Songs of my life

Have you ever thought about the music in your life? We all have our favourite songs and albums but then there’s the music that we remember because of what it meant to us at certain times in our lives, the soundtrack to our lives.

I wrote a post a while ago about the soundtrack to my life but I thought afterward that it felt incomplete; it was a list of songs I remembered playing during my life but they weren’t all my favourite songs, the ones that really mean something to me.

So I thought I’d do a second list. These are the 10 songs I think best reflect my life, who I am up until now. It was harder to do than I thought but it was a lot of fun too. I wonder what your list would be? šŸ˜‰

Fall At Your Feet
Crowded House

The finger of blame has turned upon itself
And Iā€™m more than willing to offer myself
Do you want my presence or need my help?

The Scientist
Coldplay

Running in circles, coming up tails
Heads on the science apart

Big Yellow Taxi
Joni Mitchell

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Under Pressure
Queen & David Bowie

And love dares you to change our way
Of caring about ourselves

Forever Young
Alphaville

Praising our leaders, we’re getting in tune
The music’s played by the madmen

Hard Sun
Indio

Bound down and flew away the hours
Of her garden and her sun

{Explain}
Sarah Blasko

You say that our love can’t be a pattern in your palm
You say that our love, you say that our love, is only mapped

Landslide
Fleetwood Mac

If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down

Waiting On The World To Change
John Mayer

We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it

Where The Streets Have No Name
U2

I’ll show you a place
High on a desert plain
Where the streets have no name

Soundtrack to my life

I’ve been wanting to do an easy post after a couple of heavy ones, so here’s one which has been a lot of fun to think about. It’s the soundtrack to my life – my ultimate playlist. It features two songs from every year since I’ve been born, one pop song and one rock/group song; my kind of music. šŸ˜‰

I knew there’d be a lot of songs to choose from, so this isn’t really a list of my favourite songs; instead it’s a list of the songs I can remember playing for significant moments in my life, or I’m told were around for ones I can’t remember (apparently I was walking to Into the Groove).

The list’s below and I put them all together over at Project Playlist as well; there are a few Australian singers some people might not have heard before – I definitely recommend Pete Murray and Missy Higgins. And if you’re wondering, I treat Project Playlist as a radio-library; I go there if I want to hear a new song, but once I’ve heard it I’ll buy it from iTunes. So that’s my way around any legalities. šŸ™‚

1984
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springstein
Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics

1985
Into the Groove – Madonna
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

1986
True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

1987
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House

1988
Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

1989
Like A Prayer – Madonna
Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

1990
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
Janie’s Got a Gun – Aerosmith

1991
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You – Bryan Adams
Fall at Your Feet – Crowded House

1992
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
Even Better Than The Real Thing – U2

1993
I’d Do Anything for Love (but I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf
Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

1994
Chains – Tina Arena
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

1995
Hand in My Pocket – Alanis Morissette
Where the Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds feat. Kylie Minogue

1996
Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
Wonderwall – Oasis

1997
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

1998
Crush – Jennifer Paige
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

1999
I Try – Macy Gray
Ana’s Song (Open Fire) – Silverchair

2000
Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
Beautiful Day – U2

2001
Thank You – Dido
Yellow – Coldplay

2002
A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
The Greatest View – Silverchair

2003
Crazy In Love – Beyonce & Jay-Z
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

2004
So Beautiful – Pete Murray
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

2005
The Sound of White – Missy Higgins
Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

2006
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
When You Were Young – The Killers

2007
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty