100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #69: “Dizzy” by The Million Reasons

The song at #69 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is the magnificent “Dizzy” by Chicago alternative indie rock band The Million Reasons. The song was released in July 2018, and I loved it at first listen. (I love this band and all its members too, as they’re as gracious and kind as they are talented.) The Million Reasons released their debut EP The Runaround in 2017, but “Dizzy” was my first introduction to them. The song made me an instant fan, and I’ve followed them closely ever since. At the time “Dizzy” was recorded, the band consisted of Scott Nadeau (vocals and guitar), Ken Ugel (guitar), Mike Nichols (guitar) and Colin Dill (drums). Bassist Jason Cillo joined the band later in 2018, and sadly, Nadeau left the band in 2019, but was replaced by an equally great vocalist Taylor Brennan.

The song is about a relationship in which both parties are blinded by an obsessive and possibly irrational desire for each other. Musically, the song is a slow burn. It starts off with an enthralling guitar riff that immediately pulls us in with the promise that something really beautiful is about to unfold, and as the music swells into a soaring anthem, we’re not disappointed. The instrumentals are incredible, and Scott Nadeau’s powerful, expressive vocals are perfection. By the time the final chorus arrives with Mike Nichols’ jaw-dropping screaming guitar solo and Nadeau’s raw, impassioned wails, I’m left covered in goosebumps and gasping for breath. This is truly one of the most beautiful rock songs I’ve ever heard.

The stunning video showing the band performing the song was directed and edited by Stephanie Battista.

Top 30 Songs for August 30-September 5, 2020

  1. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (2)
  2. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (1)
  3. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (3)
  4. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (4)
  5. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (5)
  6. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (6)
  7. FIRE – Black Pumas (8)
  8. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (9)
  9. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (10)
  10. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (11)
  11. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (7)
  12. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (16)
  13. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (12)
  14. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (15)
  15. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (17)
  16. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (19)
  17. ZEN – X Ambassadors, K.Flay & grandson (20)
  18. HELL N BACK – Bakar (13) 21st week on list
  19. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (21)
  20. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (29)
  21. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (23)
  22. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (14)
  23. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (26)
  24. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (27)
  25. I GOT YOU – Michael Franti & Spearhead (28)
  26. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (25)
  27. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (24)
  28. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (18) 22nd week on list
  29. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (N)
  30. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (30)

Top 30 Songs for August 23-29, 2020

  1. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (1)
  2. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (2)
  3. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (4)
  4. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (5)
  5. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (6)
  6. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (7)
  7. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (3)
  8. FIRE – Black Pumas (8)
  9. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (10)
  10. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (13)
  11. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (19)
  12. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (14)
  13. HELL N BACK – Bakar (11) 20th week on list
  14. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (15)
  15. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (16)
  16. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (17)
  17. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (20)
  18. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (9) 21st week on list
  19. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (23)
  20. ZEN – X Ambassadors, K.Flay & grandson (24)
  21. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (25)
  22. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (12)
  23. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (26)
  24. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (18)
  25. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (22)
  26. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (28)
  27. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (30)
  28. I GOT YOU – Michael Franti & Spearhead (N)
  29. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (N)
  30. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (29)

Top 30 Songs for August 16-22, 2020

1. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (2)
2. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (3)
3. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (1)
4. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (5)
5. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (7)
6. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (8)
7. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (10)
8. FIRE – Black Pumas (11)
9. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (4) 20th week on list
10. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (14)
11. HELL N BACK – Bakar (6)
12. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (9)
13. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (15)
14. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (18)
15. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (13)
16. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (19)
17. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (20)
18. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (12)
19. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (21)
20. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (22)
21. MARIA – Two Feet (16) 20th week on list
22. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (17)
23. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (27)
24. ZEN – X Ambassadors, K.Flay & grandson (29)
25. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (N)
26. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (N)
27. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (23) 20th week on list
28. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (30)
29. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (24)
30. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (N)

Top 30 Songs for August 9-15, 2020

1. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (1)
2. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (3)
3. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (4)
4. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (2)
5. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (6)
6. HELL N BACK – Bakar (5)
7. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (8)
8. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (9)
9. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (10)
10. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (N)
11. FIRE – Black Pumas (13)
12. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (7)
13. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (12)
14. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (14)
15. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (15)
16. MARIA – Two Feet (11)
17. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (18)
18. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (19)
19. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (20)
20. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (21)
21. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (23)
22. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (27)
23. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (16)
24. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (17)
25. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (24)
26. WOLVES – MISSIO (28)
27. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (30)
28. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (22)
29. ZEN – X Ambassadors, K.Flay & grandson (N)
30. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (N)

Top 30 Songs for August 2-8, 2020

1. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (2)
2. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (1)
3. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (7)
4. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (5)
5. HELL N BACK – Bakar (3)
6. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (8)
7. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (4)
8. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (10)
9. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (12)
10. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (12)
11. MARIA – Two Feet (6)
12. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (14)
13. FIRE – Black Pumas (15)
14. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (16)
15. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (17)
16. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
17. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (18)
18. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (20)
19. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (21)
20. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (22)
21. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (23)
22. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (13)
23. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (28)
24. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (26)
25. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (27)
26. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (19) 26th week on list
27. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (29)
28. WOLVES – MISSIO (30)
29. CAUTION – The Killers (25)
30. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 26-August 1, 2020

1. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (1)
2. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (3)
3. HELL N BACK – Bakar (2)
4. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (5)
5. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (8)
6. MARIA – Two Feet (4)
7. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (9)
8. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (10)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (6)
10. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (12)
11. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (13)
12. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (11)
13. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (7)
14. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (15)
15. FIRE – Black Pumas (16)
16. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (22)
17. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (19)
18. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (20)
19. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (18) 25th week on list
20. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (21)
21. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (23)
22. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (24)
23. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (25)
24. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (14)
25. CAUTION – The Killers (17)
26. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (27)
27. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (28)
28. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (29)
29. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (30)
30. WOLVES – MISSIO (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 19-25, 2020

1. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (5)
2. HELL N BACK – Bakar (1)
3. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (6)
4. MARIA – Two Feet (2)
5. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (3)
6. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (4)
7. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (7)
8. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (8)
9. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (11)
10. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (10)
11. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (13)
12. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (14)
13. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (15)
14. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (9)
15. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (17)
16. FIRE – The Black Pumas (18)
17. CAUTION – The Killers (12)
18. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (16) 24th week on list
19. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (20)
20. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (21)
21. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (22)
22. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (23)
23. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (24)
24. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (25)
25. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (26)
26. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (19)
27. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (29)
28. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (30)
29. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (N)
30. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 12-18, 2020

1. HELL N BACK – Bakar (1)
2. MARIA – Two Feet (2)
3. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (3)
4. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (5)
5. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (6)
6. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (7)
7. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (9)
8. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (10)
9. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (4)
10. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (12)
11. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (17)
12. CAUTION – The Killers (8)
13. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (14)
14. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (15)
15. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (16)
16. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (11) 23rd week on list
17. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (18)
18. FIRE – Black Pumas (19)
19. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (13)
20. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (22)
21. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (23)
22. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (25)
23. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (26)
24. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (27)
25. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (28)
26. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (30)
27. DELETER – Grouplove (20)
28. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (21)
29. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (N)
30. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 5-11, 2020

1. HELL N BACK – Bakar (3)
2. MARIA – Two Feet (1)
3. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
4. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (4)
5. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (6)
6. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (8)
7. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (9)
8. CAUTION – The Killers (5)
9. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer feat. Marcus Mumford (10)
10. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (11)
11. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7) 22nd week on list
12. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (15)
13. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (14)
14. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (16)
15. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (17)
16. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (18)
17. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (20)
18. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (21)
19. FIRE – Black Pumas (22)
20. DELETER – Grouplove (12)
21. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (13)
22. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (24)
23. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (25)
24. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (19) 23rd week on list
25. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (27)
26. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (28)
27. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (29)
28. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (30)
29. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (23)
30. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (N)