Hello everyone! Today, I’m doing another post in a series I haven’t updated in AGES, which is my books that remind of ___ songs, and given they’ve become pretty much my favourite artist this year, it had to be about the wonderful Scottish band Vistas, who I’ve been listening to pretty much non-stop since I found them in April. If you’d like to read my post about their album, you can do that here, but otherwise onto the post!
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!
Today, I’m going to be talking about songs I like to listen to when I’m the angry sort of upset! Onto the post!
F*ck You by Lily Allen– the cheery melody contrasts so much with the absolute hatred of the lyrics, and it’s incredibly catchy. The cheeriness of the chorus especially makes for perfect stealth anger humming! It’s also featured in Bridget Jones Baby, which I adore and was where I first heard it, so it cheers me up to remember the film as I listen.
Today it’s time for another love themed post, I’m going to be writing about my favourite romantic Disney songs. Onto the post! (Please note there will be a spoiler for Frozen if you haven’t seen it!)
Love is An Open Door- this one is possibly marred a bit by the fact that Hans turns out to be an evil villain who wants to kill Anna, but it’s still a seriously good song. It’s catchy, pretty funny and I just really like the scene. It doesn’t take the crown for my favourite Frozen song, but it has tough competition seeing Let it Go is spectacular, and In Summer is the most joyous song possibly ever, and I still like it a lot.
Kiss the Girl- I love the Little Mermaid soundtrack an awful lot; Sebastian is the best. This song, which is sung when Ariel and Eric take a boat trip together and Eric must kiss Ariel in order for her to remain human, so Sebastian is attempting to set a romantic vibe and coax him into it. This is super fun, and it’s different to alnost any other Disney love song I can think of since it’s not the couple who sing it.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight- another sing that fits that bill is this one from the Lion King. It’s written by Elton John and it’s beautiful, and it’s one of the loveliest scenes in the film (even though the writing in the sky caused all that controversy…).
I See the Light– this is definetly the most visually stunning scene of Tangled (and as someone who loves purple and gold, as you can probably tell from my blog colours, may I just say I highly approve of the colour scheme of it too). It’s a totally beautiful song, and as a Chuck fan it always surprises me just how good a singer Zachary Levi actually is!
Something that I Want– this is SUCH a good song, and I think I’d count it as a love song. It plays over the end credits of Tangled, and my interpretation of the lyrics are that it’s about Rapunzel and Flynn, and how finding each other changes their lives (that may be totally wrong, but it’s the way I understand it and it feels like a love song. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments!). It’s toe-tappingly catchy, I love the lyrics and how it sort of tells the story of the film, and I also just really, really like Grace Potter’s voice!
Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite Disney love songs? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I have something quite different for you. I’m going to be talking about music, specifically love songs seeing it’s Valentine’s Day this month. I’m not a music blogger and don’t really know what I’m talking about, but I do love music and these songs, and hope you enjoy the post!
Money or the Girl (Into the Ark)- this is quite potentially my favourite song of all time, and Into the Ark my joint favourite musician of all time (you’ll see the other one in a minute). I love the lyrics, the story I think it tells and Taylor and Dane’s voices are as beautiful as ever. Their covers of Burning Love/Not a One are also GORGEOUS, and their original Better than Never at All (which I’m pretty sure Dane has said he wrote for his girlfriend when he was in Australia on a trip ) is super lovely too. Basically, I really love Into the Ark, and all their songs so I can’t pick just one.
Budapest (George Ezra)– I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this song, considering how often it was l the radio when Wanted on Voyage was released back in 2014, and it’s well deserved. The lyrics are fab, George Ezra’s voice is forever flawless (he’s that other joint favourite I was talking about) and it’s insanely catchy but never gets on my nerves no matter how many days in a row it’s stuck in my head. Other bits of romantic loveliness from George Ezra I recommend are Listen to the Man, Barcelona and Hold My Girl.
Something Just Like This (Coldplay)- I really, REALLY dislike the version of this including the Chainsmokers, but the One Love Manchester performance made me fall in love with it. I just love the concept of the song in general, and the chorus is so, so catchy and lovely. My absolute favourite Coldplay song.
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley)– a classic, and rightly so. This song is so sweet and pretty and lovely. Fun fact: when Saffy was a very small puppy and slept downstairs, this was one of my favourite things to sing to her to soothe her to sleep.
Let Me Love the Lonely (James Arthur)- this song is about falling in love when you aren’t comfortable with people, and it’s stunning. My absolute highlight of Back from the Edge, this is hugely underrated as no one EVER seems to have heard of it.
Thank you so much for reading! What love songs do you love? Have you ever listened to any of mine? Are there any other music posts you’d especially like me to do? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!