This is much harder than I thought it would be. My first list was 25 songs long! I've whittled it down to 10, but I know there are songs I can't think of right now that I would have put on the list over one that's on it now.
Ah well...http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlis ... s/39542990Oh My God by Kaiser Chiefs
I lived in Cork city for 4 years. The first 2 weeks I lived there were equal parts scary and crazy. It was bad enough trying to get used to a city I had only visited once before, as well as trying to find a job, but I also had to deal with living with alcoholic bullys who would joke about the people they had beaten up and robbed.
In a nutshell, my friend who had moved down before me was staying with a friend of her boyfriends. When that squat
got raided by the police(!), they all decided to move in together(!). She originally said she would look for a place for me, her and her bloke. She kept assuring me that even though they were alcoholics with no jobs, they were great guys who were just up for the craíc and always kept the place clean. LIES!! The last straw was a huge fight that she
instigated. There wasn't an unbroken plate or cup left in the house. I had just started in my new job and had to work at 8am. After getting no sleep I went in early expecting to tell them I would have to move back home. I broke down and told them what had happened They surprised me by offering to put me up in a hostel and help me find a new place!
A week later I was leaving for work from the new place (I'm still in contact with the people I lived with in this house), put in my earphones to listen to the radio, and the chorus from this song was blasting in my ears. (Whew!)Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World by Israel kamakawiwo'ole
This song has a really personal connection for me, which I'm now going to share with you all!
A good few of you already know but for those who don't, my dad died of lung cancer in 2002. There was only about 6 weeks between when he found out to when he died. The hospital had called the day before telling us he had taken a bad turn. When we got up there he was sitting up, a bit groggy, wondering why we had all suddenly shown up. I took it that it had been a false alarm and left to do some errands. I didn't go back up again until the next day. My older brother and my mum had been there most of the night but I took no notice of it. My dad was asleep, breathing heavily. I was looking at him and it just hit me like a smack in the face. He wasn't going to wake up again. I tried to casually get up and make like I was going to the toilet, but I wasn't half way across the room before I collapsed. My mum caught me and held me so tight it was painful. I went outside with my brother to get some air. When I came back in the nurses had given us a small radio. Lyric FM was on which usually plays classical music. Then this song started playing. It was just so lovely and calming. When it finished we all agreed how nice it was. He died later that night. We were all there, including some cousins and close family friends. (Again, whew! No more essays!)Tell Me Baby by Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song I just love! Love, love, love! I just think it's great. Great intro, great chorus, great guitar. It's near perfect in my opinion.I've Been To A Marvelous Party by The Divine Comedy
I share a last name with the singer from this band so I like to think there's a small chance we're related! This song is like nothing I've ever heard before or since (if there is something else like it please let me know). They don't have it on grooveshark so here's the link for a video on youtubeBack in Black by AC/DC (Live version)
I had never really been into AC/DC music until I heard this song. I'd love to do this in karaoke sometime. Now where could I do it where no one will know me? Maybe somewhere where there's a live music festival... Beautiful Ones by Suede
This is one I've recently re-discovered. I first heard it on a cassette that came free with a magazine. The video for it is really well done too so I urge ye to watch it. Fun fact for those who didn't know already, Ricky Gervais was their manager for a while.Kung Fu by Ash
Ash are from Northern Ireland. When I lived in Oxford, my friend was obsessed with them and played their album, 1977
all the time. So now, whenever I hear a song from the album I'm instantly transported back there.Driftwood by Travis
I was obsessed with this song when it was released. I was always requesting it on the radio and even had the lyrics up on the wall. Another great video.Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
This is probably not my favourite Queen song but it's the song that got me into seeking out Queen tracks and watching their live shows. The song is fantastic though. I always feel kinda electric after! And it's used in Shaun of the Dead!My Baby Just Cares For Me by Nina Simone
I used to sing this a lot as a kid. I remember trying to imitate the piano bit in the middle.