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Musical Therapy: Millennial Bostonians' Favorite Songs for Every Occasion

Posted by Alex Pearlman  October 7, 2011 08:09 AM

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favoritemusic.jpgBy Rachel Pennellatore

Whether you’re “(Sittin’ on) Top of the World” like Brandy or having a “Bad Day” a la Daniel Powter, there’s always a song to fit your mood. We took a small, unofficial poll of 50 Gen Y Bostonians to find out what tops their playlists on different occasions. Some choices are old, some are new, and some are total guilty pleasures, but all are reminders that someone else has felt the way you're feeling.

Best Song to Blare When You’re Angry. This one split by gender: Ladies love Alanis' “You Oughta Know” -- shocking, right? -- while several guys said that Beastie Boys' “Sabotage” was “great to yell at the top of your lungs.”

Song That Gets You Through a Rough Day. “Float On” by Modest Mouse earned props for its pick-me-up vibe. The song's a reminder that “Even if things end up a bit too heavy/We'll all float on, alright.”

Best Breakup Song. Lost love must be what our respondents are so angry about because “You Oughta Know” also topped this list. On the softer side, one person gushed that “nothing could come close” to the Phil Collins classic “Against All Odds.” Many also endorsed Coldplay’s emotional “Fix You.”

Song That Gets You Pumped for a Night Out. When you’re done moping, it’s time to party! LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” is the song to get the night started, according to most of those polled. In addition, anything by Lady Gaga “makes you wanna [sic] dance,” as does Britney's latest, “I Wanna Go.”

Song You Would Play on a Boombox Outside Your Love Interest’s Window. “You can’t screw with that formula,” writes one respondent, referring to Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” from the memorable Say Anything scene. For a newer twist on that classic, someone recommended “Part of It” by Relient K: "It's been forever since I've gone/But I'm the Cusack on the lawn of your heart."

Song You Love to Sing When No One Can Hear You. Secret showtuners or GLEEks, perhaps? “Defying Gravity” from the Wicked soundtrack was the number-one response. High notes are an all-around guilty pleasure it seems, as Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep” also earned a fair share of votes.

Catchiest Song You Hate Yourself for Knowing the Lyrics to. Taylor Swift caught a lot of backlash on this one for “Love Story.” And speaking of teen pop, Bieber Fever hasn’t spread to college or beyond. “Why do I know these lyrics?!” said one respondent of Justin’s biggest hit “Baby.” Although boy bands like N*SYNC and Backstreet Boys have been absent from the airwaves for some time, they were also popular choices. Those answers, however, seem more like a case of nostalgia.

The survey also asked respondents to create their own category and nominate a song. For example, one person nominated "Walk" by Pantera as Best [Butt]-Kicking Song, while another said that T-Pain's "Best Love Song" was the Song With the Worst Grammar.

What are your favorite songs in each category? Share them in the comments, or create your own category and nominate a song.

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About Rachel -- I'm a tiny gal with big ideas who's always on the move. One day I'm going to use my vast amount of otherwise useless trivia knowledge to beat Ken Jennings' Jeopardy score. Likes: hula hooping, all things involving the 80's, delicious martinis, sunshine, proper grammar, baby animals. Dislikes: math, being cold, spiders, most vegetables, things in places I can't reach.

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