Conor Oberst - "Hundreds of Ways"
Slightly ashamed to admit this, but I went through a heavy emo phase. There were a lot of band tees and striped shirts, a lot of moshing, and many, many whiny voices that bemoaned broken hearts. While there are many bands that I left behind when I shed that coccoon of awkwardness, Bright Eyes is one that stuck with me as I clumsily navigated through my teen years and even now, as I wade through my early adulthood. There's always a tinge of nostalgia that I feel whenever I hear Conor Oberst's unstable, vulnernable voice. And in his latest song, "Hundreds of Ways," he's got me feeling like I'm that uncertain, insecure teen all over again.—Joyce