I haven't done a music post in ages, I used to pick one song every Saturday evening to blog about but I kept forgetting to do it - if you're in any way interested in that, you can click on the music tab to see all my previous SNS (Saturday Night Song) posts.
I read a really good music post recently by Paula - I ended up listening to most of the 15 songs in full, so I definitely can't pick just one song for this post. I've whittled it down to the 10 songs I always put on a new phone or mp3 player first, the ones I feel a bit lost without. I love loads of different types of music from rock to cheesy pop to dance to country, but these 10 are my all-time favourites.
In no particular order (except #1 really is my all-time favourite song ever), here are my Top Ten All-Time Favourite Songs.
10: Foo Fighters - Best of You
I maintain that the line I needed somwhere to hang my head without your noose is one of the best in modern music. This was my ringtone for about 3 years, useless fact fans.
Whitesnake have been a favourite of mine for years - I did have a strange crush on David Coverdale for a while, totally don't see that now, but this is still an amazing song. And who doesn't love an oul cartwheel?
8: Bruce Springsteen - The River
I love songs that tell stories, and this is probably my favourite 'story' type song. For a long time it was Hazard by Richard Marx, but The Boss took over a long time ago.
7: The Cure - Lovesong
This was written by Robert Smith as a present to his then-fiancée. Or so says Wikipedia. It could be an ode to cake for all I care, I just love the song.
6: Guns n Roses - November Rain
Sigh - where do I start with this one? Guns n Roses have been one of my favourite bands forever - Sweet Child O' Mine will always be my go-to karaoke song. But it's this tune that blows me away every time I hear it. I wanted that wedding dress so badly! I can watch this video repeatedly and not get sick of it - especially Slash's solo. I haven't much time for Axl Rose, but Slash...... sigh. What a man.
5. The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
This is one of those tunes that makes me want to lie down, close my eyes, and time travel back to the early 90's. It was a huge tune on the jukebox in our local pub, and it reminds me of the days of the big bottle of red lemonade, tayto crisps, pink snack bars, and the smell of pool chalk and beermats. I know that doesn't sound remotely attractive, and it's not as if we spent every waking minute in the pub as kids (we didn't), but this is just one of those instant time travel songs. Adore it.
4: Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
One of the most seductive sexy songs out there, in my humble opinion. Gemma Hayes does a fantastic version of it that was featured on Pretty Little Liars - check that out here if you haven't heard it, it's gorgeous. For me, the original is definitely the best.
3: Metallica - Turn The Page
My favourite track from one of my favourite Metallica albums (Garage Inc.), this was originally written by Bob Seger. It's very rare that I'll prefer a cover version to an original, but in this case, I think James Hetfield gives it a dark edge that the original was crying out for. It's another one of those 'story' songs and it's one of my top 3 for sure.
2: The Coronas - Heroes or Ghosts (as Gaeilge)
One of my favourite songs - despite Irish being beat into me from the age of 4, I'm still not fluent in it, and I'd have no clue what he was on about here if I wasn't familiar with the English version - but I think it's a gorgeous song, a gorgeous version, and Danny O'Reilly isn't exactly a beast to look at, is he? Please give this a listen - especially if you're reading from overseas. See what you think of the Irish language in contemporary music!
1: Don Henley - Boys of Summer
Don Henley - Boys Of Summer by jpdc11
This video is impossible to find on youtube - cheers to the user linked above for posting it on Dailymotion. This has been my favourite song for years, and I can't see it going anywhere anytime soon. It's just so evocative of the time - early 90s, summer, sunshine, longing, loss, youth - hits me like a ten ton truck every time it comes on the radio unexpectedly.
We shall not speak of the DJ Sammy cover. Ever.