This is the soundtrack to my life.
It’s really stupid.
In my early days, I was warped between classic 90s pop, an unspeakable love of Madonna (I also thought Gwen Stefani was Madonna for a while, hence ‘Don’t Speak’) and the 80s music compilation tape my mum got me for no apparent reason.
The Spice Girls- Spice Up Your Life
Madonna- Evita (Not sure why Evita was my Madonna song of choice growing up. I never saw the movie.)
Steps- Last Thing On My Mind
No Doubt- Don’t Speak
Beautiful South- Rotterdam
S Club 7- Reach
Billy Rae Cyrus- Achy Breaky Heart (My dad used to sing this a lot. It stuck.)
Crystal Gayle- River Road (Unsure where this came from, but I always used to sing it when I was planning to run away from home after I wasn’t allowed a second bag of sweets.)
Bon Jovi- Living On A Prayer
Real Thing- You To Me Are Everything
Sandie Shaw- Always Something There To Remind Me
High School was a mix of catchy pop and trying to be cool. I mostly failed.
Blue- All Rise
Shakira- Whenever, Wherever
Maximo Park- The Coast Is Always Changing
The Killers- Mr Brightside
Sum 41- Fat Lip
Kelly Clarkson- Since U Been Gone
N.E.R.D- She Wants To Move
Imogen Heap- Speeding Cars
The Strokes- 12:51
The Libertines- Can’t Stand Me Now
Basement Jaxx- Good Luck
The Subways- I Wanna Hear What You Have To Say (This and some of the others can be largely dedicated to my first boyfriend, who I still blame for warping my view of relationships forever.)
Many of these songs were the staple ‘last songs to be played on a Wednesday night at Liquid’ types. After a full year of drunken nights there, those songs will stay in my mind forever.
Flo Rida- Low (To be played AT LEAST twice a night at Liquid.)
The Killers- Mr Brightside (again)
Pendulum- Propane Nightmares
Bon Jovi- Living On A Prayer (again)
Pearl Jam- Alive (Another boyfriend memory.)
Bright Eyes- First Day Of My Life
Kanye West- Stronger
Kings Of Leon- Sex On Fire
Black Eyed Peas- I got A Feeling
Dizzee rascal- Bonkers
Best and Worst moments of my life happened here. Amazing, adrenaline-rushing, I’m-exactly-where-I’m-supposed-to-be-and-I’m-gonna-live-forever-weeeee! times, with added deep-pit-of-despair-plus-hangover-what-have-I-become times (mostly lying in the foetal position on my bed).
Crystal Fighters- I Love London
Amy Winehouse- You Know I’m No Good (RIP etc)
Jay-Z/Alicia Keys- Empire State Of Mind (At The Flowerpot. Every night.)
Beyonce- Single Ladies
The Waifs- London Still
Stars- Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Frank Turner- Long Live The Queen
The Smiths- This Charming Man
Biffy Clyro- Many Of Horror
Tina Turner- Proud Mary (To be screamed with Isobel.)
Mumford and Sons- Winter Winds
Maria Carey- All I Want For Xmas Is You (Tuffnell Park Xmas and the best food fight, in the world, EVER.)
The Maccabbees- Love You Better
Not been away long enough to build a good list, but Laura sums it up pretty nicely.
Laura Marling- Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)
Ahh. Bitter-sweet nostalgia.