Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold
Why It Was a Game Changer: Growing up, my music taste was pretty much confined to what was playing in the car: Bruce Springsteen while my dad drove me around, and then whatever Top 40 hits were on the radio when I was old enough to drive myself. It wasn't until I hosted my own radio show in college that I started paying attention to songs from other genres—starting with Alexander's "Truth." I remember tingles running through my body the first time I heard Alex Ebert's haunting whistling and hypnotic voice. The song made me reevaluate the pop anthems I had previously been obsessed with and opened my eyes to a whole new world of music.
Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz
Why It Was a Game Changer: I heard this song while watching The Royal Tenenbaums for the first time, during my freshman year of college—a year of deep uncertainty and self-consciousness. Its simple opening chords immediately intrigued me, but it was Nico's deep, therapeutic vocals that got me hooked. The song is an anthem for anyone feeling lost and anxious, and the closing lyric, "Please don't confront me with my failures / I had not forgotten them," is incredibly relatable. "These Days" is the song I listen to whenever I need to save myself from my own thoughts.