1. "First Day of My Life"
Album: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Year Recorded: 2005
In the Bright Eyes catalog, "First Day Of My Life" stands out as one of the warmest songs Conor Oberst has ever written. While his later work is a departure from some of the more angsty, frustrated songwriting of his younger days, it's this song that feels almost like a singular and final turning point. There's still a touch of melancholy, but the overall feeling is a breath of fresh air after years of being holed up, and it's a beautiful feeling. Oberst still sprinkles in a bit of that lingering insecurity, but he does it with a self-aware maturity and through a timeless melody.