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      Ten (or so) songs I love

      Ten favourite songs... It's a tough one, and as a bit (a lot) of a cheat, I'm doing a list of ten with male vocalists and ten with female.

      1. 'Bad Moon Rising' - Creedence Clearwater Revival, from the album, 'Green Water' (1969).
      I first heard this song in the movie 'An American Werewolf in London'. I was totally convinced it was the song playing when David transforms for the first time - but actually that's 'Blue Moon'. Anyway, it is part of the soundtrack of that movie, which is one of my favourites, and the special effects of the transformation still stand up really well, I think, much better than what they do with CGI these days. The song sounds so joyously upbeat, yet the lyrics are all about the coming apocalypse. The shuffling beat and melody, coupled with John Fogerty's slightly pained vocals - I just love it. Coincidentally it was No 1 in the charts when the Other Half was born, so it has a happy significance for me as well.
      "There's a bad moon on the rise".

      2. 'Midlife Crisis' - Faith No More, from the album 'Angel Dust' (1992)
      This song was a single I bought just before going off to college, leaving home for the first time. I blew the eardrums of fellow freshers in the student halls with this alternative metal band. I remember going to town with my best friend at home and coming back with the tape! I went on to buy the album and much of the back catalogue of Faith No More (and lead singer's Mike Patton's side project 'Mr Bungle'). They were definitely my favourite band of my student years.
      "You're perfect yes it's true, but without me, you're only you, your menstruating heart, ain't bleedin' enough for two"

      3. 'Under the Bridge' by Red Hot Chill Peppers, from the album 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' (1991)
      The intro is slow and melodic, and Anthony Kiedis' vocals are compelling. The song builds into something quite rocky and climaxes with a choral refrain. It's a very moving song about loneliness and missed chances through drug use. Excellent song from a great band.
      "I don't ever wanna feel like I did that day / Take me to the place I love, take me all the way"

      4. 'Burn' by The Cure (1994)
      This song appears in the soundtrack of another of my favourite movies, 'The Crow'. It's an atmospheric song, with an eerie gothic quality, and a strong performance from Robert Smith on vocals. 'The Crow's soundtrack is one of the few I would regularly play, and this song coming up means the volume's about to rise!
      "Every night I burn, every night the dream's the same"

      5. 'Tommy the Cat' by Primus from the album, 'Sailing the Seas of Cheese' (1991)
      I think this song comes up in 'Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey': as I recall, Primus are on stage at the Battle of the Bands before Wyld Stallyns perform. That's not where I first heard the song, it was in the student hall room of one of my mates, with her semi-boyfriend who introduced us to Primus, Stump and Gong. I love the bass guitar refrain and the pluck & wail of the electric above it. I also love the humour in Les Claypool's vocals, much of which is spoken rather than sung. Tom Waits voices Tommy the Cat himself.
      "Truly a wonder of nature this urban predator. Tommy the cat had many a story to tell, but it was a rare occasion such as this that he did."

      6. 'Breed' by Nirvana, from the album 'NeverMind' (1991)
      It's not the best known of the tracks from that album, and not the best musically, but I like it for its energy and aggression. Of course I loved Nirvana, I was a teenager when they came on the scene and their music really spoke to me then. I was ridiculously upset when Cobain shot himself.
      "I don't mind, I don't mind, don't have a mind."

      7. 'Liberty Song' by The Levellers from the album, 'Levelling the Land' (1991)
      I love the violin over heavy beat and guitars - I love how upbeat and angry it is at the same time, and I like the spoken/shouted 'this means nothing to me' 'to me' 'to me' from various band members as it closes. Just love. The Levellers are one of my favourite bands. I met them at a pub lock-in when I lived in Brighton as well. I really loved living in Brighton, so this Brighton-based band have happy connections for me.
      "This means nothing to me, to me, the way we were is the way that I wanna be"

      8. 'One Day like This' by Elbow from the album, 'The Seldom Seen Kid' (2008)
      The orchestral swelling, the plucking of the strings, Guy Garvey's accent in his vocals, the warm sentiment of waking up with your lover, the inclusion of the phrase 'holy cow' into the lyrics - what's not to love?
      "What made me behave that way? Using words I never say? I can only think it must be love"

      9. 'Uprising' by Muse, from the album 'The Resistance', (2009)
      This song from Muse is great: the keening sci-fi tones that recall the Dr Who theme tune, over dense guitar and drums. I like the angry political lyrics about 'fat cats' needing a heart attack. Muse are also originally from Teignmouth in Devon, so that makes me want to like them on principle!
      "Another promise, another scene, another / package not to keep us trapped in greed"

      10. 'I'm A Believer' sung by the Monkees (1966)
      This is such a cheery tune and it reminds me of watching the Banana Splits on Saturday morning children's tv, where repeats of the Monkees' own show were also on. It's also the song the Other Half likes to serenade me with when he does karaoke!
      "What's the use in trying? All you get is pain / When I needed sunshine I got rain"

      Special mention for 'Saturday night' by Kaiser Chiefs: if only for the line: "pneumothorax is a word that is long - just trying to put some punk back into punctured lung"


      Onto the women vocalists:

      1. 'Weak' by Skunk Anansie, from the album 'Paranoid & Sunburnt' (1995)
      Skin's incredible voice combined with guitar and drums. In my festival-going student days, I saw them do some fantastic sets.
      "Weak as I am, no tears for you"

      2. 'Shitlist' by L7, from the album 'Bricks are Heavy', (1992)
      This is riot grrl rage at its angriest. This track was also used quite memorably in the film 'Natural Born Killers' where Mallory takes exception to a hillbilly flirting with her. I saw L7 at Glastonbury one year and had a great time, so this song has strong nostalgia value for me.
      "When I get mad and when I get pissed, I grab my pen and I write out a list"

      3. 'Walk like an Egyptian' - the Bangles, from the album 'Different Light', (1986)
      A bit of fun from the '80s. I like the whistling and the quick tempo. Big hair and ra-ra skirts, those were the days!
      "Life's hard you know (oh whey oh) / So strike a pose on a Cadillac"

      4. 'Think' sung by Aretha Franklin (1968)
      I first heard this song watching the 'Blues Brothers' movie. It's such an excellent showcase for Aretha Franklin's amazing voice, and always sends shivers up my spine.
      "I ain't no psychiatrist, ain't no doctor with degrees, it don't take too much high IQ to see what you're trying to do to me"

      5. "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" by The Eurythmics, from the album 'Be Yourself Tonight' (1985)
      I think the Eurythmics were the first band I really got into, and this track is one of their best. It's playful: Annie Lennox belting it out, plus an operatic voice part, a choir backing up and Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, what more could you want?
      "I must be hallucinating / Watching angels celebrating"

      6. 'Mulder & Scully' by Catatonia, from the album 'International Velvet' (1998)
      More 'alternative rock' from the '90s. I love Cerys' voice with her Welsh accent coming through as she sings. A minor part of the attraction for me is that it refers to the characters from popular sci-fi/mystery series 'The X-Files' to which I was addicted for the first couple of series.
      "Things are getting strange, I'm starting to worry / This could be a case for Mulder and Scully"

      7. 'Rid of Me' - PJ Harvey from the album 'Rid of me' (1993)
      C'mon, it's PJ Harvey screaming out psychotically "You're not rid of me", it's just wonderful. It's a sinister and oppressive piece, very raw, at times just her voice and guitar.
      "Yeah, you're not rid of me / I'll make you lick my injuries / I'm gonna twist your head off, see"

      8. 'You Know that I'm no Good' by Amy Winehouse, from the album 'Back to Black' (2006)
      Whatever her problems, the late Amy Winehouse was a fantastic talent, her voice was so rich and her lyrics are so darkly heartfelt. This song is almost painful to listen to, especially in the context of her death. I like the retro feel of the track, the horns/big band sound (Mark Ronson's production) and her vocals combined with a modern beat.
      "I cheated myself, like I knew I would"

      9. 'You're History' by Shakespears Sister from the album, 'Sacred Heart' (1989)
      Siobhan Fahey of the original Banarama line-up formed this band with Marcella Detroit. Their most successful track was 'Stay', a melodramatic, emotional song (that I liked a lot) which was number one for a good couple of months in the 90s. 'You're History' pre-dates that enormous success, but it has a lot more fun to it. It's upbeat and about moving on, with Marcella taking the high notes and Siobhan the low.
      "You should see me when you're not around"

      10. 'Don't Get Me Wrong' by the Pretenders from the album 'Get Close' (1986)
      I like Chrissie Hynde's husky voice and this is quite a poppy, cheery tune. I like the lyrics immensely and this is a great catchy song.
      "Two people meet / Seemingly for no reason / They just pass on the street. Suddenly thunder showers everywhere / Who can explain the thunder and rain /But there's something in the air."


      Having put this (double) list together, I'm conscious of loads of other songs that I love that I've left out ... and that I've chosen quite a lot of angry, alternative rock songs from the '90s. Maybe I'm stuck in time musically! Still it was fun to compile.

      Thanks for reading.

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        A list of my top ten

        The songs that I listen to are very different from a tune plucked from the Top 40 or a classic song from a musical. I listen to music quite a lot, when I'm studying or walking home, music is a big part if my life. I especially like listening to songs that can re-tell a story or event like a holiday or just a happy time in your life. So here are my Top ten songs. All of the songs that are in my top ten are not in any order, because they all mean something to me.

        'Dog Days are Over' by Florence and the Machine.
        I absolutely love Florence and the Machine, but this has to be one of my favourite songs. I think it is because of the lyrics that makes it one of my favourites and also her voice...wow!

        'Colours of the Wind' from The Disney movie Pocahontas. Sung by Judy Kuhn
        I love this song so much, and in my opinion this is the best song from all of the Disney movies. Just listening to this song reminds me of my childhood, mainly me running around my house singing this song, pretending to be Pocahontas.

        'I wish I was a Punk Rocker' by Sandi Thom
        This is a song that just reminds me of my friends. We all love this song and one day sat singing it. The up beat rhythm and catchy lyrics is what makes it one of my top ten.

        'I believe I can fly' by R. Kelly
        I remember first hearing this song in the film Space Jam. Space Jam had been the first film that my dad and I had went to see in the cinema and for that reason it brings back lovely memories. I love listening to this song when I am feeling down and I am guaranteed to feel better after a listen of this song.

        'Umbrella' by Rihanna
        I still love this song and what a song it was when it just came out. I don't think there was any one at that time, who hadn't heard this song! Listening to this song just takes me back to my first trip to Turkey. It was played a lot in the bars and clubs there and I also had it on my mp3 player... I know, I hadn't even heard of I- pods back then!

        'Welcome to the sixties' from Hairspray
        I am a huge fan of musical, as they are up lifting and fantastic forms of entertainment. Hairspray is by far my favourite musical and within it this is my favourite song. There isn't much else to say other than it is brilliant song!

        'Through the trees' by Low shoulder
        This song is from the movie 'Jennifer's body'. When the movie came out in the cinema my friends and I went to go see it. I should really say that my name if I haven't mentioned it already lol is Jennifer. So there was many jokes being made about me and the title of the movie. But whenever I hear this song t reminds me of walking home with my friends singing this. Lol Good time!

        'A Thousand miles' by Vanessa Carlton
        This song, I first heard in the movie 'White chicks', and I fell in love with it. Then in school my music teacher played it on the piano for us. Ever since then it has been played so much and it a song that I will always love.

        'Home' by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
        It was only this summer that I found this song. It was played in an episode from Ugly Betty. So after finally finding the song, I played it so much through out the summer and became my summer song of 2010. It is such a happy and catchy song that it most defiantly deserves to be on my list of top ten songs.

        'Walk like an Egyptian' by the Bangles
        There really is no reason behind this song choice, other than it being a really fun and catchy song. I have to admit that when ever I play this song I do... walk like an Egyptian lol :)

        So that is it my top ten songs. There are loads more songs that I love, but these are the ten that have made a big impression on me and songs that I will never stop listening to. Thank you for reading.

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          The songs which stir up memories for me

          As I'm waiting for a couple of product suggestions to come up, I thought I'd give you my top ten songs as a filler.

          Music for most people is the soundtrack of their lives, beginning way back with nursery rhymes in infancy and progressing through the turbulent teens and twenties into comfortable middle age, all leading to that final hymn at one's funeral. My cousin had "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" for his departing which left us all with a smile on our faces.

          To choose only 10 songs out of a lifetime's selection is well nigh impossible but I'll give it a go. I'm discounting the early years and moving straight to the teens and twenties because, for me, that was when my pop/rock music appreciation took off. My dad had a degree in music and most of the music played in the house, at least when he was home, was of the classical variety. I love classical music, probably because of that early exposure but most of it lacks the emotion and memory that is instantly recalled when I hear particular songs.

          These songs aren't all necessarily ones I love but those which recall times and events in my life. I've added in links to YouTube so you can hear for yourselves.

          So, in somewhat chronological order, I will begin.

          1. The Teenage Rebel

          On reflection, I couldn't have been an easy child to love during those teenage years. I rebelled early and by my late teens was the despair of my parents when I flatly refused to stay on at school for 'A' levels, despite achieving excellent 'O' level results. My claim is that I was the first in my family NOT to go to university. I gained my degree at the University of Life and, later, joined the Open University (as yet unfinished). I did go on to an FE College and gained HND in Business Studies (that was in the days when the subjects covered were commerce, economics, social history and geography, French and business English. I also learned shorthand and typing as part of that course, skills which have ensured that I've never been unemployed throughout my working life.

          I grew up during the sixties and was a huge Beatles fan but the song which I've chosen to represent those years is Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones. I've always been a sucker for a bad boy and the Stones were, at that time, the archetypal bad boys of the music scene. This song, with it's insistent drum and maracas introduction, followed by a typical Stones "yow!" was not only sung by bad boys but had the ultimate bad boy as the subject! This is Jagger at his rocking best with an excellent guitar riff from Keith Richards in the middle of the song.

          "Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game"

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfopuBaHQeI

          Shortly after this song was released, I was on a train headed for the bright lights of London.


          2. Swinging London

          For anyone who wasn't born or was too young to know much about the sixties, it was the most exciting time to be young, free and single, especially if living in London. There was an air of suppressed excitement as though we all knew that these was groundbreaking times and that Britain, and more particularly "swinging" London, was once again the centre of the world.

          Those early days were a haze of, you guessed it, pot and parties. I was working for the BBC, in a very humble capacity, based in Broadcasting House in the West End and briefly living in their hostel in Bayswater where I quickly made friends with others from the provinces who were like minded souls and moving into various grotty flats. I soon found, however, that my salary was way too inadequate as most of my money was going on clothes so I got a part time job working in a cellar bar on Queensway.

          Along with Mason Williams' Classical Gas, which I can't have because strictly speaking it's an instrumental and not a song, Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations was one of the records which always seemed to be playing on the juke box and I can't hear it without remembering those first few exciting months. It also brings back memories of meeting my boyfriend of the next four years. (Where are you now Doug Saunders, I wonder?)

          However, I'm not choosing either of those songs but rather Joe Cocker's With a Little Help From My Friends.

          I spent many a happy night at The Marquee Club on Wardour Street, leaving in the early hours of the next morning. Many bands began their careers at the Marquee Club but I was lucky enough to see Joe Cocker give a standout performance there and, for me, this is the song that brings back the best memories of that time. It surely takes a genius to transform a plinky plonky Beatles song such as this into such a fantastic anthemic rock number.

          This one isn't quite in sync but is the clip which most exactly captures the moment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y2RHMGqbWk


          3. Time to grow up!

          The seventies was a decade of political turmoil and bad taste. Glam rock had arrived and with it came The Sweet, Slade (not that they were ever very glamorous), T Rex and, of course, the glittering one whose name should not be mentioned since his pedo disgrace but who was back then definitely the leader of the gang!

          I didn't like that kind of music much and preferred the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Jethro Tull. This song from Jethro Tull wasn't a hit record but is a song which appealed to a more introspective side of my nature which was emerging. It's an uplifting folk rock song which always makes me smile and feel I'm a part of the world.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2MgU7PNHgw

          Since the moon landing, many people had become aware of the fact that we were this little blue planet spinning in a vast universe and that we were entirely on our own. This was a time when I became very aware of how precious the world was and I became much more environmentally aware. I've been a member of Friends of the Earth ever since.

          This leads me on, fairly neatly, to my next choice.

          5. Spiritual awareness

          I'm not a religious person and have never subscribed to any particular religion. I feel that anbody brought up in Britain, however, can't truly claim not to be a Christian because our way of life, our laws and our moral standards are all based on Christianity. However, I don't buy into any of this God stuff because there's too much misery in the world which proves otherwise, in my opinion. That isn't to say I'm not spiritual and I do feel that there is some force which holds mankind together, be it the force of nature or something even bigger that we none of us understand.

          This next song was a huge hit. I suppose as Les Crane speaks most of the words and the chorus is the only part which is actually sung, some would claim that Desiderata isn't a song. But I don't care. I know this is cheesy but it's a wonderful basis by which to live one's life and I've tried to do so, though not always successfully!

          Desiderata seems to be shrouded in mystery over its origins but the general view now is that it is a poem written by Max Ehrmann.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yNJaKF9sXA


          6. Let the good times roll

          The seventies began a great period for me. Lots of rock concerts, parties and a parade of boyfriends, not all of whom were particularly suitable, but good fun nonetheless. This was my final fling I suppose and the song which brings this time to mind is Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel with Make Me Smile.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBw4YuBylvs&feature=related


          7. Time to settle down

          Well, all good things come to an end and by the end of the seventies, I was all partied out, had met my future husband, a very conventional sort of man, and everything in the garden looked rosie. I was wooed to the strains of The Air That You Breathe by the Hollies and married and a mother by the end of the decade.

          How to sum that time up in one song is difficult but I'm choosing one first recorded at the beginning of the decade but totally relevant for the end when I embarked on marriage, motherhood and respectability. It's Van Morrison's Into the Mystic.

          "And I want to rock your gypsy soul,
          just like way back in the days of old.
          And together we will magnificently fold,
          Into the mystic"

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAnlke_xUY


          8. Marriage, motherhood and beyond

          Following the birth of my daughter, I gave up work to be a full-time mother and three years later I gave birth to my son. During this time, I discovered that I'm not particularly domesticated and definitely couldn't be regarded as an earth mother type. I love both my children dearly and, surprisingly, they've turned out rather well but I think that's probably more through their strength of character rather than anything done on my part. This doesn't stop me from frequently reminding them that I sacrificed my career on the altar of motherhood, but neither seem particularly impressed by this!

          As I've said in previous reviews, the eighties largely passed me by because of family life which was becoming problematical through my husband's fondness for drink. Towards the end of the decade, I was climbing the walls with boredom and desperate to get back into work. The minute my son went to school as a rising 5, I was back at work and loving it. Sadly, the reclaiming of my independence seemed to tip my husband over the edge into total alcoholism from which he unfortunately never managed to recover.

          Dark days but Queen's I Want to Break Free included sentiments which summed up how I was feeling about my life. Freddie Mercury could have been me - minus the moustache and PVC mini skirt, of course!

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Mc-NYPHaQ


          9. The renaissance of Lady Bracknell

          The nineties saw my marriage come to a stumbling end but at least my children and I knew exactly what money was coming into the house and what we could afford. On a pittance I managed to pay the mortgage (including all the arrears my husband had piled up), feed and clothe myself and the children and run an old banger, an X reg Ford Escort which looked like it had been run over by a tank. We were poor but happier and my career, though not stellar, was improving and my prospects looked good.

          I suppose I could choose something like Oasis's Don't Look Back in Anger but I didn't really feel anger towards my husband, just great sorrow and regret for what might have been. Sadly, at the end of 2001, he died and we had a tree planted in Scotland for him which I hope is growing straight and strong.

          The song which best reminds me of these later, more settled years (though themselves not without drama) and my renaissance isn't a song from the nineties or the noughties but harks back to earlier times. It's the Kinks original version of Days.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzpShIhvrjU


          10. Facing the last goodbye

          Although I hope it's a couple of decades off, at least, it's downhill all the way to the grave now and I've chosen my parting shot. I think Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd would be a good one, but perhaps a bit pretentious. As I used to love Pete and Dud and how they ended their shows, I think that would be a good, and more appropriate, song to play. Who was it said, "leave them laughing when you go"?

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ya_Gq8d4Q&feature=related

          I hope this hasn't bored you all witless. Congratulations if you managed to reach the end!

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            Hope you like some of these songs too!

            My Top Ten Songs of All Time

            I love music and can go from loving a song one minute to hating it the next, so I just thought that I would share with you guys some of the songs that have remained firm favourites of mine over the years. I mostly like hip hop and pop music, but growing up my parents listened to a lot of ska and punk, so I am partial to the odd Ramones song.

            My taste in music varies from soppy to cheesy to the downright offensive lol. I really do like a bit of everything it has to be said. However, here we go:

            #1 - Beyonce - Halo: I really love this song. I think that the lyrics are lovely and it is a song that is very dear to me for numerous reasons. When I saw Beyonce live last October she performed this track at the end of the show and it was just an amazing moment. All 200,000 people in the 02 crowd were singing along while Beyonce hugged and greeted fans at the front. It was one of those occasions where everyone just seems to be caught in a moment and it is something that I will always remember.

            #2 - Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind: I always have this playing on my Ipod. It is one of those songs that always puts me in a good mood no matter how angry/down I am. I love New York and this track always makes me wish I was back there as it just exemplifies everything that is so great about the city... "concrete jungle where dreams are made of." Alicia Keys really lights up the song with her killer vocals on the chorus and this is a song that can be appreciated even by those who may not be big fans of hip hop. This is one of those songs that I often maul while singing along to.

            #3 - Take That - Rule the World: This is such a beautiful song and is the best TT track by far in my opinion. My fiancé serenaded me on my last birthday by recording a tape of him singing this song and playing it on his keyboard. It was the most romantic thing ever. We are considering either having this song or Halo as our first dance at our upcoming wedding.

            #4 - Madonna - Like a Prayer: This song was number one when I was born, so it is special to me for that reason alone. Nonetheless, it is definitely one of those songs that still sound just as great today as they did back in the 80s and it just makes me want to get up and dance when I hear it.

            #5 - Eminem - Sing for the Moment: Some brilliant sampling along with great lyrics make this my favourite Eminem track. Boasting a powerful chorus this song sounds even better live and I will always remember going to see Eminem back in 2003 when the entire stadium was singing along to this and it was just so fantastic to be there.

            #6 - Warren G featuring Nate Dogg - Regulate: This is a song that I first heard just when I was beginning to get into hip hop. This is a classic in my view and it's a really slick track that I love listening to whilst sunbathing during the lazy Summer days

            #7 - Blondie - Call Me: Love, love, love this song. As much as I try to resist singing along when it comes on, I always end unleashing the Debbie Harry within me lol. It's one of those songs that get you right from the beginning and is the ultimate kick a*s track.

            #8 - Green Day - Time of Your Life: In my view this is a really simple song but the lyrics really stand out. It is a song that often makes me feel a bit weepy lol but nonetheless a good un'.

            #9 - T.I featuring Rihanna - Live Your Life: Great song with the catchiest chorus ever. Rihanna really showcases her powerful voice on this track and it is quite unique in the sense that it makes that hideous O-Zone song sound actually quite cool.

            #10 - Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer: Brilliant song, again one that must be belted out at the top of your lungs lol. I would absolutely love to see this band live one day. Come back to Scotland soon please! This is another track that always lifts my spirits.

            So there you go, that's my current top ten. Most of my favourite songs are just hip hop tracks that I love to sing along to and aren't really my favourites for any particular sentimental reason. They are just songs that make me feel good and are the sound track to good times I have had in my life and in my view that's what music is for...making listeners feel good.

            Thanks for reading!

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              ==Soundtracks of My Life==


              This current debate category is not something I would normally partake in seeing as most of the subjects I am not overly knowledgeable on. However this months subject literally jumped out at me as being a rather poignant subject and I felt I should perhaps begin to do a write up even if it not to be published but just for my own satisfaction.


              The reason that this debate felt right for me to attempt was because, as some of you will know, my father died in October of last year (2009) with the horrible degenerative disease, MND (motor Neurone Disease), and in his last few months he complied a Radio 2 style "Tracks of My Years". This was no mean feat for him as MND literally strips you of all your nerves and use of muscles and he was only able to use the computer via a camera mouse whereby you use an on screen keyboard and a mouse is moved on screen via a web cam. This is not only extremely time consuming but also very frustrating for someone so used to having control over ones body.


              The list my father complied went unfortunately unfinished. He completed up to track 8. Each of his first 8 songs were chosen carefully and had a deep and meaningful reason as to why he held them so close to his heart. My father was a real lover of music and had an enormous love for the old classics, His tracks ranged fro Peggy Lee The Folks Who Live on The Hill, Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues to Cat Stevens How Can I Tell you. As I say each one had a true place in his heart for a very special reason and to read what he had written would bring tears to most peoples eyes.


              So writing my own list of tracks along these lines seems a rather difficult task as I feel I have so much to live up to and Dad was 59 when he compiled his list so my 27 years feel utterly inadequate. I decided to tackle the task slowly at first by thinking of all the songs that really stick out for me throughout my life and a reason as to why they are memorable and what I was doing at that stage in my life and I was quite surprised with how many tracks I was able to think of and also the rather good meanings for why the are special to me.


              The Temptations - My Girl - 1964 (1991 for the moment in my life) -
              Every time I hear this track I am instantly transported to my peach coloured bedroom at the age of 8. We had just moved from Watford to the Isle of Wight, ready to start a new life and I was wondrously happy living by the seaside and making new friends at a new school. It was a great time in my life when I was full of childish hope and carefree thoughts. The film "My Girl" had just been released and mum had taken me and a friend to go and see it and the small cinema in Lake village, just down the road from where we lived. I was totally addicted to it and even now can recall a good majority of the film script!
              The title song to the film was the Temptations song and I couldn't stop singing it. It was the first few beats that really got me into it, and even now when I hear the song from time to time on the radio from that small intro, I know what's coming as I get a little excited.
              Mum found this all very amusing as up in the loft was her old 45 copy of it which she dragged down and dad set up a turn table in my room so I was able to continually play to to learn all the words. I think they soon got bored of listening to the same one so in the end decided I could choose as many other 45s as I liked and it turns out mum's other records weren't bad too and I soon was playing "Hang on Sloopy" by the McCoy's back to back which is a sort of link song to the My Girl track too. Both two great songs which definitely take me back to somewhere else when I hear them today.


              Baz Lurhman - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) -1998 (1999 for the moment in my life).

              The class of 1999 leave Sandown High School couldn't have come quick enough for me and it wasn't until the end of year leaving ceremony where the head of House, Mr Hoyle decided on playing this track. It felt as though it was the first time I had thought about what leaving school actually meant and the lyrical content of the song certainly played a bit part in my realisation of this. Even hearing it now, even though it takes me back to the hall where we were all sat around listening to it, I feel as though I should of taken head of it more so than I actually did. Mr Hoyle did well in choosing this song and perhaps he was of the mind that us lot of unresponsive 16 year old might actually take something away from it! Well he was right and I did - Wear Sunscreen! Lol (if you haven't heard this track I would well recommend having a listen to it online.)


              Lighthouse family - Lifted - 1996.
              The reason this particular track means so much to me is because it is the song that was playing when Himself and I shared our first kiss. I always remembered it for the fact that after we pulled apart the songs lyrics were singing "Though it's darker than December......." and Himself said "That's funny it is dark and it is December". It was January 1st 1998 so I replied "its actually January" And that's how our relationship has continued with him speaking and me correcting! It works well indeed and such a romantic moment indeed (I think not). So now this track is referred to as "our song" and although we have not married, and probably never will, it's the one that I would choose to have our first dance to! - Oooh I feel all emotional already!



              Ben Harper - Burn One Down - 1996 (2000 for the moment in my life).
              So me and Himself had been together a good few years but were still in the honeymoon period and were with each other constantly. I was working with him at a hotel and we were always having fun anywhere we could! Working at one of the largest hotels on the Isle of Wight meant that we were meeting a lot of different people as staff would be recruited from all over Europe and the summer of 2000 was a good one for us. We had just moved into our first proper flat (all be it staff accommodation - for free) and we had plenty of money to spend in the days in between our split shifts. Two new waiters arrived who had come down from London Carlos who was south African and Ricardo who was Brazilian. They were both a little bit older than us but totally on our level and two of the nicest guys you could ever meet so a close bond was made.
              We spent a lot of time going out to the local pubs and beautiful walks in the daytime (coupled with the joys of afternoon drinking and smoking) but one evening we all went back to their flat where the drinks flowed and the smoking relaxed us all, the flat was lit by candle light and Ben Harper was playing on the stereo. Everyone was so happy and chilled as we played on the bongo drums and all had a really good time that it was one of them moments when you just have to stop and take a mental snap shot so as not to loose the moment forever. Ben Harpers smooth and mellow lyrics rang out in the background for most of the evening until this particular song off the album came on and for me it felt as though the room was silent apart from the folky rock type vibes of this song. I love the softness in Ben Harper's voice which felt so fitting of that moment in time. The lyrics of the track are also rather meaningful. A real magical moment.


              Blu Cantrell - Breathe - 2003 (Summer 2003 for the moment in my life).
              Picture the scene. Himself and I on a break. It's summer. Me and two girlfriends had booked a holiday to Tenerife on an 18-30's package for a week. Let the fun begin!
              Late boozy nights and early boozy days. Dancing and flirting......yep that's pretty much all I can remember other than an all over 3rd degree sunburn and this song playing every where. Although I am sure Himself would never get this far in actually, god forbid, reading one of my reviews, I am sure he wouldn't mind me saying that this was probably the best fun I have ever had in my life (actually he would mind, but hey!). The main reason I enjoyed the holiday so much has got to be the unholy amount of dancing that was done and mainly to this track. Even when the summer sun had long faded and we were back home in wet England, the girls and I would request this song every night out we shared together and immediately jump to the dance floor and give it some moves! They were good times when I still felt as though I hadn't a care in the world. Hearing the song now still makes me want to dance a long to it.




              Susan Boyle - Wild Horses - 2009 -
              This is not a song that I probably would have chosen had it not marked a time in my life that I will never forget.
              October 21st 2009 1150 pm.
              The call.
              It had been expected, but not.
              Soon, but not now.
              I can still hear my mum as clear as day in my mind, telling me what I didn't want to hear.
              Dad had died.
              How I ever managed to get dress, get in the car and drive to their house I will never know but one thing I remember most about the journey was getting into the car and switching the engine on. The radio popped to life and Susan Boyles Wild Horses came thundering into the car, as did my tears. Her classical and heart wrenching lyrics felt so apt and as though she was singing them to me. Knowing that the Rolling Stones version was one Dad liked also made it touch me more.
              To hear the song now makes me feel pretty upset and I suppose I am not sure whether it is a song I really like but more of a song that will put me back there, in my car, going to see dad for the final time. I guess with time the pain will ease but this song is certainly one that will always make me stop and think.



              Brooks & Dunn - The Long Goodbye - 2001 (2009 for the moment in my life )
              This isn't a track I had particularly heard much of but it was a favourite of my fathers and for this reason we chose to play it at his funeral. My father was very much into his country music and also rather in tune with his emotions so did always like a bit of a sad song! The song itself was also co-written and performed a few years later by Ronan Keating I believe but I feel that this version is the best. Brooks & Dunn are country singers and they bring across the lyrics in such a heart felt and meaningful way I couldn't imagine it being sung by anyone else. The song will of course have a place in my heart and bring tears to my eyes each time I hear it and for that reason has made a big impact on my life


              In total there are six with a possible 7 tracks here that represent my life to date. I could list down a whole load of other songs that I really do like and perhaps know all the lyrics to but that have no real significance to me as a part of my life. I felt this idea was to write more of relating the tracks to your life and so this is what I have done. Of course I will have many more tracks that hold a significance to me as the years pass as music has a big place in my life, as it does to so many people.

              Many thanks for taking the time to read.


              I do hope that this has been of some interest to you.

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                See if any of them are your favourites too!

                The songs that I love tend to change from time to time depending on the mood I am in and what is around at the time but I thought I would give it a go at compiling some of my favourite songs and give you a bit of insight into me. Here goes....

                1) Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
                I could happily listen to this over and over again. The lyrics are beautiful and I think it would be a perfect wedding song. Though I didn't use it at my wedding....at least I didn't spoil this one. I think I have been at a place where I would like to "lay like this forever" with someone very special and the song just reminds me of that.

                2) From the heart by Another Level
                I don't really remember this song when it was first brought out but I do remember the cheesy band another level (Freak me is sadly another song I like!) but this was a song that was included on a CD for me by an ex boyfriend who was just my friend at the time. He made me this CD of boy band tunes and when it came they were all love songs. I think this one is beautiful. It talks about someone who has been hurt, who is scared to love again I think but the singer is swearing to protect her and not hurt her. It makes me feel relaxed listening to this song.

                3) There you'll be by Faith Hill
                Me and my love songs hey! There is certainly a bit of a theme going on here. Perhaps this is something to do with my mood tonight! I love this, a song about separation and always having a place for someone special in your heart. It makes me cry.

                4) Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt
                I don't know what actually first drew me to this song. I empathise with it massively though with lines such as "did I disappoint you, or let you down, should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?" and "Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend, you have been the one, you have been the one for me" Another song that I love to listen to but that makes me feel quite sad too!

                5) Thinking of you by Katy Perry
                I love most of Katy Perry's songs but this is a nice slow one. Talking about trying to move on and making comparisons when you feel you have had a taste of perfection already and maybe having to settle for second best. Another one to empathise with!

                6) My Tender Heart by Lionel Ritchie
                A friend of mine sent me this song just after I split up with my boyfriend and warned me that although she thought it would make me cry she thought it would help in time. Well I can now make it through the song without crying so that's a bonus!
                With lyrics such as:
                "Every night and every day my heart feels the pain, I wake up to the thought of you and I call your name, no one ever made me feel the way you do, nothing in the world I wouldn't do for you but now I've got to let go" it is no wonder I cried every time for a while! Lol

                7)Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
                Ra Ra Ah Ha Ha Roma Ro Ma Ma Gaga Ooo La La! Can lyrics get any better?!?! No I love Lady Gaga in general but I think this is probably my favourite of hers and I had to include her in here.

                8)It's all about you by Mc Fly
                This song was out not long after my son was born. He used to love it when we sang it to him and would smile away and as such I always remember that time when I hear it. Takes me to a happier place!

                9) You make me feel brand new by The Stylistics
                This is again a song which was sent to me by my boyfriend at the time. Apparently it summed up the way he felt about me when he was struggling to tell me as we were so far apart. It makes me think quite fondly of him.

                10) Suddenly by Angry Anderson
                Oh yes I am a geek. The theme tune from Scott and Charlene's wedding on Neighbours all those years ago is one of my faves! A song about someone feeling they are finally being seen and heard for the first time and taking the risk of trying to get all their emotions out.

                So that's it, my favourite songs going off the way I am feeling right at this moment! It is actually so hard to choose as I love to be surrounded by music most of the time but I got it down to ten!

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                  Great to singalong to

                  Wow, i thought my top ten films was hard, i think this is even harder! I have such a wide range in music (most of it is cheesy i have to admit!) and to narrow down my favourite songs to ten is really quite difficult but here i go.....

                  Stay - Lisa Loeb
                  Why is this one of my favourite songs? I just love it, and i think that it sums up me a lot of the time - people say i only hear what i want to, i only hear negative etc. I think it is just a lovely song about someone who seems to have great insecurities although like most songs, people see different meanings.

                  Happy Hour - The Housemartins
                  This song never fails to make me smile, one of my favourite feel good tunes and has been a top song for me for as long as i can remember. My daughter at 2 and a half loves this song so i'm happy that she has a liking for one of my fave songs!

                  Speechless - Lady Gaga
                  I love this Lady Gaga song, so different to the normal upbeat ones she does. I don't really know what to say about this song other than i really like it, it doesn't really have a meaning to me.

                  You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
                  This is the only version of You Raise Me Up that i like, its very special to me as its one of my mums favourite songs and we both really like Josh Groban so i would say this song has kind of become mums and my song - she says it reminds her of me and vice versa. My mum is my absolute hero and the words are just perfect!

                  Human - The Killers
                  Possibly the most catchy song ever. I first heard this song while at Ewood Park waiting for the Rovers to come out and play and immediately i liked it. The song doesn't actually make much sense but its a great song.

                  Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
                  Another song that i don't have a specific reason for liking, and this type of music isn't something i would normally be into but this song is a definate exception. I like the idea of the soul being saved and the person being saved from the nothing they've become - that has meant something in my past.

                  Who Knew - Pink
                  This song is so perfect to me as its about someone who has lost someone close and all they want is to touch and see them again. Its a sad song but also an upbeat one by the amazing Pink.

                  Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback
                  I think this song is so well written, its about someone not wanting to be the last one on the shelf and believing that there is someone out there for them. Its a song that although being a rock song has in the past made me cry!

                  Run - Snow Patrol
                  I just adore this song - and hate how Leona Lewis crucified it!!! There's not much that needs to be said about this song, just that its amazing.

                  My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson
                  Such a great song about a couple having a fight and then realising that life would not be great without them in it. I think this song can mean something to most people, and i love Kelly Clarksons music which makes it doubly good!

                  I bet i have missed a song there, but there's just ten of my favourite ones and i'm sure people wont agree but we all have songs that mean something to us :)

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                    My top ten songs

                    I found it really hard to pick just 10 but here is my final list in no particular order.

                    I enjoy a bit of everything when it comes to music as you will see from my list! I hope you enjoy my top 10 selection, I have really enjoyed looking at other reviews on this as everyone has such varied tastes.


                    *Hey Ya! - Outkast*
                    This is a song that will never fail to make me smile as soon as it starts playing! Everything about it screams 'Fun' including the excellent and very upbeat video. It also brings back memories of a very funny night out when my sisters then boyfriends danced like nothing i have ever seen before when this was playing!

                    'Hey Ya!' is from the 2003 album 'The Love Below' by Hip Hop duo Outkast. I will never, ever tire of this song and could listen to it all day long!


                    *No Good (Start the Dance) - The Prodigy*
                    I became a big fan of The Prodigy when I was about 13 and have loved them ever since. I loved annoying my parents with their music when I was younger and now I annoy my husband with it! I found it hard to pick only one of their singles for my top 10 but chose this one in the end simply because I have had so many good nights out raving when this song was played and it brings back lots of happy memories for me.
                    This song was The Prodigys seventh single and was released in 1994.


                    *Spinning Away - Sugar Ray*
                    I first heard this song when I was watching the film 'The Beach' back in 2000. I went out and got the soundtrack the next day - which is way better than the film by the way with some excellent dance tunes on it! Ever since this song has been one of my most played tunes, it makes me feel happy and chilled out - there is nothing better than actually sitting on the beach in the sunshine listening to this song on your i pod.


                    *Sandstorm - Darude*
                    This song was really big just before I turned 18 and was out clubbing all the time. Me and my friends all loved it - it was played when I first went to The Camden Palace, a nightclub in London - one of the best nights out I ever had.
                    'Sandstorm' was released in late 1999 and went to number 3 in the UK charts.


                    *Star - Bryan Adams*
                    'Star' was the theme song for the 1996 film 'Jack' which starred Robin Williams. I listened to this song a lot around the time a friend of mine passed away from meningitus when he was just 16. The lyrics and song are probably a bit too cheesy for some but it helped me through a very sad time.


                    *F.E.A.R - Ian Bown*
                    I cannot remember when I first heard this beautiful song and I do not have any memories to go with it. I just Love it. Who would have through F.E.A.R could stand for so much?
                    F.E.A.R was the first single from the album 'Music of the Spheres' by Ian Brown.


                    *Mr Brightsides - The Killers*
                    Loved this song as soon as I heard it for the first time in 2003, it brings back memories of yet another fantastic night out and also reminds me of my husband as it is one of his favorites too. I like a lot of songs by The Killers but this one will always be my favorite.


                    *Cryin - Aerosmith*
                    My dad got me into Aerosmith when I was very young. 'Cryin' is my favorite song by them and it comes with a very epic, celeb filled video featuring Alicia Silverstone, Liv Tyler and Stephen Dorff - I must have watched it hundreds of times on MTV and VH1 in the 90's.

                    U Tube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfNmyxV2Ncw

                    My Dad recently told me that to see Aerosmith live in concert is on his bucket list and I am determined we will go to see them play somewhere really cool like Vegas!


                    *Live Forever - Oasis*
                    This song really got me into Oasis when it was released in 1994. I was in my second year at senior school at the time and I really loved the lyrics, I had them all written on the inside cover of my work folder. Brings back a lot of school memories from when I was young, silly and wrote all over everything I owned with tippex pens!


                    *Yellow - Coldplay*
                    Yellow was Coldplays first top five hit, it went to number 4 in th UK charts in June 2000. This is mine and Mr Sparklejadeys special song and I will always think of him and my children whenever I hear it. It is a very special song to me :-)

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                      My favourite songs

                      I seem to be in a reminiscing mode as my previous review looked at my favourite childrens' television programmes whilst this review looks at my favourite songs of all time.

                      I don't follow a particular style of music and if I hear a song I like I'll go out and buy the album, whether it be garage, reggae, punk or rock. It really doesn't matter - if the song makes me sing along, I like it.

                      It was extremely difficult to only list ten of my favourite songs as when I started writing them down, I ended up with over thirty! The following, however, are my special favourites:-

                      1. Truth Faith - New Order

                      This song reached number 4 in the UK charts in 1987 and it's one of those songs which I simply can't get the words out of my head:-

                      "I feel so extraordinary
                      Something's got a hold on me
                      I get this feeling I'm in motion
                      A sudden sense of liberty ...."

                      For those of you who remember this, you might recall the very weird video that alternates between images of New Order in concert to three men running backwards whilst dressed in brightly coloured strange clothes!

                      I was 20 at the time and during the day I was working as a waitress at Pontins in Weston-Super-mare whilst the evenings were spent clubbing into the early hours of the morning!! This song reminds me of my mad days!!


                      2. Feels Like Heaven - Fiction Factory

                      The group were from Scotland and this song became a top ten hit in 1984. The drummer was a former band member of the group Simple Minds.

                      I find this song very haunting as the lead singer, Kevin Patterson, had an extremely distinctive sexy voice and I simply melted every time I heard it (I still do!). I can't recall the band releasing any more tracks after this, but I may be wrong!

                      This song always reminds me of my college days as I was 17 and madly in love with Adrian who I dated for just 2 days!!


                      3. Teardrop - Massive Attack

                      This song was released in 1998 and has a fantastic beat and the fantastically haunting vocals from Elizabeth Fraser. When I googled the video for the purpose of this review, I was interested to learn that the stunning images you see are through the Hubble Space Telescope. This is a simply superb song and I've heard it as background music in quite a few television programmes over the last few months.


                      4. The Winner Takes It All - Abba

                      Whilst quite a few of Abba's songs were ballads and contained somewhat sad lyrics, this one is particularly sad as it is believed it was written to symbolise the end of the marriage between Agnetha and Bjorn.

                      The hit was released in 1980 with Agnetha taking the lead vocals.


                      5. Watching the Girls Go By - Andy Williams

                      This is a really upbeat song that was released in the 1950's. The song means a lot to me, as my late grandfather was a huge fan of Andy Williams. There's something about this song that makes me smile and want to sing and dance about the house! You simply cannot listen to this and not smile!


                      6. Fade to Grey - Visage

                      I absolutely love this song, which was written by Midge Ure of Ultravox. The lead singer, Steve Strange lived not far from my home and had attended the same comprehensive school as me, approximately ten years earlier. The song was released in 1981 when I was 14 and I remember my friend and I were on our way back to classes after the morning break when two men stopped us and asked us to go into the school hall.

                      We did as we were told and came face to face with Steve Strange. Apparently, they were filming his school life and needed some people to appear in the video and photographs. I remember wincing as I was asked to sit on his lap!! I was absolutely horrified to find my photograph on the front page of our local newspaper the following day!! I suppose that was my claim to fame!!


                      7. Unintended - Muse

                      This is another haunting song and unfortunately, I cannot remember when this was released. Every time I hear this song, I end up covered in goose bumps as it's so romantic. If you haven't seen the video, you don't know what you're missing. It shows images of a stunning looking man and woman floating through the air and literally melting into one another.

                      The lead singer has the most haunting sexy voice I have ever heard and I simply love this song.


                      8. Show Me Heaven - Maria McKee

                      This is an extremely powerful ballad released in September 1990 where it stayed in the charts for 14 weeks. The lyrics to the song are so romantic:-

                      "There you go
                      Flashing fever from your eyes
                      Hey baby, come over here
                      And shut them tight

                      I'm not denyin'
                      We're flying above it all
                      Hold my hand, don't let me fall
                      You've such amazing grace
                      I've never felt this way

                      Oh, show me heaven
                      Cover me
                      Leave me breathless
                      Oh, show me heaven, babe" ...


                      9. Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues

                      This is a timeless classic, as whilst this song is the same age as me (42 years), I simply love it. I have discovered that the song was written by Justine Hayward who named it after being given a gift of satin sheets by a friend.

                      The music is provided by the London Festival Orchestra and makes it really romantic and totally relaxing.

                      I've got quite a few Power Ballad CD's and this song always seems to appear as it's simply an all-time classic.


                      10. Drive - The Cars

                      This is an extremely powerful song sung by the band's bassist, Benjamin Orrand and reached number 5 in the UK charts in 1984.

                      When researching the song for the purpose of this review, I was interested to learn that it had been used as part of the Live Aid Concert in 1985 as background music when clips of poverty-stricken Africa were shown. Apparently, the number of phone calls from people pledging donations escalated whilst the song was playing.

                      The song is extremely powerful with the video showing a deeply distressed woman as her relationship has just ended. Whilst I love this song, I cry every time I hear it!!

                      "Who's gonna tell you when,
                      It's too late,
                      Who's gonna tell you things,
                      Aren't so great.

                      You cant go on, thinking,
                      Nothings' wrong, whoa ho...,
                      Who's gonna drive you home,
                      tonight.?"

                      As you can see, I have a varied taste in music, but these are the songs that I play over and over again.

                      I hope you enjoyed reading my review as much as I enjoyed writing it.

                      Thank you for reading :)

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                        Happy Happy Joy Joy

                        Pretty much impossible top pick a top ten that stays the same for more than a couple of weeks, so many pop into my head when I think I've whittled it down. Some do stay in the top end though.

                        She Bangs the Drums the Stone Roses
                        Musically and lyrically nothing too special but for unknown reasons this just does something to me. It's just an uplifting track from the greatest band ever before they went into their cocaine hole and into hibernation for five years

                        Jocko Homo Devo
                        Arty nerds at their finest, and to be honest any song banging on about the greatness of monkeys can't be all bad.

                        Love will tear us Apart Joy Division
                        They were miserable sods but they could knock out a beauty now and again. Reminds me of drunken nights in a Cardiff pub attempting to play the keyboard bit on a broken piano, and failing

                        There is a Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths
                        Possibly the most beautiful song ever, even with its mad lyrics about being hit by a bus and truck. Shows that sometimes simple is more effective.

                        Debaser The Pixies
                        The band Nirvana wanted to be. I'm not a big fan normally of shouty noise but theres something oddly arousing about Frank Black screaming here.

                        Motown Junk Manic Street Preachers
                        Back when they had a bit of go to them and more importantly Richey the guitar stand. Makes me feel old now and a bit sad seeing them all fat and bland now

                        Stand By Me Ben E King or Scott Walker
                        I'm not fussy which version; it's the bass intro that gets me here. Can listen to this over and over and never get bored

                        Downtown train Tom Waits
                        Not Rod bloody Stewart! Another beautiful song, reminds me of living in America, not that I want reminding really. Impossible to sing along to without trying that 80 Marlboro a day style growl

                        Public Image Ltd Public Image
                        Everything about this is perfect to me, from the bass intro, guitar and John Lydons Sid James like cackle. Sad he's going to be remembered more for the pistols and some ropey TV instead of this

                        Hit Sugarcubes
                        Bjork before she became completely mental showing she could belt out a tune when she wants, and what a tune. Sadly ruined by Einar Örn Benediktssons bizarre rap. Still quality though.

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                          My fave songs at the moment

                          I used to love music but don't really listen to it MUCH anymore after being on here so much, I can't concentrate on reading reviews with music blasting in my ears haha! I should though as music is the food of the soul lol.. I'm not great at describing music sounds and stuff so I won't be doing that to save myself some serious embarrassment but I will say my reasons for liking them, but I have quite a weird music taste and like all kinds of different songs.

                          1. Lincoln Hauk - Everytime : My favourite song of all time at the moment, I seriously know nothing about this band as I think it's the only song they've done but after hearing it on Gossip Girl which Rufus sings to Lilly at a gig and I fell in love, it has a really catchy beat and the lyrics are beautiful. ''Everytime you walk away, you run away you take a piece of me with you there..'' I seriously recommend a listen on Youtube.

                          2. Does it offend you, yeah? - Epic last song : This song is a classic and one of their best, it's hard to put them into a genre as they have a techno sound but this songs more experimental pop and is just really catchy and I adore the lyrics, I went through a phase of listening to this on repeat over and over. ''I say baby, babe I loved you a long time I'll try harder just to know you're alright''

                          3. Frou Frou - It's good to be in love : There's something beautiful about this song and completely transports me into a different world, it's more slow paced and really relaxing to listen to and puts a smile on my face everytime as it's so magical and Imogens voice is to die for.. ''It's good to be in love it really does suit you, just like everything. I'm happy you're in love 'cause every colour goes where you do''

                          4. The Enemy - Sing when you're in love : I absolutely love The Enemy and not just because they're from my hometown I just think they're unlike any other band at the moment and love Toms voice. It's quite an upbeat song with great lyrics that instantly put you in a good mood and they sound similar to The Jam in this one. ''Sing when you're in love, sing when you're out of love'' I remember being so excited when I went to see them at 02 Academy singing this song and I got it all on camera, not for too long though as I was right at the barrier and was in fear of the bald security guard stealing my camera!

                          5. John Waite - Missing you : An old 80's pop classic, I'm a sucker for 80's love songs and this has been a favourite of mine since forever and I've lost count of the amount of times I've typed out all the lyrics to my friend on MSN .. we're weird and love typing out our favourite songs to eachother, lol! ''& there's a storm thats ranging through my frozen heart tonight, I aint missin' you at all since you been gone away.''

                          6. The stone roses - She bangs the drum : I love the energy of this song, it's what I call a complete pick me up It's perfect and reminds me of bike rides in the summer, god knows why. It will always be a classic. ''Have you seen her have you heard, the way she plays there are no words to describe the way I feel..''

                          7. Gabrielle - Dreams : This song brings back so many memories it's another one that puts me in the best mood ever and it's just a classic pop song from the 90's and somewhat inspiring, it was in my favourite movie ever 'Purely Belter' in the perfect scene. ''I can't believe you're here but I know that you're real I know what I want and baby it's you''

                          8. Oasis - Acquiesce : This is my favourite Oasis song, Liams voice sounds so raw and edgy and I love the chorus with the stretching of the words it brings out Noels powerful voice. & the music is so energetic I space out everytime, it's Oasis at their best. ''Because we neeeeed eachother, we believee in one another and I know weee're gonnna uncover whats sleepin in our soul''

                          9. Pixie Lott - Gravity : I am a huge fan of Pixie Lott and this is my favourite song, it's not as upbeat and catchy as her others it's a classy pop song but I love how powerful her voice is, and the tune is gorgeous and reminds me of midnight walks. ''I know that you still haven't found you, and when I wanna stand on my own two, suddenly you start to show, signs of what is possible''

                          10. Ladytron - Destroy everything you touch : This song just has everything going for it and that's why I love it, it has a uniqueness about it, she reminds me of Lady Gaga but better and this song is just so funky electro pop and has some kind of bitterness about it in my opinion, it's just pure excellence and definately one of my favourites. ''Destroy everything you touch today, destroy me this way, anything that may desert you so it cannot hurt you.''

                          Those are probably my top 10 songs of my 18 years obviously I love a lot of other songs and was hard to cut it down to 10. Although I can't describe songs the best I still love them and I think I have a weird music taste really.
                          Other favourites that didn't quite make the cut..
                          John Mayer - Bigger than my body
                          Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tracks of my tears
                          The Verve - Lucky Man
                          The Temptation - My Girl
                          Placebo - Infrared
                          Counting Crows - Colorblind
                          The Stone Roses - Waterfall

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                            MY FAVOURITE SONGS

                            When I was younger, I was really into my music and had every new single released by my favourite Pop singers. I lost interest in music but my partner is loves to listen to music. Nowadays, I am not into specific bands as such and more if I hear a song I like, it kind of sticks with me whether or not I like the band or singers other offerings. Here are my top 10 of all time!

                            1. November Rain (Guns N Roses) - this is one heck of a song that was released in 1991. It plays for longer than 9minutes and incorporates superb guitar solos and piano. The video setting is a wedding and then a funeral and is truly spectacular. This is "our song" for me and my partner and it will be played at our wedding and both our funerals. It is very adaptable and if you have never heard it, go one Youtube!

                            2. My Immortal (Evanescence) - the 3rd on the album Fallen by the alternative metal band. This video for the song is amazingly basic yet appealing and makes me cry everytime as it reminds me of my Papa. The lyrics were wrote by the bands former guitarist and with Amy Lee doing the singing, it was simply a perfect song.

                            "If you have to leave, I wish you would just leave. Your presence still lingers here and it won't leave me alone."

                            3. Hero (Enrique Iglesias) - the video starred the gorgeous Enrique alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt. A tale of 2 lovers running away but people stopping them. Can Enrique be her hero? This song is another tear jerker for me and the words are simply beautiful.

                            "Now would you die, for the one you love? Hold me in your arms tonight".

                            4. Now You're Gone (Basshunter) - a dancy tune about a couple who comminicate through text. I didn't expect to like this sort of music but it is really upbeat and the video is great. The DJing and dancing in it makes the small amount of words used work well.

                            5. I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing (Aerosmith) - from the Armaggedon soundtrack, this amazing song fits the film perfectly. It has a great tone which paces up near the end and the word go well with what is happening in the film. Never fails to make me weep.

                            "Don't wanna close my eyes, don't wanna fall asleep, cause I miss you baby and I don't wanna miss a thing".

                            6. You're Beautiful (James Blunt) - a basic video of James Blunt sitting in the rain singing. The song is so pure and the video is really basic but the words are perfect.

                            "I saw you're face in a crowded place. And I don't know what to do cause I'll never be with you".

                            7. Flying Without Wings (Westlife) - a classinc Westlife hit from their first album. I loved Westlife and this was the main song that made me love them. 5 gorgeous men dressed head to toe in white and singing a love song..what could be more perfect?

                            "Everybodies looking for that something..the one thing that makes them all complete".

                            8. Goodbye My Friends (Spice Girls) - this signified the end of an era for me when Geri Halliwell left the band. This song was dedicated to her by the other band members and was a perfect send off in my eyes.

                            "Look for the rainbow in every storm".

                            9. Apologise (One Republic ft Timbaland) - a fairly recent song and one that got One Republic on the music scene. Directed by the wonderful Timbaland, this song was one that signified that saying sorry may be too late. It was well put together and filmed in a music studio. The song was mainly sang by the band with Timbaland adding his trademark "yeah yeah yeah" in at random points in the song!

                            "I'm afraid, its too late to apologise..its too late".

                            10. Buttons (Pussycat Dolls ft Snoop Dogg) - 6 hot girls in skimpy outfits dancing on chairs and flirting with rapper Snoop Dogg. A mans paridise maybe but for me the layout of the video and the words is why I love this song. Damn I wish I had a body like they do though haha I can dream.

                            "I'm telling you loosen up my buttons babe". A super sexy song.

                            So I think you will have guessed, I love songs that make me weep lol x

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                              My musical taste in a nutshell

                              I have loved listening to music since I can remember, which would have been the late 60's. My growing up years were the 70's, which for me was glam, rock and punk, not disco. Buying albums (the 12" vinyl versions, preferably in Gatefold sleeve) was my life. CDs have much better sound quality and I don't miss the crackles and pops from vinyl, but there was something wonderful about the old 12" vinyl. I still have a loft full of albums and 12" and 7" singles.

                              So, to the matter in hand, this is going to be difficult, but my top ten would be, in no particular order:

                              Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
                              The wall of sound, if you have ever seen him live, this is what you wait for - unbelievably good. It just makes you feel in a better mood after hearing it.

                              More Than A feeling - Boston
                              It was a favourite of mine before it was used for an advert. Soaring guitars and vocals - perfect.

                              Xanadu - Rush
                              No, nothing to do with Olivia Newton John and ELO, but an eleven minute epic by Rush. I remember it being played on the radio many years ago and after 5 minutes they had to cut to the news - the vocals hadn't even started by then!

                              Afterglow - Genesis
                              On their Wind and Wuthering album, but a much better version is on the live Seconds Out. A beautiful song about loss, which I would like to have played at my funeral, which means that I can't play it much as it makes my wife cry.

                              Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
                              From the album that brought us Another Brick In the Wall comes this song, with just about the greatest guitar solo at the end. When Floyd toured The Wall in 80/81, they played for a while behind a 40 foot wall, then Dave Gilmour would appear at the top for the solo - wow.
                              Please do not think of the Scissor Sisters version.

                              Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
                              That intro! A band at their peak, though Kurt Cobain didn't last much longer as he was too messed up. 'Better to burn out than fade away' as Neil Young said.

                              Awaken - Yes
                              A 16 minute epic! Wonderful keyboards by Rick Wakeman (including a church organ) and vocals by Jon Anderson, the time just flies by when listening to this.

                              Jessica - Allman Brothers Band
                              Known to millions but probably not by name. This is the theme tune to Top Gear and is the perfect driving song. The live version on 'Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas' album (Great album title) is introduced eloquently - 'This is a song called, uh, Jessica'

                              Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
                              I was hooked first time I heard this on the radio, it made me stop what I was doing to listen fully. Great lyrics, great guitar work. I went to my local WH Smiths and asked them to play it, which they did at the lowest possible volume, as it looked like a punk album (it was 1977 after all). Six months later, it had gone to No.1 in the US and it was being played everywhere, including WH Smith and at a higher volume.

                              Last song - and at last something from later than the 1980's!!!

                              Anaesthetize - Porcupine Tree
                              This is only 18 minutes long (I know size doesn't matter, and all that). From an excellent album (Fear of a Blank Planet), killer guitar work from Alex Lifeson (of Rush).

                              I think you can tell my musical taste from the above, a healthy love of rock, leaning towards progressive rock (hence a lot of the long songs) and mainly from years gone by. There is skill in writing the perfect 3 minute single, but I do like groups who are able to expand an idea into 10 - 20 minutes without it being simply repetitive.

                              I don't really get today's music, though I have turned into my dad. I remember many, many years ago, watching Top Of The Pops and my dad saying that the music was rubbish. Now no prizes for guessing who is the one calling today's music rubbish.

                              That's me all done.

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                                Love Music!

                                I was browsing through peoples reviews earlier and noticed a few people had written a review on their top ten favourite songs so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon :). I love music and it plays such a huge part in my life and I would be so stuck without my ipod. I know a lot of people won't be interested in my top 10 but it is something different to do so I will give it a go :)

                                I will work down from 10 with number one being my favourite song!

                                Ten - Lost Prophets - The Fake Sound of Progress

                                This song was released in 2002 and this was the song that got me interested in the Lost Prophets. It is definitely my favourite song by them and loved the video for the song that was filmed in Las Vegas. I love the intro to the song and how it breaks in to such a heavy chorus it is such an high energy song and always makes me feel great when listening to it.

                                Nine - The Kennedy Soundtrack - Killing Music

                                I doubt many people will have heard of this song as I don't think it got very high in the charts and I can't remember when it came out I think it was around 2001/2002. It was by an English rock band who I know are still doing gigs around the UK and are quite popular in the rock world still. I don't know what I like about this song I think it is the catchy guitar riff and the originality of the lyrics, it is a great song and I am surprised it didn't do as well but I am glad I found it :)

                                Eight - Saliva - Always

                                This song was released in 2002 and was one of Saliva's most successful songs, it also was the theme song for WWE's 202 Survivor Series if there are any wrestling fans out there. The reason I love this song is the lyrics relate a lot to a certain part in my life and this song got me through quite a tough time.

                                Seven - Linkin Park - Somewhere I Belong

                                I have always been a massive fan of Linkin Park and I remember being at school the day their second album Meteora came out and I couldn't wait to get home to play it and this song was the one song I fell in love with, my parents must of got sick of me playing it 24/7. This always reminds me of my last year at school and the great friends I had, I also remember being amazed with the video for this song and always watching it on Kerrang. It was released in 2003 and I still listen to it as much today Chester Bennington's voice definitely helps make this song what it is. I could list all of Linkin Parks songs in my top 10 if I wanted to as I love them all but that would be boring :p

                                Six - Linkin Park - My December

                                I love this song so much and wish they had released it, it was only really one of those songs you knew of if you liked Linkin Park as it wasn't a song that was on any of their albums. It is a very slow delicate song which you wouldn't expect from Linkin Park but its wonderful and I would really urge you to listen to it even if you don't like Linkin Park. The thing that I love about Linkin Park are their lyrics and this song doesn't disappoint on the lyrics!

                                Five - Hoobastank - Crawling in the Dark

                                This song was released in 2002 and reminds me of the time I met my boyfriend and the early 2000's where rock music was at its best in years. I love the guitar riff at the beginning of this song and it is such a feel good song, you don't really hear much about Hoobastank any more but they have some really good songs.

                                Four - Evanescence - My Immortal

                                Yet another tear jerker that makes it in to my top 10 but this is an amazing song and the lyrics are so powerful and have you mesmerised especially with Amy Lee's voice singing them. This was released from their album Fallen in 2003 and there are many different versions my favourite version is definitely the band version which transforms from the elegant strings to the heavy guitar are drum instrumental in the final phase of the song.

                                Three - The Fray - Look After You

                                This song was released in 2007 from the Frays debut album How to Save a Life. I heard this song before it was released as I bought their album when I heard their first release. I just love the lyrics in this song and love the way Isaac Slade plays the piano, it is quite a slow song but this suits the lyrics.

                                Two - Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

                                I think this song is so wonderful and I can guarantee it always brings a tear to my eye. This was released in 1998 by American rock band the Goo Goo Dolls and was a hit song from the film City of Angels. The instrumentals in the song are heavily driven by guitar riffs, violins and cellos with a steady drum beat beneath and it absolutely captivates me. This is so close to being my number one favourite song its unbelievable but my number one choice means just that little bit more to me!

                                One - Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

                                I can not put in to words how much I love this song, it is one of those songs that makes me shiver every time I listen to it no matter how many times I have heard it. It was released in 1992 and was written by James Hetfield it is one of the few Metallica songs in which Hetfield rather than Hammett plays the guitar solo. The guitar solo at the beginning is truly amazing and I am just mesmerised by this song, it is not your typical Metallica song but from my point of view it is their best!

                                Well there you go they are my favourite songs, I doubt many people will have the same taste as me but the world would be boring place if we were all the same :)

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                                  Top Ten Songs From Musicals

                                  I figured I'd do something a little different and review my Top Ten songs from musicals.

                                  I have spent the last few years wandering from stage to stage being not quite sure who I am. This isn't because I'm mad but because I do quite a lot of acting and I'm always fulfilling new parts and getting to play wonderful new character. My favourite shows are musicals and recently I don't actually think I've been in a normal straightly acted show because I tend to look at a musical and go 'Right I will be in that if it's the last thing I do!'

                                  I thought I would share with the community a few of my all time favourite songs from musicals and films.

                                  1) Suddenly Seymour - Little Shop Of Horrors.

                                  I was lucky enough to land the role of Audrey in one of my latest performances and I must say this song was the best in the whole play. Telling the story of two misfits finding each other and falling in love the song encapsulates the story and even made the crowd go awwwwh and made a few cry. My favourite part of this song however is the fact that it has some mighty notes and as I believe myself to have quite a powerful voice I was able so 'Show off my pipes' .

                                  2) I Can hear The Bells - Hairspray

                                  Now this is one show that I haven't actually been in but I love this song. I watched the film when it first came out and this scene has always stuck in my mind and I can relate to it aswell. It sees Tracy Turnblad walking through school absent-mindedly thinking about her crush and managing to cause mayhem on the way, even though she's not aware of it. The lyrics to the song are also hillarious and involve such beauties as 'Round 3's when we kiss inside his car, Won't go all the way but I'll go pretty Fa-ar' Just brilliant!

                                  3) Bring Him Home - Les Miserables

                                  I first heard this song on Britain's Got Talent and I instantly fell in love with it. The song is sung by Jean Val Jean in the musical and is about bringing home the boys from the war in the French Revolution. I think this song is the most touching in the whole musical and it does often make my eyes water when I hear it sung.

                                  4) Easy Street - Annie

                                  Now I'm not normally an Annie fan as I think the whole films a bit cliche but I do have a fondness for this track. I recently returned to my old secondary school where I started acting and decided to go and give some support to a few friends of mine that I'd left behind. They performed Annie so I was a little sceptical but it went perfectly and the kids were just fantastic at this song! Everything about it was funny and had the whole crowd laughing out loud. The film's version is just as good and does tend to be the only part I will watch over and over again.

                                  5) Edelweiss - The Sound of Music

                                  One of my all time favourite films that I was introduced to as a child. I think everyone knows the story of a nun who is sent to look after a Captain's 7 children and then she and the captain fall in love. This song is the first time you get to hear Captain Von Trapp sing and his voice is beautiful. This is a very touching part in both the film and the musical and is the first time you really see the Von Trapp's as a family unit. A patriotic song for Austria and one I can't get out of my head and will start singing absent mindedly for no reason even if i haven't watched the film for ages.

                                  6) He Lives In You - The Lion King

                                  I went to see the Lion King in London with my family last year and it was the last time that we did anything together before I started thinking about moving out so the musical itself has a very close meaning to me. This song was phenomenal and by far the best in the whole show. The woman playing Rafiki has one of the greatest voice's I have ever heard and it's no doubt the shows are always fully booked. In the stage show it tells of How Simba's father Mufasa still lives on in him whereas in the Film it focuses more on Simbas daughter.

                                  7) Centrefold - Back To The 80's

                                  The last play I performed in was Back To The 80's and although I don't rate it very higly compared to some of the masterpieces out there this song was the best scene. It tells of two teachers who are in love and the male deiscovers that the femals has been a topless model in the past hense the use of the classic song Centrefold. The scene see the teacher randomly start singing in front of his whole class who then turn to join in (Cheesy or what!!!!) and the femals teacher comes prancing on in a swim suit (Yes I did play the Female Teacher...And we performed in winter so i was freezing!!!!!). Great scene for a not so great play.

                                  8) I'd Do Anything - Oliver

                                  I Don't Think its possible to do a count down of great musicals without at least once metioning Oliver. The show has it all! A great storyline, believeable characters and phenomenal songs with this one being no different. This song see's Oliver and Fagin's boys singing to Nancy. I will admit I have another reason for liking this song other than the stage show but I still think its the best song in the show.

                                  9) As Long As Your Mine - Wicked

                                  The Greatest Musical of the last few year by far! The musicval tells the story of Garlinda the Good and Elphaba who turns out to be the Wicked Witch of the West and is the story of the witches in the Wizard Of Oz . I love this song because finally something starts going right for Elphaba and Fiero who is madly in love with her finally leaves Garlinda and declares his love for Elphaba. A touching song that always makes me cry and sing along at the same time, which is so difficult to do its unreal.

                                  10) Defying Gravity - Wicked

                                  I know, I know I've used two Wicked songs but the play is so good you just can't choose one song. This song is the biggest song in the play and the one that everyne knows and for good reason. The song is used when Elphaba goes against the evil wizard of Oz and flys away to excile. With a brilliant stage performance from the cast including Elphaba ending up actually flying on a broomstick to the top of the stage and a fantastic use of big notes and a little touching introduction this song is by far my favourite song from any musical ever!.

                                  Also now writing on Ciao under the same name

                                  See You there =)

                                  LouLou129

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