Again via LSIBR, I read about the concept of 'comfort music' - not necessarily your favouritest ever albums/songs, but more about the music you cling to when you need familiar and safe and known.
Here are a few of mine..
Ani Difranco - Dilate, and in particular Untouchable Face. This was the first Ani Difranco song I ever heard, and it really sparked something for me. Ani Difranco introduced me to feminism and that it was ok to have opinions and ideas and to say them out loud..
The Whitlams - Eternal Nightcap. Key song on this album is probably Buy Now, Pay Later (Charlie No. 2). I went through quite a long phase of liking melancholy, aching songs, and this one fits that bill quite well.
(At this point I switched to Last.FM to see what else comes up, and I'm quite amused to see that Ani and The Whitlams are numbers 1 and 2 on my artist chart. Surprise!)
Other songs that spring to mind:
Simon and Garfunkel - I am a rock, particularly when feeling a bit down. It's comforting to know I'm not alone.
Me and Bobby McGee - depending on mood, either Janis Joplin or Gordon Lightfoot. They bring quite different feelings to it.
Bob Seger - Turn the Page. So evocative - it's all about the journey.
Looking at that list, I think I need to be more upbeat ;)