High Rotation: 10 Songs That Will Make You Want to Fall in Love

This week in High Rotation were taking a deep dive into my music collection to look at 10 songs that will make you want to fall in love (or at least that make me want to fall in love).  Although there are a few “classic love songs” on the list, what it really focuses around what inspires me to love. The wonder, the struggle, and passion that make us want to be a better version of ourselves.

 

1 . Arkells – 11:11

Oh, 11:11… The first time I heard this song on it was seared in my brain. I must have listened to this some 1,000 times last summer. It’s fun, upbeat, makes me want to dance (when I saw them in January it looked just like the video lol), and for as smooth as it is… just as anxious as me.

I was nervous just standing with you, you were glowing in the dark

I mean if I could choose a way to fall in love, enjoying an evening at a show would be it.


2. Reuben And The Dark – Heart in Two

I made a huge miss when I didn’t include Funeral Sky from Calgary’s Ruben And The Dark in my 5 Albums I Wish You Knew post. Seriously. Buy it. I first encountered their single Heart In Two when I saw them play at the 2015/2016 NHL Face-Off (first game of the season) concert. They only supposed to play three songs and but they snuck this one in and it came across with such passion.

You say reverie came over me – Like fire, like blood, like sunlight

This is not your typical love song, it’s about being lost in their wonder while longing for their presence. Stuck in a daydream.


3. Dashboard Confessional – Remember to Breathe

This a been one of my favourites for a very long time. It’s a conversation I have with myself from time to time. It’s interesting to me that some situations that are simple, so small can mean so much to us. I love this line.

I’m starting to panic, remember she asked you, remember to breathe

So very me. Sometimes we forget the anxiety, the nerves, the butterflies, it tells you your headed in the right direction. If it’s nervous and awkward for both of you, there just might be something real there. Embrace the awkward.


4. Matt Epp & The Amorian Assembly featuring Serena Ryder – When You Know

This wonderful duet between Canadain rockers Matt Epp & Serena Ryder was born from a conversation about how they both “just knew” that has found their one, and it answers the age-old question “How do I know if I’m in love?”

Change man, change man, never be the same man, everything is different when you know

We all long for that moment it just clicks and we know, this is the person I want to spend my life with.


5. Kina Grannis – The One You Say Goodnight To

Love is an inspiring thing. When I’m in love it inspires me to create, to show my passion, and return it in kind. Kina Grannis’s The One You Say Goodnight To is beautiful, it reminds me of Ingrid Michaelson’s The Way I Am and that’s a huge compliment.

Funny thing is I’m trying hard and it’s unlike me to get so caught up in things. But I won’t quit, I won’t quit ’til you smile at me.

If I could be the way to inspire someone like that… there wouls definitely be a smile from ear to ear.


6. You + Me -You and Me

You + Me is the supergroup lovechild of Dallas Green (City and Colour / Alexis on Fire) and Alecia Moore (P!nk). Their skilful lyricism and beautiful harmonies create a vivid picture of what love actually means.

You can be flawed enough but perfect for a person, Someone who will be there for you when you fall apart, Guiding your direction when you’re riding through the dark, Oh that’s you and me


7. Wakey Wakey – Adam & Eve

I can’t have a list about love and not include one of the most passionate artists I know Wakey Wakey. I wish I knew the actual circumstances of this song but Adam & Eve to me it the plea to not run from something real.

You and I are still a seed, Reaching for the sunlight, Pushing up through the rocks and weeds, Trying to grow upright

It’s not the sunshine and rainbows love songs you’re used to, but the beauty of love is in the struggle. The last line is awesome, “I’ll be Adam if you be Eve, you can get me into trouble” lol


8. He Is We & Aaron Gillespie – All About Us

This is one of those songs that makes you want to grab someone and dance. I am a huge fan of He Is We and their collaboration with Aaron Gillespie (Lead for The Almost, Drummer / Vocalist for post-hardcore band Underoath, and touring drummer for Paramore) just sweeten the deal. If I was to pick a first dance song for my wedding, this would be it.

Suddenly, I’m feeling brave. I don’t know what’s got into me, Why I feel this way. Can we dance, real slow? Can I hold you, real close?

Two side notes. 1. I had the pleasure of seeing He Is We live in Columbus, Ohio back in 2012. Lead singer Rachel Taylor suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis in which there is long-term inflammation of the joints of the spine. That day touring was taking its toll and she was taken to the hospital for treatment. She came from the hospital, sang her heart out, and was immediately taken back to the hospital. Mad respect.

2. This song was re-recorded with Owl City for the Mortal Instruments soundtrack and with hopes of greater radio play… don’t get fooled… it’s nowhere near as good as the Aaron Gillespie version.


9. Marty Sampson – Landslide

This song was extremely hard to find but I’m glad I did. Landslide is from Australian Marty Sampson’s one and only solo album Let Love Rule, he recorded on a break from the Christian youth worship band Hillsong United. This is hands down my favourite song to sing and you will often find me singing it in the shower lol.

Lay by my side, lay your head apon my shoulder tonight, you know its gonig to be alright

Laying awake, looking down while someone you love sleeps cuddled in your arms is one of life’s prefect moments.


10. Relient K – The Best Thing

Sometimes love come along just when we need it, and changes everything. After the year I’ve had, it certainly would be the best thing.

Cause when I looked into your eyes and you dared to stare right back, You should have said, “Nice to meet you, I’m your other half”

Randon Fact: Matt Thiessen used to date Katy Perry and their breakup resulted in a fantastic album lol. Since then he has co-written many songs with Katy and his wife engineered Katy’s album Teenage Dream.


Bonus: Vocal Few – Blue

Time for the bonus round! Blue from husband and wife duo Vocal Few is not a “love me” song, but an I love you so freaking much song. So much that you can’t stand to see their pain, you would rather bear it yourself. Matt (The Classic Crime) & Kristie MacDonald’s ability to capture the realism of marriage from all sides is fantastic. If you ever get the chance to see them live I highly recommend it. I was fortunate enough to see them in a strangers living room a few years ago, and amazing experience.


 

What song makes you want to fall in love? Let me know in the comments and if you have a topic idea for future editions of my music series High Rotation, I would love to hear them.

 


 

High Rotation: 5 Albums I Wish You Knew

Music is a huge part of my life. I love discovering new sounds, songs and experiences. You will often find me in some dingy bar, in the middle of a sweaty crowd, lost in the moment. When I find something wonderful I can’t help sharing it with others, so welcome to my new post series High Rotation where I will share some of my favourite artists, albums and tracks. Moving forward each article will be focus around a single subject, musical concept or genre but for today. Here are 5 albums that I wish you knew. 


Wakey Wakey – Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You…

I’ve been a fan of Wakey Wakey since their 2009 EP War Sweater, but I’ve listened to their 2010 album Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You… front to back, every single week since its release 2010. Packed with passionate ballads and indy anthems, each track on the album carries a distinct yet familiar sound. A heavy focus on piano and violin give a soaring, almost cinematic feel to the album.

For the One Tree Hill fans out there you may notice frontman Michael Grubbs. He played “Grubbs” in the series and many of Wakey Wakey’s original songs were featured in the show.

My favourite tracks: Almost Everything, Car Crash, Dance So Good, Light Outside.

Buy or Stream The Album


PUP – The Dream Is Over

Toronto’s Pup has quickly become my go-to band. Half punk, half folk rock – their blend of driving guitars, gang vocal harmonies and satirical lyricism create an experience like no other. After the release of their self-titled debut album than band toured hard resulting in lead singer Stefan Babcock severely damaging his vocal chords. When his doctor told him “The Dream Is Over” their 2016 sophomore album was born.

The diversity of their musicality and lyricism put The Dream Is Over on the short list or the coveted Polaris Music Prize. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label.

My favourite tracks: Seriously all of them, but if I have to pick. Can’t Win, Familiar Patterns, Pine Point, If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You I Will, DVP

Buy or Stream The Album


Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People

English post-hardcore turned folk singer-songwriter legend Frank Turner is one of my all time favourites. I can honestly recommend his entire discography and it’s honest, raw, passionate wisdom. His 2015 album Positive Songs For Negative People is extremely important to me as I can honestly say it got me through the turmoil of the last year and looking forward to the next chapter.

I had the pleasure of meeting Frank at a show earlier this year and I made sure to thank him for his art. He pulled me close, gave me a big hug and said: “the storm has passed, better days will come.” I look forward to seeing Frank for the 5th time in February when he comes through with Canadain rockers The Arkells.

My favourite tracks: Get Better, The Next Storm, Mittens, Song For Josh

Buy or Stream The Album


The Lighthouse and The Whaler – This is an Adventure

In 2013 I fell in love with the album This is an Adventure from Cleveland’s The Lighthouse and The Whaler. It’s bright, high energy, melodic folk-rock that will have you singing along before the first track is complete. Venice is a track you can listen to a hundred times and discover something new every time.

My favourite tracks: Venice, Pioneers, Little Vessels, We’ve Got The Most

Buy or Stream The Album


Right Away, Great Captain! – The Church of the Good Thief

Right Away, Great Captin! is an acoustic side project by Manchester Orchestra’s lyricist and frontman Andy Hull. The Church of the Good Theif is the third and final release from his solo project the follows the journey of a 17th-century sailor. “The third story/album starts with our hero laying over Anna’s lover (and hero’s brother). The brother has been killed. His wife has seen what the children saw and we spend a lot of time inside our hero’s mind and the reality that he is indeed a murderer of his own flesh and blood.”

Put your headphones on, press play and escape into Andy’s masterful lyrics and passionate performance. If you love Manchester Orchestra style, incredible folk music, or angelic voices – this one if for you.

My favourite tracks:When I Met Death, I Am Aware, Blame, 

Buy or Stream The Album


 

What underrated albums do you wish more people knew? Do you have a topic suggestion for future articles? Let me know in the comments.