Let’s take a closer look…
As a toddler, I loved Mr. Blobby and even had an outfit with pink shortswith yellow polka dots which I teamed with a Mr. Blobby face mask. One of my earliest memories is of me dancing around my Grandparent’s living room to this song, then getting cross when my Grandad turned it off so that he could listen to The Archers.
Wannabe – The Spice Girls
As soon as I first heard this song, I was obsessed with it. I remember going to Asda with my parents and them buying me the cassette tape of this. I was so happy that I didn’t even care they said I couldn’t have a Kinder Egg! I used to love listening to it on my portable Fisher Price tape player, which also had a microphone so that I could sing along.
Roxanne – The Police
This song always reminds me of being in the car with my parents in the early to mid-90’s. Whenever it came on, my Dad would always sing “Rooooooxaaaanne” in a really funny way, leaving my parents in fits of giggles. I didn’t really get it, but it always made me laugh too because they were laughing.
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
I thought that this song and its music video were the coolest thing ever. I wanted to look just like Britney Spears and tried, but failed miserably to copy the dance routines. The first CD I ever owned was the single of this song and I thought it was so cool and modern having it on a CD, rather than a tape!
STOMP – Steps
Another cheesy 90s act I loved was Steps. When this song and video came out, I thought it was amazing and would sing it like I meant it (even though I was at school, so it wasn’t like I really knew the meaning of being done with work for the week and getting my party on). I loved Lisa Scott-Lee’s hair in this video and begged my mum for electric blue hair extensions from a magazine. When they came, I couldn’t get them to look right in my hair and they ended up in a horrible tangled mess in a drawer before I could even have a second attempt.
Natural – S Club 7
I was a HUGE S Club 7 fan back in the day! I loved every single song and knew them all off by heart. My poor dad even got dragged to see them as a birthday present for me one year. When I received the album that this song was on for Christmas, I really loved this song instantly and started to put together an elaborate dance routine. Unfortunately, I decided to do the routine at my birthday
party. When I dramatically dropped to the floor and was about to start doing the leg kicking part, all my friends just stopped dancing and looked down at me. Embarrassing.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
This was another song that often got played in my Dad’s car, as he’s a big Queen fan. Even from a really young age, I’d linger on Freddie’s every word and this song always gave me goosebumps. As such, it’s been my most favourite song ‘ever’ for many years and I’m not sure anything will ever change that. Queen were and are amazing.
What I go to school for – Busted
I loved Busted as soon as I heard this song! The two Busted albums were the soundtrack to lovely holidays in Cornwall with my family. I cried so much when they broke up. They reunited fairly recently and my lovely husband took me to see them at Wembley last year when I was pregnant with Autumn. She loved them too and was kicking away to the music!
I’m With You – Avril Lavigne
Around the same time as I first heard Busted, I also heard Avril Lavigne. This is where you’ll start to see something of a transition in my music tastes! I loved Avril’s rocky sound and basically wanted to be her at the time. Unfortunately, though, this song reminds me of when I first had depression at the age of 10.
Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
I didn’t actually like this song at first – but I grew to love it very quickly! The early Evanescence albums remain some of my most favourite music to this day. When I was in my early teens, I wanted to look like Amy Lee so badly and even wanted to get my eyebrow pierced.
I’m Not Okay (I Promise) – My Chemical Romance
At 12, I listened to My Chemical Romance for the first time. This was before The Black Parade took off a couple of years later in 2006 (probably my least favourite song of theirs, actually!) After a couple of years of dilly-dallying between chart music and pop rock, I began to really only listen to rock. I adored Gerard Way and had photos of him on my wall and even my Nan would say “Aww, he’s nice” when we watched him on the telly!
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
When I went horse riding in my teens, my dad and I would listen to classic rock in the car on the way to and from the stables. For some reason, the main one that I remember listening to is this one. Such a great classic song.
Leeches – In Flames
At 13, I was introduced to In Flames by an online friend and that was that. The next few years I would listen to rock and metal only. I had the pleasure of seeing this performed live at Download Festival earlier this year, while my Dad looked on a bit confused about why I liked it (I have a much heavier taste in metal than him).
Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
This has to be in here for a weird reason. I haven’t had many boyfriends as I met my husband when I was 16. However, all 3 boyfriends I’ve had chose to sing this song to me shortly after meeting them for some strange reason. When my husband sang it to me I was honestly like “Seriously? Not again!”
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
When we were 16 and had been dating for a couple of weeks, my boyfriend (now husband) was sitting at his desk doing homework and I was sitting on his bed waiting for my dad to come and take me home when this song started playing on his phone. We just wanted to be together and the words tugged at our heartstrings, causing us to look at each other sadly. We decided then and there that it was ‘our song’ and if we should ever get married it’d be our wedding song. 7 years later, it was.
California Gurls – Katy Perry
This song reminds me of one of my husband and I’s first holidays together, we were going camping by the beach and this song came on while we were on the motorway. This song was on and seemed so summery and it was perfect for the heatwave we were driving along in! Unfortunately, it was not a sign of things to come as the rest of the week it was cold and rainy, so we came home early. We laid the tent out on the conservatory table to dry when my husband spotted a huge spider and shut me in there!
Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
My husband and I bought our house in 2012 and this was pretty much the song of the summer. I just remember listening to this over and over again whilst removing wallpaper and painting because my husband really liked it.
Jump Around – House of Pain
This song reminds me of the evening of my wedding. I had so much fun jumping around to this with my friends and their parents! Gangnam Style was another one that was great to dance to with my family as well.
Power – Little Mix
I’m a closet Little Mix fan, I just think they and their songs are awesome. I actually met them a couple of years ago and they were even more beautiful in real life (like, how is that even possible?) This song has extra meaning to me, as I used this late last year and early this year to help me to power through the awful anxiety attacks I had due to the stress of Autumn being critically ill a couple of weeks after birth.
Diamond in the Rough – Airbourne
Download Festival was somewhere I finally got the opportunity to go this year and I was so excited. Airbourne was a band I’d heard of but never actually listened to before. They were brilliant and I was a fan right away. Come on, if you can play the guitar whilst going around the crowds on the shoulders of a guy dressed as a squirrel, you have talent!
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes
I have a recent funny memory linked to this song. We were almost home from the 5-hour drive home from Manchester after I went to #BlogOnXmas, my first ever blogging conference, when I noticed that my husband was getting sleepy. This came on the radio just as we were going over the Dartford Crossing. Despite my sore throat, I insisted on singing this loudly, doing a weird dance and even singing the instrumental parts in a bid to keep him awake. It worked though (apparently because I scared him!)