A lot of people have phobias. Spiders, small rooms, snakes, etc. I have a few myself. But this is about a phobia I think many people have but not many talk about: aux-cord-phobia.

I’ve grown up with a lot of bold friends with a lot of bold music tastes. Everyone from Brockhampton to Taylor Swift. And I mean a lot of Taylor Swift (you know who you are). Those friends are never afraid to roll down the windows and just blast their music. But when it becomes my turn to plug my phone in, I find myself spending way too much time skipping songs and organizing a queue than participating in any conversation that’s actually going on.

I like a lot of what my friends listen to. Pretty much all of it, honestly. But one too many times has someone said “Seriously?” after I started a playlist for me to be confident in my own taste in music.

So here’s the real truth. My music is good. I know it and I’m not gonna lie about it. If you don’t agree, I guess, so what? A lot of people have labeled me as a “bad music-er” because of my over-the-top obsession with ‘Glee’ and tendency to get nervous when given the aux cord and play something funny instead of something actually good. But when I’m alone in my room or walking with my earbuds in, it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks of me hitting shuffle on a two-hour long playlist of Rachel Berry solos. It doesn’t matter what my neighbor thinks of me listening to the same five John Mayer songs on repeat.

Music exists to make people happy, right? I mean, that’s why they called it glee club. Sorry. No, not sorry! When we listen to music, our brain is releasing dopamine, the ~feel good~ chemical. Music feels sorta the same as sex, drugs, really really good food… you get the gist. What I’m trying to say is I’m not going to listen to music that doesn’t make me happy because other people think it’s “acceptable.” Who writes those rules anyway!

If I’m gonna write a blog about doing things that make you happy, I might as well start with listening to music that does that for me. So to everyone out there that has the same aux-phobia that I do, shove it in there. Sorry. Calmly plug the aux cord into your phone, and then play whatever damn music you want. When it comes to music, your happiness matters the most.

Here are some of my most favorite songs, in no specific order:

  1. The A Team by Ed Sheeran
  2. Love is Alive by Louis the Child
  3. Superlove by Whethan
  4. Good Nights by Whethan
  5. Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty but the John Mayer version lol
  6. Daughters by John Mayer
  7. Best I Ever Had by Gavin DeGraw
  8. Aren’t You Lovely by Evann McIntosh
  9. orange by CLAY
  10. Let’s Hear It for the Boy by Deniece Williams
  11. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
  12. Drops of Jupiter by Train
  13. Somebody to Love by Glee Cast originally by Queen 🙂
  14. FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney
  15. September by Earth, Wind & Fire
  16. Empty by Kevin Abstract
  17. Beyond by Leon Bridges
  18. Don’t Rain on My Parade by Glee Cast aka Rachel mf Berry originally by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl

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