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When I was a little girl, my Mum would play her music loud. Bellowing through every room of the house, filling every nook and cranny, her tastes were varied and on the walk home from school, I would hear her choice before my feet even touched the garden path.
We would often lose hours in HMV whilst shopping on the weekends. I remember standing at those in-store headphones they used to have back in the day, scrolling through the songs, pressing the buttons, turning them up as loud as they would go, drowning my sorrows, getting lost in the tracks almost forgetting where I was.
Stuck in the muddy trenches of being taunted for what started out as my accent (kids, eh?), music was a natural remedy, a big sticky plaster — it’s amazing what you can block out with your head down, your fastest walk and the highest volume on your iPod. Ignore and conquer, save the tears for the safety of home.
Music is healing, a painkiller, a mood lifter, a perspective finder, self-care, balancing, food for the soul. So, if January is looking blue for you, here’s thirty songs on my playlists right now to help ignite your inner spark, work through your issues and make you feel better overall.
“Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything…” — Plato.
Cyndi Lauper — I Drove All Night
In This Moment — Beautiful Tragedy
Crowded House — Don’t Dream It’s Over
Simple Minds — Alive & Kicking
Linkin Park — Crawling
Avenged Sevenfold — So Far Away
Fleetwood Mac — Dreams
Pulp — F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.
Guns N’ Roses — Don’t Cry
David Bowie — Ashes to Ashes
Annie Lennox — A Thousand Beautiful Things
Lacuna Coil — Falling Again
HIM — The Foreboding Sense of Impending Happiness
Stone Sour — Hesitate
Metallica — Nothing Else Matters
Pink Floyd — Comfortably Numb
Evanescence — Hello
Red Hot Chili Peppers — Don’t Forget Me
Francis Dunnery — Blinded By The Memory
Blur — No Distance Left To Run
Biffy Clyro — Bubbles
Five Finger Death Punch — Far From Home
The Cure — Just Like Heaven
Radiohead — Creep
Slipknot — Snuff
Gary Numan — Complex
Bon Jovi — Bed of Roses
Meatloaf — You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
Motionless In White — Wasp
Bring Me The Horizon — Can You Feel My Heart?