Music is an escape for me, no matter how I’m feeling, I have a song for every mood and every moment. My favourite songs have got me through a lot of tough times in my life, and some of my fondest memories are at concerts, watching the bands that have changed my life in so many ways without even knowing it, and singing at the top of my lungs with a crowd that feel the same way I do. Music brings people together, and being at concerts and festivals are some of the only times I’ve felt truly alive.
Which is why I was so excited to be tagged in this challenge by Elizabeth, and I get to talk about the songs and artists which have had the biggest influences on me.
- Mention how music helps your Mental Health
- List 10 songs that you would consider to be a part of your ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ (optional: mention a little bit why each song is on your list)
- Tag the blogger who nominated you
- Link back to ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ creator – Laura Spoonie
- Tag 10 other bloggers to join in with the ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ Challenge
I want to thank Elizabeth for tagging me in this challenge. She’s one of this blogs biggest supporters and she has so much time and patience for other people – she’s always reaching out and helping people online. Her blog, Uncustomary Housewife, is a great lifestyle blog, with a great mix of recipes, mental health articles, and lots of geeky stuff (my favourite!). Please don’t miss out on reading her blog – I guarantee you’ll love it and subscribe!
Now, on to the playlist…
Float On – Modest Mouse
“Well, we’ll float on, good news is on the way”
What. An. Anthem. I can’t help but blast this at full volume when times are getting tough, to remind myself that it always gets worse before it gets better. And when I was struggling in my 9-5 office job, I would listen to this on the commute every day. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it through the doors without it.
All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
“If you can hold on, hold on”
I struggle to listen to this song without crying. The Killers write beautiful, inspiring songs that I’ve been listening to since I was in Primary school. I was lucky enough to see them live in Hyde Park in 2017, and it was without a doubt one of the best moments of my life. The lyrics to this song really resonate with me, and the performance was incredible. In fact – can I add all songs by The Killers to this list?
Red Eyes – The War on Drugs
“And if you see through the darkness coming my way”
The War on Drugs are a band I’ve only recently started listening to (thanks to Spotify), and this song is probably my favourite of theirs; it just takes me to a different place, and a song that makes me forget all my worries is a great song in my books.
Mona – Indigo Velvet
“Here in the lions den is arguably the safest place that I would ever wanna be”
Indigo Velvet are another new favourite on my list, and I may be biased because they’re a Scottish band, but I love this song! It’s so happy and upbeat, and can brighten up my worst days. It’s one of my favourite driving songs, too.
Let’s Dance To Joy Division – The Wombats
“Everything is going wrong, but we’re so happy”
‘A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation’ and ‘This Modern Glitch’ are albums that have followed me throughout my teens. Their music has a general ‘Oh well, fuck it’ attitude that I admire and can relate to, and if I hear them on the radio, I’m going to turn it up. It was hard to pick just one of their songs on this list, but I chose Let’s Dance To Joy Division because for me it sums up The Wombats and all my screw-ups so well. Everything is going wrong, don’t worry about it.
Feeling This – blink-182
“And maybe tonight I can breathe for a while”
This song has to be played at full volume – it’s the law. What can I say about blink-182? They were one of the first bands I ever discovered, and since then I haven’t been able to stop listening. I’ve seen them live twice and they were phenomenal. I’ve cried to their music, I’ve danced to their music, I’ve experienced life with their music. Feeling This is by far my favourite song of theirs, it takes me back to happier times. Will I ever not love this song?
Stand By Me – Oasis
“Stand by me, nobody knows the way it’s gonna be”
So, writing this post has made me realise how emotional I get listening to music. Oasis are a nostalgic band for me, I remember hearing them on the radio all the time when I was a kid, and my friends, my brother and I absolutely love them. No playlist is complete without an Oasis song. Stand By Me is the song that gets me the most, because it makes me think of the bonds I have with family and close friends; the people I listen to this band with.
Someday – The Strokes
“I’m working so I won’t have to try so hard”
This song isn’t too emotional for me, but it’s always there when I’m feeling down and hopeless about life. The talk of ‘someday’ makes me want to get back out there and start pursuing my dreams again, and stop wasting time hoping for something to change.
Anklebiters – Paramore
“Someday you’re gonna be the only one you’ve got”
Paramore. What a history we’ve had. While it pains me to say I don’t love their new material, Hayley Williams has been a hero of mine for quite some time, absolutely killing it in an industry and genre dominated by men. Their songs have got me through the worst days of my life, having been listening to them since I was twelve years old. I’ve been to three live shows, and each time has been such an experience. I struggled to pick just one Paramore song for this list, but I chose Anklebiters as it’s the most upbeat ‘self-love’ anthem I can think of. I was bullied relentlessly at school, and I wish this song was around then; when I most needed the reminder that I was fine just the way I was, and to not let their words sink in.
BONUS: Pray For The Wicked – Panic! At The Disco
“Didn’t have a dime, but I always had a vision”
I’d listened to Panic! At The Disco before, and I’ve enjoyed their songs, but I never classed myself as a big fan of the band. Until they released this album.
It was released the day before my boyfriend and I took a road trip across Europe, and we played it non-stop the entire time. This album takes me back to those two weeks of total freedom and happiness, and when I was quitting my miserable office job I played this album on the way to work to remind myself what I was quitting for. To sum up, I could not pick just one song off this album, as I believe the whole album goes together as one song, and tells a story. The album tells stories of youth, love, success, and adventure. So if Brendan Urie can go through all that and be where he is today, what’s stopping me?
This was an AMAZING challenge, and I thoroughly enjoyed choosing my favourite songs and writing about them. Now it’s time to nominate some more people: