Top five songs to listen to at the bus stop
Stevie Wonder is the most amazing blind singer ever. That’s right, Ray Charles. Come at me, bro. “Superstition” is pretty much universally accepted as the Stevie Wonder song, and there’s a reason for it — it’s awesome. This song is perfect for the bus stop because everyone likes it (because, like I said, it’s awesome), it’ll make you dance and if the person next to you judges you for listening to Stevie Wonder, you know that you two could never be best friends.
“500 Miles” by The Proclaimers is maybe my favorite song of all time. I can’t help it. It’s identical twin Canadians singing about their undying love for a woman with one of the most catchy choruses ever written. It’s also the theme song of the only romantic movie I’ve really loved — “Benny and Joon” — so whenever I hear it I quite literally swoon. It’s that tasty. I dare you to listen to this song and stay pissed off at the chick who cut you in line at the bus stop.
3. “Blue Lips”
Regina Spektor is a goddess among women. She writes brilliantly poetic and quirky lyrics, sweeping piano lines and matches it with a voice that floats above it all. “Blue Lips” is classic Spektor: dark and discomforting, with lyrics that are somehow both spooky and beautiful. She opens with; “He stumbled into faith and thought / God this is all there is / The pictures in his mind arose / And began to breathe / And all the gods and all the worlds / Began colliding on a backdrop of blue.” This is the kind of song that makes you forget all about the bus, or class or the people standing next to you. All you’ll care about is breathing in time with the music.
4. “Sunshine (Go Away Today)”
Johnathan Edwards makes me feel sassy. There. I said it. The pure unaltered'70s country folk goodness of “Sunshine” is pretty much one of my favorite things ever. One of the best things about the song is how at odds with itself it is. Johnathan is grumpy in this one, but the song is so peppy and bouncy that you almost forget he’s angry. Oh, you cute war protest songs, you.
5. “You and I Both”
I’m a sucker for Jason Mraz. I can’t help it. He feeds my hunger for adorable romantic love song goodness. “You and I Both” is both bouncy and adamant and Mraz’s voice is swoon-worthy by far. It may be because this song is the one I listened to on my CD player while walking to the bus stop before the first day of ninth grade, but there’s something about this song that gets me to smile every time — even if Express 2 has passed me three times in the last hour.