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


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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