At Spotify, music is part of our DNA – so each month we’ll be hanging out with a music-obsessed Spotifier as they tell us about what’s on their headphones. This time around, we chatted with Stockholm-based Global Community Manager, Meredith Humphrey. She’s given us the lowdown on eight songs that have a special meaning to her.
What song makes you happy?
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
The next time this comes on at a party just stop and watch the room – it will light up instantly! You just can’t listen to this song and not be happy.
What song makes you want to dance the hardest?
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Anyone that’s had their heart broken can dance to this song – the juxtaposition of the heartbreaking lyrics with the upbeat tempo defines it. How else can you get over seeing someone you love with another person except by screaming this song and dancing until you can’t move anymore?
What song helps you focus?
Deerhunter – Desire Lines
I can get into the flow at work with this song. It’s a lush and dreamy indie rock song that is energizing but also subtle enough to not completely distract me. I’ve spent many an hour listening to Deerhunter while I was deep into a project at work.
What’s the best song recommendation you’ve gotten from another Spotifier?
Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
I didn’t know Frightened Rabbit until I moved from the US to the UK. While working for Spotify UK we always had a collaborative playlist going in the office – it was a fantastic source of new tunes (this was pre- Discover Weekly). A colleague added “The Modern Leper” by Frightened Rabbit and it was my first introduction to the band and also Scott Hutchison. I spent the rest of that summer listening almost exclusively to Frightened Rabbit. Hutchison was an amazing and inspiring artist.
What’s the song you’ve disagreed most about with your friends?
The Beatles – Ticket to Ride
A few friends and I have a hotly debated topic about whether The Beatles are great or overrated. I personally stand in the “The Beatles are awe-inspiring”-camp, but if you ask a random group of people this question you’ll get a wide range of answers. At the end of the day it’s a heated topic because of how incredibly influential they were, whether you like their music or not. With that said – my favorite Beatles song is “Ticket to Ride”.
(Also Paul is the best Beatle. )
Tell us about the best song you’ve seen performed live.
Amen Dunes – Miki Dora
This year I saw Amen Dunes at a small venue in Stockholm and the last song in the set was “Miki Dora”. Damon McMahon was reserved and introverted throughout the show, but when he returned for the encore and “Miki Dora” you could see the song fill him up. The song is about a Hawaiian surfer and it truly rolled across the audience like a wave. He literally grew physically with the song as it escalated. I don’t know if it’s a testament to the song, to him as performer, or both, but I’ll never forget it. Please play that one the loudest.
What was your favorite song from the last year?
Roadkill Ghost Choir – Vision on Vision/ Undo
Folks I am obsessed. They sound like Tom Petty and The War On Drugs came together, threw in some 80s synth-pop, and jammed for weeks to make 10-min long anthems. Their songs make my heart stop every time. They’re from Georgia, USA with 34,000 monthly listeners and deserve a much larger fan base. This isn’t a sales pitch for a friend, I swear! Just go listen to RGC.
Any other songs you can’t leave off the list?
Led Zeppelin – Fool In The Rain
I would wager that most fans think of “Stairway to Heaven” or “Black Dog” when they think of Led Zeppelin, but “Fool In the Rain” is a weird and wonderful gem. While Robert Plant croons about the love that he’s found you’re thrown into the sounds of a Latin American parade with scattered drums and whistles. While Plant is desperate to see his woman, he’s quivering and running through the streets confused in all the chaos, blinded by his love and the storm inside him. This is my all-time favorite song. My apologies to all my friends in college that I forced to listen to it daily while I was carpooling to class.
Hear Meredith’s playlist yourself: