- Covered Up: "Big Yellow Taxi".
- They were at the receiving end of this for their song "Colorblind". Mostly overlooked when first released (it never charted anywhere), it became a hit in the British Isles for Leona Lewis in 2011.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: "Mr. Jones", of course!
- Arguably their whole discography. Even the cover album. (If you didn't think the world needed a zydeco cover of Pure Prairie League's "Amie", you obviously haven't heard Counting Crows' version.) And for listeners suffering dissociative mental disorders, this band might actually literally be a life-saver.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
- One outside their actual music is the attention Adam brings to several charities near the end of Across a Wire (one to benefit sufferers of HIV/AIDS, one for abuse victims, one an environmental charity).
- From a musical standpoint, "A Long December" manages to be both this and a Tear Jerker. "There's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last."
- Across a Wire as a whole, really, particularly the acoustic disc, despite the bleakness of some of the material. Much of the album consists of what are essentially warmer counterparts of some often rather harsh material. Even the instrument tone feels somewhat comforting.
- Ear Worm: Quite a few songs. "Hanginaround" and "Scarecrow" may take the cake, though.
- Narm: The yell at the very end of "Rain King".
- Earlier in the same song, the line about "in the belly of a black-winged bird" can be this to some.
- Nightmare Fuel/Uncanny Valley: Some of the images in the booklet for This Desert Life could qualify as this.
- Signature Song: "Mr. Jones", "Round Here" and "A Long December". For those who know them from Shrek 2, "Accidentally in Love" could also qualify.
- The Woobie: Adam Duritz has clearly been through some shit in his life to write the kinds of lyrics he does; "Anna Begins" and "Goodnight Elisabeth" are both about relationships he's had with girls that went horribly downhill due to his rockstar lifestyle. Then you have "If I Could Give All My Love Away -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead", about one of his childhood idols dying, and then "Hanging Tree" which is about his grandmother not even recgonizing him by the time she died.
- The two main characters of the "Palisades Park" music video are a definitive in-universe example; one becomes a transgender and runs away from home after their girlfriend cheats on them, while the other one has been looking for them ever since.
- Honestly, most of his characters qualify, too, particularly Maria (then again, Duritz has admitted she’s his Distaff Counterpart, so that’s not really a coincidence).
But the girl in car in the parking lotSays, “Man, you should try to take a shot“Can’t you see my walls are crumbling?”Then she looks up at the buildingSays she’s thinking of jumpingShe says she’s tired of lifeShe must be tired of something.
- And Margery in “Another Horsedreamer’s Blues”:
Trying to hit the big one one last time tonightFor drunken fathers and stupid mothersAnd boys who can’t tell one girl from anotherSo she takes her pills, careful and roundOne of these days she’s gonna throw the whole bottle downBut she’s trying to be a good girlAnd give ’em what they wantBut Margery’s dreaming of horses.