By Gabi Liebeler ‘20
Imagine for a second that your life is a movie. Now imagine that final scene, the happy ending where you scored the winning shot, you walked out the doors of your high school for the last time, or you picked out the love of your life among the strangers in the crowded train station. What song is playing? It’s probably Africa by Toto, Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix), or even Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Heck it could even be Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) by My Chemical Romance. The song in your final scene has to be perfect.
The perfect song represents community, bringing people together and putting smiles on people’s faces. But the perfect song is not the best song.
The best song is the one that means the most to you when you’re all by yourself. In your worst moments alongside your best, when you’ve never felt happier, never felt sadder, or anywhere in between. The best song ever is the one that brings you home, reminding you of everything in your life rather than just that one perfect moment, that one perfect scene.
In my opinion, the best song ever is Degas Park by Kevin Abstract. If you’re like most people, you probably have never heard this song. You don’t know what Degas Park refers to, and you don’t know who Kevin Abstract is. You don’t need to know any of those things to realize how special this song is. All you need to do is listen.
It starts with these eerie sort of sounds, waves that without fail transport me to the scene of driving along an unoccupied highway. I’m not sure what time it is — sometimes it’s sunset, sometimes it’s pitch black or sunrise. It’s sometime in the 80s or 90s, and when the beat kicks in, someone steps on the gas and the car is moving infinitely fast. Everything has a sepia sort of tint, and my eyes can barely focus on the scenery passing by you at an instantaneous speed.
To my understanding, the lyrics don’t have a concrete meaning. But the initial message falls somewhere along the lines of reminiscing over something that was beautiful, a little bittersweet, and completely ephemeral. It’s about one scene, one time in someone’s life, that one person that got away. You don’t have to be thinking about any of those scenes though, to enjoy the beauty of the song. Everything in life has some of that. Some beauty, some pain, some power to last beyond its occurrence. I think that for every person that listens to it, a different memory is evoked. And that’s exactly the point. I’ve listened to so many songs in my life, and I was lucky enough to come across this one. I can only partially explain as to why it’s the best song I’ve ever heard, and I have to let the music say the rest.
I’m not usually one to say that one song or book or movie is the absolute best. In my opinion, everything like that is subjective. So, take it from me, saying that Degas Park is the best song ever is not something that should be glanced upon lightly. Listen to it. You might hate it, you might skip through looking for the beat drop or the part that’s supposed to make you get up on your feet. No matter how you feel about the song, you should however appreciate how special it is, and why I consider it to be the greatest song ever. I don’t like it because it’s reminiscent of one moment, I love it because it’s reminiscent of all of them.