hope you’re doing amazing and that your day has been great so far and will continue to be amazing.
I have been in a music slump the last couple of weeks/months which was very terrifying because that’s the only thing I’m 110% interested in. But it has been getting better the last couple of days, and because there are changes happening in my life that make it harder for me to talk about music 24/7 without everyone getting annoyed I need an outlet for all the music madness that is spinning inside my head, so I am back to this blog.
To get back into writing (and listening to more music again) I have gathered a few of my favourite songs of all-time that I’d like to share with you guys. Most of them, if not all of them, are fairly well known so if you’re looking for something brand new, indie and unknown this might not be for you- However, I’d be very happy if you read it anyways.
(Also I just noticed that most of these are very slow and sad, so soz. I will do another one of these soon with happier songs)
This is the first post in my new Favourites Friday series, and I hope you guys like it.
The Smiths – Asleep (The Boy With The Thorn In His Side – B-Side)
Now let’s be real, everybody and their aunt probably knows that The Smiths are my favourite band of all time. I could put so many songs of theirs in this blogpost, but I won’t and instead stick with only one. I do not necessarily think that it is their best song, in fact I believe that How Soon Is Now and There’s A Light That Never Goes Out are better songs than Asleep. But for many reasons Asleep has stuck with me throughout the years and I’ve cried to it, I fell asleep (pun not intended, but let’s roll with it) to it and listened to it on many other occasions. It covers a hefty topic in a very dangerous way as it lulls you in and makes something so horrible seem beautiful.
Radiohead – Creep (Pablohead)
Creep is Radiohead’s popular song from their debut album Pablohead.
Similar to Asleep I consider Creep to be one of my favourite songs of all time because I have been listening to it for years without getting tired of it and I always find myself going back to it whenever I am in a bad mood and want to feel even worse. Even though I cannot relate to the subject of the song, I always tend to find comfort in Thom Yorke’s voice and the instrumentals of Creep (I can only imagine how beautiful this song must be live).
Vienna – Billy Joel (The Stranger)
I always listened to Billy Joel casually, but this song came to my attention during a very stressful and exhausting time a few years ago. Whenever I feel stressed out about my life I listen to this and when Billy Joel sings “Slow down you’re doing fine, you can’t be everything you want to be before your time” I’m just convinced that he is right and Vienna waits for me and in the end everything will turn out just fine.
The Vaccines – All In White (What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?)
I might see this one live in a couple of weeks and I am too excited to put into words. I can’t really explain what it is about this song that has just stuck with me and made it not only my favourite Vaccines song, but one of my all-time favourites. It might be the way it starts out rather quiet, with just the vocals and a guitar, which makes you want to hold up your lighter and as the song goes on it gets more intense and makes you bop your head along to the music. Also the songwriting is just A+ and there will never be a time where I skip this song if it comes on, no matter my mood.
Rio Reiser – Für Immer und Dich (Rio I.)
This one might not be interesting for you if you don’t speak German, but even if that is the case let me tell you: This man was a genius and is probably one of my favourite songwriters of all time. He is talking about everything he does for his partner, always putting actions in contrast (“I laugh for you, I cry for you”, “I leave for you, I stay for you”). The song is him telling somebody that he would do anything for them, no matter where they’re staying tonight or how they refer to him as.
This is one of the most beautiful love song ever written, you could fight me on that but I will win so I don’t think that’s necessary. (So if you speak German please listen to it and even if you don’t just listen to his amazing deep voice.) (Oh and also, if you like the lead-singer of AnnenMayKantereit’s voice, you will like Rio Reiser’s voice. So please do it. Thanks)
Interpol – Untitled (Turn On the Bright Lights)
Turn On The Bright Lights is my favourite Interpol album by far. It’s a masterpiece from beginning to end and I can’t even guess the amount of times I’ve listened to this.
However, I think that Untitled is one of the best opening songs on an album. Ever. There is nothing like sitting in your room at night and playing this song. Or driving at night to this song. Or working on papers to this song. I can listen to this any day at any time. And if I don’t listen to the album once a day, I at least listen to the song (and honestly I listen to this more than once a day. K we get it, I love it. Moving on.)
Jefferson Airplane – Somebody to Love (Surrealistic Pillow)
I never listened to Jefferson Airplane until I bought the soundtrack to the Woodstock movie on vinyl at a flea market. And after that I was sold and listened to a bunch of their other stuff and been listening to Somebody to Love ever since. If you want a great female lead singer from the late 60s because you wish you went to Woodstock or you just want to jam out in your car after you pulled over (drive safe, don’t jam and drive) and want to scream “DON’T YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO LOVE” this is the one for you. Lemme know and I’ll join you on that car ride.
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Helplessly Hoping (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
Similar to Jefferson Airplane I got into Crosby, Stills & Nash through the same Woodstock vinyl (can we all please take a second and imagine little Jana getting all excited because of all these amazing old artists on this really stupidly expensive record. Continuing) This one is so great if you are heartbroken (or tired 10/10 would recommend to fall asleep to) or just want something calm after a way too long day. I am so happy and thankful that Stephen Stills wrote this song, let’s give him an award.
Radiohead – No Surprises (Ok Computer)
Weirdly there are two Radiohead songs in here, eventhough I do not consider Radiohead to be one of my favourite bands. Ok Computer was one of the first albums I got into as a complete work, before that I listened to either individual songs or a couple of songs who happened to be off of the same album.
No Surprises is, again, discussing a rather depressing topic. However, like Asleep does, it lulls you in and sends you off to a different galaxy and makes you swing along while you’re sitting in a packed subway. The instrumental sounds like a children’s lullaby and yet again Thom Yorke’s voice comforts me in the weirdest way.
I hope you enjoyed this, please let me know some of your guys’ favourite songs of all time!
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All the love,