less popular opinion, but I like vesuvius from age of adz
duuuuuuude vesuvius is so fucking good. 10/10. it really resonates with me as a trans person because i basically read it as being about the struggle to keep moving forward in a cruel world when it would be so easy to just fall over and die, having one last bit of hope that you’re following very reluctantly. knowing sufjan’s beliefs and the grandiose quality of the song, vesuvius is probably an allegory for god. but i like that he jumps over actually mentioning god in the song, because it makes it more universally relatable in that you can sub in pretty much anything for “vesuvius”– a person you love, a far-off goal, a medical treatment, etc.