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A week or so back, dimity_blue asked about favourite songs, and how they make us feel. It was an interesting question, but I didn't get around to answering it at the time. Kept thinking about it though, and with my usual inability to come to a decision about favourite songs, I shovelled a bunch of them into a folder, and then wrote down the first ten titles that resulted from a random play. This is the result, and it's a playlist that I'm very happy with. As to how they make me feel... Well, they're good songs, so I suppose the obvious answer is "good", but there is a bit more to that, at least for some.

Queen - Somebody To Love

I love this song. People always cite Bohemian Rhapsody as being Queen's crowning glory, and yes, that is a good song. It's certainly a hell of an achievement. I prefer this though. This is a particularly good live rendition. I love the energy of it live, and also the extra Roger vocals. The song isn't a cheerful one of course, at least in terms of subject matter, but somehow it's feel-good nonetheless.

Herman's Hermits - I'm Into Something Good

One of my all time favourite songs. I just love this one, utterly.

Gerry & the Pacemakers - I Like It

Like so much sixties pop, I first came to this song through the BBC's fabulous social history series, The Rock 'n' Roll Years, which mixed contemporary newsreel footage with music. My mother told me that her own mother disapproved of it massively, due to the line: "I like the way you let me come in when your mamma ain't there." That often still makes me smile.

Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca

Totally bounce worthy. :)

a-ha - Nothing Is Keeping You Here

So's this, though being a-ha it's inevitably bittersweet beneath the bounce. Mags has said that Norwegians don't do totally happy, and consequently they're incapable of doing a one hundred percent happy song! I don't know if that's true, but at any rate, whatever the underlying themes, this one just soars.

John Barrowman & Daniel Boys - I Know Him So Well

This one manages to make me happy just by existing.

Dean Martin - Dark Town Strutters Ball

It's Dean Martin singing a gloriously jazzy old song. Hard to beat that.

Dusty Springfield - I Only Want To Be With You

Another sixties pop song that I adore. I remember this from when it was in the charts when I was a very small kid. A fairly little-remembered band called the Tourists had a minor hit with a cover version in the late seventies (the band later split up, and half became the Eurythmics, who are rather better known). Dusty's version either got a re-release back then, or just got played a lot on the radio. Loved it madly ever since.

Frank Turner - I Still Believe

If you only listen to one song today - hell, this week - make it this one. This song could make an iceberg smile. "I still believe in the need for guitars and drums and desperate poetry..."

Bruce Springsteen - Better Days

Bruce Springsteen has lived with serious depression his whole life, and has given words to it more than once. Dancing In The Dark was always a bit of a theme song for my brain, but lately, maybe, it's this one instead. It's about that rocky, precarious clamber back up towards daylight; and with his love of twinning serious lyrics with bouncy tunes, the result is something that's fun as well as serious. "It's a sad man, my friends, who's living in his own skin, and can't stand the company." Indeed.

So there you have it. I think I'm going to save this playlist for another day. :)


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Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
I agree with Queen and Dusty, I love to sing along to those songs and they cheer me up!
Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
She had an amazing voice.

Forgot to say: 1983 "Top Of The Pops" repeats on the iPlayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08mp2sl/top-of-the-pops-22091983. About 24 minutes in is Soft Cell doing "Soul Inside".

Edited at 2017-04-23 11:05 pm (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she is really the first pop star I ever identified with, I liked that she wore long frocks and not minis!!
Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh! That was on telly yesterday, I was rolling around on the floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr. 24th, 2017 04:10 am (UTC)
I have no idea when it airs on the TV! I just watch it on the iPlayer at the weekend. So much good stuff, and so much... not so good stuff. :D Glad you saw it. He looks so young!
Apr. 24th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)
He was only 25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr. 24th, 2017 08:25 pm (UTC)
Crikey! Nice that he's still successful. So many of the other old acts appearing on these repeats have fallen by the wayside.
Apr. 24th, 2017 01:08 am (UTC)
So much good stuff!!! <333
Apr. 24th, 2017 04:11 am (UTC)
I thought so. :)
Apr. 24th, 2017 04:10 pm (UTC)
Queen made a whole stack of good songs. I can't think of any I dislike. ♥

Livin' La Vida Loca is such a bouncy song.

I Like It/I'm Into Something Good have that 60s feel to them. I really like them too.
Apr. 24th, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
So much 60s pop is incredibly infectious. They had a real knack back then for writing catchy tunes. (And Queen, obviously, are just perfect all round!)
Apr. 26th, 2017 02:07 pm (UTC)
A very modern playlist ... :-)
Apr. 26th, 2017 04:14 pm (UTC)
"Nothing Is Keeping You Here" is 2012, so it's not too old fashioned. :D
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