Music

Influence of Music

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Music has a unique ability to influence our thoughts, habits, and emotions.  Because of this musicians and listeners both have a unique responsibility to consciously think about what they are producing and consuming.  There is certainly a place both artistically and socially for music about unhealthy relationships, but musicians and listeners should both acknowledge that these relationships are unhealthy.

Below is a list of songs which highlight healthy aspects of various types of relationships.  Included is a wide variety of artists, styles, and time periods.

1.) “1,2,3,4” by Plain White T’s

2.) “A Quiet Thing” from Flora the Red Menace

3.) “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin, performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

4.) “Ain’t Life A Brook” by Ferron

5.) “All I Want” by Joni Mitchell

6.) “Alone” by Heart

7.) “Anyone Else But You” by The Moldy Peaches

8.) “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton

9.) “Believe” by Cher

10.) “Best Of My Love” by The Emotions

11.) “Better Man” by Clint Black

12.) “Building A Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan

13.) “Cold Fire” by Rush

14.) “Defying Gravity” from Wicked performed by Cristin Chenowith and Idina Menzel

15.) “Do You Love Me?” from Fiddler on the Roof perfromed by Topol and Norma Crane

16.) “Do You Want to Dance?” by Bette Midler

17.) “Dollhouse” by Pricilla Renea

18.) “Fast As I Can” by Great Big Sea

19.) “Firework” by Katy Perry

20.) “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes

21.) “Friends of Mine” by The Zombies

22.) “Give A Little Bit” by The Goo Goo Dolls

23.) “Happiness” by Orson

24.) “Head Over Feet” by Alanis Morisette

25.) “Hey Baby Hey” by Greg Brown

26.) “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish

27.) “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye?” by Patty Loveless

28.) “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt

29.) “I Do” by Colbie Cailat

30.) “I Love Being Here With You” by Queen Latifah

31.) “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles

32.) “I Will Be There” by Steven Curtis Chapman

33.) “I’d Be Surprisingly Good For You” from Evita performed by Madonna and Johnathan Pryce

34.) “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meatloaf

35.) “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders

36.) “If I Didn’t Have You” by Tim Minchkin

37.) “If It’s Love” Train

38.) “Jack and Dianne” by John Mellencammp

39.) “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel

40.) “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

41.) “Just What I Needed” by The Cars

42.) “Lean On Me” by Bill Whithers

43.) “Let’s Live For Today” by The Grass Roots

44.) “Loose Lips” by Kimya Dawson

45.) “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles

46.) “Love’s Song” by Michelle Shocked

47.) “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Cailat

48.) “Me And Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

49.) “More Than A Feeling” by Boston

50.) “Mushaboom” by Feist

51.) “My Baby Loves Me” by Martina McBride

52.) “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw

53.) “Naturally” by Selena Gomez & The Scene

54.) “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica

55.) “Nothin’ On You” by B.O.B and Bruno Mars

56.) “On The Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady performed by Jeremy Brett

57.) “Open Arms” by Journey

58.) “Options” by Pedro the Lion

59.) “Ordinary Love” by Three Weird Sisters

60.) “Propinquity” by Michael Nesmith

61.) “Proud” by Heather Small

62.) “Richmond” by Joe Bonamassa

63.) “Real Love” by Regina Spektor

64.) “Save The Last Dance For Me” by The Drifters

65.) “She’s In Love With The Boy” by Trisha Yearwood

66.) “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire

67.) “Smoothie King” by Bowling for Soup

68.) “Stand Beside Me” by Jo Dee Messina

69.) “Still Crazy After All These Years” by Paul Simon

70.) “Still In Love With You” by Al Green

71.) “Still The One” by Orleans

72.) “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall

73.) “Take Me Or Leave Me” from Rent

74.) “Thank You” by Dido

75.) “The Book of Love” by The Magnetic Fields

76.) “The Hideout” by Sarah Harmer

77.) “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson

78.) “The Way We Met” by Morphine

79.) “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

80.) “The World” by Brad Paisley

81.) “This Guy’s In Love With You” by Herb Alper

82.) “Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce

83.) “True Love Travels On A Gravel Road” by Elvis Presley

84.) “Truth No. 2” by The Dixie Chicks

85.) “We Belong” by Pat Benatar

86.) “We Just Disagree” by Dave Mason

87.) “You And Me” by Alice Cooper

88.) “You And Me” by The Wannadies

89.) “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes

90.) “You Don’t Have To Be A Star” by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

91.) “You Look Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton

92.) “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac

93.) “Your Song” by Elton John

94.) “You’re In My Heart” by Rod Stewart

95.) “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

96.) “You’re Not The Boss Of Me” by The Vandals

97.) “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain

98.) “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease performed by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta

99.) “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carol King

100.) “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” from Toy Story, written and performed by Randy Newman

These songs are arranged alphabetically by title.  Their order does not reflect any preference to lyrics, artists, or styles.

Most artists and shows featured had multiple healthy relationship songs, but there is only one included song from each artist or show.

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