1: Five Alarm Funk – Horrible Sound
I hope you aren’t screaming “What is that horrible sound?” by the end of this playlist. Jokes aside, Five Alarm Funk is one of my favourite bands and it’s always a party at Sunfest with them. If you haven’t seen them at Sunfest yet, go see them at Sunfest.
Be prepared to dance.
2: Metric – Black Sheep
A reference to the Scott Pilgrim book series and film. The book series is one of my all-time favourites because it’s a fun read with lots of humour, dynamic characters, punchy dialogue, and references to Canadian fast-food chains.
I was excited when I found out that Bryan Lee O’Malley is from London, Ontario as well, and I’ve read more of his work after “Scott Pilgrim” because I loved the series and I love supporting local authors.
3: The Marrieds – A Girl Said Yes
These two are relationship goals. Anyone who has been to one of their shows knows what I mean.
4: Lights – Giants
Lights is one of my favourite musicians, and I love how the tempo of “Giants” changes between each verse the chorus. This song makes me feel powerful with every drumbeat.
5: Billy Talent – Rusted From The Rain
I started getting into Billy Talent in high school, after analyzing their lyrics and falling in love with their song writing. Everything from Billy Talent III, including Rusted From The Rain, is like poetry to me. That album also made the summer I had jaw surgery slightly less terrible.
6: Mother Mother – Let’s Fall In Love
I was introduced to Mother Mother when I first volunteered for 94.9 CHRW. After checking out many of their songs from Eureka! and The Sticks, I was hooked. It has been years since I volunteered at the station, but I always credit CHRW for getting me into this band.
7: July Talk – Picturing Love
July Talk is a delight to watch on stage. Their on-stage presence, catchy music, and contrast between raspy and soft voices got me hooked. I have yet to see them in concert for a second time, and I cannot wait to do so.
8: Sumo Cyco – Fighter
Remember Skye Sweetnam, who sang “Billy S” back in the day? She fronts a metal band now, and it’s awesome. It’s hard to pick a favourite song by Sumo Cyco, but I have to go with Fighter because the lyrics remind me of just how persistent I am.
9: Against Me! – I was a Teenaged Anarchist
One of my first photo assignments for Fuse was photographing Against Me!’s show at the London Music Hall. I’ll never forget how magical it felt to snap pictures as Laura Jane Grace ran on the stage singing this song.
10: Texas King – Boomerang
It’s always a blast to watch Texas King perform Boomerang. I’ve seen them perform live at least three times, the first time being my final year of undergrad.
11: Mystery Skulls – Ghost
Granted, I could put any of Mystery Skulls’ catchy songs on here. However, I picked Ghost simply because its music video is one of the best I’ve seen. I love how the Scooby Doo pastiche is synchronized with the beat.
12: Hey Ocean – Big Blue Wave
It’s a feel-good song to listen to while you dream of big blue waves crashing on the beach in the summer. My goodness, I wish I had that right now.
13: Paramore – Fake Happy
I’ve been a hard core Paramore fan since high school. I love Hayley’s on-stage energy and the evolution of the band’s sound over the years. Fake Happy is my go-to anthem for when I’m having a bad day and I want to be reassured I’m not the only one who feels like I’m faking a smile from time to time.
14: Imagine Dragons and Khalid – Thunder/Young Dumb and Broke Medley
I just love how the two songs sound together. I listen to a lot of fan-made mashups, so I think it’s cool whenever two artists collaborate and make their own mashup.
15: Avril Lavigne – Darlin
I had to include Avril; she was my favourite artist growing up and I’ve been to five of her concerts. I always felt like Goodbye Lullaby was an underappreciated album, and this is my favourite song off of it.
16: Lindsey Stirling – Shadows
Lindsey Stirling is my favourite artist to listen to while I’m writing. If I created an action-packed TV show, her music would take up most of the soundtrack. This was one of the first songs I listened to by her, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
17: Halestorm – Get Lucky
I feel like most of the songs on here flow together, but I feel like my music taste is sometimes all over the place. I am someone who will go from Top 40 to Disney to metal covers of Top 40 songs and pop-punk covers of Disney songs in an hour, with country, rap and everything in between included. Halestorm’s cover of Daft Punk and Pharrell’s Get Lucky sums up my eclectic tastes.
18: Jonathan Young and Savannah Stuckmayer – Part of Your World
Speaking of pop-punk covers of Disney songs, here’s my favourite cover. Finally, a Disney princess song in my vocal range!
19: Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
When I was doing a CD haul years ago at HMV (RIP,) I had a choice of buying any of the items at the checkout with my purchase. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours just called my name when I saw it, so I picked it up and gave it a bunch of spins. We all need a little motivational music in our lives, so enjoy Don’t Stop.
20: Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theatre I
Masterpiece Theatre was the album that made Marianas Trench one of my favourite bands. That album, and the ones that were released after it, have theatrical opening and closing songs that made you feel like you were listening to a musical’s soundtrack. Perfect for any musical theatre enthusiast like myself.
21: Queen – Killer Queen
While we’re on the topic of musical theatre, I’d like to take you back to 2005. My family and I were listening to Queen in the car, and I said that there should be a Queen musical. Shortly after, I found out “We Will Rock You” was in production. I was anxiously waiting a time where I could see it, which I did in Toronto for my 15th birthday.