One Tree Hill

100 Songs to Save Your Life

In Journal by Gino Carteciano71 Comments

Music always helps, no matter what you’re going through. So, if you flunk a big test, or you had a really bad breakup, or you just miss someone so bad, it hurts, then listen to my playlist. A hundred songs to save your life. And it should help. – Peyton Sawyer, “One Tree Hill”

Dear Future Offspring,

one tree hillFirst of all, that quote over there is from an episode of One Tree Hill a couple of weeks ago. The line was delivered by Peyton Sawyer, a character I’ve never found interesting until recently. She’s pregnant and there’s a big chance that she’ll die when she gives birth. That’s why she made a time capsule for her future child. You know, just in case she bites it. Look it up. It’s an awesome show.

I’m doing the same thing now, but not because I have a medical condition that may possibly kill me on your birthday. Also, I will not get pregnant. Pay attention to your biology and sex ed classes, OK? I’m doing this because I might be too drunk to explain stuff to you or I might be too busy making love to your hopefully hot mom to talk to you. More importantly, I’m doing this because I believe that what Peyton said is a universal truth. Music always helps, no matter what you’re going through. Music is your best friend. It will never judge you. It will never leave you. It will always be there for you. If nobody is there to listen, you can always listen to your best friend.

I’m giving you this playlist, which I will upload to an iPod soon, to give you a springboard into the world of music. You will eventually develop your own taste in music, but for now, consider this your starter kit. These songs kept me sane during my dark times of depression and drama. These songs accompanied me during my happiest of days. Let this list be your first soundtrack to your triumphs and tragedies. Just don’t dick around with your iPod while driving.

Before I show you the list, let me just say one more thing. DON’T LET ANYBODY DICTATE OR JUDGE YOUR TASTE IN MUSIC. Don’t take shit from glossy mainstream zombies or from pretentious indie assholes. They’re all sheep. And now, Future Offspring, 100 songs to save your life:

  1. 311 – Amber
  2. 4hero – Les Fleur
  3. AC/DC – Highway To Hell
  4. Ace Of Base – The Sign
  5. Stevie Wonder – Overjoyed
  6. APO Hiking Society – Awit Ng Barkada
  7. Audioslave – Exploder
  8. Bamboo – Noypi
  9. Quindon Tarver – Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
  10. Queen – Bicycle Race
  11. Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  12. Beastie Boys – Sabotage
  13. The Beatles – Till There Was You
  14. Black Sabbath – Iron Man
  15. Bloc Party – The Pioneers
  16. Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’
  17. Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry (Live at the Lyceum, London 1975)
  18. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  19. The Breeders – Cannonball
  20. Brownman Revival – Lintik
  21. Noel Cabangon – Kanlungan
  22. Burning Brides – Heart Full Of Black
  23. Camera Obscura – I Don’t Do Crowds
  24. The Cardigans – Happy Meal II
  25. Cinema Bizarre – Lovesongs (They Kill Me)
  26. Coldplay – Yellow
  27. Collective Soul – Run
  28. Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders In The Sky
  29. The Dandy Warhols – Everyday Should Be A Holiday
  30. Dashboard Confessional – Stolen
  31. The Dawn – Salamat
  32. Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
  33. Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
  34. Elton John – Tiny Dancer
  35. Eraserheads – Minsan
  36. Eurythmics – I Saved The World Today
  37. Everything But The Girl – I Didn’t Know I Was Looking For Love
  38. Fastball – The Way
  39. Finger Eleven – One Thing
  40. Flobots – Handlebars
  41. Foo Fighters – Walking After You
  42. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
  43. The Fray – How To Save A Life
  44. From Autumn To Ashes – Autumn’s Monologue
  45. Gavin Degraw – I Don’t Want To Be
  46. Gin Blossoms – As Long As It Matters
  47. Gomez – We Haven’t Turned Around
  48. Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  49. Greg Jones – Ordinary
  50. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
  51. Guster – Perfect
  52. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
  53. Hoobastank – The Reason
  54. Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek
  55. James Carrington – Ache
  56. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
  57. Juan Dela Cruz Band – Himig Natin
  58. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
  59. Kula Shaker – Govinda
  60. Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
  61. Lifehouse – Everything
  62. Lighthouse Family – Lost In Space
  63. Live – Lightning Crashes
  64. Mariah Carey – Sweetheart
  65. Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning
  66. Matt Pond PA – Champagne Supernova
  67. Metallica – Enter Sandman
  68. Metric – Combat Baby
  69. Moby – Porcelain
  70. Modest Mouse – Float On
  71. Nada Surf – All You Need Is Love
  72. Nina Simone – I Wish How I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  73. Nine Inch Nails – Just Like You Imagined
  74. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World
  75. Parokya Ni Edgar – Buloy
  76. Pearl Jam – Better Man
  77. Pixies – Where Is My Mind
  78. Presidents Of The United States Of America – Lump
  79. Rage Against The Machine – Guerilla Radio
  80. Rock N’ Roll Soldiers – Funny Little Feeling
  81. The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
  82. Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Piña Colada Song)
  83. Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
  84. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
  85. Sharon Cuneta – Ikaw
  86. Silverchair – The Greatest View
  87. Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore
  88. Snow Patrol – Crazy In Love
  89. Sophie Koh – Creep
  90. Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
  91. Sublime – Santeria
  92. Sugarfree – Los Baños
  93. Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
  94. Tonic – You Wanted More
  95. U2 – Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  96. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
  97. The Verve Pipe – The Freshmen
  98. Weezer – Hash Pipe
  99. Weezer – The Sweater Song
  100. The Who – Baba O’Riley

Artists in bold: Check out their other songs. They’re awesome.

With love,

Future Daddy Baddie

P.S. Here’s the list (excluding 2 songs that aren’t in Spotify for some reason) in playlist form:


  1. Sunday Morning and all its versions are relaxing. Also, agree on 4Hero and Snow Patrol!

  2. me to. im making a "baddie's playlist" on my iPod.

    awesome selection

  3. enter sandman reminds me of my highschool days.

    oh, hai baddie.

    astig ka talaga, mahal na ata kita *lol*

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  11. saw this from Helga's plurk. you are inspiring. you make me want to write something similar, YEY! :)

  12. @khangkhung: High five!

    @dk: YAY! Though you should know that when people say that I inspire them, it scares me. I've inspired people to do… things.

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  15. @Nikki: I see that you're already doing this. YAY! Also, I like that you like that I like Happy Meal II.

    @Pau: If it's not on your list, then your list is gay. And can I just say that for years, I thought the title of that song was "Teenage Wasteland"? Wala lang.

    @Anne: HUHYAY!

    @Penny: Yes, really. Why?

  16. Hi! I got here by way of MLQ3's blog and decided to ehem, ehem, borrow your idea! :)

    Thanks for this cool idea, and thanks for your playlist. I'll be checking some of the songs that you listed.

  17. apparently, LJ does not allow for ping backs, at hindi na piping back yung mga listahan ng mga tao na gumawa neto na nasa LJ :P hehehe

  18. @Jela: That's cool. :)

    @DK: That's fine. As long as people are having fun over there, it's a victory for all of us. lulz

  19. permission to make a 100 songs list on my blog pls? ^_^

    *found your blog while perusing the net.

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  21. hahaha awesome! noel cabangon, breeders, modest mouse…the list goes on…

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  25. Lampshade- Kashmir

    Melpomene- Kashmir

    Turn on Me- The Shins

    A Call To Apathy- The shins

    Drops Of Jupiter- Train

    Hey Soul Sister- Train

    Viva La Vida- Coldplay

    Read My Mind- The Killers

  26. Vicious- Lou Reed

    Starlight- Muse

    Fans- Kings Of Leon

    Id Rather Dance- Kings Of Convinience

    Better Man- Pearl Jam

    Given to Fly- Pearl Jam

    Guaranteed- Eddie Vedder

    Rise- Eddie Vedder

    100 Years- Five for Fithing

    Chances- Five for Fithing

    Lasso- Phoenix

    Liztomania- Phoenix

    Cannonball- Damien Rice

    Green Eyes- Coldplay

    Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd

    On The Radio- Regina Spektor

    Talk- Coldplay

    Piano Man- Billy Joel

    3 AM- Matchbox 20

    Fix You- Coldplay

    Have You Ever Seen The Rain- Creedance Clearwater.

    How To Save A Life- The Fray

    You Found Me- The Fray

  27. Whatever save, change, affect. But it is true, music always helps, no matter what you are going trough

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  30. Okay. I'm 47 and a musician, so sue me. There are. maybe, 25 songs/artists here I recognize. Great post, though.


    Karl A. Krogmann

    Aging Uber Nerd

  31. I'm 48 and not a musician.

    There are over 50 songs/artists I've heard of.

    At 47/48 you've lived through some of the most awesome music ever, but it hasn't stopped yet.

    A great list, Thanks.

  32. Woah! It's the overplayed 104.3 list in print! I'm certainly not sick of any of these songs.

  33. I'm guessing this is the playlist for a future oldies station when your child's 20. All rather mainstream stuff which almost contradicts your "sheep" comment.

  34. @Jason: And I'm guessing you have a problem with reading comprehension. You almost got the point of the blog entry, man. Almost.

  35. a starter kit?! dude, you say that you shouldn't let people dictate your taste in music, but by making this list you're attempting to dictate people's taste. contradiction? i think so

  36. I'm talking to my future offspring, giving them an idea of the kind of songs and artists I like. At best, it's a suggestion on what they should listen to when they're starting to develop their own taste in music. I'm not dictating their taste and I'm definitely not attempting to dictate other people's taste. I don't know where you pulled that conclusion from. Unless by reading this list, your mind can't help but be influenced? Not my problem, dumbass.

  37. "DON’T LET ANYBODY DICTATE OR JUDGE YOUR TASTE IN MUSIC. Don’t take shit from glossy mainstream zombies or from pretentious indie assholes. They’re all sheep."

    Amen! This made me go and re-enque "The Reason".

    I think I'll make my own 100 songs list.

  38. Listen to Elbi Nights, I find it good, too. I'm not from Elbi but apparently was told that I 'click' with people from Elbi.

  39. my sister need this stuff i will bookmark this page ぶっかけ

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  41. …and now I’m going to spend the night listening to these songs (I don’t know most of them). This is cool, I want to make my own list, too!

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  43. I just finished watching this episode of OTH! I wanted to see if Peyton's 100 Songs to Save Your Life list actually existed. Although it's a little sad that it doesn't, I am glad to have stumbled upon this list! Thank you and I'm also glad to see that Apo Hiking Society made the list! They are amazing.

  44. 1 song that saved my life .. Keep On – Tyler Hilton .. aka Chris Keller
    one tree hill saved my life and whenever i feel really down.. i listen to Tyler’s song and i feel like everything’s gonna be okay..

  45. If Everybody Hurts isn’t in here (I may have missed it) then this list is not complete.


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