Tracks of My Years is back with a whole host of new bloggers who will be sharing their tracks over the next few weeks.
First up is the very lovely Amy from The Might Duxburys. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I think Amy has some great tracks in her list and I love how she’s set them out with little categories. Let’s take a closer look at the Tracks of Amy’s Years.
I was looking through my old Facebook notes (hah! Remember those?!) and during my University days, I was all about answering quizzes and surveys based on music. I used to answer them with all of my super angsty music when I was a teenager, but I’ve grown up a bit and can now own up to the fact that I used to love Right Said Fred when I was a kid. I’m not even sorry.
So for My Tracks of My Years, I’m re-visiting one of those darned Facebook quiz things, but I’m being a bit more honest about the whole thing than perhaps I have been previously…
Favourite Song. Like, ever.
My favourite song changes from time to time, but this one has been a constant basically since it came out when I was about… 10. It’s not the kind of music I’d really expect a child to get into, but I did and it has stuck – from my CD burning teens, to the iPod addicted twenties and beyond this song has been a constant on my “BANGING TUNEZ” playlist. I don’t listen to it that often any more, but you can be sure that when it comes on. It’s also the biggest argument that me and my husband have had to date, over who was the main artist and who was the featured one. I won, naturally.
Least Favourite Song. Like, ever.
Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I despise this song. It got to the top of the charts when I was starting to wean off my Boyzone / Steps obsession and begun taking it a bit more seriously. I hated it then and I hate it now. His whining voice. The little twee violins in the background. The way it tries to be super epic but it’s just garbage. The music video makes me mad (he’s SO rude!) and I still fail to understand all of the love for it. Luckily for me, The Verve didn’t last very long but this song still pops up on the odd advert, just taunting me, making my blood boil.
The Song That Makes Me Happy.
If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
If you asked me, I’d say I wasn’t a Cher fan. But the fact is she has some absolutely incredible tunes – so much so, that I’ve been swapping between two of them to answer this one. Believe, came an incredibly close second but in the end I have plumped for the absolute classic. Ignoring her fashion choices in the music video, this is one of those songs that’s a bit of a sleeper. You forget it exists until it comes out of nowhere at a family party or on the local radio on a Saturday afternoon and you remember how incredible it is. A bit like Smooth, it’s one of those songs I can’t help but belt out at fully blast… almost regardless of where I am.
The Song That Makes Me Sad.
Angel by Sarah McLaughlin
If this song doesn’t make you sad, you don’t have a soul. It’s on all of the sad adverts with kids in need and dogs that have been abandoned. It’s pretty awful in that sense, but it’s a nice song! It’s sort of floaty and her voice is outstanding. But still. So sad. I’m not even listening to it and I’m tearing up a little bit.
A Song That Reminds You Of Somewhere.
Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex
Swimming Pool Disco. Every Thursday night for my ENTIRE childhood. 5,6,7,8 by Steps NEARLY got this spot, but this is just… yeah, this is the pinnacle of what dance music was for me as a small child. I’m sure there were dance moves, but I don’t think I ever learned them – I just kept jumping out of the pool and dive-bombing back in as fast as my little legs could carry me whenever the song came on. I was… a bit weird, when I was younger, to be honest.
A Song That Reminds You Of Someone.
Disco 2000 by Pulp
I don’t remember my Mum liking music all that much when I was a kid. Not outwardly anyway – I mean, we always had Atlantic 252 on in the car and she clearly liked certain songs, but this one is the very first one I remember her loving. Even still (despite me now liking Pulp more than she does, arguably) I always think of her when I hear this song and think about growing up in general. I’m not even sure why because her name isn’t Deborah…
A Song That Is A Guilty Pleasure.
The Unforgiven II by Metallica
So… most people would expect a Nickelback song or something here. However, I’m not guilty about liking them – I’m pretty open about it. So that doesn’t work. However, if someone asks me if I like Metallica (and given my music taste, it’s a fair question to ask) the answer would be an outright no. Followed by some sort of grimace. I really don’t like them and don’t get the appeal or their reverence throughout music in general. That said. I like this one… it’s a sequel to a previous song (a sequel song, could we get more pretentious right now?) and among Metallica fans, it’s widely considered to be awful. For me, it’s the only one of theirs I like… so for more than one reason, it’s my guilty pleasure. Frankly though, half of my taste in music could have been here. It’s pretty awful at times.
A Cover Song I Think Beats The Original.
Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm
Better than Michael Jackson?! Nooooo. Well, yes, actually. This song was my JAM when I was in the latter part of High School and College. I’d just started going out drinking and dancing in clubs etc. This song was the one that everyone leapt from their seats, from wherever they were stood and just started going nuts – pulling out all of the classic Michael Jackson moves. I love the original, but this is just… better in every way. It’s more upbeat, it’s more out there, it’s just so good.
A Song I Immediately Get Up And Dance To.
Mambo Number 5 by Lou Bega
I am really showing that I was a kid of the 90s now, but this song is timeless. When I was a kid, my Dad would sing it all the time, accompanied by some very dodgy dance moves, but he’d also drag me on the dancefloor at parties when it came on. This was of course, fine when I was younger, but angsty, goth me at around 15 years old didn’t appreciate it in quite the same way. I’m 28 now… still happens from time to time.
A Song That Makes Me Laugh.
I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
Remember me talking about how diabolical my music taste is? Well, this is part of the reason. One of the first bands I ever got into as a child was Right Said Fred… what do you mean, they only had one song? I had a video that had at least five or six different songs that they’d performed. They were a legitimate band, thank you very much. Now, I can look at it and laugh but at the time, I was a diehard fan.
A Song From My Childhood.
It Must Have Been Love by Roxette
When I was tiny. I mean tiny. Like three years old. This was the very first song I ever liked… and much like a lot of things in a three year old’s brain, you can’t just like something. You love it with every fibre of your being. I didn’t know the words and still don’t, but it didn’t stop me from singing along anyway and it’s weirdly stayed with me ever since. I don’t remember anything when I was three, but I remember that I loved this song. I still like it, to be honest with you, but it has sort of got lost with the passage of time.
A Song From My Adulthood.
Life Is A Highway by Rascal Flatts
I was almost going to put our first dance song here, but in truth, we didn’t really want to do a first dance so it feels almost false putting it as my big song from my adult life. As awesome as it was and as lovely a song as it is. This song however, is what we had playing immediately after we said our vows and became man and wife. It started as a half-joke suggestion, after a looooong marathon of watching The Office US, but the more we listened to it, the more we decided we wanted it. It was also a contender for a cover version which beats the original – but I figured it’s better here. The first song I ever heard as Mrs Duxbury. That’s pretty awesome in my book. Even if it was from the Cars movie…
What do you think to Amy’s Tracks? I love some of the tracks mentioned Rob Thomas is one of my all time favourite singer / songwriters if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook you will see I often mention Matchbox Twenty and their awesome songs.
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