July Playlist

As I have not posted a playlist for a while I felt that it was about time to post another one. So here are some of the songs that I have been listening to recently.

1. King For A Day – Green Day – Nimrod, 1997

This song was released in 1997 and Green Day are well known for playing this at most of their concerts however they normally will mix it with at least one song, which is usually “Shout” by Lulu they also sometimes include songs such as “Always Look On The Brightside Of Life”, “Teenage Kicks” and “Hey Jude”. After watching the band perform the song at Hyde Park I wanted to listen to it more and recently has become one of my most played songs. One thing about when the band play the song live is that fact that the audience always knows that it is going to be played as Billie will put a crown on.

2. Lose It –  SWMRS – Drive North, 2016

This song is my favourite song from the SWMRS album, I like how it starts slowly and then speeds up throughout the song, I also like how it gets more upbeat throughout. It is not one of the bands most popular songs but I find it very enjoyable to listen to and I think it is a song that people should listen to if they like the band.

3. If You Wanna – The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, 2011 

This song is the third song off of the band’s album and I remember listening to it when I was younger in the car and that is why I still enjoy it.  Even though the song was released as a single it did not chart very high in the UK even though it was used in several adverts. I like this song as I feel it is very lively and an enjoyable song to listen to at this time of year.

4. Bless This Acid House – Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud, 2017

I have been listening to this song a lot as it is a new release from Kasabian’s new album and therefore has been played a lot on the radio, I have been listening to a lot of Kasabian recently as I will be going to see them in August and am very excited. This is one of my favourite songs off of their new album.

5. Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra – 2017

This is George Ezra’s Most recently released single which means that a lot of people are assuming that he will soon be releasing a new album. This is the first single he has released since “Wanted On Voyage” came out in 2015. I find that I always seem to enjoy the happy feeling that George Ezra’s songs give off and I find them extremely enjoyable to listen to. George played this song at several UK festivals this year and it was received very well.

6. Brick By Boring Brick – Paramore – brand new eyes, 2009 

Brick By Boring Brick was the second single off of “brand new eyes”. I really have liked listening to Paramore recently and have found that I prefer a lot of their older albums to their newer ones, particularly “brand new eyes”, this song, in particular, is one that I have listened to a lot. The video for the song was nominated for a Kerrang Award for best video and also reached number 2 on the US Rock Chart.

7. Heart And Soul – Twin Atlantic – The Great Divide, 2014

I have only recently started listening to Twin Atlantic and out of all of the songs that I have listened to by them I have to say that I have enjoyed this one the most. I have found that recently I have been listening to a lot more lively music, I tend to do this in the summer as it is nicer to listen to this type of music when the sun is out. This song was an experimental song with lots of different layers that was released as the first single on “The Great Divide”.

8. Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines – The Libertines, 2004

This song was released over 10 years ago now but I still find it very enjoyable to listen to. The song was nominated for an NME Best Track Award and also managed to reach Number 2 in the UK singles chart, the song has been featured in man y compilation albums over the past years since it has been released. I have gone backwards and forwards from listening to this song for quite some time but when I do listen to it I thoroughly enjoy it.

9. Feeling This – blink-182 – blink-182, 2003 

In some ways, this song is different to other Blink songs as it has many parts that are spoken throughout instead of just music and singing. When I went to see Blink in Nottingham this is the first song that they played when they came on stage and for some reason, I realised that I had not heard it for a while which shocked me as it used to be one of my favourite blink songs. The song was first played by the band at Reading And Leeds Festival in 2003.

10. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer – Sixpence None The Richer, 1997 

This is the original version of the song that was released on 1997 however in the past it has been covered by many bands, the first time I heard this song was not this version but instead was the version by New Found Glory, after listening to that I went and found the original version and found that I enjoyed that just as much. The song managed to reach number 4 in the UK singles chart.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

April Playlist

Here are some of my favourite songs that I have been listening to over the past month.

1. Under The Cover Of Darkness- The Strokes – Angels, 2011

Type: Alternative/Indie

The Strokes formed in New York in 1998 and have released many albums since then. This song was released as the lead single to the bands 4th album in 2011, the song was not as successful as some of there other songs however managed to reach number 47 in the UK singles chart. The music video for the song references “Last Nite” one of the bands previous songs. I like this song as it is very cheerful and happy but also sticks in your head.

2. Palm Trees – SWMRS – Drive North,2016

 Type: Alternative/Rock

I started listening to this band as I knew that I was going to see them with All Time Low and wanted to know some of there songs, there was quite a few of there songs that I liked however this was by far one of my favourites. SWMRS formed in Oakland California in 2004 the band where signed by record label Fuled By Ramen in October 2016 the day before this song was released.

3. Grace Kelly – Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion,2007 

Type: Pop

I have liked this song for a long time and has been one of my favourites for about the same amount of time however recently I have been listening to it more as it is lively and happy like a lot of the songs that I have been listening to this month. This song was the lead single off Mika’s debut album and was nominated for a BRIT for Best British Single in 2007. The song managed to enter the chart at number 3 proving its popularity right from the start, the song eventually went platinum. This song is often also recognisable to people as is used in many films, television programmes and adverts.

4. Worried About Ray – The Hoosiers – The Trick To Life, 2007 

Type: Indie Rock/Pop

This song sounds a lot like “Goodbye Mr A” another song on the album by The Hoosiers however for some unknown reason I prefer this song to “Goodbye Mr A”. This song managed to peak at number 5 in the UK chart when it was released and was also nominated for the British Single Award at the BRITS. In the video for the song “Ray” is a monster that tries to catch the band and eventually is unsuccessful.

5. Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers – Hot Fuss, 2004 

Type: Rock/Indie

This song featured on The Killers debut album “Hot Fuss” and was also originally featured on the “Mr Brightside” EP along with the song “Mr Brightside. Smile like you mean it managed to work its way up to number 11 in the UK charts in the year it was released. I enjoy this song as it reminds me of listening to it in the car when I was younger. I have recently been listening to a lot more of The Killers as I am going to see them in July and am very excited.

6. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran – Divide, 2017

Type: Pop/Folk

This song is the third single from Ed Sheeran’s new album and has proved to be one of the most popular being at the top of the charts for several weeks in the past month or so. The song was wrote by Ed with an Irish band and ended up being one of the top streamed songs almost as soon as it was released. I enjoy this song as it is cheerful and catchy, it also feels bright and makes me think of summer so I have been really enjoying it over the past month.

7. Belle – Emma Watson – Beauty And The Beast, 2017

Type: Musical

Okay so this is slightly different to what I normally listen to however at the beginning of the month I went and saw Beauty And The Beast with my friend and I have been slightly obsessed with the album ever since however this has been my favourite song from the album. I have listened to both the old and the new version of this song and have to say I prefer this version and like the twist they have put on it.

8. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, 1995

Type: Britpop/Indie

This song has been out for quite some time now however it is still quite famous and still enjoyed by many. It has always been a firm favourite at the bands live performances and managed to get to number one in the UK charts as well as ranking highly in other countries and eventually went platinum in the UK.

9. Crave – Waterparks – Cluster, 2016

Type: Rock

Throughout there career the group has released 3 EP’s and this song has been one of their most popular singles. I feel that this song is very catchy so therefore stays in your head and makes you want to listen to it more and this is why I listen to it a lot.

10. Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless – Light Me Up, 2010 

Type: Hard Rock

This song is one of the most popular singles from this album, the hype for the song started way before it was announced with a promotional video to promote the song meaning that people would want to know what the rest of the song was like so would watch again. This song has been featured in many movie soundtracks over the past few years and managed to reach number one in the UK rock charts.

I hope you enjoyed reading, thanks Annie

 

March Playlist

Here are some of the songs that I have been listening to over the past month.

1.The Wombats- A Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation- Let’s Dance To Joy Division- 2007 

Type: Indie Rock 

The band was formed in 2003 and was formed of Matthew Murphy (Vocalist, Guitarist and Keyboard Player), Dan Higgins (Drummer) and Tord Overland-Knudsen (Bassist) who met at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Performing Arts Academy . The song was released in 2008 and peaked at number 15 in the UK chart. The song was nominated for the NME Dancefloor Filler Award in 2008  and won. I like this song as it is very cheerful and lively and puts me in a good mood.

2. Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not- I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor- 2006 

Type: Alternative/Indie

This song was the first single on the Arctic Monkeys first album and since then has been voted the 7th best song of all time by NME and the best track from 2006 also by NME. The song has been popular for a number of years and has been used and performed in many different places, most memorably it was performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 olympic games The song also reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.My favourite part of this song is the beginning as it easily identifiable and sets the mood up for the rest of the song.

 

3.Lily Allen- Alright, Still- Knock Em’ Out- 2006 

Type: Pop 

This song is a song off of Lily Allen’s Debut album however it was not released as a single and I only discovered it a few months ago as I had only ever really listened to smile and LDN from that album. This song appeals to me as it is upbeat and enjoyable, I also like the comments that can be heard in the background almost as if someone is talking in the background whilst she is singing.

 

4. The 1975- The 1975- Chocolate- 2013

Type: Alternative/ Indie Rock 

This is the third song of The 1975’s debut album, The song managed to reach number 19 in the UK chart and won the BBC Radio 1 A-list Voter Award which is voted for by listeners. The song also got nominated as the uk festival anthem of the year. I enjoy the electronic sound to this song as well as the lyrics as I feel like they stick in my head and that is what made me like the song.

 

5. Royal Blood- Royal Blood- Figure It Out-2014

Type: Alternative/Indie Rock 

This song was one of the most successful songs on the album and was nominated for the award for best music video. The album was released by the band in 2014 and the art on the front was created by a London artist called Dan Hillier. The song has been used in many adverts including one for Samsung and is also featured on the 2016 version of Pro Evolution Soccer. The song managed to reach number 43 in the UK charts. I first heard about this band when they played the BRITS in 2015 where they won the British Group Award, after listening to the song it got stuck in my head and i have enjoyed listening to it since.

 

6.Pulp- Different Class- Disco 2000- 1995

Type: Britpop 

This song was released in 1995 and managed to reach number 7 on the UK singles chart. The story of the song is based on a real life event where the character falls in love with an old friend. In 1999/2000 Pulp removed the songs Synchronisation Licence meaning that it could not be used in adverts on TV or Radio within that time. I have been listening to this song for some time as my parents used to play it alot when I was younger and have recently started playing it again. The song is lively and this is why I think I remember it from being younger and like it so much now.

 

7. Avril Lavigne- Goodbye Lullaby- What The Hell- 2011

Type: SynthPop/ Pop Punk 

This song was the lead single on Avril’s Goodbye Lullaby album and was meant to be a personal freedom message about letting go and doing what you want to do with your life. The song peaked at number 16 in the UK chart and was quite popular at the time. The song was nominated for a video award for Most Buzzworthy. I enjoy this song as it is about expressing yourself and being who you want to be. I also enjoy this song and it has loud and standing out parts but is also quite calm at some points.

 

8. Paramore- Riot!- That’s What You Get- 2008 

Type: Pop Rock/ Pop Punk 

This song is the fourth single off of the band’s second album, the song went platinum in American . The song is not one of the most popular songs from this album however I like it alot as it starts off slow and then gets more lively, I feel that this song is slightly different to what they normally create however I still found it very enjoyable. This song was also featured in a videogame that was popular at the time the song was released.

 

9. All Time Low- Nothing Personal- Damned If I Do Ya, Damned If I Don’t – 2009

Type: Pop Punk 

This song is one of the only All Time Low songs to chart however it did not chart very high only reaching number 67 in the American Billboard Charts, the song is the second single on the Nothing Personal album. The video was created by Joshua Clay who is known for creating videos for bands such as Fall Out Boy. I have enjoyed listening to all time low for quite some time however have only really started listening to more of their music recently which is when I discovered this song and I enjoyed it from the second I heard it.

 

10. Killers- Hot Fuss- All These Things That I’ve Done- 2004 

Type: Alternative Rock 

This song charted at number 8 in the UK singles chart and was nominated for a grammy for best rock song by a duo in 2006. The song repeats the phrase “I got soul but i’m not a soldier” as this is repeated a lot it gets stuck in your head and therefore makes you want to listen to the song more. Many people will recognise the song as even f they have not heard the original it has been covered by many people so most people will have heard it in some way. The song was voted 9th best song of the decade by absolute radio and was also used in a Nike advert for the 2008 Olympics.

 

I hope you enjoy the music, Annie