26 August, 2015 My Weekday Playlist
Today’s post is a little bit different to the typical beauty reviews you normally find on my blog. I’m going to be talking about my weekday soundtrack: the 10 songs I listen to on my commute, at work, and when I’m relaxing at home after a long day. Music has always been there to pick me up when I’m feeling low, or to boost my mood when I’m having a great day, and over the years I’ve amassed a collection of favourites that all hold sentimental value for various reasons, and instantly bring back some amazing memories. I hope you enjoy them!
First up in my weekday soundtrack is Silent Sigh by Badly Drawn Boy. I originally heard this back when About A Boy came out, and loved how chilled and uplifting the piano-lead melody was. It’s such a calming, soothing song, and I love to have this on when I’m at work to get me settled for the day. The entire About A Boy soundtrack is awesome, and I would definitely recommend you have a listen!
Next, an absolute classic. I’ve been obsessed with Dolly Parton for years (as you can probably tell in this blog post), and she’s my spirit animal, my inspiration, and my idol. I cried the whole way through her Glastonbury set – my boyfriend was very concerned – and I am dead set on calling any future female offspring Dolly. Islands In The Stream is hands down my favourite song of hers: it has such a lovely message, it reminds me of the barn dance episode in Gavin & Stacey (my favourite TV show), and her voice is so joyful and pure. There aren’t many soppy love songs I could listen to on repeat, but this is the absolute exception.
I only discovered alt-J recently, but since downloading their first album An Awesome Wave, I cannot stop listening to Taro. It has a great pace to walk to if your commute is quite step-heavy, but for the life of me I cannot discern what the lyrics mean. Either way, a gorgeous tune, and definitely one that adds a spring to my step in the morning.
Another cheerful song that I always look forward to hearing on my commute is Fresh Feeling by Eels. It’s such a summery, uplifting song, and I usually listen to it as I’m walking home from the tube station on a Friday – sad, I know. There’s something seriously magical about stepping out of the office on a Friday afternoon! Eels are a fantastic band and The Look You Give That Guy is one of the most melancholic yet hopeful songs I’ve ever heard – really worth a download.
I’m sure many people would say that The Beatles were a huge part of their childhoods. For me, they were one of the only bands allowed to be played in our house! My dad was obsessed and had all of their records, and it’s definitely left a lasting impression on me now that I’m an ‘adult’ (well, technically). Ticket To Ride is my favourite song of theirs purely for the guitar solo at the beginning, and is my favourite song to listen to on the bus. Sounds weird, I know. Try it out and you’ll see how fantastic it makes your journey!
For my 21st birthday, my parents put together a DVD of their favourite childhood memories and clips as a gift – it is equally hilarious and tragic, and some of the hairstyles I rocked as a child were bordering on insane. The backing track to the video was Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite, which is probably the only song I’d feel confident winning a dance-off to. It immediately gets me shimmying and after an epic 21st birthday, it brings back even more amazing memories. Definitely one to listen to if you hit a 3pm slump!
Before Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Periscope, there was MySpace – the place where the song you had on your profile essentially defined who you were as a teenager. Lovefool by The Cardigans was mine for ages, and it’s still a favourite to listen to when I need to chill out and unwind. Plus, it was in Romeo + Juliet with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, which is one of my all-time favourite films. Obvs.
If I need a burst of energy after one too many snack attacks (please tell me I’m not the only one), I like to play Date With The Night by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It immediately gets my adrenaline pumping and somehow helps me to focus. Another upbeat tune that I always listen to in an afternoon slump is Forever by Haim. They’re one of my favourite girlbands (apologies if that sounds super cringe) and I’ll happily tap my toes away to this gorgeous beat. Their debut album Days Are Gone is essential summer listening too.
What do you think of my weekday playlist? I’d love to hear yours – share your thoughts and comments below!
Have a gorgeous day,
Here’s my Weekday Playlist that you can download for free on Spotify!