“And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite”: The Greatest Tunnel Songs a la Perks of Being A Wallflower
Everyone has a tunnel song. You know, that moment credited to Perks of Being a Wallflower where you put on that one song, turn the windows down, sing, and forget about every problem you have ever had. A good tunnel song engulfs you, enchants you, becomes almost an escape from reality, and makes you feel infinite (I couldn’t help myself). They’re songs to throw your head back to, stand up out of the sunroof, and be unapologetically free, all with the very common theme of living life to the absolute fullest. But in case you have yet to discover your own personal tunnel song, here are some personal favorites to get you on the right track.
“We Are Young” – fun. Ft. Janelle Monáe
There’s no one quite like fun. to evoke emotions surrounding nostalgia, good times, and fond memories. The lyrics “Tonight, we are young // So let’s set the world on fire // We can burn brighter than the sun” can make anyone feel absolutely on top of the world. This song is perfect for screaming at the top of your lungs with your best friends, never wanting the moment to end.
“Ribs” – Lorde
While Lorde’s entire discography is filled to the brim with tunnel songs, nothing quite nails the sentiment on the head like “Ribs.” Written about friendship and the fear of growing up, “Ribs’” powerful lyrics and intense instrumentation make it the perfect windows down, speakers blasting track. Lorde sings “This dream isn’t feeling sweet // We’re reeling through the midnight streets // And I’ve never felt more alone // It feels so scary getting old,” and there’s truly no one like her to make you feel completely comforted by the most uncomfortable lyrics.
“I Wanna Get Better” – Bleachers
It should be a law that playing this song must be accompanied by maxed-out speakers and screaming the lyrics so loud that you have a sore throat the next day. This song is sweet, simple, and absolutely intoxicating. Containing rock undertones paired with pop-inspired lyrics, “I Wanna Get Better” is a masterpiece of true love with lyrics “I didn’t know I was lonely ‘til I saw your face,” and “While my friends were getting high and chasing girls down parkway lines // I was losing my mind ‘cause the love, the love, the love, the love, the love // That I gave wasted on a nice face.” “I Wanna Get Better” feels personal, perfect for sharing the fondest of memories surrounded by best friends.
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” – Tears For Fears
It’s hard to find a song with greater opening lyrics than “Welcome to your life // There’s no turning back.” With the message that nothing lasts forever so live your life to the fullest, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” has that nostalgic 80s sounds perfect for driving down the highway and singing at the top of your lungs with your people. Some songs have the unique ability to almost put a stop to time, and Tears For Fears delivered.
Sarah Stukalin is a writer and singer from Houston, TX. She is currently a junior at Bucknell University where she is studying Vocal Performance and English while contributing to on-campus publications and a classical opera ensemble. She loves learning about new artists and discovering new music. Some of her favorite artists include Mac Miller, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean, Megan Thee Stallion, and many more.