Taylor Silver lives in New York City. She’s the assistant music editor for The Le Sigh. You can read her unrequited tweets to Cher @taylorgayng.
Modern Girl by Sleater-Kinney
I exclusively listened to Sleater-Kinney my second semester of college, when I was at my most depressed and anxious. A few months ago though, my friend had just finished reading Carrie Brownstein’s memoir. She asked me to give her a stick ‘n’ poke, so I tattooed “Modern Girl” on her bicep. For years, I associated the song with a very lonely time, but now it just makes me think of her and how she helped dig me out.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston
This is, without a doubt, the best pop song ever written. The key change, Whitney’s outfits, the confetti; it’s so overwhelming. I want this video played on a loop at my funeral.
Your Best American Girl by Mitski
A few weeks ago, my best friend and I were walking through Washington Square Park in the rain. She started singing Mitski songs, screeching through “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” and gesturing for me to duet on “First love / Late Spring.” She’s a freak, but I’m indebted to her for introducing me to Mitski.
Why Should I Love You by Kate Bush
I first heard this song in the drive-thru line of my favorite fried chicken joint, so it’s obviously very sacred to me.