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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SLAY: On Tour Blog Tour- Kim Curran’s Writing Playlist

Hello everybody! Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing a guest post from Kim Curran, author of the fantastic Slay books, about her playlist for the book as today’s stop on the blog tour for her new release Slay: On Tour! Onto the post!

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My Five Favourite Things in 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of my favourite things about this year, because despite it being really difficult in some ways I have loved so many amazing things that I want to talk about. 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

Hello everybody!

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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