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A few of my favourite things Part III

I never intended this to be an ongoing series when I wrote Part I and then Part II but it is so much fun!

The inspiration for Part III comes from Lizzie over at Muddle-Headed Mumma who commented on Part II asking if I have posted my favourite music. So here I am: Part III – My Favourite Music.

I have actually tried to post my favourite music before but it just gets all too difficult. I have such varied taste! And it depends on my mood what I listen to each day. I love that about music. But I do have old favourites and my go-to bands that get played to death on my iPod.

Number 1 and Number 2 on  my most played artists are Guns n’ Roses and Matchbox Twenty. I bet you didn’t picture me as a Gunners fan now did you?

Guns n’ Roses are an American rock band that rose from the seedy L.A. scene of the mid 1980′s. Fronted by wild, eccentric and enigmatic W. Axl Rose who teamed up with legendary wild haired lead guitarist Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson, laid back bassist ‘Duff’ McKagan, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler on drums. Plagued by controversy from day one, the music of GN’R (the original line up) often gets forgotten. High energy, fierce, raw. The early GN’R was full of edgy hard rock, Axl’s screeching and piercing vocals and Slash’s wild guitar solo’s. And let’s not forget the lyrics – often underrated Axl’s lyrics are dark, provocative and yet strangely appealing. They speak to me in and sometimes I still wonder why. My dream concert would be the original line up reunion concert which I would jump on a plane and travel to in a heart beat.

As for Matchbox Twenty they have been favourites since storming the music scene in 1996 with their version of street smart rock n’ roll and powerful lyrics. Rob Thomas is one of the most talented songwriters of our generation, often underrated indeed and his charisma on stage is captivating. Love, love, love them.

Continuing my rock roots I love Bon Jovi who I am seeing for the third time in December this year and can’t wait. They define the ’80’s for me and so many songs bring back treasured memories of days gone by and misspent youth.

I have a love for good song writers and it doesn’t get much better than John Mellencamp (aka Johnny Cougar). From I need a lover, Pink Houses and Minutes to Memories, through to Rain on the Scarecrow, Check it Out, Small Town and Paper and Fire he just captures the essence of small town America and great American dreams. I get totally lost in the songs he sings.

Two other great American Song Writers Tom Petty and Bob Seager also feature heavily 0n my play lists. I love songs that tell a story and take you on a journey and both these artists do it perfectly. Seger’s Hollywood Nights is an all time favourite as is Petty’s American Girl.

I’ve written about my love of P!nk before, wild, passionate and captivating and then there is Alanis Morrisette whose angry ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is one of my all time favourite albums. There isn’t a song I don’t love on that record and could sing them all backwards whilst standing on my head.

Then a little more obscure perhaps is The Cure. Something about Robert Smith draws me in. His voice, his deep lyrics, his mystery gets me every time. One of my all time favourite songs is ‘Apart’ a haunting, sorrowful song from the ‘Wish’ album. I love their early stuff but think this is one of their best albums by far.

Of course I love the classics such as U2, INXS and Queen. I have most of their albums lined up on my iPod and regularly feature in my shuffle selections. Each band unique in their own rights but drawn together by such brilliant visionaries and lead singers in Bono, Michael Hutchence (RIP) and Freddy Mercury (RIP). What loses to the music world are those two?

I love seventies and eighties rock from Foreigner, Def Leppard, Van Halen and Aerosmith.

I love classic eighties hits from C’yndi Lauper, Duran Duran and Madonna through to Paul Young, Wham! & George Michael and Spandau Ballet.

Thrown into the mix regularly is Bruce Springsteen,  Fleetwood Mac, Crowded House, Dire Straits, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tracey Chapman and The Cranberries.

More modern stuff? I love The Script, One Republic, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Good Charlotte, John Mayer and Usher.

And someone who deserves a post all of his own for his genius in songwriting and artistry, a true musician – Prince. Brilliant. From ‘For You’ through to his Symbol period and today. One of my all time favourites.


I told you I couldn’t narrow it down and there are still favourtes I know I’ve left out.

Music is one of the constants in my life. No matter where I am, what I am doing, how I am feeling; music is there for me. A world without music would be one not worth living in.


Are you a music freak like me?
Can you narrow down your favourites?