1. "Dance, Dance" by Fall Out Boy
Not really one of my favorite bands, but these guys got kinda big when I was in college and so you couldn't escape hearing some of their songs. This was one of the few that I didn't mind too much, as it's got a catchy beat and chorus... it was also in a commercial for a sing-along video game thing and that was how I was first exposed to this particular song of Fall Out Boy's. On a funny note, a friend of mine, while in between "bigger" bands, was briefly in a band with a few buddies called "Fall Out Boy Sucks" lol... I thought it was amusing, as when they formed their band, Fall Out Boy was just getting airplay up here.
2. "More Than Words" from the Forgetting Sarah Marshall soundtrack
One of the funnier movies of 2008, the soundtrack to Forgetting Sarah Marshall features a lot of music featured in the movie both by the fictional Aldous Snow fronted band Infant Sorrow, as well as Jason Segal doing is "Dracula's Lament" puppet musical and tracks from that. Some of the other tracks are Hawaiian versions of classics, such as this one. While the lyrics are in Hawaiian, the music is still familiar and quite pretty. You can hear this version play during the end credits of the film.
3. "Nobody's Fool" by Avril Lavigne
This one is from Avril's debut album and has a late 90s/early 2000s pop-rock feel to it. I bought this album as she seemed to dress a lot like me and she seemed like a rocker, although I was quite disappointed after giving it a listen to and realizing that she's more of a poser. As a female singer/songwriter, her stuff is alright and she's gotten better thanks to her work with Glen Ballard (who worked with Alanis Morisette on her groundbreaking debut), but as a rocker chick... no. She has the look, but her sound and attitude it just don't necessary cut it - her sound is definitely not rock, and her whole "attitude" just seems a bit forced, almost like an act.
4. "A Different Kind of Pain" by Cold
This is from Cold's 3rd major album and the last one before their break. There is a lot more piano on this album than the others and it has a completely different feel than their previous albums, which seemed to be more anger-fueled - a lot of the tracks on this one have a feeling of peace and calmness as well as hope. I liked their first big album - 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage - and I really really liked their 2nd big release "Year of the Spider" but this one is up on par with that one in my opinion as the content is just as good, but different in a good way.
5. "No More Tears" by Ozzy
This one was overplayed for awhile on our local rock station, but it's still a pretty fun song to listen to, despite being over 7 minutes long... what rock fan doesn't have some Ozzy in their music collection?