Being challenged by friends to come up with eight tracks that I would play if I was on a desert island was quite frankly an impossible task. I just kept adding and adding to my playlist. Here are the 20 songs that made it onto my first draft.
- Tears by Rush (from the classic Rush 2112 album, a personal favourite from my teens. It’s a rock album that tells a sad science fiction story through the songs)
- Turn of the century by Yes (I was introduced to this band by an older friend when I was in my early teens. I have always loved this particular track albeit a little sad if you listen to the lyrics)
- Nothing rhymed by Gilbert O’Sullivan (I have no idea where my love affair for Gilbert’s music started but he is one of my go to musicians in the kitchen)
- I drove all night by Roy Orbison (what an amazing voice this man has. I could have chosen any track off any of his albums)
- Angels by Robbie Williams (this has become a true classic and rightly so plus who doesn’t like a bit of Robbie?).
- The impossible dream by Matt Munro (one of the artists introduced into my life by my parents – what a smoothy and I just love the words to this particular song)
- This is the life by Amy MacDonald (just try to not tap the foot to this the upbeat chorus of this song)
- Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward (this list wouldn’t be complete without a song from the War of the Worlds. An absolute classic album and no-one can replace Richard Burton’s narration not even Liam Neeson in the remake).
- Aquarius by Aqua (known for Barbie Girl and Cartoon Heroes – if you’ve never listened to one of their albums do it now)
- Don’t bring me down by ELO (so difficult to choose one song from ELO they are an all time favourite band from as long as I can remember)
- The winner takes it all by ABBA (like many of the artists above I had to close my eyes and point to choose a song by ABBA as there were so many I love)
- Never gonna give you up by Rick Astley (it would have been disloyal to my teenage years not to have added at least one of Rick’s songs to the list)
- You make me feel brand new by Simply Red (I first heard this on something like the Royal Variety performance and although I had been a fan of Mick Hucknells for years, I hadn’t really appreciated what an amazing voice the man has)
- We don’t need another hero by Tina Turner (an amazing and powerful female singer and too many good songs to choose from)
- So what by Pink (bring it on for the ladies, love her style and her voice)
- She’s not there by The Zombies (some times the clear and simple tunes of the 60’s are just winners)
- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (they just had to be on here somewhere. I still can’t believe that Freddie was taken from us. Who else sings along to this?)
- Old and wise by The Alan Parsons Project (not many people I know have heard of this band, a definite throw back to my teenage years)
- I’d do anything by Nia (introduced to this song by my husband when we first met)
- Against all odds by Phil Collins (far too many good songs to choose from – this was picked with my eyes closed)
This was the random songs and artists that first sprang to mind when I started to consider the list but there were so many more that I could have added such as; Dire Straits, Status Quo, Eurythmics, Genesis, Chris Rea, Billy Joel, Adele, Lady Ga Ga, Tracy Chapman, Il Divo, Frank Sinatra etc. etc.
I love listening to music and like many people I listen to different music for different occasions. I feel I was lucky, when I was growing up I was exposed to many different artists and genres. Although this does also mean that some of my music tastes are a little embarrassing to admit to!
I hope you have a listen to some of the songs you didn’t know from my list and I would love to hear about your favourite songs.