Friday Pick Six Modern Rock Songs About Hope

Friday, July 08, 2011
Rock, as a genre, has always been filled with, let's be honest, downer music. To quote High Fidelity (the movie, I've never read the book);
"What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"
Well, none of that today, fair blogwalkers (I think that can catch on). Today, I've picked six of my personal favorite rock songs from the past ten years that deal with hope and perseverance, instead of despair and bitterness. These are songs that remind us to keep our chin up when times get tough, and to keep going even after we feel like we can't.

1: Swim, by Jack's Mannequin
2: Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, by U2
3: Come Around, by Counting Crows
4: Move Along, by the All-American Rejects
5: Float On, by Modest Mouse
6: Over This, by Ace Enders and a Million Different People
Videos after the jump:

Swim (Music Video)

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (live)

Come Around (just the song)(You'd be surprised, or maybe not, at how hard it was to find a good version of this song)

Move Along (Music Video) (I won't lie to you guys, I mainly included this song because I love the music video for it)

Float On (Very Strange Music Video)

Over This (Acoustic)


  1. It's too bad you've never seen the movie. That line, narrated by John Cusack, is a cultural classic.


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