#5 “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel

True, this song is about Gabriel deciding to leave Genesis (“I was feeling part of the scenery / Walked right out of the machinery”), but that doesn’t stop this from being one of the all time great songs. This is one of those magical songs that can change my mood. You can’t be miserable if “Solsbury Hill” is playing.

#4 “Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance

I love Bob Dylan, but this cover of “Desolation Row” is maybe the most awesome song I’ve ever heard, blowing his original out of the water. Recorded for the underrated Watchmen movie (second best soundtrack ever!), this screaming, wailing punk rock anthem is just…its just…badass. What more can I say?

#3 “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Elvis is the fucking man! He’s got literally dozens of classics to choose from, but “Burning Love” has always been my favorite. This is just about the most fun song ever written. How can you not move when you hear it? Its just so infectious.

#2 “Afterglow” by Genesis

You knew they’d be on here somewhere! How could my favorite band not be? Picking just one Genesis song to include on this list is like asking me to choose which one of my senses is my favorite – I like them all. But “Afterglow” best encapsulates what I love about this band: Its an epic. That’s what Genesis did, they took songs that, in lesser hands, would have been forgettable pop numbers and made them sweeping tales of love and loss. That’s why they are, in my opinion, the most underrated band in music history.

#1 “Catch the Wind” by Donovan

My #1 isn’t Genesis! I know you’re all shocked, but this song just makes me feel so good, despite it being a bit sad. I suppose you could call it my “ultimate comfort song.” Its one of those songs that will always make me stop whatever I’m doing and just listen to it from start to finish, and in that few minutes I’ll really feel. That’s what I love about music – a movie takes you two hours to sit through, a book may take you weeks, but with a song you get to have a full emotional experience in just a few short minutes. “Catch the Wind” does that for me more than any other song.

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