This photo was taken at last years’ Reading Festival by the amazing Graham Berry
For me my favourite songs and favourite artists are two completely different things. There are those bands and artists who I absolutely love and have done for a lot of years *cough BMTH* but then there are those songs which I remember from my childhood or helped to shape me as a person or my musical tastes and they vary quite a lot.
I recently had a think about my 10 favourite songs of all time and I am sure some of these will surprise you, there’s nothing which would be considered metal, nothing which includes screaming and some pretty sappy emotional songs. These are in no order at all because it was hard enough to compile in itself and depending on how I feel will depend on which track I love the most.
There’s no denying it I was engulfed into the emo culture of the 00’s. But also I seem to be a hopeless romantic, there’s no way to hide it! So here goes my random mix of favourite tracks. Let me know if you agree with any (or I’m assuming in most cases) don’t agree with!
I Miss You- Blink 182
The self-titled Blink 182 album was one of the first ‘rock’ albums which I bought and ‘I Miss You’ was one of the first songs that I ever heard. Back when Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates presented Smile:TV on Sunday mornings. Fearne would play this song and I remember being completely mesmerized by Tom Delonge’s voice. For me Busted and McFly were the closest I got to heavy (they had guitars what more do you want?!) but this track had references to my favourite ever movie and was just beautiful (even my mum knows it!) As a 13-year-old kid when I picked up their album this was a changing point for me and made me think that this was the kind of music that I should be listening to. I have a lot to thank Fearne Cotton and Blink 182 for!
Truly, Madly, Deeply- Savage Garden
I don’t really know how I first heard this track and I don’t know why its become one of those songs which just instantly makes me smile. I was about 7 when it was released and it was more than likely played all over the radio and engrained itself into my subconscious without me even realising. I still can’t quite put my finger on why I love this song so much, although the gushy lyrics remind me that love is our there. It’s the sort of song I can have on repeat for ages but it’s hard to watch the video because my god Darren Hayes hair!
This Is Halloween- Danny Elfman
Anyone that knows me will know that The Nightmare Before Christmas is (and has always been) my favourite film of all time so this song doesn’t really need a lot of explanation. I know the movie so well that I can say it word-for-word for it’s entirety including singing along to every single song, so as the opening track of the movie this seemed an apt choice. From the moment that I saw this movie (and I must have been pretty young) I fell in love with everything about it and there is something special about this movie which I don’t think you get in modern day movies. Tim Burton is, of course, my favourite director and Danny Elfman my favourite composer and it all stems from this movie. From the opening chords of the song to the cackling of the witches it’s just magical.
Beauty In The Breakdown- The Scene Aesthetic
I don’t quite remember when and how I first heard this song either but it reminds me of a very specific time of my life. When I was about 16 (in the full height of my ’emo’ phase) this seemed the perfect emotional, whiny song for me to relate to, and now 8 years later I still stand by the beauty in this song. Vocally there is the American twang and the lyrics are really sweet when you actually listen to them. The Scene Aesthetic may not be a great band (or may never have been) but this song has such a strong place in my heart. It really upsets me that more people haven’t heard this track.
I Write Sins Not Tragedies- Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco have always been an incredibly special band for me because it was at their live show that I realised my passion and love for live music. Excluding the pop shows I went to this was my first ‘real’ gig in October 2006 at London’s Brixton Academy. I have such vivid memories of this day as me and my friend queued from about 9am to get right to the front and Cobra Starship (who are awesome) supported, and we had such a fun day making friends and enjoying the day. I had just started my first proper job (which I stayed in for 7 and a half years) and I had to take the Saturday off in order to go and making this trip into London seemed like such a big thing. I remember it raining when we queued so we went to Tesco and bought a shower curtain and all huddled underneath for shelter and I remember holding on to the barrier for dear life when we were in there, elbowing anyone who dared push me out of the way.‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ is the song I remember so vividly from this night and I love how the band are still around now, and still play this track. This track reminds me how much I love live music!
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
The strange thing about how much I love this track is because I’ve never seen the movie Armageddon which it comes through. There is something really special about Steven Tyler’s voice and this track showcases everything that I love about the band. In 2009 I missed seeing the band at Download Festival due to very bad weather but they came back in 2014 and I was so happy to be able to hear this song live.
Five Colours In Her Hair- McFly
I could not have a countdown of my favourite songs without a band who I have loved since I was a teenager, and still love. I am not afraid to admit that almost 13 years after first seeing them live (12th March 2003) they are still one of my favourite bands. Everyone needs that bit of light hearted fun in their lives and McFly are that band for me. I have grown up with the band from a barely teenager to an adult and I’ve watch the band grow up as well, seeing them great married, have kids and grow as people. ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’ was an obvious track to pick as my favourite because it was the first one I heard and it does not get old. The delight of hearing this live and seeing girls in their mid 20’s lose all dignity by dancing and jumping around is a highlight.
Sugarcult were never a band I knew a whole lot about: I only really paid them much attention when I found out they were supporting Blink 182 on their UK tour back in the early 00’s. From the moment that I heard their album ‘Palm Trees and Power Lines’ I knew there was something which I loved about this band, they were loud yet not scary. I actually heard this track for the first time acoustic (it was from a punk goes… album) but I thought this was the original for about three years. It was only years later that the original bouncier, fast-paced original. I love both versions of this but the acoustic one will always be my first love, what’s better than an acoustic guitar eh?!
Summer Nights- Olivia Newton John/ John Travolta
Grease was one of the biggest parts of my childhood growing up, I probably saw it hundreds of time as a kid in my Nan’s house with the family. And I never got sick of it (either that or I was too young to tell anyone I was!) This was probably where my love of musicals came from and this is something which carries on today and I remember always saying I wanted a perm just like Sandy at the end (thank god this never did happen!) This is another movie which I can probably quote near enough word-for-word and every time I watch it it makes me happy. Yes the morals aren’t good that Sandy changes her entire self to be with Danny, or how much the girls care about the mens opinions or having a man, but it’s feel good and makes me happy.
I’m Not Okay (I Promise)- My Chemical Romance
This track was so easy to choose for my favourite songs list. ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ was one of the first albums that I purchased when I had discovered heavier music and I remember being 14-years-old and asking my parents to go London’s Astoria (RIP) to see them play. They took one look at the album cover with Gerard’s scary face, blood splatters and crosses and point blank refused, of course, I resented them for this. I think they thought that this was a phase I’d grow out of but it never was. ‘I’m Not Okay’ didn’t just soundtrack that year of my life, but pretty much all of my teenage years and even my friends who didn’t like heavier music loved it. From the fantastic video and funny lyrics to how beautiful Frank Iero looks in I stand by saying that this is one of the best tracks ever written. You can judge me all you want but My Chemical Romance were at their height with this album, sadly nothing much can be said for their post ‘Black Parade’ albums.
Special mentions have to go to the few tracks who were so close to making this list:
The Righteous Brothers- Unchained Melody
Fall Out Boy- Pretty In Punk
Biffy Clyro- Folding Stars
Bring Me The Horizon- Football Season Is Over
Seal- Kiss From A Rose