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So, the 30 Day Song Challenge is sweeping Facebook at the moment, and as with many of my friends, I spent a spare few hours pondering such existential questions as “But what song defines *me* as a person?” and “What does *guilt* really mean in this context?”. From this, the list below was produced. There’s more than 30 songs, I didn’t do it in thirty days, whether a Wii game counts as a song is rather dubious, but it was definitely a challenge. And here’s (what I consider to be) some ace music.

This article is in three parts, and the third part will be published tomorrow. The first part is here.

day 11 – a song from your favorite band

Linkin Park seems to be one of the few bands it is acceptable for me to say I like, which I am relieved by, given they are the only band who I have loved every album from. Here’s Somewhere I Belong.

day 12 – a song from a band you hate

I hate Metallica for their attitude to copyright, but The Memory Remains is nonetheless a good track. As long as it’s live. The music video with the scary woman with the organ is really disconcerting.

day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure

Tune.

day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love

Back before Youtube, when I used Yahoo Launch Music Player for my “Yahoo music experience”, I ended listening to a hell of a lot of country. Pretty much every American has heard of Toby Keith, but he’s almost entirely unknown outside of the US. Nights I Can’t Remember, Friends I’ll Never Forget is pretty typical.

day 15 – a song that describes you

It’s always phenomenally hard to think of anything that sums you up as an individual, let alone a song which was never intended to have anything to do with you. Gone by Switchfoot, however, is about getting on and doing something with your life because breath you take is a breath closer to the day you die (that the something you’re supposed to be doing is accepting Jesus into your heart is something we will set aside briefly). And as the thought that I am going to die before I get anything done is my primary motivation in life, I thought this song probably fitted best.

day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate

It’s biphobic, but dammit, I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry is catchy. Took a while to get out of my head.

day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio

For a track that came out two years ago, Photograph by Nickleback is a remarkably resilient song.

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio

I did hear Slam by Pendulum, once, on the radio. The DJ was taking requests and it was a very odd day. Should totally play it more though.

day 19 – a song from your favorite album

Linkin Park again. You know why? Cos they’re awesome. And Breaking the Habit is the best track on Meteora.

day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry

I went through this period when I listened to Rooftops by Lost Prophets and I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace very loudly whenever I was angry. The wall of sound was surprisingly effective as calming you down. As of last August however, when I listened to Let You Go by Chase and Status about 30 times in a row in a day, this has definitely taken over as my “ARGH!!” song of choice.



Tune in tomorrow for songs 21-30.

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So, the 30 Day Song Challenge is sweeping Facebook at the moment, and as with many of my friends, I spent a spare few hours pondering such existential questions as “But what song defines *me* as a person?” and “What does *guilt* really mean in this context?”. From this, the list below was produced. There’s more than 30 songs, I didn’t do it in thirty days, whether a Wii game counts as a song is rather dubious, but it was definitely a challenge. And here’s (what I consider to be) some ace music.

This article is in three parts, and the second part will be published tomorrow.

day 01 – your favorite song

It was a cold, clear night in Bradford when I first heard DJ Tiesto’s remix of Adagio for Strings by Barber. And I kinda hated it for bastardising what I considered to be a truly epic game soundtrack. Then I went and listened to it again a few days later and got obsessed. Since then I have listened to it hundreds of times and it just doesn’t get old.

day 02 – your least favorite song

I hate Travis’ Why Does It Always Rain On Me sufficiently that I refused to listen to it when trying to find a Youtube recording. Apologies therefore, if you get rickrolled. Setting aside the fact that the lyrics are nonsensical and the lead singer couldn’t sound more bored if he tried, the last sentence of the chorus missing off the final “me” drives me in a mental open loop of absolute craziness every time. JUST SAY ME.

day 03 – a song that makes you happy

Yay, it’s a really nice happy song about how much the singer loves his family. Yay.

day 04 – a song that makes you sad

Martina McBride has a very beautiful voice, and some powerful lyrics to an equally powerful video about domestic violence and child abuse. It makes me miserable every time I watch though, so I try not to do it very often.

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone

Sam O’Connor. 2009. Vodka. Nuff said.

John Barrowman is a meanie and won’t let me embed his music videos. :(

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere

In October 2006, I was sitting in my step-dad’s car waiting to go to my admissions interview at the University of Cambridge. An extremely bad quality rendition of Fallout Boy’s This Ain’t a Scene crackled down the radio, but I got the point. Unfortunately I couldn’t explain the motivations behind 19th century spiritual movements adequately, and I ended up at the University of Manchester instead. But I got a great song and a hell of a life of activism instead of studying, so I guess it worked out.

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event

I cannot go into detail about what event made the Lloyds TSB Dubstep Remix significant to me, though you may be able to guess from the genre, but suffice to say it was a very odd evening. Definitely at its best played at 5am with bass speakers in student halls though.

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to

Dating back to the days when I was obsessed with Bowling for Soup and they hadn’t deteriorated after A Hangover You Don’t Deserve, Girl All the Bad Guys Want is (along with the Gas Man Cometh by Flanders and Swann) the only track that I can remember the entire lyrics, tune, and musical breaks to.

day 09 – a song that you can dance to

Brighton, 2008, Legends, Bradford LGBT Big Gay Roadtrip. We got Low. :D

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep

I assume that by this is mean “a song you can fall asleep to”, but My World by Avril Lavigne does actually have the power to send me to sleep. By sheer historical accident, but one which I would imagine many would find intensely ironic, I happened to buy Avril Lavigne’s Let Go album at the same time as having a massive bout of insomnia. As the type of music fan that tends to play the same music over and over again for a month before moving onto something else, it became a habit to play all the way through as I was trying to fall asleep. Several weeks of Pavlovian training later, I now cannot listen to any song on the album with suddenly feeling very sleepy…

Tune in tomorrow for songs 11-20.

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