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Jim Dixon 31 Oct 13 - 12:00 PM
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Subject: Reddit.com's most moving songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Oct 13 - 12:00 PM

At Reddit.com (another "social media" site/discussion forum that I use sometimes), someone posted the question "What song, no matter how many times you listen to it, gives you goosebumps or [makes you] tear up?" I thought you might be interested in the results.

Keep in mind: Reddit as a whole does not have a specialized focus like Mudcat. Also (duh!) Redditors are mostly younger than typical Mudcatters. Also, Reddit has this system of "upvoting" and "downvoting" so that the most popular responses to a question rise to the top of the list—or at least they have a chance to. (A lot depends on whether a comment was made early or late.) The topic is still active—songs are still being added to the list and voted on, so this is just my snapshot of a work in progress. All these songs got between 30 and 884 net "upvotes" as of 8 a.m. Atlantic time today. (They are in descending order; I omitted those with a score of less than 30.) The list had been up for 12 hours.

I have listed only the song titles and artists. The discussion contains lots of comments. Where I happen to know that the song mentioned was a cover version, I have put an earlier artist's name in parentheses. I probably missed some.

This is not your typical top 40 list. I hope it will be of interest to some people interested in expanding their repertoires, or their tastes. You can hear almost all of these on Spotify.

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Fix You – Coldplay
Somewhere over the Rainbow / Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Judy Garland / Louis Armstrong)
Mad World – Gary Jules (Tears for Fears)
Hurt – Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
The Sounds of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Stan – Eminem
Adam's Song – blink-182
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
Black – Pearl Jam
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
Jesus Christ – Brand New
Whiskey Lullaby – Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss
I Can't Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Breathe Me – Sia
In My Life – The Beatles
(Don't Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
The Funeral – Band of Horses
Outro – M83
Not Even Stevie Nicks – Calexico
Transatlanticism – Death Cab For Cutie
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Dance with the Devil – Immortal Technique
Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
Exit Music (For a Film) – Radiohead
My Immortal – Evanescence
Hero of War – Rise Against
John Wayne Gacy Jr. – Sufjan Stevens
Asleep – The Smiths
Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Casimir Pulaski Day – Sufjan Stevens
American Pie – Don McLean
Wake Up – Arcade Fire
My Body Is a Cage – Arcade Fire
The Scientist – Coldplay
Across the Universe – The Beatles
Your Hand in Mine – Explosions in the Sky
The Ecstasy of Gold – (composed by Ennio Morricone for "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly")
How to Disappear Completely – Radiohead
Where Did You Sleep Last Night? – Nirvana (Lead Belly)
The Girl – City and Colour
Poison Oak – Bright Eyes
Youth – Daughter
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Lateralus – Tool
Last Kiss – Pearl Jam (Wayne Cochran/J Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers)
Softly As I Leave You – Frank Sinatra
Mother – Pink Floyd
King Park – La Dispute
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Operator (That's Not the Way it Feels) – Jim Croce
I Will Follow You into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
Landslide – The Smashing Pumpkins (Fleetwood Mac)
What Sarah Said – Death Cab for Cutie
Kettering – The Antlers
Kim – Eminem
Nutshell – Alice in Chains
Waltz #2 – Elliott Smith
Brick – Ben Folds Five
The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe
Redemption Song – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
Lover I Don't Have To Love – Bright Eyes
Pale Blue Eyes – Lou Reed
About Today – The National
Love Reign o'er Me – Pearl Jam (The Who)
Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
With or Without You – U2
All I Need – Radiohead
See You Soon – Coldplay
Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town – Pearl Jam
Make It Stop (September's Children) – Rise Against
Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart
When I'm Gone – Eminem
Something about Us – Daft Punk
Ocean Breathes Salty – Modest Mouse
Impossible Soul – Sufjan Stevens
Home – Michael Buble


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