Do you ever hear a song that gives you such a strong outflow of emotion that you want to yell along to the lyrics and dance with all the energy you’ve got? A song that tugs at your heart, and unearths memories you thought were long buried? For me, that song is “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers.

I first heard the song at the ripe age of 11, probably at a school dance or something. Ever since then, that song has accompanied me through years of heartbreaks, achievements, infatuation, love. New Year’s Eve of 2017, I danced to it amid a sea of friends; I was on top of the world.

It’s funny how a song you first heard nearly 14 years ago can have such an impact on you. To this day, when I hear the opening bars, my heart swells, and I have no choice but to sing along with Brandon Flowers’ smooth voice. And I know that when I’m pushing 70, and it comes on the radio, I’ll still sing it with all my heart.
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