1. Upside Down by Jack Johnson
"Thank you.. Hokage-sama." Neji muttered, issuing Naruto a rare, heartfelt smile.
"Nah, it was nothing. I promised, didn't I?" Naruto grinned that teeth-baring grin, chuckling sheepishly as he scratched the back of his neck.
It was very much something, Neji wanted to say. But as Naruto swiftly bid him goodbye, saying that Sakura would bite his head off if he didn't take care of that pile of paperwork in his office soon, the newly appointed head of the Hyuga clan could do nothing but wave back and smile.
2. One of Us by Joan Osborne
Pein had believed that true peace stemmed from experiencing true pain. One had to go through the unbearable pain he had, one had to fear pain to understand the true significance of peace. He had believed that he was the savior, the one sent to bring people to solidarity and togetherness.. He had thought he was brought into this world to become the god of peace.
But here was a mere child, another one of Jiraiya's apprentices, opposing his beliefs.. Pein did not, in any way, believe that this small boy could ever bring unto this earth the peace so many people sought for.. and yet.. the blinding glimmer of confidence and strength in this child's eyes.. Pein could not help but be reminded of Yahiko.
And so, he trusted the boy.. Naruto Uzumaki.. Maybe he was the true child of prophecy..
3. Terrified by Katherine McPhee
Proudly, Tsunade shed her robes and plucked off her Hokage hat. With a contagious grin, Naruto accepted both items, throwing on the large robe and pulling on the hat atop his jagged hair. A loud roar emanated from the crowd below as Naruto couldn't help but laugh happily in response.
"Well, grandma?" He asked, turning towards her. "How does it look?"
Hesitantly ignoring the name he often called her, Tsunade cocked a brow and smiled. "Not bad.. Hokage-sama."
Naruto laughed heartily, a laugh that made Tsunade laugh back. "Kinda weird, you calling me that."
"You're right. I liked 'little snot' better too." She chuckled, ruffling his blonde hair. Finally, she thought with a smile. You can trust Naruto, Dan, Nawaki.. I've been trusting him for years.. hasn't disappointed me yet.
4. To Make You Feel My Love by Kris Allen
Kushina only regretted one thing- she wasn't able to see her son grow up. His first word, the day he first learned how to walk, his first day at school..
So the day Kushina finally met her son, saw how much of his father he had in him, she did her best to suppress the tears threatening to fall. She hates herself, really, for having placed such a heavy burden on him. Because of her, he didn't have much friends.. wasn't liked by the villagers much. He was shunned as he grew, looked down upon with eyes of hatred.
She was grateful he hadn't turned out like that Uchiha kid. She was grateful he inherited Minato's kindness.
Within that one minute that he held her, enveloped her in a longing embrace, she couldn't help but bawl. She was in no position to say that she raised him right.. But she was unbearably proud to call him her son.
Be strong, Naruto. Your father and I will be watching from the heavens, she thought before vanishing to the afterworld, the look of sheer happiness on her son's face etched in her brain.
5. Everything by Michael Buble
Konoha didn't know Naruto was soon to be the savior of their village. Konoha didn't know he was going to be the one to defeat the leader to one of the most dangerous factions in the shinobi world, the one to sway Suna's own jinchuriki into the light, the one to challenge the slug Princess- a legendary sannin- and lived to tell the tale, the one who was born into the lineage of the Fourth Hokage..
Konoha didn't know a lot about the blond troublemaker- only that he was the kyuubi container. Immediately, they judged him for that.
So as Naruto rised to the rank of Hokage, Konoha cheered as loud as they could. They didn't know a lot about the blond shinobi, but the people of Konoha knew better than to further misjudge someone who remained fiercely loyal to them.
Naruto may be loud and annoying, sometimes a little egotistic, but that doesn't make his contributions to Konoha any less meaningful. And now, he was Hokage. Now, he is everything to Konoha and Konoha is everything to him.
6. She is Love by Parachute
Hinata grunted painfully, lifting herself up. She didn't care for the throbbing muscles screaming for her to rest.. She needed to get up.
Somewhere along the line, all her training wasn't for the clan anymore. Watching as Naruto grew stronger, she couldn't help but think that unless she grew stronger as well, Naruto would never acknowledge her.
She hates that she's so emotionally fragile.. A lot of times, she envies other kunoichi.. She wishes she could be like Tsunade-sama or Kurenai-sensei.. If she were, maybe Naruto would have even an inkling of interest in her.
But she's not like them. But I'll strive to be, she promises herself. And she never goes back on a promise- because that's become her nindo, her ninja way.
7. Hey Soul Sister by Train
Sasuke may never admit it, but Naruto truly is the nearest thing he has to a best friend (in that friendship-rival sort of way). He's thankful for all the bickering and the competition 'cause honestly, Sasuke wouldn't have it any other way.
When Iruka-sensei had announced that they were on the same team (along with that annoying Sakura), he briefly wondered what he did to deserve such a loser for a team mate. But as he got to know the idiot, he realized they weren't much different.
They both didn't have families. They were both alone.
So Sasuke made an effort to actually act a little friendlier towards the blonde loser. But then, when Naruto fought that scary Suna kid, Sasuke realized just how much stronger he had become. And then Itachi came, had the gall to actually show his face anywhere near Konoha, and almost choked him to death.
From there, everything went dark.
8. Never Say Never by Justin Bieber
It's sad that the person who'd immediately recognized Naruto's potential, the one who believed in him from the start, was an 8 year old. Granted, Konohamaru only admired him for the lack of special treatment he gave the Third Hokage's grandson.
The moment Konohamaru was certain that Naruto was gonna be Hokage was when he told him that in life, there were no shortcuts. If he wanted to be Hokage, he had to fight for it. Since then, Konohamaru's been a loyal follower. He even knows how to do Rasengan.
You can just see this kid, growing up with the same ideals, with the same crazy principles as his boss.
9. Concrete Angel by Martina McBride
Naruto was more than a little surprised when he opened his apartment door and found Temari and Kankuro on his doorstep.
"What are you guys doing here?" He asked, without so much as a hello.
"We wanted to say thanks. We owe Konoha a lot, especially you." Temari smiled.
"Huh? For what?"
"Just," Kankuro said. "Thanks."
10. Beautiful Monster by Ne-Yo
The Kyuubi growled menacingly within the confines of the sealed barrier. He hated being stuck in this cramped space. He's the Kyuubi, for Pete's sake. You'd think Minato would remember to make a bigger cage.
Curse this child. If only Naruto hadn't existed, then maybe he would've still been free.
Although, at the back of his mind, the Kyuubi had to correct himself. The idea of Naruto growing stronger with each passing second was absolutely delicious. Being trapped in here makes Naruto's death all the more satisfying.
He couldn't wait.
A/N: Okay. So maybe I did cheat on the time limit, but the song choices are legit, I swear. YES, I applied Sasuke and Naruto's pre-shippuden relationship with the song Soul Sister. And YES, I googled the lyrics of all the songs before actually writing them. And YES, I have Justin Bieber on my playlist.