25 Songs

Write down the top 25 songs you cannot live without. The ones you can listen to over and over and never get tired of. They don't have to be in any particular order. These are the songs that make you laugh, cry, think of an old friend, whatever.

1 Film for the Future - Idlewild

This reminds me of taxi-ing my younger daughter Kari to and fro with her friends before she could drive. At the time, I'm not sure I'd say it was a favourite song of mine. Many years later, hearing again brings back happy memories of that time. I have this song on my i-Pod.

2 Walking on Sunshine and Echo Beach

Both remind me of my first Clio. Red. 1.2 Paris. Not long after we bought the Clio, Renault was doing a big push on publicity and all new Clio owners received a CD of driving songs. All songs to make me drive with such a big smile. The Clio was the first of our small pocket rockets after many years of driving big cars.

4 On the Road Again - Willie Nelson Not a great Willie Nelson fan, this is a great song to hear when taking out our oldest VW Campervan - Seymour - for his first trip of the season.

5 Remember You're a Womble - Mike Batt

Memories of the daft 1970s when anything seemed to get into the top ten. Elton John with HUGE specs. Bibbed trousers. Denims with WIDE flares. Hot-pants. Chunky platforms.

6 Tiger Feet - Mud

Always makes me want to get up and dance. For the sake of my family's embarrassment, I don't get up anymore. Who will admit to remembering the dance to Tiger Feet? Went to see Mud at Green's Playhouse/Glasgow Apollo. We had a box!

7 House of the King - Focus

Also seen at the Apollo. Couldn't believe a band could play so loudly. Literally blown away. Sitting under the balcony, could almost feel the sound wave passing through us and back again.

8 Hamburger Concerto - Focus

Played by the organist at our wedding. My mum had done some research and discovered Focus had based their album on the Brandenburg Concerto - this allowed us to have a piece of Focus played for the wedding. I'd have preferred 'House of the King' but my mum said no.

9 One Night in Paris - 10cc

Instead of something sensible like a washing machine when we got married, we bought a Dynatron Music Centre from Wylie & Lochhead. Cost an arm and a leg. For which, in those days (1974), they not only delivered but stayed to set up the system for us. Really brought out the effects in this track. You would swear blind that someone had actually run down the steps and knocked over some milk bottles just outside your door. Brilliant sound. Luckily we lived in a tenement with very thick stone walls to keep in the sound. Saw 10cc at the Apollo too.

10 Imagine - John Lennon

Brings back memories of lounging about in the Art Room at school when term was nearly over and lessons had all but stopped. Last day of school, I delivered the school magazine (in which my poems had a whole page to themselves) and skipped out of the front door. Freedom!

PS Unlike John Lennon's Imagine, my poems haven't stood the test of time. Cringe.

11 500 Miles - Proclaimers

Always makes me laugh as I think of the Comic Relief single with Peter Kay and Matt Lucas. Fabulous.

12 Stay with Me - Shakespeare's Sister

The memory of my two girls singing this will stay with me forever. Kari would take the main higher part and Chrissy would take the lower verse part. Its a good memory.

13 Bonnie & Clyde - Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames

My little brother would sing this. Very funny at the time.

14 Heart of Asia - Watergate

My key to the world of techno music. Never looked back. Would play this while driving my green metallic Suzuki Vitara Verdi, cream leather seats. Hood down. Yeehaa!

15 Jump into the Fire - Harry Nilsson

Great drum solo. Jim Gordon of Derek and the Dominoes on drums.

16 Layla - Derek and the Dominoes

First holiday in London with Ian. Riding the top of a red London bus, from Crystal Palace. As it drove down the road, you'd hear this song from transistor radios on open window sills, many times through the journey. London, sunshine, summer. Brilliant times.

17 At The Heart of It All - Nine Inch Nails

Draws you in. Don't know really why I like it but I do. Good to listen to when everyone else is out. Be a great funeral song.

18 Bachelor Boy - Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Playing this on my record player one sunny day, I'd the window open. My Mum hanging out the washing heard the record and started to do the dance that they did to it on the film, Summer Holiday. Dancing abruptly stopped as Mum caught sight of the lady next door giving her an odd look from her kitchen window. Mum came inside and we fell about laughing. Every time I hear it, I get a picture of my Mum dancing and waving the tea towel in her hand.

19 The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel

Memory of salesman standing by as, by bringing in our own LP, we made up our mind on Dynatron stereo system in 1974.

20 Take Five - Dave Brubeck

Smiley track. Good to drive to. Makes me think of holidays on Arran with my folks.

21 Black Night - Deep Purple

First thing I bought with my first salary. Magic!

22 Volare

Makes me laugh. Once saw programme where two of the characters sang this driving down a bumpy road. Volare o-O-O-O-oh.

23 Don't let the Sun Go down on Me - Roger Daltrey

Haunting. For driving home after being made redundant.

24 Hotel California - The Eagles

That intro - Wow!

25 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Nothing equals the first time of hearing. Best listened to in a darkened room. Joss sticks optional.

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  • 1 Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath.

    The scariest song ever written.

    2 Black Night by Deep Purple.

    The first single I ever bought

    3 In My Time of Dying by Led Zeppelin.


    4 Breadfan by Budgie.

    A very underrated band.

    5 Mars, The Bringer of War by Gustav Holst.

    The ultimate heavy metal tune.

    Thats five to start with Grannymo. Look out for my next post.

  • okay going to have a go...not sure will get to 25

    1. Kirsty Mcall and the Pogues fairytale of new york - just love it

    2. Clocks - coldplay

    3. x and y coldplay - sunrise in greece over a stony beach without having been to bed!

    4. Champagne super nova Oasis

    5. Wonderwall Oasis

    6. Free Oasis

    7.Morning Glory Oasis - all of those Oasis songs remind me of my late teens hanging around having fun and generally running a bit wild.

    8. Your beautiful - James blunt corny I know but I like it and 1973 - a long hot summer in Norfolk!

    9. Angels - Robbie Williams for very personal reasons makes me cry like a baby and sometimes thats what you need.

    10. Affirmation - Savage Garden

    11. Truly, madly, deeply - Savage Garden

    12. To the moon and Back - Savage Garden

    12. Sweet Harmony - the beloved - falling over on Brighton Pier in the middle of winter and being picked up someone very special - thank you

    13. -The sound of white - Missy Higgins being in Australia

    14. These days - Powderfinger

    15. The reason - Hoobstank

    16. Had a bad day - no all the words

    17. Somewhere only we know - Keane

    18. Bed shaped - Keane

    19.California Dreaming

    20. Build me up buttercup

    21. Someone like you - adele

    22. Who am I- casting crowns

    23. Kristian Leontiou - Some say

    24 Take That - Stars

    25. Torn - Natalie Imbruglia

    26. Athlete -wires

    27. snow patrol - run

    28. The fray - how to save a life - this is my ring tone!

  • 6 Burning Beard by Clutch

    If you can fathom the lyrics then your a better person than me.

    7 Aladdin Sane by David Bowie.

    Reminds me of my last year at school

    8 Frankenstein by Edgar Winter.

    One of the best ever instrumentals ever recorded.

    9 Without You by Nilsson.

    Played at my wedding.

    10 La Fortuna

    A classical masterpiece.

    More to follow.

  • 11 Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd

    Another song from my youth which always sends a shiver down my spine.

    12 Hold You Back by Status Quo

    Pogo to this is you want to lose weight.

    13 Only Women Bleed by Alice Cooper

    One of the few ballads I like.

    14 Rock Bottom by UFO

    A song you never want to end. Also a classic guitar solo.

    15 Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City by Whitesnake

    A great song to witness and sing along to at a gig.

  • 16 Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix.

    The greatest guitarist that ever lived.

    17 Problem Child by AC/DC.

    I'll let you make up your own mind.

    18 The End by The Doors.

    Quite possibly the most depressing song ever written.

    19 Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath.

    Great lyrics

    20 Stranglehold by Ted Nugent.

    Sheer genius.

  • I think I would have to have a massive listening session to narrow it down to 25. Honey we have very similar taste in music!

  • 1. Atlas Hands - Benjamin Leftwich.

    - This was the song we sang at our graduation mass. Everytime I hear it on my iPod I burst into tears.

    2. Fix You - Coldplay.

    - Somewhat same reason, but the choir sang that one.

    3. Shine A Light - McFly

    - Listened to this song during the Leaving Cert a lot.

    4. Crossfire - Brandon Flowers.

    - As Above

    5. How To Save A Life - The Fray.

    - Listened to this whole album the whole way around New Zealand in 2007

    6. Signal Fire - Snow Patrol

    - As above, but this time in Thailand.

    7. Disenchanted - My Chemical Romance

    - This song was one of the songs I listened to a lot in the dark depression days.

    8. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

    - Me and my best friend danced to this on my 18th birthday.

    9. Dog Days are Over - Florence and the Machine

    - We made our own lyrics to this in relation to school for our last day.

    10. Cooler Than Me - Mike Posner

    - As Above

    11. S&M - Rihanna

    - As No 9

    12. Family Portrait - P!nk

    - I always found the lyrics to this song very meaningful and heartfelt

    13. I'm Not Dead - P!nk

    - I love this song just for what it is.

    14. Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5

    - It's ironic, but this song just makes me laugh. Have listened to it when in hospital a lot and it makes me giggle every time.

    15. You Do Something to Me - Paul Weller

    - This song was on the radio when I heard my grandad had died and it will always be a song close to my heart.

  • I can only get it down to 30, and that isn't including the entire soundtrack of Wicked, which I have been listening to over and over again ever since I saw it several months ago!

  • 21 Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple.

    No explanation needed.

    22 You're The One by Magnum.

    A very personal song to do with my divorce.

    23 Creeping Death by Metallica.

    Heavy as hell.

    24 A Doomed Lover by My Dying Bride.

    Doom,gloom and heartache.Love it!!!!!

    25 Big Balls by AC/DC.

    Good for a laugh.

    Well thats my 25 but of course if I thought about again they may change.

  • hey spookymilo must be same miss spent youth! My teen age years were right in the middle of brit pop and indie pop years so I think that still has a huge impact upon what I like...manic depressive pop as many people i know call it...lol

    just thought I love lightning seeds sugar coated icebergs!

    and black velvet!

    Actually ahd a tape yes a tape called soft metal ballads...that got me through my first ITU admission aged 15!

  • 1- Quitters by George Canyon. The song talks of a paraplegic defying all odds to learn to walk again. I had to do that in 2009.

    2-How to save a life by The Fray. Reminds me of my friend who committed suicide when we were 14. I was late that morning and still feel guilty that i couldnt do anything.

    3-Hero by Superchick. Again for my friend and also my own fight against depression and self harm.

    4-High school never ends by Bowling for soup. The difficult side of school and uni.

    5-I Believe by Blessed Union of Souls. The song that gives hope.

    6-Ressuscité by Arrarat.

    7-Friday Im in love by the Cure. The first rock song i ever listened to.

    8-Because of you by Kelly Clarkson. The reason is so painful that i cant even write it here.

    9-Breaking the habit by Linkin Park. Reminds me of my own (ongoing) fight with drugs.

    10-Fireflies by Owl City song for the sleepness nights.

    Fed up of this now. Also cant decide. Maybe more next time...

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