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Top 5 Songs That Give You Chills February 15, 2010

Filed under: Can You Believe This?! — NVMP @ 7:34 PM

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.


11 Responses to “Top 5 Songs That Give You Chills”

  1. Ryan Says:

    Gibbs Top 5

    1. “Lateralus” by Tool – Tool epitomizes experimental and industrial metal for me, and this song is the cream of the crop for a band that I put above almost all others. From the first slow and soft riff it opens with until the repeated “Spiral Out, Keep Going” at the end, this song keeps me quivering for the entire nine and a half minutes, especially after hearing the twenty minute long live version.
    2. “Last” by Nine Inch Nails – Broken was one of the greatest NIN albums ever and “Last” is the song that sealed the deal for me in making it one of my favorite albums of all time. The way Reznor chooses his words and his heavy beats always hits home and this song is the best example of his style.
    3. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd – This sad, deep song has gotten me through many stints of missing someone or something and every time I hear it, I get goosebumps all over.
    4. “Drones” by Rise Against – This song speaks volumes to me about how silly people can be and how anyone will blindly follow if the message is enchanting enough.
    5. “Stacked Actors” by Foo Fighters – This is one song that I didn’t care for too much until I saw it performed live. Dave Grohl’s stage presence is so enormous that you feel enveloped by the music. The energy that they brought to this song when I saw them a few years ago got me screaming like a thirteen year old girl at a Backstreet Boys concert, and I’ve been in love with the song ever since. Listening to it now takes me back to my seat in the IZOD center watching them put on one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen.

  2. Rick Hunt Says:

    Rick’s Top 5:

    1) MacArthur Park by Maynard Ferguson – Having grown up in a musically talented family, hearing Maynard play this beauty gives me chills every time.

    2) Hard To Say I’m Sorry/Get Away by Chicago – I grew up listening to the Chicago 1982-89 Greatest Hits album while falling asleep. And no matter how tired I was, I would make sure I heard this song before I fell asleep.

    3) Pink Elephants on Parade by Bassnectar – This is Dubstep at its finest. When the beat drops, i get a chill down my back.

    4) Amber by 311 – Just the intro should be enough to get you hooked on the sound.

    5) When I Look At You by Julia Sheer – Beautiful cover to a Miley Cyrus song…..I know it’s a Miley song, but this cover makes you forget that

  3. pascal Says:

    where is supertramp ( Logical Song, Fools overture) ? or at least pink floyd ( thin ice ) ? those would be top two in my mind

  4. Anthony Says:

    The piano break on “All I Need” by Radiohead never ceases to give me chills.

  5. Jon Says:

    Definitely “Calling all angels” by Jane Sibery fits in this list

  6. Lindsey Says:

    Lightning Crashes by Live
    Black by Pearl Jam

  7. Nate Says:

    Nate’s Top 5:

    1: “Hurricane” by 30 Seconds to Mars ft. Kanye West
    This song is like 8 minutes long and its safe to say that for the vast majority of the song it gives me crazy chills. Leto’s voice just slithers through your bones the whole song. 
    2. “Home” by Egypt Central 
    This song is very emotional talking about going back home and regretting ever leaving and hus voice solo after the second chorus will give you chills from head to toe.
    3. “Helicopter” by Bloc Party
    The guitar solo builds up all of the emotion inside of you for about 20 seconds and then is slowly released from you joyfully until the end of the song.
    4. “The Latest Plague” by From First to Last
    This song is very angry and even more unique. After the 2nd chorus Sonny sings in sort of a whispering voice that you have to listen closely to, then its followed suddenly by a powerful freightening solo with him screaming in the background. Crazy chilly!
    5. “If it Means a lot to You” by A Day To Remember
    This song has a very relatable theme for many of us gentleman and that is the largest reason that this song does the trip. After powerful lyrics toward the end of the song it’s followed by many voices singing at once and he sings the chorus in a way that just shivers your body.

  8. Elena Says:

    What about Child in time by Deep Purple?

  9. Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

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