7. Regina Spektor, "Us" (2004)

There are different interpretations of this song, but one feels particularly salient: it's about love.

The lyric "they made a statue of us," coupled with the flooding of the piano and Spektor's proud, earnest vocals, speaks to a beautiful wish for permanence in love.

And as for the melody, like Spektor says, "it's contagious." β€” M.H.

Old 97's, "Question" (2001)