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):
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
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
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
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.