened to it a lot this year, but there were a couple of other songs included that caught the same feeling this song gives me and were more personally representative, though I think this song really encapsulates a lot of what our country and world are like right now.
(Photo is a free stock photo, because I’ve been really enjoying purple lately and finding some peace in small moments outdoors.)