#5 – The Shins – “New Slang” – (2001)

I’ll admit: if it weren’t for Zach Braff, I wouldn’t know this song. It was featured in an episode of Scrubs (where he had some influence on the show’s musical choices) and in his film Garden State – where it was featured rather heavily as Natalie Portman’s character even says “this song will change your life.” Life changing, I don’t know – but I do know that it made a significant impact on me when I really got into it. The music is relatively simple (I hear a tambourine) and the lyrics are intelligible and harmonious and nice. The right song for the right time.

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