"Many the Miles" was the first Sara Bareilles song I loved. Every time it comes on, I’m always taken back to an early summer day when it was playing on my car radio, while I was driving the long stretch of highway in Iowa in between my college and my hometown. Her lyrics: “There’s too many things I haven’t done yet / there’s too many sunsets I haven’t seen” sent me into post-college life with confidence in the many miles ahead, while I said a bittersweet goodbye to college.
Since then, her songs have helped me feel less alone in many more moments of life—from romance, to career, personal development, and more. Here’s a playlist of some of those songs from her that have been a great soundtrack for the many good miles that I’ve indeed experienced since that early summer drive through Iowa.