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Top 5 Sonic Songs From The Sonic the Hedgehog Games

Featured image: Fair Use. Source: https://thestand.news/u/M_L124 Sonic the Hedgehog was debuted in 1991 by the Japanese video game giant SEGA. Three decades of SEGA’s favorite blue misfit have produced a ton of video games, movies, and television shows. The popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog has spread globally. Many people regard Sonic to be among the…

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Top 5 Delightfully Good J-Pop Songs

J-pop music encompasses a range of imaginative elements. Many of these elements are way beyond a person’s imagination. Have you heard of such a baffling music genre? Nope, I haven’t and that’s because J-Pop is just too peculiar. Today we’ll mainly focus on J-Pop music and the various songs within it. Over the years, J-Pop…

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MIKA’s Best Non-English Songs

Featured Image: Liliane Callegari. Used under the following license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/. Fair Use. No modifications made. No endorsements by photographer. If you know anything about MIKA, you know he’s an international celebrated pop star. What you may not know, however, is just how multicultural he and his music are. I’m going to cover some of my…

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The Best Julia Michaels Songs

Featured Image: Justin Higuchi from Los Angeles, CA, USA, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use. There’s something special about Julia Michaels. She addresses emotions in her songs that some artists don’t really tackle. (Listen to “All Your Exes” or “Love Is Weird” below to get an idea of what her importance). What’s…

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BLACKPINK: Top 10 Songs

“Information conveyed within this post is factual & opinionated”. K-Pop band “BLACKPINK“ is the edgiest, most provocative, most amusing, and most delightful girl group in the pop music industry. BLACKPINK consists of four artists: Lisa (Main Dancer), Jennie (Lead Vocals), Jisoo (Lead Vocals), and Rosé (Lead Dancer). Founded in August 2016, their public image and their music make them the epitome of an epic,…

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The Best George Ezra Songs

Featured Image: Chris, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use. In case you haven’t heard, I’ve got some exciting news! George Ezra‘s third studio album, Gold Rush Kid, is set to be released on June 10th, 2022! To celebrate, I thought I’d share what I believe to be the best George Ezra songs…

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Top Hollywood Undead Songs

Featured Image: Sven Mandel, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. The North American rap-rock band Hollywood Undead is by far one of the edgiest bands I’ve ever listened to. Their music—a combination of gangster rap & rock music—has quite the ingredient of intensity. Hollywood Undead consists of Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, J-Dog, &…

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Phoebe Bridgers’ 5 Best Lyrics

Featured Image: David Lee from Redmond, WA, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use. If, like me, you ever feel the urge to stare blankly at your ceiling while a single, cinematic tear rolls down your cheek, I’d recommend putting on Phoebe Bridgers. She tends to provide a perfect soundtrack for people…

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5 Best 8D Songs

I recently—and completely by accident—discovered the joys of 8D music. 8D music can be described as music that is engineered to more or less trick your brain into thinking you are 1) hearing music coming from different directions around you, and 2) hearing music in a larger space than you are. Think “front row at…

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Best Non-English Songs

I realize that we have many readers around the world on this blog; we are deeply honored and moved by this fact. Say what you will about the internet, but its potential to connect people from every corner of the planet is unmatched and undeniable. That being said, I tend to assume that many of…

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Melanie Martinez: Top 5 Songs

Image: DeShaun Craddock. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/. Melanie Martinez is an American singer-songwriter known for pop with a dark yet playful edge. While I’m still getting familiar with Martinez’s music, a few songs have stuck out to me as true greats that I keep replaying. I’m going to share them with you in hopes that you will…

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Less-Common MIKA Songs You Need to Hear

Image by Kmeron, used under the following license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ No changes made, no rights reserved. Fair Use. If you are at least somewhat familiar with MIKA songs (which, honestly, isn’t all that likely if you are a US reader, which means you should check out my last post about MIKA’s best songs), you probably know…

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Sleeping with Sirens’ Top Songs

Ever since 2009, punk rock boy band Sleeping With Sirens has captivated audiences with their awe-inspiring lyrics, personality, and approach to music. The tremendous talent of vocalist Kellin Quinn,  guitarists Jack Fowler and Jesse Lawson, bassist Justin Hills, and drummer Gabe Barham gained enough recognition that metalcore label Rise Records signed them and released their debut album, With Ears To…

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Top 5 Songs of The 21st Century

You’d think I’d be afraid to tackle a topic as large and bold as the best five songs of the 21st Century (so far). The thing is, I’m not afraid of much, and I’m definitely not afraid of sharing my opinion. When you also consider that this blog is purely opinion-based, there’s no reason that…

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Songs to Welcome Fall

Happy Fall, everyone! I hope you are all doing well while we continue to try to get by in this weird era. To get you started on the autumn transitory period, I’ve decided to offer suggestions for five songs to help you with the many phases that Fall can bring. Some are new tracks, while…

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Top 5 Instrumental Tracks

From time to time – usually when I’m working – I like to listen to *gasp* songs without lyrics! These may be traditional piano tracks, techno tunes, or something else without lyrics. This month, I’m going to share my five favorites instrumental pieces with you to show you how magical melody-focused pieces can be. 1.…

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Cover Songs: Top 5

Good Morning! T I decided to cover my five favorite cover songs in this track. I’m going to let the links speak for themselves this time around. Check them out! 1. “Smile,” Adam Friedman (Nat King Cole Cover) 2. “Flagpole Sitta,” Elohim & AWOL Nation (Harvey Danger Cover) 3. “All Time Low,” Andy Grammer (Jon…

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Top 5 ARIZONA Songs

ARIZONA is a band that made it onto my favorites list recently. I’ve mentioned them in a few posts here and recently watched their livestream concert, but I haven’t dedicated a post specifically to their music. As such, I wanted to take time in this post to point out my five favorite songs of theirs.…

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Holiday Songs: Top 5

Happy Holidays from the MTME Team! Here are some of our favorite holiday songs to get you in a celebratory mood. 1. “Last Christmas” This Wham! hit is one of the best because it is so atypical. A broken heart song about Christmas? We love it! 2. “Wonderful Christmastime” Many of you probably know of…

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25 Songs You Need Right Now

We are in weird times. Some call them scary times, but we’re trying to remain optimistic enough to simply call them “sad times.” Sad because so many are ill or lost or nervous, but hopeful because good times are still ahead. That being said, we know that everyone is already getting antsy with disrupted schedules.…

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December by the Moody Blues

I may have mentioned this before, but my favorite holiday tradition that I literally just celebrate with myself – most of the time – is listening to the album December by the Moody Blues nearly everyday throughout December (and sometimes part of January). I’m not going to link to every song or leave a long review, but…

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Top 5 Future Islands Songs

Image by: Dani.rg [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]. No changes have been made. Future Islands is a unique music group with emotional, inspiring, creative music that the world deserves to here. As a result, we’ve rounded up five of their best songs for your consideration! *Spoiler* “Seasons” isn’t on this list. It’s wonderful, but these five…

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Music Recommendations: 8-14-2019

Happy August, everyone! Sorry I was absent in July. I didn’t have a lot of musical inspiration. Now I’ve got five new (some old-but-new-to-me) favorite songs to share with you! Here are my latest music recommendations: 1. “Flagpole Sitta,” Elohim  This cover of the Harvey Danger song adds a chill, mega-modern edge to the 1997…

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Positive Music

So I’ve been in a funk lately. Without getting into too many details, I keep falling into negative mindsets despite efforts not to. I was playing around with Spotify-dot-me recently and it told me a very sobering fact: The majority of my favorite music is sad!!!! Not specifically “Sad” by Adam Friedman—though it is on…

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Song Recommendations: 4-17-2019

Good morning, everyone! I’ve finally rounded up more songs that are currently inspiring me. Here they are! 1. “Never Enough,” The Greatest Showman I just now saw this movie for the first time. Please don’t judge me. I was not necessarily as blown away by all of the music as most people seem to be,…

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Songs Recommendations: What I’m Listening to: 3-1-2019

“Slip N Slide,” Chez Moi We get treated to some serious Adam Friedman vocals and some super cool beats in the latest single from the duo consisting of Friedman and Capital Cities’ Ryan Merchant. I dare you NOT to dance to this one. 3. “Spirit,” Future Islands My sister introduced me to Future Islands recently, and…

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Marian Hill Songs: Top 5

No one knows this, but one of my go-to work playlists on Spotify includes a BUNCH of music by Marian Hill. This duo has a knack for creating some extremely catchy, electronic songs, and I sometimes just turn on their entire Spotify artist page and let it play the entire time while I’m working, because…

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Is It Me, or Does It Feel Like July?

First  – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! 2019 is almost here, and I hope it brings you all peace, joy and wonderful opportunities. Second – If you don’t know anything about Kara’s Flowers, you really need to. What is a Kara’s Flower? You may be shocked to find out that Kara’s Flowers is a mostly failed band of…

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Top 5 Maroon 5 Songs

By Justin Higuchi (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jus10h/31101328662) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons I AM NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE OWNER OF THIS PHOTO IN ANY WAY. What are some of Maroon 5’s best song? If you are a new fan or want to see if you will become one, these following songs are a great starting point.…

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Incorporate Music Into Your Daily Life

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate music into your busy schedule, but aren’t sure where to start? You might not be thinking outside the box. Here are three simple ways to incorporate music into your daily routine to improve your mood, boost creativity, and more! 1. Create a playlist Music is a powerful…

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Song Recommendations: What You Need to Listen to Now

This is something new—an eclectic post of music discoveries that are really impacting me emotionally right now. Take a look at my song recommendations and enjoy! “Close,” nobigdyl I only heard of this song through some weird twist of finding out that Adam Friedman is on the chorus and produced/co-wrote. After all, Christian music and…

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Songs for the Eclipse

The 2017 Solar Eclipse is here! To celebrate today’s historic natural event, here are five songs with astrological metaphors to get you in a starry-eyed mood. 1. “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler This one is a pretty obvious choice. The agony of romantic heartache that is present is so relatable and just chill-inducing; “Once upon…

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