So, Michelle, it's over to you and the Tracks of Your Years....
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury and The Blockheads
One of my earliest memories is of dancing to this whilst pretending to ‘hit’ family members with one of my toys, much to their amused delight. I suspect that my interest in this song was very much down to the fact it gave me license to carry on in this way, and not get told off. It holds a special place in my heart, even more so as my dad gave me a vinyl copy of it on my 40th birthday this year.
Take On Me – A-Ha
‘Who is that man?’ I thought as I watched the video by A-Ha for the first time. Those cheekbones! Those eyes! That mullet! I do declare that at the tender age of eight, I had my first crush. I was agog watching the band – Norwegian! How exotic! -- on Saturday Superstore and bristled with bitter jealousy at the other girls who were in the studio asking my hero questions.
Do They Know It’s Christmas - Band Aid
I thought I was the coolest kid around when I bought my very first single using my very own pocket money. I carried that record around, hoping that people would notice it and ask me about it: ‘Oh this? Yes, I just bought it myself,’ I’d declare nonchalant. Sadly, such a response took place in my head alone, probably because the only people I was showing it off to were my parents – who had given me the pocket money in the first place – and my tiny twin sisters who couldn’t care less.
Insanity - Oceanic
I was 15 and embroiled in a battle: who would run the discos in the fifth year? I wanted it (mainly so I could impress boys. However, I think it’s fair to say that DJ’ing at a teenage dance in a school hall wasn’t going to up my street cred) and so did some boys in my form. Who would emerge victorious? Well, in the end we were forced to compromise by an exasperated teacher and we ran the discos together. Fair to say they did not rival an Ibizan club night. This song always reminds me of that time and the anticipation in the run up to those magical nights (which, incidentally, didn’t help my sad love life in any way, shape or form).
No Limits - Two Unlimited
I was 17 when I started going clubbing. And woah! These nights out made the school discos look like sad little shindigs in a cold, echoey hall (which they were). I have a very vivid memory of giving it large to this song, several Bacardi and cokes to the good, before picking up a burger (there are ‘restaurants‘ open at this time of night?!) on the way home.
Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal
On my first holiday abroad with my then-boyfriend-now-husband, we went to a resort in Tenerife which had its own nightclub attached. One night, we ventured to the club for karaoke night. There
were about five people there so it was clearly buzzing. I chose to rap this song – I don’t know why – and was so bad that, according to my husband, the DJ turned the soundtrack up to drown me out. That didn’t stop one the other clubbers raving hard along to my performance - this must be what it feels like to be a celebrity I thought. Probably not, I imagined, when I’d sobered up.
Pencil Full of Lead - Paulo Nutini
We wanted something a bit different for our first dance at our wedding so we chose this as the words just resonated with us, and it is a 50s-style tune which fitted in with our wedding theme. We didn’t let people know this was our song of choice though and began our ‘moment’ on the dancefloor with some gentle moves to ‘Especially For You’ by Kylie and Jason before we switched to this. I danced with more energy and enthusiasm than ever before, bursting with absolute joy.
Song for Gavin - Ludovico Einaudi
When my daughter was a little baby, we used to listen to the Classic FM chart on a Sunday before her bedtime. I remember very clearly on one occasion, this song playing as the album was number one. I just swayed my daughter in my arms to the beautiful tune. It moved me so much, that moment, that I cried. When my baby turned one, my daughter was featured as the ‘Sunday Special’ on Aled Jones’ show on Classic FM and this was played for her. I blubbed as I recalled the way I had felt the first time I heard it; unadulterated, absolute love for my girl, so much so that I thought my heart would burst.
There are some great tracks in Michelle's list - I love Take on Me, I have my mum to thank for liking the original and I loved it when A1 covered it in my teenage years. Do They Know It's Christmas has to be one of the best known Christmas songs ever and although it has a very serious message you can't help but sing along when it comes on the radio.
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