Nikhil Selects: A Playlist by Nikhil D'Souza

For us, music and memories are forever intertwined.

Which song inspires you? Which song reminds you of someone special? Which song takes you back in time? Which song makes you happy? Which song helped you get through bad times?

We asked singer-songwriter Nikhil to dig into his box of musical memories, and share them with us. He came back with a beautiful playlist featuring songs by Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Louis Armstrong, Sting, Simon & Garfunkel, and other icons of the 20th century.

Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers

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When I was 14, I won a talent contest by singing this song. It was the very first time my parents ever watched me perform, and also the first time my dad told me he was proud of my talent.

Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass

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I first heard this on the “Lost” TV series soundtrack. The message it was sending hit me instantly. Amazing song!

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

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The most gorgeous cover of any song ever made. In terms of emotion, better than the original (at least for me).

Lover You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley

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My favorite song by my favorite artist! It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

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Probably the best melody for a song ever, in my opinion. This never fails to cheer me up.

I Was Brought to My Senses by Sting

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One of the most amazing songs ever created, a perfect convergence of melody and lyrics. Sting was my first big influence, and this song still moves me till date.

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

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The moment I heard this song, I formed a connect with this legendary band. I’ll be a lifelong fan!

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

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Two years ago, I had been emotionally numb for a long time, and couldn’t understand why. Then I heard this song, and I started to feel again. Sublime!

Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

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Lyrically magical! To me, this version is more special than her first version of the song in 1969. After 31 years of experiencing life’s ups and downs, she performed this new version, accompanied by an orchestra. Read the lyrics, you’ll understand why that is so significant.

Now that Nikhil has provided some context, perhaps it’s time to listen to his entire playlist? Or if you’ve been inspired by his choices, why not create one of your own?

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