What are your sentimental song favorites?

Dabbler_lThe Audio Engineering Society Convention at New York City’s Javits Center this past Friday may seem like an odd spot to get overly sentimental, but that’s exactly what happened when I sat down to chat with Peter Gabriel. He was sitting comfortably inside a 240-square foot Summerwood Cheyenne recording shed — a warm and friendly studio that is reminiscent of one the singer has in his own backyard, and comes with his stamp of approval. The cozy space — which can be all yours for a small $250K drop in the bucket — full of cedar-y scent, seemed to coax us out of conversation about the shed and into the subject of sentimentality in his songs. (See him in the shed in the photo after the jump.)

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I told Gabriel that "In Your Eyes"had a special place in my heart, what with all those goofy Lloyd Dobler moments(pictured, above) from my high school years, and wondered which of his songs he found themost sentimental. "‘Don’t Give Up’had a whole life of its own," he said, his face as gentle and kind andwelcoming as his manner. "Quite a few people told me they were going tokill themselves but didn’t because of that song. Sometimes you get thisfeedback from a song that you didn’t realize when you were making it."

So, Peter and I ask you, PopWatchers, what songs do you find most sentimental?


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  • e

    I am not a real fan of her, but Mariah Carey’s “Hero” holds a very special place in my heart.

  • Diana

    I have “college soundtracks” (vols 1 & 2)I put together of songs that reminded me of people and times (from my potty mouth roommate (Doin’ It and Gimme That Nut), to the guys I will never forget (I’ll Make Love To You, We Didn’t Start The Fire). Outside of college, Somewhere Out There for my brother (we’re that cheesy), Pepino The Italian Christmas Mouse, Dominic the Donkey, and Mitch Miller playing over my dad’s stereo means christmas has arrived! Is it sad that I’m 28 and get sentimental over Fievel the Mouse?

  • Joe C

    Let’s see:
    Celine’s ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ Expose’s “Your Baby Never Looked good in Blue.
    Dolly Parton’s ‘I will Always Love you’
    Elton John’s ‘Sorry seems to be the Hardest Word.’
    Carpenters’ Solitare.’
    How about that? I just came up with the film score to the next Nora Ephron movie!

  • JB

    “Heart and Shoulder” by Mazzy Star. Made me cry when I first heard it on Felicity.

  • Jill

    “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds was my favorite song in 1985. I was graduating high school; I loved The Breakfast Club. I could relate to so much in that movie. And here it is, 22 years later and I still think about that year when I hear that song. When life was easy living with the parents before starting a different life away at school. I always thought high school life was so hard (like the BC kids) until I experienced college, jobs, marriage, kids, etc.!!!!

  • Sports Chick

    “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong — a timeless classic
    “Life in a Northern Town” by Dream Academy

  • GingerCat

    “Heart and Shoulder” is by Heather Nova.

  • Jennifer

    Carly Simone’s-Coming Around Again. It always gives me a sad but warm feeling everytime I hear it.

  • Ames

    “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, especially the live version where she starts out saying “this is for you daddy.” It’s rare that I get through the song without choking up at least once.

  • Jayel

    Until the Night – Billy Joel
    The Man That Got Away – Judy Garland
    Hands to Heaven – Breathe (I’m embarrassed, but this one always kills me)
    Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain – Willie Nelson
    Everybody Hurts – REM
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Kaulana Kenekoa (don’t know whether this is in spite of the fact it’s been used ad infinitum to underscore sentimental moments on TV or because of it, but it’s still beautiful)
    Incidentally, Peter Gabriel is just the cool cat emperor of this stuff – everything from those songs mentioned in the post to the “With This Love” interlude from The Last Temptation of Christ.

  • jenny

    crowded house “dont dream its over”
    such a beautiful song….

  • Heather Wixson

    For me, the one song I have trouble listening to is “Hey Mama” by Kanye West…just because I haven’t talked to my mom in like 4 months. It’s hard to listen to without getting a little misty-eyed. I also have problems listening to “What it Takes” by Aerosmith because it’s associated with the break-up of me and my first love back in HS.

  • Silv

    Actually, “In Your Eyes” always made me think of Lloyd Dobler too– and all he went thru just to be with the girl he was in love with. It spoke of passion and longing – and made me wish I inspired that in someone when the movie came out…

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