A perfectly crafted song, IMHO, should cause the listener to experience the joy of chills running up their spine and down their arms. This sensation usually produces a blissful smile and a warm, fuzzy feeling. It is rare that a song can continue to do this after repeated listening, but I have quite a few.
“More Than Words” by Extreme. Not only do I get chills, but it also feels as if I had someone’s hand inside my ribcage, squeezing my heart. I will never get sick of this song.
“Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright. Actually, a lot of Rufus’ songs give me chills, but this one especially. It always happens when he sings, “I’m just a little bit heiress, a little bit Irish, a little bit Tower of Pisa,” and it builds and peaks in a very sparkling way. I can’t even really describe how much I love that song.
“Come What May” by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Yes, from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. What a wonderful love song! And what amazing lyrics: “Never knew I could feel like this/ Like I’ve never seen the sky before.” That’s a great song, fo sho.
“To Be With You” by Mr. Big. Along the lines of “More Than Words.” What really gets me is the guitar solo part. So very sweet.
“Senses Working Overtime” by XTC. Some people on the boards suggested this band, and I cannot believe how wonderful they are. I haven’t heard very much of their music yet, but this one gives me the chills.
“Pretty Good Year” by Tori Amos. Actually, I could probably say that her entire Under the Pink CD gives me the chills. But the piano at the beginning of this song just sounds so melancholy and for some reason reminds me of Christmas time.
“Different People” by No Doubt. I still love Tragic Kingdom. The part that gets me is, “Once in a while I sit back and think about the planets/ And most of the time I trip on it/ To kick back and think about how massive it all is/ And how many others are on it.” I guess those lyrics actually sound kind of stupid when you read them, but it’s chilly to listen to.
“Weak” by SWV. The chills part is when they really break it down: “I get so weak, blood starts racin’ through my veins…” Delicious!
“The First Taste” by Fiona Apple. Her Tidal CD is still one of my favorites. I like the part, “But daddy longlegs, I feel that I’m finally growin’ weary of waiting to be consumed by you.” So very cool.
So, I hope I didn’t bore you with those descriptions. What songs give you the chills?
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