13 Beats of the Week: Songs for Reflection

1. “100 Years” by Five for Fighting

This 2009 hit can never be overplayed. The moving piano opening

immediately sets the tone and complements the poignant words that will follow. If you are looking for a song to get you thinking, this is a go-to. 


2. “Photograph” by Nickelback

We can all agree that college is better than high school, but admittedly high school brought some good times. Nickelback highlights how growing up in our hometown bubbles influences who we are today.


3. “Slow It Down” by The Lumineers

In 2012, The Lumineers’ crazy good album featuring the emotional song, “Slow it Down,” was released. The Lumineers remind us to take time to appreciate the good things in life.


4. “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World

Yes, we all know this song from seeing “A Cinderella Story” more than one time. But this song should be recognized beyond that. 


5. “Daughter” by Medicine

This song is not only a glorious song to study with, but its lyrics are extremely applicable to all, especially with the ups and downs that college life brings. 

6. “Travelin’ Soldier” by The Dixie Chicks

I had to include some country! This 2002 Dixie Chicks classic is an oldie but a goodie. The tone of the song creates the perfect mood for hanging out with friends and relaxing.


7. “I Know You Care” by Ellie Goulding

This song is very underrated. Most of you know Ellie Goulding for her pop/techno hits, but this song shows Ellie’s softer side. Take a listen.      


8. “Hometown Glory” by Adele

As news of an upcoming Adele album is on the rise, it would be a shame to forget the enormous power and talent from earlier songs such as this one. 


9. “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice

The power of the lyrics and the voice of Damien Rice is incredible and deserves attention. 


10. “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert

Memories last forever, and Miranda Lambert tells us just that. It’s a powerful song that narrates how her memories have shaped her as well as how hard it is to heal from tragedies.


11. “By The Grace of God” by Katy Perry 

The diversity of her 2013 Prism album is a testament to Katy Perry’s talent. “By The Grace of God” is a definite stand-out.


12. “Not About Angels” by Birdy

You know when a song is part of “The Fault In Our Stars” soundtrack, it’s going to make you sad. And this song does just that. 


13. “Over You” by Blake Shelton

This song explores the depth of Shelton’s personality, as he takes us through the tragic death of his brother. It’s an extremely passionate telling that makes us appreciate all that we have.