Last night, a few good girl friends and I were chatting over a couple bottles of wine and plates of cheese fries. The conversation turned from guys to shoes to how guys never appreciate our shoes to why shoes are a Statement of Self to other things that would make a good Statement of Self. Eventually, we talked about what songs we viewed as personal anthems. Or songs that we just generally played a lot because they “spoke to our souls.” Yeah, there was a lot of wine involved. I couldn’t come up with any last night. So, the first thing I did this morning was check my iPod to see what might be a contender based on the number of plays or their prominence in random playlists. What I’ve come up with:
1. Looking At the World From the Bottom Of A Well – Mike Doughty
Because sometimes, I feel like I’m doing this.
2. Kate! – Ben Folds
It’s my name, it talks about how great I am, and Ben is a Hottie Potatie!
3. Free Your Mind – En Vouge
The Anthem of My Youth. Plus, I will still strut around my house to this late at night after a bad day. And it’s great for Drunken Supermodel Impresssions.
4. What Do You Hear In These Sounds – Dar Williams
Where the blog name came from. My most favorite, no question the best, totally number one song.
5. Fat Bottom Girls – Queen
I heart Freddy Mercury and his song-writing genius.
6. Supernatural Supergirl – Josh Kramon
Whenever I need to rock out and remind myself that I, too, and super beyond all reason.
7. Untouchable Face – Ani DiFranco
The big F-you anthem for women everywhere.
8. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
The title says it all, about falling in love.
9. Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
This song got me through law school, the bar exam, and many a major life crisis. Until somebody writes “by the skin of your teeth,” this will have to do.
10. Ruin – The Pierces
A good newly-single woman song. All about not going back, being strong, and moving on.
11. Big Love – Lindsey Buckingham
Probably my second most favorite song ever written. Great guitar, great lyrics, great in any version ever done.
12. Woman – Wolfmother
Rock for the I’m Going To Go Kick Butt mood.
13. Just Like Heaven – any version, but I love Katie Melua’s
A declaration of Love.
14. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom
For the Fans of Lilly Allen, this is another similar British woman. Tongue in cheek, but yearning.
15. God Is In the Roses – Roseanne Cash
It’s true. And Johnny’s daughter says it best.