1. “The Only Exception” by Paramore
People don’t acknowledge it now but Paramore is a pretty awesome band. In ten years, I bet they’re going to be like Blink-182 and become cool. Not only do they make infectious pop-punk songs that leave you feeling like a teen anarchist, they also know when to tone it down and tug at your jaded heartstrings. “The Only Exception” is a beautiful albeit tragic song that sneaks up on you. The first ten seconds, you might be like “LOL, no thanks, hon!” but then a minute later, you’ll be sobbing in the fetal position and texting your ex from high school. It’s powerful and raw, unlike a lot of other glossy pop ballads, and it really hits a nerve amongst listeners.
2. “Simple Kind Of Life” by No Doubt
Gwen Stefani goes straight for the heart on this song about an ill-fated love (okay…
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