Music Monday: A to Z Favorite Songs

I was inspired by this post by the lovely Tania to make my own post about my favorite songs alphabetically, trying really hard not to repeat artists and omitting X and Z.

I have linked the song in the title as well as descriptions of the gig if I wrote about seeing the artist live. You can still check out my page dedicated to all the gigs I’ve been to detailing when and where I saw the artist and what songs were played (if available) even if I didn’t write about it!

A: “At the Bottom” by Brand New: Although I haven’t actively listened to Brand New since the allegations against the front man and will no longer support them by streaming their music, buying their merchandise or attending more shows, “At the Bottom” is my favorite song by them and will always be an emotional roller coaster. Seen live April, August and September 2015.

B: “Better Life” by Conditions: Seriously, everyone. This band is so underrated. This song is the climax of their heartfelt, uplifting album Fluorescent Youth. Seen live October 2013.

C: Captivate You” by Marmozets

D: “Drilling” by Minus the Bear

E: “Edge of Heaven” by Breathe Carolina: Again, don’t really listen to them much anymore or keep up with new music, but I love this album. Seen live multiple times until 2014.

F: “Faint” by Linkin Park: R.I.P. Chester. Seen live May 2014.

G: “G.U.Y. by Lady Gaga: I love Lady Gaga and ARTPOP is some of her best work. Seen live July 2014.

H: “Hermit the Frog by Marina and the Diamonds: One of my favorite artists of all time. Such an inspirational, talented beauty. Seen live December 2015 and February 2016.

I: “If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves” by Arcane Roots: This is the first song I heard by them and still bangs. Seen live February 2016 and October 2017.

J: “Just a Girl” by No Doubt

K: “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against the MachineAlways gets me and any self-respecting emo pumped.

L: “Lifeboats” by Senses Fail: My second favorite band! I love this song off The Fire, even if I haven’t gotten the lyrics tattooed on my body… yet. Seen live March 2011, November 2013, October 2014, March 2015, October 2015 and March 2017.

M: “Methadone” by Rise Against: My all-time favorite band. One of their newer songs that has really resonated with me just as long as their older stuff. You can read about all the times I’ve seen them live in this post.

N: “No Future” by Blink-182: Like most everyone between the ages of 20 and 50, I grew up loving Blink and their most recent album is surprisingly great! They also sound incredible live (September 2016).

O: “Of Dusts and Nations” by Thrice: One of my all-time favorite bands. I can’t believe they’re not better known. Seen live October 2016 and July 2017.

P: “Plug In Baby” by Muse: Not the biggest fan of Muse (sorry, Diego), but this song will never get old.

Q: “Quelle Suprise” by Enter Shikari: Okay, I’ll admit, not my favorite song of theirs (that would probably be “Solidarity”), but it was one of the only songs I have that starts with a ‘Q.’ Still bangs! Seen live April 2015, February and March 2016, March 2017 and November 2017.

R: “Rock and Roll Thugs” by Icon for Hire: I adore Ariel’s voice! Seen live May 2017.

S: “Standing in the Rain” by Billy Talent: I’ve been a fan for a while, but only recently come to love this song. Took me long enough!

T: “Thundermonster” by Biffy Clyro: ‘Mon the fucking Biff. The biggest bands North Americans have never heard of. This b-side is so incredible and deserves more attention. Seen live March 2017.

U: “Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be” by We Came As Romans: I used to love this band and although I don’t keep up with them anymore, their older music still means a lot to me. Seen live multiple times until 2014.

V: “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey: The first time I listened to this album was a spiritual awakening. Her voice is absolutely mesmerizing.

W: “Would You Be Impressed?” by Streetlight Manifesto: A tune by a band that’s hard to dislike. If nothing else, take time to watch this music video, it’s absolutely brilliant! Seen live October 2013 and July 2016.

Y: “Youth Is Wasted on the Young” by Architects: My Brighton boys!

#: “505 by Arctic Monkeys: Who else is excited for their comeback? Seen live October 2014.



  1. January 24, 2018 / 11:15 am


    • rachelwuest
      January 24, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      Yeah! They’re playing a music festival this summer!

      • January 24, 2018 / 4:24 pm

        That’s exciting! I definitely can’t go, but exciting anyway

  2. February 4, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    Ooooh! I think I might do this on my blog too! 🙂

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