See songs 1-10 here!

11. Stars – Au Revoir Simone
Cutest chorus ever (that makes me think of the lover who is thousands of miles away): “You make wanna measure stars in the backyard with a calculator and a ruler, baby. I found a letter that describes how the moonlight will lead me to the distant place that you will be.”

12. Both Hands – Ani DiFranco
Ani and her beautiful imagery ♥

13. The Quiz – Hello Saferide
When I was 15, I wrote this foolish little manifesto of sorts called “The Boyfriend Contract” listing what I require from, well, potential boyfriends. Said contract has long been erased from memory (thankfully) and I’ve sworn never again display such pompousness. But! if I’d ever have to (seeing that we all have a choice in the matter), I’d like it to be a little like this song. Questions like “Can you sleep when I grind my teeth?”, “Do you talk in the middle of Seinfeld?”, and “Do you still keep pictures of old girlfriends? Are they prettier than me?” before asking “If I fall, will you pick me up?”

Annika Norlin writes some of the funniest, most adorable (and saddest) lyrics.

14. Fuck and Run – Liz Phair
Once upon a time, I was a trusting (and very masochistic) 18- or 19-year old being strung along by this guy. This is how he made me feel.

15. Tempted – Squeeze
Reality Bites <3 16. Breathe Me – Sia
00:11. Favorite part.

17. Fiery Crash – Andrew Bird
I can’t help but smile when he sings “Just as you were starting to say something apropos, I don’t know” and the bum bum bum bum and whistling that follows.

I also have a crush on him.

(And Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright.)

I mean, look:

18. Your Rocky Spine – Great Lake Swimmers
This is how I would like a boy to describe/sing about my body (none of that Your Body Is A Wonderland crap (which is about as romantic as comparing me to a shipping box)).

19. Elevator Love Letter – Stars
If this song had a heart, legs, and arms, I’d take it home with me and teach it how to love ♥

20. Photobooth – Death Cab for Cutie
I think that had I heard Photobook before We Laugh Indoors, it wouldn’t have taken me years to warm up to DCFC. Sad songs sung cheerfully— definitely one of the quickest ways to my heart. Plus, the melody is so.cute.

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  • Reply alex June 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    That is the only Au Revoir Simone song that I could actually stand. :) because of the said lyrics.

    Hello, calculators! :)


    Elevator Love Letter is a sexy song. The kind that pounces on you unannounced. You’re suddenly feeling sexy without knowing why. :)

    • Reply Helga June 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm

      Haha, I uploaded a video of me dancing in just my shirt to Elevator Love Letter to 12seconds but the boyfriend asked me to take it down!

  • Reply BrianB June 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    He he, amazing list. Thanks for providing free links.

  • Reply kath June 4, 2009 at 8:27 am

    you just made me hypem some of these songs. and OMG the way you described “elevator love letter” WOW

  • Reply Caity June 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Awesome taste. I’m definitely going to be checking out the artists I hadn’t heard of in this list. I can’t wait to see the rest.

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