This week NVMP presents the Top 5 Songs That Give You Chills. Tina and I discussed this Top 5 a bit because it’s a little ambiguous. Why would a song give you chills? Because you love it? Because you hate it? Because it brings up a memory you tried to bury at the back of your mind? Is the song creepy? Is there a lyric that gets under your skin? Does the song evoke a certain emotion that makes you shake? We wanted to see what our writers would come up, so without further ado, NVMP presents the Top 5 Songs That Give You the Chills!
Tina’s Top 5:
5. “Send Down Your Angels” by Raining and Ok – This band is unsigned from Arizona, but the music and lyrics to this song could put me in a coma, listen in!
4. “Two Beds And A Coffee Machine” by Savage Garden – This is not a scenario that would ever happen to me, but it’s still chilling.
3. “Soul Shine” by The Allman Brothers Band – The opening guitar riff alone gives me chills, or maybe that’s just Greg Allman’s voice.
2. “Bouncing Ball” by HoneyHoney – If you haven’t heard the band HoneyHoney yet, drop everything and check them out. Both creepy and love chills here.
1. “Seven Years” by Norah Jones – I relate so much to this song, feel like it was written just for me, so all of the above kind of chills for this one.
Dan’s Top 5:
5. “With Every Heartbeat (Acoustic)” by Robyn – Robyn sings as though she’s about to burst into tears, and the piano accompaniment is simply haunting.
4. “Oh My God” by Ida Maria – I get goosebumps when she starts screaming “Oh my God” at the end of the song.
3. “Make You Feel My Love” by ADELE – ADELE’s voice is like a cup of tea with honey and a warm blanket on a rainy day.
2. “We’re Not Having Any Fun” by Lola Ray – A bittersweet song that needs to be heard. John Balicanta’s voice is panty-dampening.
1. “Biko” by Bloc Party – “Biko” tells the story of a loved one who died of cancer. Not only is the subject heartbreaking, singer Kele Okereke’s melancholy plea to “toughen up” makes me shake. The song is deeply intimate, expressing a sense of helplessness that permeates every chord and drumbeat.
Honorable Mentions: “Sanctuary” by Utada Hikaru, “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
Angela’s Top 5:
5. “Straight Lines” by Silverchair
4. “Breathe Me” by Sia
3. “You Never Know” by Immortal Technique
2. “Agony In Her Body” by Sage Francis
1. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
Mark’s Top 5:
5. “Flaming June” by BT – The brilliance moves me every time, as every emotion you can feel is musically struck with each stutter edit and note played.
4. “Activity” by Way Out West – The chills prepare me for the trip down memory lane that this song causes.
3. “Theme from Star Trek: The Next Generation” by Dennis McCarthy – Still excites me to hear after all of these years. Calling all geeks.
2. “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode – I don’t know whether it is the pangs of sadness or the chills of isolation that get me.
1. “Foreplay/Long Time” by Boston – It was the first rock song that I remember hearing, and 20 years on, it still sends a shiver of excitement up my spine.
Greg’s Top 5:
5. “Christmas Shoes” by Bob Carlisle – When it’s Christmas time I have to change this song if it comes on the radio, or else I begin to cry like baby.
4. “Revelry” by Kings of Leon – I love this song; it almost makes like a smokey room filled with lost souls, all dreaming in revelry.
3. “For Good” from Wicked: Original Broadway Cast Recording – The last song before the finale, it’s about two people who came into each others lives and changed them for good, for the better.
2. “Until the Day I Die” by Story of the Year – “You remind me of a time when I knew who I was, but still the second hand will catch us like it always does.” Time passes, life changes, friends are forever.
1. “Let It Be” by The Beatles – This is one my favorite Beatles songs. Whenever I hear it I instantly get chills. “And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me speaking words of wisdom, Let it be.”
Klone’s Top 5:
5. “Love Is On The Way” by Saigon Kick – A late 80s love song by a band that has existed almost completely in obscurity, despite a moment of popularity on MTV. The track may be cheesy, but in a decadent and beautiful way that makes one stop and shiver.
4. “Bab O’Riley (Live)” by Blue Man Group – A cover of a legendary track from The Who, the Blue Man Group rendition challenges all the conventions of typical live performance. The iconic introduction is performed utilizing the BMG’s signature PVC Pipe-instrument back-packs, and a grand piano tilted on its side and struck with a gargantuan mallet to recreate the rhythm guitar progression. Amazing when seen on video, and I can only imagine it to be MIND BLOWING live…Mind blowing and chilling.
3. “Hero of the Day” by Metallica – This track off of the 1996 album Load, was among the first series of tracks that let us know the ‘tallica boys had grown up a little since The Black Album. I will never forget listening to the new disc in a friend’s car on the day it was released, and being the only one who was instantly in love with “Hero of the Day”. I had goosebumps.
2. “Eulogy” by Tool – This haunting lament to a lost loved one inspires visions of a dark and dreary existence, where the twisted forms from Tool’s videos romp and play, and occasionally gather to remember someone who “had a lot to say. He had a lot of nothing to say, we’ll miss him.”
1. “Down In The Park” by Foo Fighters – Originally by legendary “Cars” crooner Gary Numan, this updated 90s cover for the musical collection Songs In The Key of X: Music From and Inspired By The X-Files, gave the song more presence and body than the original 80s rendition, entrenching the tune in an eerie shadow of dark mystery and sci-fi intrigue. I will always remember the blizzard during my senior year of high school, and driving through it to this track as my soundtrack. Chilling.
Stigz’s Top 5:
5. “Walking Dead” by Linkin Park – If a bad acid trip had a soundtrack, this would be it.
4. “Like Moths To Flame” by Thrice – Although it’s off of Vheissu, of which I am not the biggest fan, this track definitely rocks in a creep-tastic way.
3. “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones – …Nuff said.
2. “Umbabaruma” by Soulfly – Tribal chants in ancient tongues…always a creepfest.
1. “Time” by Pink Floyd – …Random alarm clocks ringing…sick shit.