1. “At My Most Beautiful,” R.E.M., 1998
If you don’t cry listening to this song, I can’t help you. The line “I found a way to make you smile” is at the heart of what it means to love someone.
2. “Call It Off,” Tegan & Sara, 2007
The first time I heard this song, I was in one of those regional death-trap airplanes, and it started to uncontrollably shake. I was like, “I’m dying.” This song started to play, and it took me away.
3. “Forever,” Dropkick Murphys, 2001
This doesn’t fit into their general style — it’s kind of an Irish ballad — but it’s the ultimate friendship song.
4. “Only You,” Yaz, 1982
So short and crisp. A huge touchstone for Bleachers.
5. “Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera, 2002
It’s not necessarily cool, but it’s got this superclassic feeling. I can imagine Queen doing this song.