30 songs for the 30th

For the 3:30 Project, we thought it would be fitting to commemorate the 30th of each month. For January 30th, we compiled a playlist of thirty songs that reflect our shared memories; songs that lift us up, songs that reflect the different places our lives have taken us, and songs that capture a moment in our life as only music can. We hope you enjoy our songs.

You can listen to it with us on Spotify! 

Leave a comment and let us know what songs have stuck with you; if you enjoy listening to our playlist – you can answer my burning question – do you like it better shuffled or divided between our three lists? -Maggie

Here are the stories behind our songs!



1. “500 Miles” The Proclaimers
Maggie and I sang this song at drama club karaoke once, and when I haver, I’m haverin’ with her.

2. “Sitting Waiting Wishing” Jack Johnson

This song reminds me of driving with Mary Margaret in high school. I’m sure she thinks of me whenever she sings “must I always be waiting, waiting on you?” because I’m always late.

3. “Mad Season” Matchbox 20

This is one of only a handful of my favorite songs from adolescence that is still one of my favorite songs today.

4. “Unsteady” X Ambassadors

Hardly any explanation needed here. I always lean on my triangle when I’m a little unsteady.

5. “Dance in the Dark” Lady Gaga
One of my favorite sisterhood songs, Dance in the Dark is about escaping the male gaze and finding free expression with one another like our lives depend on it. Plus it reminds me of English class, D-d-d-d-daisy.


6. “Not Your Way” Misterwives
Another girl power anthem that always makes me think of my awesome triangle!
7. “Always” Boxer Rebellion
Submitted as my love letter to Maggie and Mary Margaret. Even if you miss the mark. Always.
8. “First Things First” Neon Trees

This is probably my favorite song about the journey into adulthood, and its motto is exactly what I want for myself and my friends: “first things first, get what you deserve.”

9. “Our Own House” Misterwives
I love this song so much, because even though my husband and I didn’t build our own house, we did put a lot of work into it. And in general it reminds me to take joy in having built a life of love.

10. “Just Another Day” Lady Gaga
This is how I know Gaga, in spite of her wigs and heels, would fit right in with us. This song could be about any one of us, and it’s a message we’re going to need to hear over and over again. And hey, I love you.

Mary Margaret

1. “You’ve Got a Friend” James Taylor
We sang this song in middle school chorus, but also what better song to celebrate the depth and beauty of friendship.

2. “Habetak” byFairuz
During my time serving in East Jerusalem, volunteering at a Palestinian school, I came to love Arabic music, and now in New York, it always makes to happy when I hear it blaring from the radios of the guys working at halal carts on the street corners!
3. “My Silver Lining” First Aid Kit
I often play this song when I feel discouraged, and let’s face it, there are some things to be discouraged about right now.
4. “42 Street” from the Musical 42nd Street
A musical about Broadway that we happened to all perform in during high school. Flash forward a few years, and now I work there!
5. “Clocks” by Coldplay
Because this song reminds me of riding in cars in high school.
6. “I and Love and You” by the Avett Brothers
After I left Georgia, Brooklyn took me in.
7. “Spanish Pipedream” by the Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers happen to be one of my favorite groups, but often I long for the kind of simplicity they lay out in this song.
8. “You Learn” by Alanis Morisette
I like to think of her music as “angry girl music”, so not only does this album take me back to growing up, it also reminds me that it’s okay to be an angry and expressive girl. And our triangle has the strength to translate anger into action!
9. “It’s Alright” by Matt and Kim
This song will forever be connected to the birth of my first nephew, since it had the magical property of being able to calm him down- like a re-set button. So it reminds me of the gift of aunthood along with the potential in music for transformation and resetting our moods and minds.
10. “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso
I walked from where I live currently in Brooklyn and saw this band play in Prospect Park, hearing them there for the first time, and instantly loving them. It reminds me of the things you discover when you build a new sense of home. Also, coffee. ‘Nuff said.

1. “Bye, Bye, Bye” *NSYNC
I always wanted to be “too cool” to be swept up in the *NSYNC crazy when I was in middle school, but this song is SO catchy. I still love it.
2. “Changed for Good” from Wicked
My mom is a drama teacher, and much of my childhood soundtrack was from Broadway Musicals. This song will always remind me of my high school years and these two wonderful ladies.
3. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan
This was always an ironic girl power anthem to me growing up. I loved the beat, energy and passion of the song, and it has come full circle because my daughter loves this movie now, too.
4. “Hurt” Johnny Cash
I’m not sure I can explain why I love this song. I first heard it during my first semester of college, which was a tough transition for me. Somehow, the combination of Cash’s voice and the scoring make me feel hopeful in the darkness.
5. “Sledgehammer” Peter Gabriel
This song reminds me of my husband. I am prone to getting hung up with analysis paralysis in any project, but my husband will just get started – even if he can’t see to the end. I refer to him as a Sledgehammer.
6. “Let it Go” from Frozen
This song has become my motherhood anthem, not just because I’ve seen it a million times, but also because with so much of parenting, the best thing you can do is “Let it Go.”
7. “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
If you’ve seen The Lego Movie, then you know that the context of this song is a little disturbing, but it’s SO catchy. This song has become a go-to pick me up.
8. “Try Everything” Shakira
I know, all my songs come from children’s movies, but it comes with the territory. I love that this song acknowledges that failure will be a reality in your life, but not the end.
9. “Eye of the Tiger” Survivor
This song has had a lot of staying power in my life.
10. “Fight Song” Rachel Platten
When I first heard this song, I felt like it was my theme song. As a Martial Arts Instructor, it’s called “Fight Song,” and it’s a great girl power anthem.