My Top Ten (ish!) Older Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I’ve decided to do a list of my top ten favourite songs that are a bit older (in the interests of fairness, I’ve tried to go for songs/artists I don’t think I’ve talked about at length in other music posts, because otherwise there would have been a lot of 2000s Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Panic! at the Disco on here…). Onto the post!


Running Up That Hill– this is one i have slightly mixed feelings on, which is why I’ve decided to put it in first. First of all, it took me an embarrassingly long time to work out what this song is actually about, but I’m pretty sure it’s Kate Bush saying that women aren’t as valued and successful as men, and and it’s even more beautifully and cleverly written than I had realised before I knew that. I also really love Kate Bush’s voice in the chorus, and the guitar is so unusually played in this and I am obsessed with it, and those quiet, underlying drum beats. I’m less keen on the backing vocals,

Feel the Need– this is another one that I don’t LOVE the way I do some later additions. It’s a song from the 70s by the Detroit Emeralds, and while I adore the smoothness of the lead singer’s voice, it does sort of make me want to never the words feel the need again after a few listens (but I always return, of course). It’s just really pleasant to listen to, overall.

Try a Little Tenderness/Sittin on the Dock of the Bay- as my beloved Duckie puts it “I love Otis”. I specifically love these two songs. The former of them of course features in my favourite film Pretty in Pink in an AMAZING scene with Duckie (arguably the best of the film imo!) So I obviously love it for that reason, but I also really like the smooth quality to Otis Redding’s voice and it definitely pulls off the sultry vibe it goes for. In terms of the latter, my favourite thing about that is how simple and understated a song it is, and how it manages to take my breath away all the more for that very reason. It’s just perfection.

Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)- this is actually the song that sparked the idea for this post in my mind because after not hearing it for ages, I heard it two days running and it just set me thinking. It’s not necessarily the most the most exciting song in the world in terms of vocal or music, but I love listening to it so much. Aptly, it makes me smile so much and I can’t help but sing along to it. It’s just a sunny, happy joy of a song and I love it.

American Pie– the amount of this song I can sing off by heart is fairly tragic, I won’t lie (I’m shaky after verse 4 but up till there I know just about all of it.). I love this song so much- the music references are so cool and even though I don’t know the full details of all of them it was fascinating to read interpretations about what people think they all mean and try and work out who they’re about (I think I only got the Beatles on my own, but I tried 😂). It’s just so relaxing to listen to as well. Another of my fave Don McLean songs is Prime Time, which is much less well known but is so much fun and another very rambly one about society and how it had changed at the time.

Breakfast in America- I absolutely LOVE this song, and hearing it on the radio is always an absolute treat. It’s not especially kind to the girlfriend so I do feel a bit bad if that part is true, but it’s mostly about wanting to see America. I mostly love it for how it actually sounds though, rather than its lyrics. The piano combined with other instruments is fairly unusual, and I absolutely love the sound that it creates. I also think the brass section are just wonderful. Another of the main reasons I love it is how catchy it is, and the way I’m singing it for days (or even weeks, sometimes) after I hear it.

Mr Brightside- before I talk about this (and the next on the list, actually ) please know that I’m well aware these aren’t THAT old, and I’m only including them on this list because I couldn’t think of another post to fit them in and I REALLY wanted to talk about how much I love them! So, with that out of the way, this is an absolute stunner of a song and I love it so much. If you haven’t heard of this (or the next on the list again, actually), have you been living on the Moon? It’s such an anthem and I love it so much. If you’ve never heard it, it’s about a guy seeing his girlfriend cheat on him and despite the melancholy feel it still makes you want to scream the lyrics alongside Brandon Flowers. Another, less surface level reason that I love this song is that the writing is masterful. Understandably, the narrator is pretty upset and I think the repetition of the first verse rather than a different second one and the lack of a bridge highlights that how much it’s messing with him and the way that he can’t think of anything else. Just MASTERFUL.

Seven Nation Army– this is another super iconic one from the early 2000s and it’s (in my opinion) one of the most iconic songs ever, and deservedly so at that. It is the perfect song to snarl along to when you are angry, and I have done this more times than I count! The withering lyrics are delightfully done and it’s just brilliant. My main reason for loving this though, is a much geekier one, and I’m almost reluctant to say it in case you all run for the hills. I think the pseudo-bass line guitar riff in this is one of the most genius pieces of music I’ve ever heard, and the way they’ve used a guitar to take the place of a bass just blows my mind a bit.


What are some of your favourite older songs? I’d love to hear in the comments, especially if our lists have any in common!

Amy x

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My Thoughts on Bloom

Hello everybody, and welcome to my first music post of 2019! At the very end of last year- in December- I listened to Troye Sivan for the first time (Because I loved his speaking voice in the thank u, next video which is admittedly a weird way to discover someone’s existence) and I then spent the remainder of the year becoming obsessed with his music. I really wanted to do some sort of post about him as a result, so I decided to chat about his latest album Bloom today (I’m very tempted to do Blue Neighborhood too at some point!). So, now you have all the background, onto the post!


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5 Songs I Think Would Make Great Books

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the songs I think would make excellent books, which are, as I’ve noticed while typing this, mainly romance book premises- sorry not sorry, I love reading a good romance and these would be great ones! Onto the post!


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My Thoughts on Reputation

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Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the songs from Reputation, as it’s round about a year since it’s release and I’ve never shared my thoughts on it before- it was the last album I listened to and really enjoyed before I started doing music posts. Onto the post!


Ready for It?- this took so long to grow on me at first, mainly because it was so bizarre to hear Taylor rapping, but it’s really grown on me in the year since it was released. I think the verses are ridiculously catchy and while it was initially my least favourite thing about it, I now love that the pre-chorus sounds slightly like Wildest Dreams, but more cynical. I think the bridge works so well too. I seriously wouldn’t have guessed how much I’d like this by now when it first came out!

Endgame– I have super mixed feelings on this. I basically love everything that Taylor sings and the message of the song (which is kind of a less heartbreaking the Last Time, which is by far my favourite !) and can’t really stand Future or Ed Sheeran’s verses. I’d prefer it to all be Taylor’s experience, because I just felt like it didn’t really fit the song to have it as a collab.

I Did Something Bad– I am obsessed with this, from the opening strings to the vocals to the lyrics to Taylor calling out the way people pretty much witch-hunt her, and I love the Blank Space vibes that her narrating the song as the person the media portray her as (at least, I think she is). Also, I totally screamed in delight at the first pre-chorus because I wasn’t expecting Taylor Swift to ever require being censored, and because the line is just all round badass and amazing and I love it!

Don’t Blame Me– this so sultry and intense, and I think it’s brilliant. I don’t have any major reasons why other than I just do, other than the melody being great and just generally loving the way it sounds, because Taylor’s voice sounds even more fantastic than usual during it, and because I’m obsessed with the echo effect used.

Delicate– oh, this is such a fave. It’s so, so romantic and I love it’s storytelling, especially that it focuses on how Taylor feels loved for herself rather than her fame. I tend to cry when I hear it, and I think the melody fits really well with its lovely tone and meaning. The chorus is so catchy too, and like with Don’t Blame Me I just think it sounds amazing overall.

Look What You Made Me Do– there was such a mixed reaction to this when it was released as the first single, and I fell firmly in the camp of loving it. I love how sassy and spiky it is, and I think the way Taylor sort of snarls rather thing sings really emphasises how much she dislikes whoever this song is about (my bet’s on Kimye). I’m totally here for the “old Taylor is dead” spoken section. It’s a great song to listen to if you’re feeling angry too!

So It Goes– I really don’t have a lot to say about this one. I find it repetitive, and a bit dull, and I tend to skip it when listening to the album.

Gorgeous– the opening music of this is so pretty, and it really sets the feel of this song. It’s about Taylor meeting her current boyfriend and thinking he’s out of her leauge because he’s so gorgeous. I love the writing, especially the tongue in cheek parts, and it’s just a positive, fun song overall, even though it’s less optimistic than some of Taylor’s love songs from previous places.

Getaway Car– this was my favourite when Reputation was released and it still is now. It’s about a short-lived doomed relationship that was mainoy an excuse to leave someone else. The getaway car metaphor througuout is great, and I just love the melody. The bridge is one of my favourite bridges ever, I think. The whole song is so catchy, but the bridge especially.

King of My Heart– like Endgame, there are sections of this I really like, and others I really do not. It’s about a similar sort of thing to Delicate- that he loves her for her and not her fame- and I think I’d probably like this more than I do if I wasn’t comparing it to such a masterpiece. I think the verses are prettygreat though, especially the rythym of them,

Dancing With Our Hands Tied- I’m pretty ambivalent towards this, to be honest. It’s about a new relationship being exposed to the public, and while I enjoy it when I hear it, it’s not one of the standout songs of this for me. My favourite thing about it is the melody/rythym of the verses and pre-choruses, but I’m not keen on the chorus. I also really enjoy the bridge.

Dress– this has always been one of my favourites from the album. It’s got the same sensual feeling to it as Don’t Blame Me, but has a more upbeat tempo that makes me like it just a little more. It’s so melodic and catchy, and again, similarly to Don’t Blame Me I just love its sound overall. The bridge is so romantic especially!

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things– this is the most joyous revenge song I have ever heard, and I think it’s Taylor’s best revenge song ever. It heavily references the Kimye feud, and I love the storytelling style of it, alongside the top-notch sarcasm throughout. I am here for ALL of this. ALL of it. The pettiness of the spoken section in the bridge gives me such joy too, as does the bridge in general to be honest. I do love a good bridge!

Call It What You Want– I know I’ve called just about every song on this romantic, and they totally are, but this is probably the most overt love song. I think the rhyming in the second pre-chorus is a bit dodgy (eg “trust him like a brother”…) but otherwise I’m a big fan, especially since it focuses on how this new relationship helped Taylor get through that period where people were lying about her and making her out to be someone she isn’t.

New Year’s Day– I love Taylor’s new pop direction, probably even more so than her early stuff, but this is so remniscent of her first few albums and it’s fabulous. It’s a soft and sweet piano ballad about being there for someone you love through both the good times (represented here as New Year’s Eve) and the bad (represented here as the clean up on January 1st). Its simplicity makes its meaming even more striking and clear, and it’s so powerful that I have definitely teared up on quite a few listens.


Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What’s your favourite song from this album? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Thoughts on Valencia

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Today, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on the Valencia EP, which was released recently by one of my favourite artists Into the Ark, which is a duo made up of Taylor and Dane, and I’ve been such a huge fan of them and their music after seeing them on the Voice UK in 2017. I’d heard all but one of these before Valencia was released, but I still wanted to do this post as I’ve never done one for ITA before, as their last release came out before I was doing music posts. Onto the post!


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My Thoughts on Pray for the Wicked

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Today, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on all of the songs from Panic! at the Disco’s latest album Pray for the Wicked, because as you might know if you read this post, they’ve become one of my absolute (I’m talking top 3 here) favourite artists since I started listening to them a couple of months ago. Onto the post!


(F*ck A) Silver Lining– this took a while to grow on me, but I really like it now. It’s ridiculously catchy, really well written with some interesting references when you look closer at them (as well as a fun shout out to Béyonce in the bridge!) and I love the opening (particularly the instruments)

Say Amen (Saturday Night)- I think this was the perfect choice for lead single. I love the lyrics and the melody, it shows off pretty much all of Brendan’s range (especially in live recordings when he often does deeper for the bridge, which I LOVE given how much of a sucker I am for a deep voice and a killer bridge) and it has elements of their earlier music while also retaining the more theatrical, pop sound of this album.

Hey Look Ma, I Made It– this is so infectiously fun. From the puppet music video to the upbeat tempo to how much fun everyone on the stage seems to be having on the stage when it’s performed live, this song just makes me happy.

High Hopes- this only very narrowly wasn’t in my top 3 of the album, and I love it. I adore it’s message that you should dream big and aim high, I love the cheerful brass instrumentals throughout it, and above all, I think it’s catchy and brilliant.

Roaring 20s– this is about Brendon’s experiences of being on Broadway, and it’s one of my very favourites on the album. I love the 20s vibe of the instruments and melody, the writing is phenomenal (I say this about almost every song, because I think the lyrics of them all are brilliant, but I think Roaring 20s is the crème de la crème! I’m a particular fan of the bridge, which shall come as no shock at all, but the verses are amazing too) and I’m beyond obsessed with the slow chorus that comes after the bridge.

Dancing’s Not a Crime– like with Hey Look Ma, I Made It, my favourite thing about this is very simply how much fun it is- I really like how happy they are, . I also love the writing of this generally, though the bridge is especially brilliant and I have a soft spot for the chorus because it reminds me quite a bit of I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters, which me given the almost completely opposite meanings…

One of the Drunks– this covers similar themes to Don’t Threaten me With a Good Time (aka my absolute favourite Panic! song of all time), so it’s pretty fitting that this is one of my favourites on this album too. I think the lyrics are really clever, I absolutely adore the pre-chorus and there’s just something about it that makes me really love it that I can’t quite put my finger on.

The Overpass- this has such a theatrical feel to it for me, particularly due to the sound effects at the very start, and it’s so much fun. This has one of my favourite bridges of the album, which automatically makes me like a song to be honest, it’s super catchy and I think the chorus is brilliant!

King of the Clouds- for a song that was concieved of when Brendon was high, it’s really good. It shows off Brendon’s higher range really well and I’m a big fan of the pre-chorus and bridge, though I don’t love the melody of the verses that much.

Old Fashioned– I have to admit I don’t really like this song much. While I’m a big fan of the brass instrumentals at the beginning and Brendon’s voice is as great as ever, I find the verses quite repetitive and I just don’t really enjoy listening to it.

Dying in LA– this is a piano ballad, and it’s incredibly melancholic in tone. Similarly to how I feel about One of the Drunks and Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time, this feels like a darker version of LA Devotee (which I also love), and I think it’s a stunning end to the album. I didn’t expect anything this stripped back and simple from Panic , but it’s a beautiful, poignant song that shows off some elements of Brendon’s voice I haven’t heard in many of their songs before.


Are you a fan of Panic! at the Disco? What are your thoughts on the songs from this album? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

My Thoughts on Wanted on Voyage

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Today, I’m super excited to be writing my thoughts on George Ezra’s first album Wanted on Voyage, which I have loved since a couple of months after release (basically since I heard him sing on Graham Norton, then I asked for the album for my birthday and the rest is history!). Anyhow, even though this is now four years old, I thought this would be fun, as I adore it so much. Also, how adorable is it that the name of this album is inspired by Paddington Bear?! Onto the post!


Blame it On Me– this is the perfect opener. It’s light and summery, and ultra catchy throughout. This was the first George Ezra song I ever heard as well, and it made me into the fangirl I am today, so I love it a lot. It shows off George’s voice perfectly.

Budapest– the original single! This kind of tells a story; about someone willing to give up all their fabulous possessions, which include a house in Budapest, for the person they love, and it’s so sweet. I love the story behind it hugely (George didn’t get to go to Budapest when he was interrailing because he got drunk at Eurovision and was so hungover he missed the train… so wrote this instead) and overall it’s just a really nice song.

Cassy’O- this is a very fun, well written song. It’s about the passage of time, even though it sort of sounds like George is singing about a girl at some points, and some of the lyrics make me laugh every time I hear them. A very interesting and unusual song that took a while to grow on me, but I now adore.

Barcelona– this is kind of haunting in a way, and it’s a really pretty love song. I can’t believe I once found it boring, because now I’d describe it as a breathtaking ballad.

Listen to the Man- this is probably my favourite love song of the album. It’s so sweet, and it’s incredibly catchy to sing along to. It’s absolutely lovely; sort of a more upbeat version of Hold My Girl (which is from George’s 2nd album)

Leaving it Up to You– we get to hear George speak at the start, which is fab because I think his accent is lovely, and it’s about meeting an ex after they have a new partner. The chorus shows off George’s falsetto, and it’s very gentle and easy to listen to.


Did You Hear the Rain?- I find the intro a bit long and repetitive, so I tend to skip it, but I adore this song. It’s pretty dark, and (I think, anyway), about the piece of you inside that wants you to do bad things. I love George’s voice deeper so much (I love George’svoice all the time, but deep is my favourite way to hear it)

Drawing Board– this is hands down my favourite of the album, as you might know if you read my recent Q and A post. It’s about someone who wants to murder their partner, and the various plots they concoct to do this. It’s brilliant to sing along to when you’re annoyed even if your situation is totally different, and the lyrics are so clever.

Stand by Your Gun– this is so irresistibly catchy. The lyrics are quite abstract, but they’re super fun, and George’s voice is particularly gorgeous in it. It shows a little bit of his higher range, which I always love, as even though he’s known for his voice being deep it’s just as good when he goes higher, in my opinion. As I write this, I’m sitting on the couch, dancing (wriggling really) in my seta to this because it’s infectiously happy and brilliant.

Breakaway– this is by far the most underrated George Ezra song in existence, if you ask me. It’s about him attempting to convince someone in a toxic, abusive relationship to leave, and it’s heartbreaking. It makes me cry each and every time I listen, and the bit at the end with the backing singers/clapping is beautiful.

Over the Creek– this is another kind of abstract one I love! Again, I am clueless as to what it’s about, but I find something weirdly funny about the lyrics (“nonetheless, I must confess that I’m the mess, that has been left to save you”).

Spectacular Rival- this song is deliciously creepy and sinister, and I feel like it’s a great closer for this album. It’s probably the deepest George’s voice gets, which is weirdly soothing to listen to given the subject matter and I think the instrumentals are particularly phenomenal.


Thank you so much for reading! Are you a George Ezra fan? What’s your favourite song from Wanted on Voyage? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, I am always available to have a good fangirling session!

Amy x