Music Makes The People Come Together… Yeah

At the weekend, my best friend and I went on a little winter walk in Marple. When I say little, I mean, we walked for a small percentage of the day and ended up in the pub. It was inevitable, but we didn’t expect to get as ~tipsy~ as we did. But we’re young and wild and free, or whatever. Anywho, we ended up in a cute little bar called Beer Traders. One thing led to another, cocktails turned into beers, and we got chatting to some locals.

I always find it funny how generations above me are fascinated by people in their twenties. They’re so shocked that we know who Elvis is and that we are interested in films from the 60s and 70s. It’s somewhere between surprised and impressed – and it makes for good conversations.

The topic came up about music. I got asked the following questions that I never know how to answer: who is your favourite band? What’s your favourite type of music? What’s your favourite song?

These answers change on a daily basis and there’s never just one answer. I end up reeling off a list as long as my arm. It just depends on what mood I’m in, how I’m feeling or what I’m doing. If I’m getting ready for a night out, Radiohead are the last thing I want to listen to. But I can’t exactly wind down to Little Mix. But these people were genuinely interested in our music taste and they loved telling us their first gigs, favourite songs and artists. One guy loved Eric Clapton and Miley Cyrus, and the other loved U2 and Coldplay.

It did, however, get me thinking about how widespread and random my taste in music is. I like almost anything. The only genre I cannot get into is House. I’m sorry but it is literally just a beat that goes on for half an hour and, in my opinion, if you need to take something for a genre of music to be good, it can’t be that good. SORRY NOT SORRY. Moreover, I’ve been thinking about it a lot since, so here’s my faves (at this moment in time, anyway):

FAVOURITE ALBUMS 

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

Diamond Dogs – David Bowie

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

Lemonade – Beyonce

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis

Days Are Gone – Haim

Born to Die – Lana Del Rey

Favourite Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys

FAVOURITE SONGS

Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House

Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding

September – Earth Wind and Fire

Sugar Mama – Beyonce

If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow

American – Lana Del Rey

Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

Rebel Rebel – David Bowie

FAVOURITE GIGS AND CONCERTS

Beyonce

Arctic Monkeys

Kasabian

Madonna

Gabrielle Aplin

Ariana Grande

Ben Howard

SONGS FOR GOING OUT OUT 

Feelin’ Myself – Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce

So Emotional – Whitney Houston

Bless This Acid House – Kasabian

Touch – Little Mix

Into You – Ariana Grande

She’s Electric – Oasis

Partition – Beyonce

Sticks and Stones – Jamie T

Bitch Better Have My Money – Rihanna

SONGS FOR SUMMER 

Cocoon – Catfish and The Battlemen

Brazil – Declan McKenna

Naive – The Kooks

Dreaming of You – The Corals

Dust On The Ground – Bombay Bicycle Club

Pyramids – Frank Ocean

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. – Noah And The Whale

T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves

SONGS FOR CHILLING 

Candles – Daughter

Diamonds – Ben Howard

Small Hands – Keaton Henson

American – Lana Del Rey

Better – Samm Henshaw

White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

Alaska – Maggie Rogers

SONGS FROM MY TEENAGE YEARS 

So Sick – Ne-Yo

No Air – Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown (big, big tune)

Deja Vu – Beyonce

Crushcrushcrush – Paramore

The Kill – 30 Seconds to Mars

Moving to New York – The Wombats

Not Nineteen Forever – Courteeners

Sugar, We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy

Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless

Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

Pass That Dutch – Missy Elliott

WTF IS A HAIM TSHIRT – URBAN OUTFITTERS

Tbh, even writing this was quite stressful and I’m very very aware that I’ve probably missed off some of my favourite artists and songs. I wanted list my favourites without checking my Spotify or social media, and I was surprised at myself (especially my teenage years songs – I was a chav and then slightly emo, what can I say?).

Music is such a huge part of people’s lives and it influences us in ways we may not even realise. It also gives us our personality and a place on the map. For me, I have great pride in the Manchester music scene and all of the incredible bands that have come from here. On the other hand, music can also influence our style, our religion or political beliefs.

Especially in 2017, I learned how much music can bring people together. As I spoke about here, being involved in the Manchester Arena attack on the 22nd May 2017 showed me just how much music can unite people and give them strength in times of worry, heartbreak and confusion. Attending the One Love Manchester benefit concert was quite literally the most incredible event I’ve ever been to. Thousands of people singing songs about hope and love and solidarity was so moving, I don’t think anything will ever match that feeling. Also, songs and anthems become coping mechanisms and symbols. You may not know the person sat next to you on the train to work, but they probably know all the words to Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis just like you do. And I love that.

There’s always a song for the mood you’re in. Whether you want to be calmed down, pumped up. Or if you’re at the gym, going on a night out or on your way to work. If you’re heartbroken, angry or bursting with happiness. I love that I love so much music because I always have a soundtrack to each period of my life. Last years song may have been Fuck You by Lily Allen, come to think of it. I’m aiming for this years to be a little more light hearted, but still as sassy.

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