I started this challenge in September last year.
Initially, it was something that was doing the rounds on Twitter but after day 3 or 4, like most things in my life, I gave up. Couldn’t-be-arseditis was the likely scenario. Terrible affliction, that.
I wanted to do it though. I really wanted to do it. I love music. I love being able to relate to a song. And I love living in the past. So, instead of continuing it on Twitter and boring everyone to tears on a daily basis (like I do already to be honest), I thought I’d do it here.
A song you like with a colour in the title
There could only be one track for this ask. It’s both legendary and iconic. This song takes me back to a really exciting and new period in my life and whenever I hear it I’m mentally transported back to early 2008.
A song you like with a number in the title.
Their absolute best in my opinion. Crank ‘e up and get dancing around your room immediately. Even if you’re with company. Fuck ’em.
A song that reminds you of Summertime.
This is a track that holds another memory for me (most of these inclusions probably will tbh). The summer of 2001.
A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.
I struggled with this one. I very nearly dedicated it to someone I hate but they’d get off on it so I’m going generic instead. If you’ve been through a break up and can’t relate to this song then have you even broken up with someone?
A song that needs to be played loud
I have been to see The Streets 3 times. In fact, back in 2005 it was the very first gig I went to. This is a tune that can’t be played quietly. You need to treat it with respect. And the best way to do that is to blast it out to the point you think your eardrums might explode. Because what a way for them to go eh?
A song that makes you want to dance
I struggled with this one. Not because I don’t like to dance. I LOVE to dance. I dance in the most inappropriate of places (I don’t even think I’d draw the line at a funeral if I’m entirely honest with you). Choosing just one song is verging on impossible. But I did it. And I’m slut dropping like it’s 2003 all over again (if only my old knees would let me execute it properly).
A song to drive to
Ok, so I don’t drive. Moreover, I can’t drive. I know, I know. 33 and doesn’t drive. THE SHAME OF IT. I will one day. Before I become a Grandmother, hopefully.
This song brings back memories of being the passenger in a car driving to work in the mid-noughties with this blaring out for all of central Bristol to hear as they try to go about their commute in peace. Once a gobshite, always a gobshite.
PS. The Pendulum remix of this is DECE.
A song about drugs or alcohol
Oh it would’ve been so easy to put Cigarettes and Alcohol here wouldn’t it. I’m sure many have, but I like to be different and this is one of my most favourite tracks of all time.
If you’re of a certain age, you’ll recall this coming out and everyone having their theories on who Mike Skinner was referring to. Was it a certain member of Girls Aloud? Or a early-noughties TV presenter with a squeeky clean image? Will we ever find out? Does anyone even care anymore? Well, I do.
A song that makes you happy
I defy you to not start tap tap tapping your feet the second this comes on. It is happiness personified. I can remember being about 5 months pregnant, going to see the mighty Paul Weller live and dancing around the field like I was 8 pints deep. I just went into my own little happy place. It was nice.
A song that makes you sad
This was another category I found difficult to work with. I love a sad song. I can find sadness in most songs if the mood takes me. But there’s a specific lyric in this track that really gets to me.
“Trying to fit your hand inside of mine though we know it just don’t belong. No force on Earth can make it feel right”.
Excuse me while I just head off to the toilet to have a solitary breakdown.
A song you never get tired of
On the flight to and from Rome in 2011, I listened to one song and one song only. It’s basically become my own soundtrack. I listen to it at least once per day. As soon as I heard it 8 years ago, I just knew it would stay with me forever and it really has.
A song from your pre-teen years
There can only be one as far as I’m concerned. My Queen.
A song you like from the 70’s.
This is mine and my Mum’s song. We both love it in equal measures and whenever I hear it I always think of her.
A song you’d like to be played at your wedding
This won’t ever be happening. I’ve already cancelled 2 and I can’t imagine I’ll ever keep a man long enough for him to want to wife me up. However, in the very unlikely scenario that I found myself heading up the aisle, then I’d like this to be the soundtrack. I’ve been told it makes me sound self-obsessed and narcissistic but if you can’t be self-obsessed on your wedding day then apart from the piss up, what’s the effing point in getting married?
Day 15: A song you like that’s a cover by another artist
Better than the original. Fight me.
A song that’s a classic favourite
I’ve got a Birthday ritual. I’ve done it for years. The night before every Birthday I sit with a cigarette (a Vape these days as I gave up smoking back in 2016) and sometimes a glass of something boozy and I think, in dramatic fashion, about the previous year. Never let it be said I’m not a drama queen.
PS. Hands up if you’re having it at your funeral. Original.
A song you’d duet with someone
Already have. As this visual aid proves.
A song from the year you were born
This isn’t my favourite song by this artist. Not by any stretch of the imagination. That would be When Doves Cry. However, having studied the offerings of 1986, I would concede that this is probably the best that particular year had going for it.
Day 19: A song that makes you think about life
I can do deep. I’m not some shallow, one dimensional gobshite. Honest. The lyrics of this just sum it all up for me. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s a beautiful song.
A song that has many meanings to you
OK, so I can’t pretend this song has ‘many’ meanings to me. But it has two. And that’s more than one meaning so we’ll go with it.
Years ago, I was in the process of trying to fix my broken heart (men ain’t shit) and I was in the car with one of my mates when this song came on. She turned to me and said “this song is about you”. I took it to mean she was on about me being in the midst of male related turmoil but she was actually on about the fact I was an absolute nauseating pisshead going off the rails big time. And there you have your ‘many meanings’. Ish.
A song with a person’s name in the title
Had my little boy been a little girl, this is what he would’ve been called.
A song that moves you forward
This is a song, that when I’m in a bad place, reminds me life goes on. I’m a bit Freddie Mercury obsessed, and this is my most favourite Queen song of all time. Particularly because of its poignancy, as it was released just weeks before Freddie’s death. Whenever I hear it, I always think of a story I read when I first started looking into the meaning behind this song: Mercury was so ill when the band recorded the song in 1990 that May had concerns as to whether he was physically capable of singing it. Recalling Mercury’s performance, May states; “I said, ‘Fred, I don’t know if this is going to be possible to sing.’ And he went, ‘I’ll fucking do it, darling’ — vodka down — and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal”.
A song you think everybody should listen to
It’s one of my all time favourite songs and seeing Richard Ashcroft perform it at Finsbury Park last Summer was pretty damn special. “Here we go again and my head is gone” is probably one of the most relatable lyrics of any song. Ever.
A song by a band you wish were still together
I think an incredible amount of people, if asked, would choose the band who devastated fans the world over with their acrimonious split a decade ago. This is probably my favourite song by Oasis. It’s 2 minutes and 46 seconds of pure joy for me.
A song by an artist no longer living
I loved Amy from the moment I heard her debut album 16 years ago. There was just something about that iconic voice of hers. Not to mention her as a person. And as an artist. She’s someone I would LOVED to have seen perform live. She’s someone who, had she not died so tragically young, would’ve gone on to achieve even more than she did in her short 26 years on this Earth.
This song is one that resonates with me on so many levels. It blows my mind Amy was as young as she was when she wrote it. Any woman who has carried on having sex with someone after they’ve split up can see their own story in these lyrics. It’s powerful. It’s tragic. And it’s so fucking relatable.
A song that makes you want to fall in love
You could be the most cold-hearted bastard, but I defy you to not be moved even just an inch by the gorgeous lyrics in this song. It’s goosebump inducing for me. In fact, any song by Birdy sends shivers down my spine. But this one, this one makes me want to fall in love every day for the rest of my life.
A song that breaks your heart
I literally did break my heart to this song once. When an ex and I split, I sobbed for hours to this on repeat. It’s brilliant to bawl to, trust me. When George Michael died at Christmas 2016, I can remember playing it on repeat then an’ all. It’s probably my most favourite song of his.
A song by an artist whose voice you love
Listen to him sing and you’ll agree with me. It’s distinctive. It suits his songs perfectly.
This is another song that gives me full on goosebumps every time I listen to it. Which is a lot. So basically, it’s constant goosebumps for me.
A song you remember from your childhood
I grew up on The Beatles, The Kinks, disco, Motown, Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac. The latter being one of my all time favourite bands. Rumours is probably the greatest album ever produced and this song is the one that always reminds me of being a kid.
A song that reminds you of yourself
It was written about me. And that’s that. There has never been a song that speaks to me more than this one. It reminds me of a certain period of my life where I went off the rails and used a party girl image to mask what was really going on. When I saw Sia perform this at V Festival in 2016, I seriously lost my shit. It was one of those moments where you don’t care what is going on around you, you’re just in your own moment. In your element. It’s on my funeral playlist and it’s a song that will stay with my for the rest of my life.