My Top 40 Songs You Need To Hear Before You Die (Part 3)

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If you had 1 day left to live, and you had to choose the top 40 songs you would listen to before your time on this planet came to an end...what would you choose?

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Obviously I haven't a clue what you would choose, but here is part 3 of my top 40 songs that I would listen to before I donated my heart to that weird guy walking around town.

#20: Space Dementia - Muse

I know Muse has grown soft in their older years, but Origin Of Symmetry is still a wicked awesome album.

I think this song is probably the epitaph of their "space" niche that they seem to be milking a little too hard lately.

Anyways, the composition of the song is absolutely awesome, and I would definitely be heading it off with a listen before I took my dive.

#19: Apocalypso - Mew

I remember specifically listening to this song after getting my wisdom teeth taken out.

I was really high from the drugs, and I just remember this song making me incredibly happy.

As someone with ADHD, it's pretty rare for me to actually focus on just one thing at a time.

But I was so damn focused, and I just remember how amazing it made me feel. It always does make me feel pretty good, but it was just really amplified.

Top 40 Songs #18: Exit Music (For A Film) - Radiohead

This is my favorite Radiohead song ever. I don't really know how to go into it much more than just saying it's intense, soft, and emotional all at the same time.

Something that everyone had better listen to at some point in their life.

#17: Sleep Is Wrong - Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

No I'm sure you haven't heard of this band before. But there's a first for everything right?

I'm pretty sure every person in the band plays like, 23,053 instruments all at the same time. Because the sheer amount of stuff going on in this song is crazy.

It's a little like a twisted child's song.

Just...really twisted....

#16: The Messenger - Thrice

Great electric beats at the beginning (that somehow sound a lot like fire...)

But the really beauty of this song is the chorus. It just somehow really intense (Even though there's a bit of a punk feel to it which I generally stray away from).

Go punch something while listening.

#15: The Air-Conditioned Nightmare - Mr. Bungle

It's Mr. Bungle! I could have chosen just about any song, but you know I had to settle on just one.

I'll give you a hint about how awesome it is, it's about an old-folks home. And it uses it as a metaphor for hell.

'nuff said.

Top 40 Songs #14: Deadman - Karnivool

More back in the straight rock style of Porcupine Tree (Straight doesn't mean simple, just not as experimental), Karnivool presents a special performance in this song.

It's one of my favorite songs of theirs, and deserves a fair amount of special attention.

#13: So Did We - ISIS

They played this song when I saw them in Vancouver at the Rickshaw theatre.

It was easily the highlight of my night, and made my vocal chords extremely sore (from the screaming).

#12: El Manana - Gorillaz

Yeah that's right, I'm into the whole Hippity-Hoppity scene. I'm hip and cool and got mad skillz like no man.

El Manana is my favorite song on my favorite Gorillaz album (Demon Days) and deserves a place on the list.

Take a listen...fool...

#11 Top 40 Songs:  The Dead Flag Blues - Godspeed You Black Emperor!

This is the song you listen to when you are feeling especially dark and emotional-like.

And definitely is a good song to listen to on the day of your death. Quote the line "We are stuck in the belly of this machine, and the machine is bleeding to death".

Dark enough for you?

"And I look in my wallet, and it's full of blood".


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