Shiver-worthy Songs

Okay before anyone gets weirded out over the title of this post, let me explain. You know those songs that are just so beautiful or hypnotizing or breathtaking that just listening to them gives you little goosebumps. As a lover of music, I can admit that many songs give me shivers, but there are certain songs that just get to me every time I listen to them. So here's a list of shiver-worthy songs (or maybe more appropriately titled Bethany's Cry Jamz).

1. Love Me or Leave Me // Little Mix

This song is really what inspired the idea behind this post. This song hurts. It is refreshingly honest and heartbreaking all at the same time. The vocals in this song get me every time as well, which will become a pattern as this list goes on. All four girls shine in different ways on this track. They are able to convey the emotions they want easily and dare I say it perfectly. Every album Little Mix has put out has at one time been one of my cry jamz. On the first album "Turn Your Face" hurt me in ways I didn't think a song could hurt me. On the follow-up album, "Good Enough" was my anthem for probably a full six months. There is something about this song though. I think the vocals are the best they have ever been on this track, and I also think the writing is the best it's ever been. Every aspect came together to make an amazing song. 

2. Footprints in the Sand // Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis has one of the best voices in modern music today. Some of the notes she can hit are ridiculous. In this song, she never sounds like she's reaching or straining for a note. It's very relaxing and smooth. It's an easy yet wonderful listen. The lyrics in this song are mainly why it is on this list. They are emotional and heartfelt. If it wasn't as genuine as it is, I probably wouldn't like it as much. To me, this song sounds like a letter. It's uplifting, and what I like most is that this song doesn't even have to be a love song. In fact, I don't listen to it like a love song. It can adapt to this listener. It can be about a lost loved one, a mom, a dad, a best friend, heck even a dog. It's a beautiful song for any reason or occasion. 

3. Give Me Love // Ed Sheeran

Well seeing as this is my all-time favorite song, and I've talked about it a million times on this blog alone, you all probably know why this is on the list. But I'm gonna talk about it again because I love this song a lot. Alright, so to begin the first time I heard this song I cried. I then cried every time I listened to it for the next two years. I usually can listen to it now without crying, but still, this song gets to me. The way Sheeran screams "Give me love!" at the end of this song is enough for me to cry. It's raw. It's unfiltered. It's sincere. The lyrics aren't clever or witty like some of Sheeran's other songs, but instead they are heartfelt. With lyrics like "All I want is the taste that your lips allow" and "Pain splattered teardrops on my shirt", Sheeran has written an amazing track. I could talk about this song all day, but just take a listen and see for yourself.

4.  Last Kiss // Taylor Swift

This one might be a curveball. Surprise. Now I definitely don't like this song because of the vocals. Sorry any T Swift lovers, but her vocals just don't do it for me. Now the lyrics on the other hand? That's a different story. I have always said the reason Taylor Swift is as famous as she is is because she is a talented songwriter. With lyrics in this song like "I don't know how to be something you miss" and "You can plan for a change in weather and time, but I never planned on you changing your mind", no wonder this song kill me. The reason I don't like a lot of the songs Swift has as singles are because they are the most radio-friendly and basic sounding songs. I love more her six minute songs that sound as if she is just writing poetry in her diary. This song is much better than "Shake it Off" in my opinion. 

5. Defying Gravity // Idina Menzel & Krisitn Chenoweth

Well funny/embarrassing story time. I finally got to see Wicked on Broadway last December, and I usually cry at concerts, especially when it's one of my favorite artists or songs, but I didn't think I would cry at all at this musical. I did cry though. Really bad. This song is one of the best parts of the whole musical though. I won't ruin it for people who haven't seen it, but the basis is the main character, Elphaba or the Wicked Witch of the West, gets in trouble with the wizard and instead of apologizing, she chooses to run and live for herself. It's emotional and amazing because you see this poor girl finally stand up for herself. Also how Idina Menzel hits those notes I have no idea. This song has a beautiful message and almost perfect vocals.

6. I Get to Love You // Ruelle

I've been obsessed with Ruelle lately. A lot of her songs are kind of creepy but catchy, which is a good combination in my book, but there is nothing creepy about this song. The premise of the song is a girl who cannot believe that they get to love their significant other. It's so sweet and has an endearing innocent vibe to it. There something about Ruelle's voice too that makes this song soothing and peaceful. I could honestly listen to her voice all day, as it's so relaxing. Her voice isn't super unique, but it is perfect for the song. A song like this just makes you feel good after listening to it. 

7. The House That Built Me // Miranda Lambert

This choice might be more surprising than the Taylor Swift one. I don't know if I have ever talked about how much I don't like Miranda Lambert, but I'm saying it now. I don't like Miranda Lambert. I remember back in the day she would always win awards over Carrie Underwood, and I was bitter that a girl who couldn't even sing was winning these awards. I'm somewhat over my bitterness enough to admit that this song is amazing. Again I don't love it because of the vocals. I love it because it is so relatable. I moved out of my childhood home last year, and when I'm in the area, I'll still sometimes drive by it. That house built me. This song gets to me and will probably get to anyone who has moved or is just nostalgic for a simpler time in their lives.

8. Gravity // Sara Bareilles 

I recently just rediscovered this song, and I'm pretty upset with myself that I forgot about it. It is so effortlessly beautiful. Bareilles makes this song her own and is amazingly good at building anticipation and suspense. The bridge of the song is one of my favorite parts. You can feel the utter hopelessness as Bareilles utters, "But you're neither friend nor foe though I can't seem to let you go." The lone piano in combination with Bareilles simple yet powerful vocals makes this song one of my go-to sad songs. The message of this track is also super relatable, and it's hard not to get caught up in the words. I don't think I'll be forgetting about this song again.


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