Hey guys! I’m trying to write a bit more often on here because I tend to get a little rusty on ideas when I only post once or twice a week. The daily prompt is proving very useful to me for this purpose! Today’s prompt is Music so I thought I would share a little list of some of my favourite songs. Music is such a powerful and therapeutic tool for mental health, and I find that it can lift my mood faster than anything else. When I find myself in a slump, often the most helpful thing I can do for myself is put some music on and sing along (if you can call my screeching “singing”).
So without further ado, here are some of my absolute favourite songs to blast at full volume. (A warning: I have EXTREMELY antiquated taste in music. Most of the songs listed are not from this decade… read on if you can bear it!)
- Take On Me – Aha. This is one of those songs where I have no idea what the words are, but I sing along anyway with random vowel sounds. This results in the song sounding really great, and me sounding like an accompanying whale.
- Top of the World – The Carpenters.
- Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners. I told you my taste was old fashioned.
- Lovely Rita – The Beatles. This is a ridiculous song, but I adore it. Classic Beatles silliness.
- Honey Honey – Abba, performed by Amanda Seyfried. This song is particuarly enjoyable to clean or cook to. Scrubbing brushes/feather dusters/spatulas all make excellent microphones.
- Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (SEE?! I listen to modern music too!!!)
- Puttin’ On The Ritz – Robbie Williams. I think the song itself is much older, but I like Robbie’s version best.
- Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen. This song was my saviour during my time at university! I am reallllly great at leaving essays until the night before they are due, and would often dance around my room at 4am listening to this to stop myself falling asleep. I basically owe my English degree to Freddie Mercury.
- Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root. If you know it, I daresay you first heard it from the scene in Matilda where she makes pancakes. Correct me if I’m wrong (but I bet I’m not!)
- Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis. I actually can barely tell what the words to this are, I just like yelling the “ba da DA, ba da DA, ba da da da da da DA” bits
Slower, Quieter Songs:
- Perfect Day – Lou Reed. This is my favourite song in the whole world. It’s so simple, but so sweet.
- Hushabye Mountain – Dick van Dyke. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am a mature adult (if I say it enough it’ll come true, right?), but I have an undying love for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. If I ever have children, this is the lullaby I will sing them to sleep with. Or, let’s be real, this is the lullaby I will sing so badly that they’ll flee from their beds and run away forever so that they never have to hear me sing again. But let’s just pretend the first version is the real one.
- How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding, performed by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney and Ben Coleman. I don’t actually like the original version of this song much, but this cover is so lovely. I came across it in the film About Time – if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out!
- Dream A Little Dream – Robbie Williams and Lily Allen. An unexpected but lovely duet.
- Somewhere Only We Know – Keane, performed by Lily Allen. The original version is lovely too, I just like this cover even better.
- The Luckiest – Ben Folds. Lovely lovely lovely.
- Riptide – Vance Joy. Just a sweet, simple song.
Disney/Broadway/West End/Show Tunes (a.k.a Songs Heartily Recommended to Perk Up Mundane Household Tasks) – my personal favourite category.
In case you’re not already aware, I LOVE musical theatre. If I could actually sing/dance/act without fainting/tripping/crying, I would do it 24/7. Big musical numbers energise me so much, and I like to listen to these types of songs when I’m doing something exceptionally boring. I particularly love blasting these songs while I vacuum, because I can shout the lyrics as loud as I like but no-one can judge me because the hoover drowns me out.
- Summer in Ohio – The Last 5 Years. This is a very recent discovery for me, and I’m loving it. I’m not sure who originally sang it but I adore this Anna Kendrick version.
- Wouldn’t It Be Loverly – My Fair Lady. Bonus points for singing it in an abso-bloomin’-lutely marvelous Cockney accent.
- Belle – Beauty and the Beast. Bonus points for a French accent and for singing every part.
- While we’re talking Disney, I’ll Make A Man Out of You – Mulan.
- Literally ANYTHING from The Phantom of the Opera. I can’t pick one. But for the purpose of linking you to one I shall choooooose…. this one!
- Toucha Touch Me – The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Note to future self: do NOT start absent-mindedly singing “toucha-toucha-toucha-touch meeee, I wanna be dirrrrty” while working with small children. They WILL ask you what you’re singing about, and you WILL have to tell them that you are singing about splashing in mud puddles. Not that this has happened before or anything.
- You’re the One That I Want – Grease. Even more fun when there’s someone else to sing it with.
- Hello! – The Book of Mormon. Loads of fun to sing along to!
- Tonight – West Side Story. When I was in highschool, I played the trumpet in the orchestra for this show. During this number, one of the actors overestimated how far he need to jump and literally threw himself into the orchestra pit. Luckily the audience thought it was choreographed and burst into applause 😛
- The Laendler – The Sound of Music. This is just an instrumental piece, but the actual scene is one of the most beautiful pieces of cinema I’ve ever seen. Just look at it! Also every other song from this musical. They’re all amazing.
So there you have it! A very dated selection of some songs that never fail to make me smile. I love discovering new music so please feel free to suggest your favourites! I hope you get some enjoyment out of these, or at least some enjoyment out of laughing at my ridiculous music taste.
All my love and thanks for reading,