Music plays such a big part of me life, like most of my friends and the majority of teenagers in particular. Not a day goes by when I don’t have my earphones in jamming out to my favourite songs. Many people – adults, mostly – say that this can be damaging to people my age, because music at the moment is so influential, whether that’s rap, pop, country, techno, the lyrics are always similar. I guess that’s why I love the concept of music so much, that I can relate to lots of songs but all different genres. On one hand I listen to music to do that – relate it to, connect with it – but on the other hand I love to jam out to my favourite songs, most of which are usually in the charts, and enjoy the beat rather than the lyrics. Music is so versatile!
I have comprised a list of twenty songs which I listen to on repeat at the moment, and I have tried to make the list as mixed up with the different styles as possible!
1. All Too Well – Taylor Swift.
Not surprisingly, this is and has always been at the top of my list. I am a massive fan of Taylor’s music and this song wins me over every time. I love the way she tells a story through her lyrics, bits of which I can connect to, so that the listener can imagine the story play out in their head, as well as listen to the impressive assembling of the music (guitar, piano and violin). As far as songwriting goes, how much better can it get? I even have the lyrics of this song hung up on my wall in my bedroom.
2. Is it Just Me? – Emily Burns.
This song is new to my playlist but nonetheless I love it. The main reason for this is that, which is the case for most of my much loved songs, I can really relate to it. The way that Emily repeats the title of the song “is it just me” throughout the song multiple times also makes the lyrics stand out better, such as “are you crying in the shower like a freak, or is it just me?” and I have cried a couple of times whilst listening hard to these lyrics!
3. Maniac – Conan Grey.
4. Suicidal – YNW Melly.
5. Adore You – Harry Styles.
Can we just mention his voice?! I was never a fan of One Direction but WOW, his solo career has taken off! I was mesmerised by his performance of ‘Falling’ at the Brits. His voice is so angelic and I am really glad he decided to start a solo career. His new music genre is also amazing; I always picture myself chilling by the pool in the summer listening to Watermelon Sugar and Adore you.
6. Hold Me While You Wait – Lewis Capaldi.
7. My Oh My – Camila Cabello.
8. Sunday Best – Surfaces.
9. Sorry – Joel Corry.
Both Sunday Best and Sorry are two of my favourite songs to stick on when I’m working out or cleaning or just want a chill to more upbeat songs. They get me dancing and are really groovy songs!
10. The Other Side – Jason Derulo.
This choice is a bit of a throwback but since I was 10 years old, this song has always been one that keeps coming up in my suggestions and every time I hear it, it stays on my playlist for a good chunk of time.
11. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift.
12. Maybe It Was Me – Sasha Sloan.
13. Everything I Wanted – Billie Eilish.
14. You Don’t Know Me – Jax Jones.
In a couple of weeks I am going to see Jax Jones in concert and I am so excited! His music is so upbeat and live it will feel like a club environment. A group of us are going and I couldn’t be more excited.
15. In My Blood – Shawn Mendes.
16. Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne.
17. Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi.
18. Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez.
19. Circles – Post Malone.
I don’t listen to a lot of Post Malone but this song – Circles – has been one of my favourite songs since the summer. Immediately when I put it on I feel so indie and hippy and just love it! I dance too whenever it’s on, even if it’s in public…
At last but not least,
20. Personal – HRVY
This one really does show how old I am! When the song first came out in 2017 I was unsure of it, as HRVY is just one of those teenage ‘pop-stars’ like Justin Bieber. But this song is catchy and fun and is definitely one of my go-to summer songs.