The Songs that Shaped Us

Music has the power to change lives. A melody, a lyric, or a vocal line can move us to feel something we’ve never felt before. It has been scientifically proven that music has the ability to make us more focused, creative, and connected. It is no wonder then just how much a simple song can shape us as people.

Nine Woroni contributors have shared with us their top 10 favourite songs. As you read the lists they’ve put together, think about the impact music has had on your life.

 

Georgia Clarke

  1. Step – Vampire Weekend
  2. Marinade – DOPE LEMON
  3. Truth Hurts – Lizzo
  4. Wetsuit – The Vaccines
  5. Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac
  6. Let it Be – The Beatles
  7. Work Bitch – Britney Spears 
  8. Untouched – The Veronicas
  9. To The Boys – Molly Burch
  10. Millennium Queen – Approachable Members of Your Local Community

 

Rebecca Schneider

  1. Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  2. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
  3. Scar – Missy Higgins
  4. American Idiot – Green Day
  5. So What – P!nk
  6. Sure Fire Winners – Adam Lambert
  7. Perfect Weapon – Black Veil Brides
  8. Planets – Short Stack
  9. The Great Escape – P!nk
  10. I Am Here – P!nk

 

Henry Xu

  1. Billy Joel- Vienna
  2. Vance Joy- Red Eye
  3. Crowded House- Distant Sun
  4. The Beatles- In My Life
  5. John Mayer- Heart of Life
  6. Mike Posner- Be As You Are
  7. David Bowie- Heroes
  8. fun.- The Gambler
  9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- Growing Up (ft. Ed Sheeran)
  10. José González- Stay Alive

 

Matthew Donlan

  1. Trippin’ The Light Fantastic – Ball Park Music
  2. What Went Down – Foals
  3. Here It Goes Again – OK Go
  4. Agnes – Glass Animals
  5. Got Love – Tove Lo
  6. Major Tom – Peter Schilling
  7. Einstein on the Beach: Knee Play 1 – Phillip Glass
  8. Wake Up – Arcade Fire
  9. Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
  10. I’ll Be Fine – Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes

 

Brandon Tan

  1. Rolling waves: The Naked and Famous
  2. I miss you: Julia Michaels
  3. Forget: The chain gang of 1974
  4. Not today : Imagine Dragons 
  5. Hard Feelings/Loveless: Lorde
  6. Only You: Yazoo 
  7. Happy ending: Mika
  8. Wild heart: Bleachers
  9. Freak of Nature: Broods 
  10. Never say die: Chvrches

 

Phoebe Lupton

  1. Dancing Queen – ABBA
  2. Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid
  3. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast
  4. See I’m Smiling – The Last Five Years
  5. Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae
  6. Green Light – Lorde
  7. This Is Gallifrey, Our Childhood, Our Home – Doctor Who
  8. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  9. Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Mary Poppins
  10. Do Re Mi – The Sound of Music

 

Jaime Howell

  1. September: Earth, Wind & Fire
  2. Breaking Free: High School Musical
  3. Holding Out for a Hero: Shrek 2 Soundtrack
  4. I Want It That Way: Backstreet Boys
  5. Tiny Dancer: Elton John
  6. Dancing Queen: ABBA
  7. I Wanna Be A Producer: The Producers
  8. I Want to Break Free: Queen
  9. Livin’ On a Prayer: Bon Jovi
  10. Friend Like Me: Aladdin (1992)

 

Natasha Garske

  1. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control – Tame Impala
  2. Pink Matter – Frank Ocean
  3. Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  4. Karma Police – Radiohead
  5. Monster – Kanye West, Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver
  6. Time – Pink Floyd
  7. Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliott
  8. Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
  9. No Aphrodisiac – The Whitlams
  10. Girl – Destiny’s Child

 

Julia Faragher

  1. Polperro Beach – Adrian Sutton
  2. Circle of Life – The Lion King
  3. Dreaming Alone – Against the Current (ft. Taka)
  4. Fools – Lauren Acquilina
  5. Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  6. Dancing Through Life – Wicked
  7. Turning Tables – Adele
  8. Winter (3rd movement) – Vivaldi
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  10. The Call – Regina Spektor

 

Nick Richardson

  1. Barbie Girl – Aqua
  2. Discipline – Club Cheval
  3. Panini – Lil Nas X
  4. SpottieOttieDopalicious – Outkast
  5. No Air – Jordin Sparks
  6. The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani
  7. Like a G6 – Far East Movement
  8. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
  9. Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada
  10. Fuck You – Lily Allen