Songs I wanted to listen to a lot, July 2014: a retrospective


I listen to music nearly all day long. Basically, if I'm not having a conversation with someone or watching a film or something on TV, I have music on.

I have recently invested in a Premium Spotify account which I believe is the best £10 I have spent per month since I signed up to both Netflix and Lovefilm three years ago with the hope that eventually Sabrina the Teenage Witch would appear on either of them (still waiting.) I got my new account at the beginning of June and am still working on how I am using it. I have now cut out using iTunes on my computer, home or work and always use Spotify; on my phone it's still a bit of both, but my Premium subscription means I can store any new songs I want that I didn't already have offline and listen whenever I want! Amazing.

Using my new Spotify account I decided to make a quick solution to the songs I become obsessed over and always look for: make a playlist each month and continually add songs I want on heavy rotation throughout my day! The 'Songs I want to listen to a lot" playlists are by no means the only playlists I play, but if I want something to put on quickly and don't have time to think, or just fancy some easy jams when walking down the street or putting my makeup on, it's a good fix. I also liked the way the idea of these playlists would help to capture whatever I liked to listen to a lot during a specific month of my life. So anyway, here's what was on heavy rotation over July and why....

Boom Clap - Charli XCX

A leftover from my June heavy-rotation playlist, just could not get enough of this song last month. I think it's going to end up being one of my favourites of the year. Should have gone top 5 so I could have done a beautiful write-up on it. *Shakes fist at George Ezra*

Put Your Hands Up - Nerina Pallot

This song came out three years ago but only came to my attention when I asked my Twitter followers for suggestions for my "What Love Should Sound Like" playlist. After one play was hooked and I've listened to this so heavily over the past month. So effortlessly joyful and, as my playlist says on the tin, exactly what love should sound like.

Problem - Ariana Grande ft Iggy Azalea

To put it bluntly it's not every week that there's a number one single I actually really love and this was it. I don't think I'll be playing it so much throughout the rest of the year as I can find it a little abrasive which doesn't stand up to lots of repeat plays, but well done Ari etc.

A few songs from the Nashville soundtrack...
Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet - Hayden Panettiere
Black Roses [Full Band Version] - Clare Bowen
Fade Into You - Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio
I Ain't Leaving Without Your Love - Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose & Jonathan Jackson
Can't Say No To You - Hayden Panettiere & Chris Carmack

Nashville is an amazing TV show about the country music industry that anyone with even a passing interest in any kind of music should be watching. (It's also massively soapy, high drama and Dallas-esque so if you aren't lining it up as your next boxset right now you're wrong). The full series 2 soundtrack came out at the end of June.
Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet is by far the standout track of Nashville series 2 or possibly both series. I'm a huge fan of a big angry survivor song and this ticks all the boxes. If Kelly Clarkson released this it would get to number one and I urge any of you to give a go. It has the lyric "I see the light at the end of this tunnel and I get stronger with every step" - if that's not enough for you I despair.
The other ones are just songs I found myself coming back to a lot when playing the full soundtrack, except for Fade Into You which is way back from the third episode of series 1 and is a complete haunting sexballad. If you enjoy West Coast by Lana Del Rey then try Fade Into You.

Brooklyn Baby - Lana Del Rey

Huge fan of Born To Die and Paradise Edition but thought Ultraviolence was a bit samey (although West Coast was a killer lead single.) Brooklyn Baby, other than West Coast, is by far the standout track. My boyfriend's pretty cool, but he's not as cool as me....

4ever - The Veronicas

I watched the film 'She's The Man' for the first time earlier this month (it was shockingly brilliant actually) and this was played in one of the scenes, thus reminding me of its total amazingness. A well deserved inclusion into a month of heavy rotation. (Note: I do however always feel a little distracted when listening to this as it sounds so IDENTICAL to U and Ur Hand).

 All Too Well - Taylor Swift

Something that I haven't actually got round to mentioning on this blog yet is that Taylor Swift is my favourite artist of all time. I know not everyone will agree with this but my bond with her is emotional and goes deeper and stronger than it ever has with any artist. I feel like she is more than a popstar and I am more than a fan. I mean, I even met her mum at the Red Tour. MOVING *SWIFT*LY on, there's normally at least one Taylor song floating around heavy rotation. To psyche myself up for the unveiling of her next lead single THIS MONTH (!!!!) I chucked on my second favourite song of hers ever, All Too Well. The lyrics to this are completely and utterly devastating. If you're reading this and have never heard the song, I urge you to watch Taylor's A* flawless performance of this above and get transported into another plane of existence. We danced around the kitchen in the refrigerator light. 

California - Phantom Planet

Perhaps better known as 'The OC Theme Tune', I thought about this because I was listening to the Nashville soundtrack a lot, including several songs by Chris Carmack, who plays Will on Nashville. Now, Chris ALSO played Luke on The OC (WELCOME TO THE OC. BITCH!!!) When my train of thought led me here I decided to play this song, arguably the best theme tune of any TV series ever, and it was so good I thought I'm gonna need this on repeat.

A couple of Lady GaGa album tracks...

Boys Boys Boys - Lady GaGa
Monster  - Lady GaGa

Not your typical Lady GaGa songs to put back on heavy rotation several years after their respective albums came out, but after an earlier playthrough of the Fame and Fame Monster earlier in the month I kept coming back to these two songs to put on repeat. (Both strong 9s). Not psychotic or dramatic. I like boys and that is that.

A LOT of Natalia Kills songs...
Problem - Natalia Kills
Kill My Boyfriend - Natalia Kills
Rabbit Hole - Natalia Kills
Trouble - Natalia Kills
Break You Hard - Natalia Kills
Saturday Night - Natalia Kills
Mirrors - Natalia Kills

Although I've loved Mirrors and Kill My Boyfriend for a while, I've never felt very inspired to delve further into Natalia's catalogue before. Now my friend has been telling me I would love Trouble as an album for ages, and for some reason I decided to "give it a spin" this month. Well I loved it and spent about four days listening to nothing but Natalia's full discography - this stuff is amazing and right up my street. I picked my standouts for the heavy rotation, but my ABSOLUTE standout would have to be Saturday Night - an absolutely shattering cry-dance song about coping with adolescence when coming from a broken home. Sad. (And I love cry-dance songs). Remind me one more time these are the best days of my life.

Me and My Broken Heart - Rixton

Well, what can I say? You know when you're still in the early days of your relationship with a song you love and every time it comes on shuffle unexpectedly you still hiss YESSSS even if you're on the Tube? This is me and Me and My Broken Heart. I love this song so much it scares me a bit.

Your Love - Nicole Scherzinger 

Another brilliant song with an amazing video that I was not able to write about in my top 5 blog due to George Ezra. What a summer jam. Deserved to go at least top 3.

Really Don't Care - Demi Lovato ft Cher Lloyd

Somewhere deep inside I know this song is incredibly derivative and basic. However, you know I'm a fan of a survivor song, and I cannot help but love it and the chorus is sheer joy. You don't deserve to know the way I used to think about you. Amazing.

Sirens - Cher Lloyd

This song somehow missed the top 40 which is a complete travesty. It's raw and emotional and has a massive POWER CHORUS and deserved at least a top 15. I really hope this isn't curtains for Cher as I really love her as an artist and most of her material is really, really great. The video is also really well acted and very sad :( :( :(

Some Girls - Rachel Stevens

If you've been reading any of my top 5 blogs you will learn that I have been introduced to this amazing anthem which still sounds as fresh today as it did 10 years ago. I have been streaming it so often I'm surprised it hasn't re-charted. Tune.

So there we go.... and here's the Spotify playlist in all it's glory, but I doubt unless you have my exact brain you'll want to listen to it. Give a couple of the songs a go though, yeah?

PS Although I'm a follower of stuff I like, I can't claim to know very much about pop music and I'm always looking for new stuff to listen to. Please don't hesitate to tweet me anything you think I might like.

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