Music has always been important to me. It inspires me, challenges me, and sometimes annoys me. Looking back, I’m glad that I challenged myself at an early age to avoid top 40 and have a relatively diverse list of influential songs. Putting together a list like this took much longer than I expected. I could have easily added 5-10 songs by a few bands and called it quits, but this list limits it to one song per band and forced me to think about what songs continue to be my favorite, pushed me in a new direction, or represent my strongest memory of each band.