To say that I've been busy would be an extreme understatement, exams seem to have totally taken over. I've been pretty bad at socialising, sleeping and taking care of myself but at least I can proudly say that my music playlist has drastically developed over the past few weeks. I've tried to catagorise them according to how I listen to each song, but to be quite honest I just love most of them in any situation. I have been told that I have quite predictable taste in music which I still don't know how to interpret but I guess every song in this list is pretty similar. If you have a similar taste in music that's only good of course. I'm not really sure what the point of this post was, it was just fun looking at which songs I've actually been listening to.
I wrote a few sentences about every song in this list because I sometimes forget about them and why I loved them in the first place. Now it's written down so I'll never forget. If you play the playlist in order you can read along to see why it belongs under that particular heading.
Anyway, I've made a spotify playlist which you can find by clicking the button below. Do note that all songs sound much better with headphones.
*Little Disclaimer: my favourite artists are Coldplay (which I think I make more than clear in this post) and John Mayer. They'll come up more than once. Nonetheless, I've really tried to keep a bit of a mix so grab your spotify and enjoy.
Autumn leaves - Ed Sheeran
this has been my alarm for the past 3 weeks. I'm not sure whether it's because it's about autumn or whether it's the chill way in which the song starts up but it's been waking me up very pleasantly.
Spirit Cold - Tall Heights
I'd completely forgotten about this song until I heard it in our study area a few days ago. I first discovered it through Ben Brown's (youtuber) Visual Vibes. I think I may have over-listened to this song because it's not my favourite. But it remains the perfect song for those groggy mornings where you're not quite sure what century you're in.
Lonesome Dreams - Lord Huron
This song also has a good morning build up. It starts pretty calmly but slowly builds up which is, again, perfect for those slow mornings.
Green eyes - Coldplay
Oh green eyes. This song has been my all time favourite coldplay for over a year now. I must admit, I also listen to this song before bed, it really works any time for me. I think it's the simplicity of this one that I absolutely love. Also, some of the chords in here still give me goosebumps although I'm not entirely sure why.
Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran
Just like my alarm, I have been religiously listening to this song any time I've had to cycle to classes in the morning. It's just a very pleasant song to cycle to as it gets you ready for the day but keeps you moving with that 3/4 beat.
Native - KYKO
I don't have very much to say about this song other than the fact that the build up in this song is a perfect way to prepare yourself for wherever you're going to. Whether it's the gym, class or just a study session.
Sirens - Woodlock
Again, I love the build-up and love the steady beat to walk/cycle to. Also, they keep saying "I'm going nowhere" which is why it has to be in the 'travelling music section'.
Pass it on - The Coral
The little backstory behind this song can be found with my absolute love for Scrubs, that cheesy series about doctors. It's my all-time favourite show and at some point, they play this song in the background. I found this song online and forgot about until I looked into the depths of my spotify account.
Way Back When - Kodaline
A few days ago I left my phone to play some tunes in the background, my youtube automatically switched over to some old songs I used to listen and this song popped up. I don't know why, but oh boy, this song brought me back. To me, this is the perfect sing along song.
When you're feeling good:
Life in Technicolor II - Coldplay
Before my love for Coldplay really started I heard this song on the radio in the morning. I used to wake up at 5:55 am so having an upbeat tune like this really brought my mood up. Little did I know it would remain among my top Coldplay songs for many years to come.
Glass of water - Coldplay
Even though this song is rather 'rock-like', I can't resist a smooth transition between 4/4 and 7/4.
Run - COIN
Another song that I used to absolutely love and then somehow forgot about. If you ever feel down, just listen to this song and you'll immediately feel better.
Savannah - Relient K
Writing this post, I've realised how important I find good build-ups. So again, listen to this song if you want to listen to a song that slowly makes you feel more and more energised.
Celeste - Ezra Vine
I really wasn't sure where to place this song. I listen to it while I'm studying cause it's so repetitive but then decided that most people would find a little too distracting. So I guess it belongs here?
This is the thing - Fink
I must admit, although this song doesn't really appeal to me that much, it serves its purpose as study music quite well. Don't ask me what it's about though cause I can't understand a word of what he's actually singing.
Perfect Storm - Tristan Prettyman
You may have noticed that I have a preference to male voices. I'm not sure how that happened but somehow, I just that music a lot more. In fact, I think this is the only song with a female singer in it. To be quite honest, I only like this song cause of the chord progressions during the chorus.
Brazil - Declan McKenna (repetitive but good)
Just like the first song in this study music list, this song is pretty repetitive. Somehow, that seems to work for me while I'm studying. It's like my brain is able to enjoy it without being too distracted.
Riva (Restart the Game) - Radio edit - Klingade, Broken Back
Okay, so this song doesn't really fit with the other songs in this list, but I discovered this song last year while listening to some kind of yearly remix. The motivation provided by this song and lack of words just makes it quite a good tune to listen to while working on Calculus or something.
Mykonos - Fleet Foxes
This is again, not one of my favourite songs but it does keep me focused while studying so.. Why not?
When you need to chill
Gravity - John Mayer
This. Song. Is. Perfect... If you're looking for a way to relax, just listen to this and you'll immediately feel better. Have you listened to it? Now listen to the live version, it's even better once you know the song. How anyone can have such amazing guitar skills remains a question to me.
Storybook - Skinny Living
Although this song is pretty jolly, it somehow remains pretty relaxing. I don't listen to this song very often, but it's quite sweet so again, why not?
Sunsets For Somebody Else + My Mind is For Sale - Jack Johnson
In case you weren't aware, Jack Johnson recently released a new album and it's been my go to chill/study album ever since. There's something about his songs that makes you feel immediately relaxed.
Help is round the corner - Coldplay
This song is rather similar to Green Eyes, which is also why I love it so much. It was never officially released. I'll never understand why because again, those chord progressions can give me goosebumps. If I've ever had a bad day, I'll listen to this song just before I go to sleep and instantly feel good again.
John Mayer - Stop this train
I'll be completely honest here. At some point, this was my go to 'emotion' song. There's something about John Mayer's chords and build up that gets me every time. Now, I love to listen to this song just before going to bed. Don't worry, I don't cry to this song anymore, it's too pretty. Also, can we just appreciate how he perfectly immiates the sound of a train with his guitar? I think that's one of my favourite features.
The Wolves & The Ravens - Rogue Valley
If you've ever seen the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, this song may seem familiar to you. It took me a long time to find, but I'm so glad I did. The peacefulness of this song is good enough to send me to sleep in an instant.
Daughters - John Mayer
Just like all the other John Mayer songs listed above, this song was once my go to goosebump song. Even though the lyrics remain questionable to me, I can't resist some good guitar chords. . To top it all off, I fell in love with song all over again when I heard the live version.
Define Dancing - Thomas Newman
Little warning here, this is a really random song that I simply love from Wall-e. I'd also totally forgotten about this song but found it again in that spotify history. There's no words, no singers, just a combination of beautiful instruments doing their thing. Again, there's no complicated chords, no fancy rhythms, just a simple, little melody. It's pretty short and I don't actually listen to it often, but when I do I can't do anything other than listen (all multitasking skills go out the window).
Old but yes, still amazing
Sunday morning - Maroon 5
If you've never heard this song, you're in for a treat. I'm not sure how it happened, but I recently got a little obsessed with Maroon 5's older songs. This is one of them.
Don't ask me why - Billy Joel
Billy Joel has three good songs. Two of them are known by most (She's always a woman to me and piano man... and maybe also uptown girl). The third one however, is one most people don't know. This song is amazing to listen to when you're in the shower, washing up or tidying your room cause it's just such a jolly tune.
Tiny dancer - Elton John
I actually discovered this song after a John Lewis advertisement. I know it's pretty long but it remains a classic.
New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
I couldn't not include this song in this playlist. I think it's the first music video I ever saw on TV and I still love it. It's the kind of song that everyone knows even though the lyrics are totally weird.
Over my shoulder - Mike and the Mechanics
Even though I love this song, there's one point that always bothers me a bit. Somewhere in the middle of the song, the singer whistles the melody and every inch of my body feels an urge to whistle along. It's a such a shame I'm such a terrible whistler in a family of natural talents in this random skill.
Send me on my way - Rusted Root
Most people who hear this have a pretty similar reaction. Yes, they play it in Matilda (the film). Now, whenever I hear this song, I can't help but feel ready for an adventure.
She moves in her own way - The Kooks
This is good to me for one reason only. When I was too young to really listen to music by myself, my brother was absolutely obsessed with this song. Actually I have a rather similar experience with the song 'Don't stop me now' by Queen. I know every word to both of these songs without having ever listened to them by myself. It's just a good nostalgia song.
I know, I know, I just couldn't resist adding just a couple. I'm aware of the fact that this is by far the longerst list but I can't make it any shorter, it's impossible. I'm sorry if that bothers anyone but this post needs to reflect some honest music listenings. Also, obviously I love yellow, speed of sound, fix you, viva la vida and paradise. It's just that most people have just heard that song often enough, so I decided to go with a few lesser known songs.
In my place
I first discovered this song before I really knew about them. There was a music quiz (I embarrassingly didn't know it then) and I absolutely loved it.
I have always loved this song, but just imagine listening to it with thousands of beautiful different coloured lights during their concert. Definitely the best concert I've ever been to.
First off, the beginning actually sounds like rain falling outside which already places the song in my good books. But the string section in the song really finishes it off for me.
Lovers in Japan
Another feel good song that I love listening to when I'm feeling slightly down.
It's quite a controversial song, sometimes I'm really not up for such a rock-like song. But let's give the guitar some credit here.
Everything's not lost
If I listen to this while cycling or walking I can't help but move along to the buildup. One of the reason's I love coldplay is cause they prepare you so well for more 'dramatic' parts.
Okay, I'll admit that their latest album isn't my favourite. There quite a few songs that are relatively 'meh'. Birds however, has a faster pace I sometimes miss in their other songs.
The hardest part
This is one of those songs that I always forget about. But when it comes on I can't help but think that this is exactly the song I needed, whatever mood I'm in.
Swallowed in the sea
This song is one of my favourite for personal reasons. I had a long discussion with my sister about this one. She thought the beginning was in 6/8. Clearly the whole thing is just in 4/4. The fact that we need to have these discussion is still pretty cool though.
The only reason I love this song is because it reminds me of the perfect 'angry' song. If I need to blow off some steam, this song comes pretty high on list of possible listening options.
Us Against the World
Here comes another kind of weird reason for liking this song but the introduction always really intrigues me. The guitar plays a consecutive 6 note sequence for quite a few bars. The only thing is that it doesn't really become clear what measure this song is until the vocals are introduced. Try it, count in twos (1,2,3 - 4,5,6) or threes (1,2 - 3,4 - 5,6) during the introduction. It's just a fun little distraction thing.
I realise that this list is super long. If you're still reading, kudos to you my friend. But this used to be my 'I need to sleep' song. It's really peaceful. Also fun fact, you need to totally un-tune your guitar if you want to be able to play this song. Not cause it was thought through, just cause they felt like untuning their instruments and seeing what would happen. This is the end result.
Don't let it break your heart
This song is again for when you're cycling somewhere and feel like listening to something upbeat.
Happy listening ;)
I'm a university student who loves to keep themselves busy with anything but university work. I also enjoy looking like a banana as you can tell from all the yellow coat pictures. I've somehow managed to turn into a music and photography geek. I'm not entirely sure how that happened but let's just go with it. That seems to be my life motto at the moment.