Hello there! I've never done a post like this before, but I thought I should write a little something about my love for music. I think music is an incredible thing. It can cheer you up, it can send shivers down your spine, it can provide a soundtrack to the best and worst times of your life, it can make you want to dance, sing or cry, and it can touch and inspire you.
I like a lot of music. I can't really say which genres I prefer, and I can't really explain what makes me like a particular song. Sometimes it's because it has meaningful lyrics, and sometimes it simply has a good beat and catchy hook. I don't play any instruments (I scraped a grade one in violin about seven years ago, but I don't really count that because if I picked up a violin now I'd probably make your ears bleed a little) and I probably sing terribly out of tune, but I still love music, I still consider it to be a part of my life. I think that says a lot about how important music is.
Now, for the playlists. I should say that these are unordered.
These are songs that have been high up in the UK charts this year. I think modern pop music gets a lot of bad press, and I agree that there have been some pretty bad songs in the charts this year (seriously, can we now ban all future use of the word "floor", "dance" or "young" from lyrics?) but if you look hard enough I think you can find some gems.
Sorry ladies and gents, but One Direction are not present on this list (though they are a slight guilty pleasure of mine)!
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye ft. Kimbra
Some Nights - fun.
Spectrum - Florence + The Machine
Skyfall - Adele
Mama Do The Hump - Rizzle Kicks
Drunk - Ed Sheeran
So Good - B.o.B
Drive By - Train
Picking Up The Pieces - Paloma Faith
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding
I don't know how "alternative" you'd consider some of these songs, because maybe some of them have been on albums that have been in the charts, and may have been something like #127 on the UK singles chart, but they're certainly more alternative than the charts list. Jake Bugg is featured twice on this list because for me he has been the artist of the year!
Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg
I Always Knew - The Vaccines
Demons - Imagine Dragons
When My Day Comes - Tribes
Thinkin Bout You - Frank Ocean
Teen Idle - Marina & The Diamonds
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Tame Impala
Sleep Alone - Two Door Cinema Club
Two Fingers - Jake Bugg
Brightest Lights - King Charles ft. Mumford & Sons
Of course I couldn't not make this list. This is a mix of old and modern classics. They all make me feel insanely happy whenever I listen to them.
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
8 Days Of Christmas - Destiny's Child
Christmas Time - The Darkness
Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
Mary's Boy Child - Boney M
Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
Stay Another Day - East 17
This post has been quite word heavy, so thank you if you've stuck with it - and thank you if you've just skimmed, because I can't really blame you! Hugs and kisses.