#30DaySomgChallenge: Music that I like, love and inspires me

If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Twitter (if you’re not, please do), you my have seen me take part in the #30DaySomgChallenge, where I share a different song each day that I like, love and inspires me. I was encouraged to get involved in this by fellow blogger Glen Turner from Well Eye Never.

Read on to find out which songs I chose and why in the #30DaySomgChallenge:

DAY 1: A song you like with a colour in the title: Baby Blue by Tor Miller

I discovered Tor Miller in 2016 when he supported Walking on Cars live in Portsmouth. He is an American singer-songwriter who has an incredible voice with strong emotive lyrics.

Baby Blue is a single off Tor Miller’s debut album American English, which is a powerful song about living life alone and missing those you love and trust.

DAY 2: A song you like with a number in the title: Song 2 by Blur

I have no idea what this song is about or why it’s called Song 2 but I love the cray guitar riffs and the creative “WAHOOOO” lyrics. A proper feel-good Brit-pop anthem!

DAY 3: A song that reminds you of summertime: Wasted by Kasabian

I know this is a strange choice for a summertime song but I love the first few lyrics:

“Summer is here once again
So I’m told
But you won’t catch me in my shorts
I’d rather just sit in this bar and drink all day
Knowing that you’ll wander in through the door, door”

This is because I find summer too hot and bright, never like wearing shorts and would prefer to stay inside drinking (unless I’m at a festival).

DAY 4: A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget: Fuck You by Lily Allen

This song is dedicated to all the annoying, stupid, rude, selfish, fake and shitty carers and friendships I’ve had over the years.

DAY 5: A song that needs to be played loud: Psycho by Muse

This song is outstandingly loud, heavy, dramatic and psychotic. It has a mind-blowing guitar riff and a perfect track to have on when letting all your anger out.

DAY 6: A song that makes you want to dance: Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy

I’m not a big fan of dance or electronic music, but I enjoy some tracks from The Prodigy and I love the beat of Invaders Must Die and it’s a great track to dance to.

DAY 7: A song that needs to be played loud in a car: Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf

Every time I hear this song, I think of the opening scene in the 1969 film Easy Rider and inspires me to play this song on a road trip.

DAY 8: A song about going out: I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) by The Proclaimers

This song doesn’t remind me of any particular trip but the thought of walking 500 miles amuses me.

DAY 9: A song that makes you happy: Everlong by Foo Fighters

This song brings back happy memories at Foo Fighters gigs as they always close with this song in spectacular style. I love the lyrics:

“And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang”

It makes me feel that attending Foo Fighters’ shows is the best moment in my life and I never want it to end.

DAY 10: A song that makes you sad: Folding Stars by Biffy Clyro

Fortunately, no one close to me has died yet, but this song brings a tear to my eye knowing this song is honouring the life of lead singer Simon’s late mother.

DAY 11: A song you never get tired of: Knights of Cydonia by Muse

This is my all-time favourite Muse song. It is an energetic, lively and motivating piece of rock treasure. It is also in my top five of favourite live performance.

DAY 12: A song from your preteen years: Not Nineteen Forever by The Courteeners

This is the greatest record created by the Courteeners. It reminds me that you’ll have to grow-up, but we’re always kids at heart.

DAY 13: A song you like from the 70s: Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

I would happily choose all Queen songs but obviously I can only pick one so I just randomly selected Don’t Stop Me Now.

DAY 14: A song you’d love to be played at your wedding: Thank You For Loving Me by Bon Jovi

This song is so emotional, moving and romantic and I love the lyrics:

“Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn’t see
For parting my lips
When I couldn’t breathe
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for loving me”

It makes me think that I hope if and when I do find my true love, I can thank him for supporting me throughout my life.

DAY 15: A song you like that’s a cover by another artist: Hounds of Love by The Futureheads

I discovered this song as a bonus track on The Futurehead’s album The Chaos. I later found out this was originally recorded by Kate Bush in 1985. In my opinion, I prefer The Futurehead’s version.

DAY 16: A song that’s a classic favourite: Hey Jude by The Beatles

I have no specific reason why I chose this song but that it’s an awesome classic sing-a-long anthem.

DAY 17: A song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Without a doubt Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. My friend Steph and I always sing this together at every karaoke night, trip to the pub, party and even her wedding.

DAY 18: A song from the year you were born: Basket Case by Green Day

This song was released in 1994 but I probably only discovered it 15 years later (I was still in the pop world as a child).

DAY 19: A song that makes you think about life: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python

This song is from the Monty Python film The Life of Brian. Any time I have a bad day or in a negative atmosphere, I always sing this song in my head as a way to appreciate the positive things in life.

Plus, I love the line: “Life’s a piece of shit, when you look at it”, which is so true sometimes.

DAY 20: A song that has many meanings to you: Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

I find this song is all about love, escapism and moving forward in life.

DAY 21: A song you like with a person’s name in the title: Lucy by Skillet

My friend Steph introduced me to the band Skillet when we were at college together. The song Lucy is a sad yet beautiful song about death, loss, grief and love.

DAY 22: A song that moves you forward: Survival by Muse

This song got me through my A-Levels. My three years of study did feel like a race where I had to win my grades and had to survive the coursework, revision and exams.

DAY 23: A song you think everybody should listen to: Life on Earth by Snow Patrol

This song is incredibly powerful, emotive and yet illustrates such a simple message. Life on Earth is the first track on Snow Patrol’s latest album Wildness. It took the band five years to write and record. The song simply says life shouldn’t be so hard, it’s just “life on earth”.

DAY 24: A song from a band you wish were still together: S Club Party by S Club 7

I couldn’t think of any rock/alternative bands I like that are no longer together. However, I still have a soft spot for my childhood favourite S Club 7.

DAY 25: A song you like by an artist no longer living: A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles

I discovered this song when studying the film A Hard Day’s Night during my Film Studies A-Level. It is a shame we will never see a reunion from the fab four.

DAY 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love: Somebody to Love by Queen

This song is such an obvious choice, but it is such a powerful song. I just hope one day I will find “somebody to love”.

DAY 27: A song that breaks your heart: Iridescent by Linkin Park

I used to think this song brought me motivation and hope and inspiration to let go of frustrations. But following the death of Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in 2017, ir was heart-breaking to think he couldn’t let go of his own frustrations and lost his battle with depression.

DAY 28: A song by an artist whose voice you love: All I Wanted by Paramore

Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the band has an incredible voice. I particularly love the energy, power and passion she puts into the song All I Wanted, an album track from their album Brand New Eyes.

DAY 29: A song you remember from your childhood: Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi brings me so many memories of my childhood. At primary school, my friends and I created a dance routine to this song for a talent show. Then as preteens, my best friend Pluggy and I created dance routines together when hanging out at weekends and school holidays.

DAY 30: A song that reminds you of yourself: Best of You by Foo Fighters

I saved the best until last. This song inspires me to be the best that I can be and do the best that I can in life. Plus this is the best song to be performed live ever!

What are your 30 favourite songs? Share each day on your social media channels using the hashtag #30DaySongChallenge.

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