This blog post was previously titled ‘Best Songs Ever (According to Me)’, which, to be honest, didn’t sum up what I was trying to explain. Music, for me, is an ever-changing thing in my life which is different depending on how I’m feeling, where I am, and what I’m doing.
One minute, I could be in love with Dubstep, but then, I will only listen to acoustic folk. At that point, those are the best songs ever. And so, instead, these songs and pieces of music have become a part of my life where I will always love them, where I will always sing along or cry and laugh. These are songs that strike a chord.
Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
I always used to say to myself that this would be the song that I would want to be played at my funeral. Yeah, that sounds quite morbid, but honestly, this song is beautiful. Gorgeous violin playing, and truthful lyrics. It’s the music that gets put at the end of a film (and at the beginning of football matches, but we’ll ignore that.) The Verve are homegrown from Greater Manchester, where some of the greats in the Britpop genre would call home. Including me. Listen Here.
Right Here, Right Now by Fat Boy Slim
This song. This is the song you listen to when you want to get amped the fuck UP. Fatboy Slim’s music has followed me throughout life, on the car radio on long journeys across the country, in the kitchen when making dinner, in house parties, in nightclubs, over the tanoys in stores, in films, in shows, and mentioned in some of the books I read. He’s a part of my childhood, has inspired me to write the novel I hope to get published. If my story ever gets adapted into a film/show, this song better be on the soundtrack. No, it WILL. Listen Here.
Champagne Supernova by Oasis
Along the same vein as Bitter Sweet Symphony, Champagne Supernova has the feeling of the end of a movie. It seems I love tunes like that, but it’s the band itself that strike something in me more. Oasis, are, without a doubt, the most influential band in my life. Oasis are the band of my parents twenties, of getting married, of having children, of becoming adults a part of society. My parents were a part of that scene; they were born and raised in Manchester, and consider Oasis a big staple in their lives, and now, they have become mine. Carried through records and music blasting throughout the house, the car, everywhere. Everyone knows who Oasis are, and you bet that I cried at the age of 13 when they announced their breakup, when I realized that I would never see them live.
But, never say never. Listen Here.
I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! At The Disco
It’s 2005, I’m 13, and A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out has just been released. Pop punk is in it’s prime. Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, and Paramore are the only bands I listen to now. I wear heavy eyeliner, stripey hoodie with badges on. My hair does that swishy thing. I am completely immersed, I am cool. Pop punk is a fantastic genre which speaks to angry and frustrated teenagers, and of that I was. I learnt every word of this song so that I could sing it on cue whenever I wanted. I still know it all, along with But It’s Better If You Do. This song is the emblem of my emo years, and Brendon Urie is still releasing perfections of songs. Listen Here.
Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
It’s the start of 2013, and I am a broken woman. I’m in the middle of my second year of university, and I know things are not right. I cry every night, sometimes when I’m on my own, that’s all it takes. It sounds dramatic, and thinking back now, it probably was. I was in a relationship from ages 16-19, and when we both went to university, everything changed. We even went to the same uni, but that didn’t help. It’s hard being on the receiving end of a breakup, especially when it takes years for you to recover, but takes two weeks for them to recover, to walk past your house every morning with their new loved one. This song, amongst many other sad sounding songs, were my God send. Coldplay have always been with me, but it’s with this song that I closed one chapter and began another. Listen Here.
Mr Brightside by The Killers
And while this is a fairly sad song, with it I do not hold sad memories. Like Oasis and The Verve, The Killers were a part of my life before, but not in the same capacity. It wasn’t until university, where I met friends for life, did this song become important to me. Mr Brightside is the song of my generation, it was released and became incredibly popular while I was a teenager, and so, it followed me to university, where we were all (around about) the same age. It was requested at the Student Union constantly, at the nightclubs in town, blared out of stereos during pre-drinks. It’s one of my best friend’s favourite songs, and it reminds me of all the happy, hilarious times I’ve spent with her, and all of my other friends who I will never, ever, lose touch with. Listen Here.
Farewell (Disney’s Pocahontas OST) by John Newman
A song that, I hadn’t heard since my childhood, but made me burst into tears when I first heard it played whilst in Disneyland Paris. Disney’s Pocahontas, while has it’s few problematic things, is my all time favourite Disney movie. It was my most watched, and I used to stare at it, mesmerized, for hours. Every time I hear this song now, I cry, and I absolutely adore it. It is my love of all things Disney, of being a child and having no worries. Listen Here.
Everlong by Foo Fighters
While I’ve enjoyed Foo Fighters for a very long time, it’s only recently that they’ve become one of my favourite bands. Last year, on a whim, I got to see them live at the Milton Keynes bowl. It was so spontaneous that it didn’t feel real. The place was massive, the atmosphere felt incredible, and this song came on last, and it was fucking amazing. The song reminds me of that evening, and of previous ones when I was 17 and hanging out at the skatepark, where guys would play the song on their phones, blasting it throughout the park. Foo Fighters are so talented. So talented. Listen Here.
Colors by Halsey
Halsey has become one of favourite artists of all time. She is a talented, creative, and beautiful person, who puts feeling into every song she writes and performs. But this song is the one I came across first. When I came home from university, I was lost. I was away from all my friends, I was unemployed, and living with my parents, just like three years prior to leaving.
It was then I began my blog, where I started to read more, and when I started my (not so great) job in retail, where I met some of the best people I could have asked for. I know, I have been incredibly lucky with the people I work with; I’ve heard stories of people having to leave their jobs because of isolation, of bullying, and down right childishness. But I’ve found a close-knit group of friends who I will never part with. Halsey has only existed in my life post-uni, this song has only come after everything before. It sounds strange, but to me, she and Colors and even the whole album, mark a new beginning, a new Hollie that goes to festivals and talks to other book bloggers on Twitter and can make friends with just about anyone. The album is a part of life that wasn’t there before, she symbolizes everything that’s new and different about me. Listen Here.
Wow, I feel like I’ve poured my heart out into this post! I always knew that music unlocks memories and emotions inside of me, just like it does for everyone else, but I didn’t realise how strong those feelings and memories were until i’d written it down! Let me know in the comments what songs/albums/bands strike a chord with you, or if any of my songs are also a part of your life too!