Remember surveys from the internet’s earlier days? If you’re under the age of 400 you might not, but take a knee and listen, kids. We had this archaic social media called Myspace and Live Journal. Surveys were super popular because you could answer questions and post them, allowing people to see your opinions on dumb stuff. You also got to see everyone else’s opinions on the same dumb stuff, so it was cool.
I found a music survey and I thought, hey, let’s go old school today! I’m going to share my thoughts and I’d love to know yours. Feel free to take the survey and post it in my comments, on your social media or on your own blog. Just let me know when you’ve done it so I can see your answers!Hey, @MellaNation - My old school music survey is ready! Click To Tweet
I’m going to post links to the songs as well so you’ll get an in-depth idea of my musical influences. Remember how we used to burn CDs for people? I’m burning you a virtual cd right here!
My Music Survey
1). A song you like with a color in the title
“Blue Skies” by many artists, but specifically Deborah Cox. Seriously, have you heard Deborah Cox’s version of this? Have you heard Deborah Cox’s whole jazz album? Have you heard Deborah Cox??
2). A song you like with a number in the title
“Seventeen” by Alessia Cara. I really like what she’s put out so far and I’m hoping for a long career for her!
3). A song that reminds you of summertime
This is going to sound weird, but “Songbird” by Kenny G. I don’t know why this is lodged into my brain as a “summer song,” but I distinctly remember a warm Michigan evening, sitting on the front porch and this song was playing. I was probably around 6 years old. This is just a random memory that remains in my head for some reason, haha.
4). A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
Ugh god, haha. Too many to name. I’ve dated a few musicians with varying levels of success. There are a few songs that they played on that just make me roll my eyes and change the channel. Not putting links here for obvious reasons!
5). A song that needs to be played LOUD
Pretty much Kesha’s whole new album (Rainbow), but right now I’m jamming “Let ‘Em Talk” at stupidly loud volumes.
6). A song that makes you want to dance
Any song with a four on the floor beat, but currently I am dancing to “The Cure” by Lady Gaga. It’s a happy, empowering song that has a great vibe. I also recommend watching her documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two” on Netflix if you’re a fan!
7). A song to drive to
On my long drives between Detroit and Nashville, I have to play at least one Alison Krauss album and at least one Maria Mena album. They’re interesting, introspective artists to make you really think about life while you’ve got the road in front of you. It was hard to pick just one to list here, but this song is kind of perfect for driving. “Goodbye is All We Have” by Alison Krauss:
8). A song about drugs or alcohol
One of the most relatable to me is “Not Sober” by Maria Mena. I’m not a social drinker, I tend to use it to calm my anxieties at night. This song perfectly describes what I feel during those late nights.
9). A song that makes you happy
“Love Today” by Mika. Whenever you’re in a bad mood, play this song and see how quickly you change. It’s like he’s ordering you to love today, and it’s pretty convincing.
10). A song that makes you sad
“Why Does it Hurt So Bad” by Whitney Houston. The song itself is very sad, but I’m also reminded of what a mind-blowing gift Whitney had and it’s a huge loss. I had to reign myself in to not pick her for every question, haha.
11). A song that you never get tired of
I can’t answer this question because I don’t think there is a song I don’t get tired of. I need a break from even my most loved songs every now and then!
12). A song from your preteen years
I really wish I had one of my own songs to share from my preteen years because they were seriously terrible. For this question, a song that immediately came to mind was “Through the Rain,” by Mariah Carey. This. Was. My. Jam. All of my preteen angst was channeled into vocal runs and hope for the future through this song.
13). One of your favorite 80’s songs
It’s technically before my time, but “Take On Me” by A-ha is a classic. Plus it was in a Family Guy episode so that makes it currently relevant, haha.
14). A song you would love to have played at your wedding
“It’s Been You” by Anita Baker. She’s a Detroit native so I don’t know if she’s as popular everywhere else, but she was a big influence to me growing up. This is a ballad and her voice is so incredible in it.
15). A song that is a cover by another artist
“Lady Marmalade” by Mya, P!nk, Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim. This is a cover of a Patti LaBelle song. Really though, there are so many great covers! It was hard to choose but this one is always fun to listen to (and watch).
16). One of your favorite classical songs
I love classical music. I have a ton of it; it’s great to work to because I don’t get distracted by lyrics. I’d have to say my favorite is probably the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. He does such a great job of capturing the feel of each season into a song. Out of the four, Spring is probably my favorite.
17). A song you would sing a duet on karaoke
In all honesty, I’m not a karaoke person. It’s usually a bunch of drunk people stumbling through the same songs we’ve all heard a zillion times. So I’m just choosing a duet I like. I’m really enjoying the new Maroon 5 track with SZA, “What Lovers Do,” and “On My Own” by Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald is a classic. However, I chose the duet that will always be bae: “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy and Monica.
18). A song from someone born on your birthday
Xzibit was born on September 18th and is also from Detroit. If you want to find what singers are born on your birthday, check out my lists of singers arranged by zodiac! I add them as we go through the calendar, so if I don’t have your birthday yet I will next year!
19). A song that makes you think about life
It doesn’t really make me think about MY life, but “7 years” by Lukas Graham is a really interesting look at the entire lifespan of a person. It’s catchy, interesting and well-made, so I feel it deserves a place on my list.
20). A song that has many meanings to you
I would have to say “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell. It’s about the thrill and misery of a long term relationship, so it’s great to show the many angles of love.
21). A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
“Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac. How great is this band? Stevie Nicks is my queen so this is just one of many examples of her genius. The story of how this song was written is really interesting too if you want to check it out!
22). A song that motivates you
“Remember the Dream” by James Ingram has always inspired and motivated me to keep to my goals. However, I didn’t know the backstory about it until I found this video. The original intent of the song far surpasses any humble motivation the song gave me. I still want to share it with you because it’s such an incredible song.
23). A song you think everyone should listen to
I have a hard time answering questions like this. If I recommend a metal track to a country fan, they probably won’t like it and won’t even bother to listen to it. My one suggestion to you is this: Whatever genre you hate most, make it a point to study it. Find at least one song or artist you can tolerate. It will expand your mind and your creativity, and you’ll grow as a person. I challenge you to listen to one song in your least favorite genre today.
24). A song by a band you wish was still together
I was going to post a Beatles song here (because wouldn’t it be great if they were all still alive and hadn’t broken up?) but they don’t have any songs on YouTube. I mean, they have live versions but those are pretty hard to hear with all of the screaming ladies. So, I’m going with my second choice of Fifth Harmony. I know they’re all still making music, but this is an incredible song either way so enjoy:
25). A song by an artist no longer living
My grandparents made sure I listened to enough jazz to last several lifetimes, so I had about 300 people pop into mind. I’m going to go with Billie Holiday though. She was the first artist I tried to imitate (an ability that has furthered my session singing career) and this is a song she wrote, rather than a jazz standard sung by everyone else.
26). A song that reminds you of falling in love
“Fallin’ For You” by Colbie Caillat, simply because it’s a song literally about falling in love, haha. I don’t normally associate falling in love with anything positive (it’s usually pessimistic anxiety until something bad happens) but this is a fun, happy song that’s nice to hear.
27). A song that reminds you of heartbreak
“Operator” by Jim Croce. It’s such a delicate way of describing heartbreak and I love that he finds so many ways to say he’s sad without actually saying it. Brilliant artist and songwriter.
28). A song by an artist with a voice that you love
Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)’s voice blows my mind right out of my skull. I had a hard time deciding what song to put here because he has so many phenomenal vocal examples. Whenever someone asks me to describe the band I have a hard time saying anything. It’s a phenomenal vocalist, with like…punk rock EDM jazz pop? I really have no idea. In the end, I decided on “This is Gospel” because it showcases his voice and that was the question. But please, if you like this, check out “Hallelujah,” “Death of a Bachelor,” and “LA Devotee” and then every other song they have.
29). A song you remember from your childhood
My childhood was so full of music I really have no idea where to begin. My mother is a huge fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan, so this is a song that takes me back.
30). A song that reminds you of yourself
Can I use one of my own here? I mean, since I wrote it, it reminds me of myself. I think out of all my songs, “Desert Interstate” is the most deeply personal. Of course, I wrote all of them about real life experiences, but this one is one that always gets how I feel at my core. I internalize issues and then want to run away from them. Not the most positive picture of me, I know, but it’s real haha.
Creating this list made me realize just how much I love singer-songwriters. Clearly they’re the most prominent influence on this list and that explains my own music. However, I could probably make one of these lists for every genre. Maybe I’ll do that at some point. If you end up making one, please let me know! I love to hear about people’s musical influences.