12 Songs We're Thankful For

In a time where everyone is being thankful for the people and things in their life, our team felt it was only fitting to tie that in with music for this blog. We’re thankful for family, friends, the ones who support our projects, and of course, the music that inspires us. There are just some songs that can be there for you in the perfect moment and you just feel seen. Those are the songs to cherish.

Here are 12 songs personally selected by our team that we’re thankful exist.

Kristen’s Picks

“Oceandust” by Hands Like Houses | Genre: Alternative Rock

There’s something special about Oceandust that had me captivated by it from the moment I first heard it. I’m a sucker for a band’s vulnerable slow ballads amidst upbeat jams. It makes me feel closer to the band and like I’m seeing inside their soul. I’m thankful for this song because it reminds me that it’s okay to be sad and feel those emotions. It doesn’t have to all positivity all the time. Take a listen for yourself.

“Half Alive” by Secrets | Genre: Post-hardcore, Metalcore

I picked one song, but honestly, I’m thankful for every song written by Secrets. They are one of my favorite bands because their lyrics are so honest, deep, and relatable. I’m particularly thankful for “Half Alive” because of how it makes me feel. It makes me feel seen and understood. It perfectly describes the self-doubt one has about their passion, the fear that they aren’t meant for it, that they’re killing themselves to reach a peak they may never reach. On top of all that, it’s very fun to sing along to. Even if post-hardcore isn’t your thing, take a listen. This is one of the tamer songs from them.

“Oblivions Peak” by Knocked Loose | Genre: Hardcore, Metal

This is a band that I’m thankful exists because of how hyped up their music gets me. Whether you’re happy, angry, or sad, this band helps me feel better. The intro to “Oblivions Peak” always gets me excited. Then hearing that breakdown where he yells the song name, always takes me back to seeing them live. I’ve seen them seven times and each time was incredible. I have this amazing memory of going into the mosh pit at one of their shows (it was my first time willingly going into one), and how much fun it was to yell the lyrics right back with everyone around me. If you’re a fan of heavier music, Knocked Loose is a great newer band on the scene that is blurring the lines between genres and incredibly unique.

“YOUNG” by Grayscale | Genre: Pop Punk, Alternative Rock

There are just some songs out there that can make a person feel alive, like nothing can touch them, that maybe things are going to work out. “YOUNG” is that song for me. If I’m having a bad day or simply need a distraction, I put this song on. There’s something so satisfying about singing, “I think I’d rather love than be a heart of stone that can’t be saved. Give it all ‘til it all gets better.” I’m thankful this song exists because it makes me feel good, it gives me hope.

“Aquaman” by Walk the Moon | Genre: Pop Rock, New Wave

I love this song because it has a cool 80s synth sound that feels timeless despite its release in 2014. Don’t ask me how a song can sound like ocean waves lapping at the shore. It just does. To be honest, I would say I’m thankful for the whole album this song is from. Talking is Hard by Walk the Moon is so upbeat and fun to listen to. But I chose this song because it’s a beautiful love song that makes me think of my husband and love. I always loved the song, but when I went to a Walk the Moon show, I saw a fan propose to his girlfriend while the band played “Aquaman.” It brought a special joy to my heart and a tear to my eye, to see that this song connected to their love. When it came time to pick the song for our first dance for our wedding (we just married this year), I remembered the joy of that song and that moment at the concert. The song’s about going to a special place, just you and the one you love and feeling connected. I love hearing the line, “All I know is I wanna be here with you from now on.” Picking it was a no-brainer. I’m thankful it exists because now it makes me think of our wedding, and all the fun we had trying to coordinate a dance when we both have no rythym.

Colleen’s Picks