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We the Kings' Travis Clark Shares His Favorite Tunes

Travis Clark of We The Kings
We the Kings' Travis Clark is today's guest blogger for AOL Radio, sharing his favorite tunes. The singer/guitarist (and pianist) picked songs that have a strong, lyrical impact on him -- especially since the red-headed rocker has penned quite a few songs for the band. With another successful studio album under their belt, 2009's 'Smile Kid,' the band is continuing to tour through August. Ranging from Death Cab for Cutie to Eric Clapton, here are Clark's favorite tunes.

For me, what makes a great song is how much feeling goes into every aspect of the song. I love it when you can tell that the artists really mean what they sing, which is why, in my opinion, lyrics can make or break a song. When I'm writing for We the Kings, I make sure that I don't force any phrases or words into the music that don't sound natural. I love listening to music, especially being a songwriter, and hearing how other artists wrote their songs; so I've combined a list of my 10 favorites! Here you go, have fun :)
10
'Wordplay'

In this song, he is able to use probably the most lyrics I've ever heard in a song without sounding congested. He's had "bigger" songs, but this one is my jam!

Jason Mraz Wordplay
09
'Roxanne'

I always thought the Police were a good mix between rock and hip-hop in the weirdest way. This song has both with the beat of the drums mixed with the raspy voice.

The Police Roxanne
08
'Tears in Heaven'

In my opinion, one of the most emotional songs ever written. I read the biography of Eric Clapton not too long ago and it was awesome reading about his life and how he made it. The song 'Tears in Heaven' was written in memory of his son.

Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven
07
'Fix You'

I love Chris Martin's voice and the way he uses his lyrics. This song is epic and gives me chills when I listen to it. Coldplay really expresses their music talent, and I try to express my writing techniques like them.

Cold Play Fix You
06
'Styrofoam Plates'

One of the best written songs by Ben Gibbard in my opinion. It talks about a father who was absent from alcohol and didn't support his family. When he passed away everyone realized that he was "not quite the father, but the doner of seeds." Even though I had a really great upbringing and childhood, it made me realize the real world is not always so peachy. Plus let's be honest, Ben Gibbard just married Zooey Deschanel....haha that rules.

Death Cab for Cutie
05
'I Miss You'

This band was the reason I started writing songs as a kid. I wanted to be like Blink more than anything in the world. This song is one of my favorites because it reminds me of all my friends and family that I miss while I'm on tour.

Blink 182 I Miss You
04
'More Than a Feeling'

My dad was always a big Boston fan. He got a CD player for Christmas one year and played Boston's Greatest Hits non-stop. All I wanted to hear was 'More Than a Feeling' every time we listened to that CD.

Boston More Than A Feeling
03
'Three Little Birds'

I feel like I live my life to these lyrics. "Don't worry about a thing, because every little thing is gonna be alright." Such an amazing artist who stood for peace, love and hope.

Bob Marley And The Wailers Three Little Birds
02
'Here Comes the Sun'

My mom taught me how to play this song when I was 12 years-old learning guitar. To this day I still think it is my favorite Beatles song!

The Beatles Abbey Road
01
'The Middle'

I remember the video for this song when everyone shows up to the party in their underwear. I always thought it was a cool song about being yourself. We the Kings also covered this song and it was so fun to play live.

Jimmy Eat World The Middle

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