Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else love going through all the ‘playlist of my life’ videos on Teen Vogue’s Youtube? Well, for quite some time now they have been my go-too videos to watch when I am bored. I think you can tell a lot about a person by the type of music they listen too, and so seeing which artists like similar music to me is always interesting, as is finding out which artists listen to music that is completely opposite to my own. Basically, if you have not seen the videos, they have a celebrity guest who creates a playlist of ten songs that represent their life, both past or present. Some songs have surface level meanings to the artist, while other artists have songs that have much deeper meaning to them. Either way, I think discussing aspects of your life as represented my songs is a really great idea and I thought what better way to continue the trend than by creating my own ‘playlist of my life.’
I have complied (in the same style as the Teen Vogue videos) a list of ten songs which I consider the current playlist of my life. Some are older songs, some are newer, but all ten of them have some form of significance to me and have shaped me in some way, either surface level or with a far deeper impact. I have made a playlist to accompany this post with an extra 10 songs on it, that did not make the list, but are still very important to me (link at the bottom of the post!) Make sure to let me know your thoughts on the songs I have in the playlist of MY life, and I would love to hear what songs would make it into the playlist of YOUR life. The songs below are in no particular order and WILL change over time!
1. Promise – Ben Howard
While I did say these songs are in no particular order, Promise by Ben Howard has always been my no.1 song for years, as has the album it comes from (Every Kingdom) been my all time favourite album. Something about the way Ben Howard writes and sings is beautiful to listen too, to put me in any mood. His lyrics are raw and thoughtful and for me, Promise is the epitome of that. I think I discovered this song during the first season of The 100 (which I no longer watch). However, it moulded beautifully with a scene in the forest that I adored, so I googled the song immediately. I knew about Ben Howard prior to this and listened to some of Every Kingdom, but hadn’t connected to a song in the same way I did with Promise. Honestly, the beginning of a love story.
2. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Of course I had to include a song from one of my all time favourite bands (maybe even my favourite, period.). Landslide is a slow and beautiful portrayal of change and its ups and downs. The lyric “I’ve been ‘fraid of changing cause I’ve built my life around you” is a beautiful acknowledgement that we need to move on from people we love sometimes for the best. Stevie Nicks is one of the greatest artists alive today in my opinion, and is someone I look up too! Both her and this song know exactly how to present emotion through music and lyrics and ‘Landslide’ is one of the best examples of this, within the Fleetwood Mac discography.
3. Doo Wop – Ms. Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is easily one of the greatest albums every created! This song is also one of my favourites ever created. She is a visionary and a hip hop genius and I will never not love everything she creates. Her music was so monumental in bringing hip hop mainstream and her music is so culturally relevant and important.
4. The Special Two – Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins is probably the most nostalgic artist for me, as my family used to listen to her when I was young, so it has always resonated with me. Especially her debut album ‘The Sound of White’ which was absolutely incredible and easily one of my favourite albums of all time! I remember living in my very first house and having these songs playing in the background when I was playing in the back yard. The Special Two has always been my go-too song, as the lyrics are impeccable and Missy Higgins has such an iconic Australian voice that you can’t help but love in this song. It is so unique and truely one of the best songs to come from the Australian music scene.
5. Call me – Blondie
Blondie is the perfect example of an oldie but a goodie. I never knew much about them as a band until recently if I am being honest. I have always known their songs, through hearing them at home or on the radio when I was younger, but never really knew the band they were attached too. As I got older, I discovered Blondie as a band and fell in love. Debbie Harry was one of the coolest musicians during her prime days and I would of loved to have seen her and the band, if I was alive during the 1970’s! For me, Call Me is the song that has always been stuck in my head, as the song I link to the band (not forgetting ‘Heart of Glass’). It has such a rock and roll, funky vibe that makes you want to dance and shout it from the top of your lungs. It is not only a fun song, but such an iconic song to remember alongside the 70’s.
6. Blue – Marina and The Diamonds
Marina (formerly; Marina and The Diamonds) is one of most underrated vocalists in the music industry today. What I love about Marina is that she writes in character, meaning her albums are written in an ‘alter ego’ style, where she portrays a certain character within the album. This makes for some really interesting lyrics and meaning to the songs within each album. Marina can portray sadness, grief, sass, hate and love all in one album in the most artist way, while not sounding the same on each track. Each song she writes holds so much meaning and it is very easy to resonate with many songs in her discography. Personally, while Blue is not my all time favourite song of hers, it is the one I chose to include on this playlist because I think it demonstrates my feelings at the moment. Blue is one of her more positive upbeat songs about not wanting to feel blue (sad) anymore and that is definitely what I plan to do. While, this is the song I chose to represent me on this playlist, my favourite song of Marinas is probably ‘Lies,’ (if you were wondering!).
7. I Would Do Anything For You – Foster The People
I have always been a massive of Foster The People, ever since Pumped Up Kicks was released all those years ago. I think this song is easily my favourite out of their entire discography! It is just an amazing song about being so madly in love with someone and being willing to do anything for them. It’s such a positive song and its such a vibe to listen too! It was one of my first experiences with the indie realm of music and they have never disappointed.
8. I Like That – Janelle Monáe
Probably the most diverse artists on this list, with a career that covers both music and acting equally, Janelle is an inspiration. She is empowering, energetic, relevant and has an incredible style, where like Marina, she portrays characters through her music. I Like That is the most badass song and gets you in the mood for any occasion. It is basically being able to do what you want, like what and who you want and give absolutely no f**ks what anyone else thinks! I remember listening to this song for the first time and being in awe of the uniqueness, style and passion that Janelle incorporates into her music.
9. Waterfalls – TLC
TLC is a given for me, and Waterfalls is a classic! If you don’t know this song, then you must of been living under a rock because its in countless movies, gets played in clubs, is on tonnes of Spotify playlists etc. It is not an understatement to say that this song has had its fair share of features in daily life ever since its release. “Don’t go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used too” is such a memorable quote from the song that goes much deeper in meaning that surface level, as you can see through the music video below! Can we also just talk about the best verse of the song being Lisa Lopes (Left Eye) “I seen rainbow yesterday, but too many storms have come and gone leavin’ a trace of not on God-given ray…”
10. Re: Stacks – Bon Iver
Last, but CERTAINLY not least. Bon Iver. Need I say more? Ever since everyone decided to give Birdy credit for ‘Skinny Love’ I have grown more and more in love with the music this incredible artist produces. His lyrics are beautiful, like poetry. He is creative genius and I truely adore everything he writes! However, Re: Stacks is my go-too-crying-song, as you can’t help but feel sorrow even if you are not sad! This is one of my favourite songs ever written.
Check out the Spotify playlist here!