During March and April, I took up the 30 Day Song Challenge on Facebook. The idea was to post a song every day according to a set list, which you can find at the previous link. I thought I’d share the results of the challenge here, in an attempt to provide a bit of insight into my rather wide-ranging music taste.
I know, I know they’re threatening / But at least we’re not the ones carrying / Such heavy, heavy, heavy stoning stones.
Tilly and the Wall — Coughing Colors
I found it really hard to pick a favourite song (mainly because I don’t actually have one), so I looked to my iTunes Most Played. This was at the top, with 286 plays at the date of posting this.
I have no words for this song. It’s just so, so incredibly annoying.
This is honestly one of the cleverest mash-ups I’ve ever heard. The two songs just fit together so perfectly, and I find it impossible to listen to them separately now. Pure genius.
This song, and the story it tells of being an outcast, is beautiful but also really thought-provoking. I’d recommend a good listen to the lyrics to understand what I mean by this.
This reminds me of my secondary school years and the friends I still have from that time. We used to listen to this for a good sing-a-long.
I’d rather dance with you than talk with you / So why don’t we just move into the other room / There’s space for us to shake, and hey, I like this tune.
Kings of Convenience — I’d Rather Dance With You
At the incredible headlining set Radiohead played at Reading Festival 2009, this song really stuck out. The audience fell quiet and all you could hear was Thom Yorke’s haunting vocals.
This track reminds me of Scott’s amazing gig at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2007. As one of the youngest (and shortest) people there, I was ushered to the front row. Wonderful.
I know, I know, the words to this song are really not that hard… In hindsight, a much better contender for this choise would have been Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’.
Indie-pop that makes you want to break out into a dance, or for the more reserved of people, tap your foot at the very least.
An eerie cover of one of my favourite Radiohead tracks, which manages to completely alter the feel of the song. Definitely one to sit back and relax to.
Used to be the one of the rotten ones / And I liked you for that / Now you’re all gone, got your make-up on / And you’re not coming back.
Broken Social Scene — Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl
In order to avoid excessive posts about Radiohead, I chose this simple but evocative number from my favourite Canadian supergroup. Great song, great album.
I loved this song when it was released, and although I’ve grown up to view Fall Out Boy and similar bands as annoying, I still think it’s brilliant.
Because, quite simply, I’m not even ashamed about McFly.
This track is catchy as hell and takes me back to memories from my first year at university. Pure pop brilliance. And yes, I do know all the words.
Looking towards the future / We were begging for the past / Well, we know we had the good things / But those never seemed to last / Oh, please just last.
Modest Mouse — Missed the Boat
Missed opportunities and a lack of appreciation for the present. All just a little too familiar.
I loved this song while it was still fresh, but grew tired after it was massively overplayed on the radio for months on end.
Despite it being played continuously everywhere I go, I just can’t help but love this song.
Introducing folktronica and a young Patrick Wolf at his best. Now this is the type of music that should be circulating the radio stations.
The most melodically beautiful track on ‘OK Computer’ by far, and just perfect for the ‘Romeo & Juliet’ soundtrack it appeared on. I never tire of listening to this.
A great angsty rock song from Lostprophets’ least-mainstream debut album, ‘Thefakesoundofprogress’. Makes me think of my rather rebellious teenage years.
You can laugh / A spineless laugh / We hope your rules and wisdom choke you / Now we are one in everlasting peace.
Radiohead — Exit Music (For a Film)
The music of Belle & Sebastian always puts me in a good mood, and this song is a definite highlight. Witty lyrics, well-crafted harmonies and a cheerful melody. Fantastic!
Coupled with Smith’s own tragic story, this song’s poetic description of one’s inner struggles can sometimes strike a chord. I suggest also listening to the Madeleine Peyroux cover.
This song is just so cute and so lovely, but the lyrics aren’t typically romantic or too mushy. Definitely suitable for my wedding.
One listen to the lyrics will tell you that this song was written about grief and mourning. Looking back, the fact that I would pick this for my funeral is slightly morbid.
Ben Folds puts forward his own take on a Dr. Dre song, and in doing so creates a tune you can’t help but sing-along to despite the incredibly rude lyrics. Possibly the greatest cover ever.
I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things / Like our social stats / I just want four walls and adobe slats for my girls.
Animal Collective — My Girls
Initially, I chose Buckley’s ‘Last Goodbye’ before realising that the guitar chords for this song are a lot more difficult, so I was a lot prouder of this choice.
Despite being able to memorise 16-page advanced classical pieces, I’ve never been able to fully master the piano solo in this song. Matt Bellamy, I bow down to you.
A simple but clear message of not needing material things or caring about your social status. Quite naturally, this is not how I live my life, although sometimes I wish it was.
When I was young, every long journey we ever went on involved The Beatles’ ‘1’ on repeat. Yes, I’m glad I was brought up on good music, but a little variation would have been nice, Dad.
It was difficult to pin-point my favourite song last April, but this is one I’ve listened to repeatedly since I first heard it about 5 or 6 years ago. It’s that good.