I wanted to start a monthly post to keep you up to date with what I’m listening to. I find that music matches a mood, and I’ve had a hell of a month. Between the aftermath of a breakup, finishing uni work, and then some very happy moments, so my music has been a little all over the place. Plus on top of that, of course I’m still listening to the newest 5 Seconds of Summer album Youngblood on repeat (link to review is here) so there was a lot of that going on too. Luckily, only 3 songs in my most played are from there.
Without further babble, here are my most played songs of January 2019, and the playlist will be on my spotify.
20. (One of Those) Crazy Girls- Paramore
This is on the list purely for no other reason than I overlooked it for years, so then when it came on I think I played it a solid 20 times in a row. Why this wasn’t a lead single for them I don’t know, but I think it’s lyrically incredibly clever.
19. Come a Little Bit Closer- Jay and the Americans
This is just a nice, upbeat song. I think it surprises a lot of people that this is my kind of thing, this is the kind of music I listen to quite a lot, especially when I do need a boost and I need to cheer myself up. I also used it to replace backing music for a project in Uni so it was listened to a lot in that time to get the right timing and the right part of the song.
18. Brassneck- The Wedding Present
“I’ve just decided I don’t trust you anymore” is something that I can relate to and I understand. That song was a summary of my feelings for a good few months, so I did find myself turning to it a lot. If you’ve never heard The Wedding Present, this is one of my favourite songs of theirs and it’s incredible live- give them a listen.
17. Moving Along- 5 Seconds of Summer
This song makes me nearly start belting on a bus so it’s definitely one that packs a punch. I think this was one of my most played on the album, which surprises a lot of people because it’s not one of the most popular. For me, a common theme on this list, it’s angry enough that it motivates me to work, and it’s relatable enough to make me not feel like a bitch.
16. Broken- Lovelytheband
This is a song that I admire a lot; when you listen to the lyrics, it’s actually pretty depressing, but it sounds so upbeat and the synth on it is fab. It’s been stuck in my head for weeks so I don’t think it’s really too surprising that it’s been one of my most played this month.
15. I Don’t Love You- My Chemical Romance
I’m a huge fucking emo. If you don’t go back to your emo roots slightly when you’re sad and angry and stressed, then you’re a stronger person than I am. This is something that has always meant a lot to me, and it did teach me something when I was younger: that you always have to have the guts to be honest with people. I think when looking at every song they’ve done, this is one that I think it underrated by many.
14. Ring Off- Beyoncé
Did you expect for me to have a rough month and not have Beyoncé in my life somewhere? It’s catchy as fuck, and it has a good message in it about moving on and how there’s always gonna be something good at the end of going through some shit. It cheers me up just with how catchy the music itself is.
Sidenote: if you’re feeling more pissed off and want a song to make you angry, Don’t Hurt Yourself from Lemonade is a go to. It was a tie between the two, but seeing as everything on these lists has a playlist on Spotify, this pipped Don’t Hurt Yourself. Think of this being after a breakup is fresh, then Ring Off is after you’ve calmed down more.
13. Cherry Wine- Hozier
This is one of my all time favourite songs, but it’s one I find difficult to listen to very often; once you know what the song is about and you pick up on it ( spoiler: it’s about an abusive relationship) it’s something which goes from beautiful but sad to just plain depressing. Yet, this has been on repeat this past few weeks. I utterly adore the song, and it’s usually playing most nights.
12. Ass Backwards: Mindless Self Indulgence
This is just funny. If I’m ever in a truly shit mood, I tend to head towards Mindless Self Indulgence because they’re funny. How few fucks they give always makes me smile, they’re the people I rely on, they remind me that it’s okay if I care a little bit less, and I should be a little more brutally honest occasionally. Fun fact: the first song I ever learned on bass was Shut Me Up by Mindless Self Indulgence.
11. Wicked Game- Chris Isaak
It’s a sad, yet romantic song. I have no shame in saying I’ve sat at night staring at the rain outside my window while this was on, moody lighting and all. If I’m gonna have a scene out of a romantic comedy, I’m gonna go all fucking out with it. Sidenote: fuck Friends for making this song have happy romantic connotations. Let miserable bastards like me be miserable.
10. Don’t Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
If I’m having a rough time, I usually do turn to this song. There’s something about the opening riff that instantly calms me down and lets me concentrate on what I’m doing. I’ve listened to it a lot in uni when I’ve been working because while it’s soothing in a way, I find it motivational. Plus, when you’re a uni student and you feel as if death is approaching near enough constantly, it feels nice for somebody to say don’t fear it.
9. When Doves Cry- Prince
If I’ve had a really shitty day and I need a boost, this is something that will always cheer me up. Prince was an incredible artist, and I dare you to not move a little bit when you hear this, and feel a spike of energy in some sort. Plus, I think this is usually underrated as a break up song for either party; it has the bitterness of someone who’s been broken up with, but the reasoning of a person who’s broken up with a person… I also really wish I had the showman ship of Prince, and hope I one day do.
8. Youngblood- 5 Seconds of Summer
SURPRISE!! Of fucking course Youngblood would be on the list. It fills me with sass and fuels me: it fuels my anger and the fire, it makes me walk with more purpose, makes me want to succeed. I relate to the lyrics in a way quite a lot, so if ever I need that bit of a push and backing up, I go to this. It’s become a song that I never skip; if you want a full review of the song, the link is above in the track by track review. You’ll see why I rave about it so much and why it’s one of my most listened to this month.
7. Are You Gonna Be My Girl?- Jet
I went MONTHS without listening to this. I kind of forgot that the song existed in all honesty, so this came back into my life with a crash. This genuinely has me strutting around and bouncing. There’s something happy about it, it’s just a catchy song. I’m unsure to why, but again, this is one that gives me a huge confidence boost.
6. Guys My Age- Hey Violet
The lyrics in this one is what really got me: it’s a well written pop song which is trying to relate to people, and it does it fucking well. If you’re going through a breakup, I highly recommend this because it’s a bitter, fuck you song about moving on and how you can get better than your ex. It also suggests going for an older man, so it’s got a message and advice in it too I guess.
5. Walls Could Talk- Halsey
“She ain’t your baby no more…” is something which again, when you’re angry and bitter and not exactly happy, it’s something that definitely channels that. I’ve loved this song for a long time, there is something about it which makes you want to take no shit and stand up for yourself, while also wanting to spill the tea… thank God I’m a bigger person than that.
4. Curious- Hayley Kiyoko
Just a poppy song that cheers people up. I’m a huge fan of Hayley Kiyoko (Lesbian Jesus) and I love how her style of music has changed over the years. There’s also bits of lyrics that I relate to in different ways and different situations. I think no matter your age, there’s something comforting about having a song relate to something you’re going through, just so you’re not feeling entirely alone.
3. You Shook Me (All Night Long)- AC/DC
I’ve started having to do mini workouts recently to build muscle because I lost a lot of weight. This is the one song I will always put on when I do, because it does pump you up, it does push you through. I think this is on a lot of people’s workout playlists. There;s no deep meaning for this one, it’s just my go to song when I need to kick myself up the arse to exercise.
2. Dazed and Confused- Led Zeppelin
I’m a student, this is my constant state: dazed and confused for so long it’s not true. There’s something sexy about this song in a way, I think the opening bass and guitar is what kicks it off. I’ve been feeling insecure in myself more the past month or so, and this does make me feel better about myself, it does make me feel sexy. It’s also my favourite Led Zeppelin song so there’s that factor too.
1. Ghost of You- 5 Seconds of Summer
I’m looking at getting lyrics from this tattooed on me at some point, it’s a song that means a lot to me for a lot of different reasons- this and Youngblood were actually two of my most played songs of 2018, so even before shit hit the fan this was a song that I went to a lot of it meant a lot to me. Being my favourite song on the album, it’s one I go to every time and it still makes me really emotional.
So there you have it; I know it’s very much a mixed bag, but I’ve been trying to get myself back into blogging and writing about stuff that isn’t for uni, and this seemed like a good way to get myself back into it.
Stay safe and stay happy ❤