My #essential20

Some bright spark decided to start up an #essential20 song list on Spotify and after listening to a great collection of songs, I decided I had to join in!

Without further ado here is my list in all its glory: #essential20


Lemon Tree by Fool’s Garden

This was one of my first ‘addict’ songs. I remember as a kid listening to it on repeat and even went so far as to type out the lyrics whilst continually pausing & rewinding. Good times.

 

Green Limousine by The Badloves

Another one of my early ‘rock’ memories and one of the first CD’s I bought!

 

Regulate by Warren G & Nate Dogg

Yes another ‘addicted’ songs, I used to listen to this on repeat whilst driving around (the year I got my license!)

 

Into My Arms by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

This is just a great song.

 

Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai

My old old old IRC nick was iNsaNiTy and this sort of summed it up well.

 

Born Slippy by Underworld

I remember working in Pizza Hut having the store to myself whilst making up 300-500 pizza bases; I used to take my ‘stereo’ in with me and have this cranking.

 

Freestyler by Bomfunk MC’s

One of many ‘cut sick on the dance floor’ songs. There are a heap more that I could have added and this is more a representation song. Plus I couldn’t remember the name or artist of others :D

 

Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve

Another song that I just love. Also, there is this weird connection with the movie Cruel Intentions which introduced me to Placebo … OMG I don’t have any Placebo songs on this list. WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?!

 

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys

If I could pick albums I would have. This song is one of my favourite off the album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. When we moved back from the UK I was listening to this album almost on repeat whilst I spent 2 weeks renovating/decorating our house. Just realised that I was using the same ‘stereo’!

Side note, I still have it and my wife listens to it almost daily. A good ole Panasonic with dual tape decks AND CD player. Quality. They don’t make good like that anymore.

 

Out of Space by Prodigy

This album introduced me to Prodigy via some friends I made through working at Pizza Hut. I remember many a night cranking this drinking, partying and generally getting up to mischief.

 

Don’t Hold Back by The Potbelleez

This song reminds me of NYE a few years ago with my brother-in-law and his mates. Was one of the best NYE parties I’ve been too. I still can’t listen to it without thinking of this party. More good times.

 

Hearts a Mess by Gotye

Gotye is one of my favourite artists ever and I listen to at least one of his albums weekly and have done for the last few years. If you don’t believe me, check my last.fm profile :D This song is my favourite of all of them! Also happens to be the first one I heard.

 

London Bombs by Eskimo Joe

We were living in London when the bombs went off. In fact I travelled along one of the lines that exploded about the same time, but only 2-3 times per week. Luckily it wasn’t one of my days otherwise there was a chance I could have been involved! There was also a scare at a station we used to travel through. This song just reminds me of those time plus it’s such a beautiful song.

 

Spaceman by The Killers

Another great song which reminds me of hanging out with friends.

 

My Way by Frank Sinatra

I’m big Frankie fan and this song is another ‘album representative’. I have the My Way album on my phone and it regularly gets a playing. I secretly like to sing at the top of my voice as I drive along.

 

Rose Rouge by St Germain

St Germain are another all-time-favourite band. I love love love their music and if I could pick all their songs I would too. If I had to pick one I picked this. I had to listen to each album a few times to decide on which one to pick though because they are all great.

 

Caring is Creepy by The Shins

The move Garden State introduced me to a whole new world of indie pop/rock and I’ve been a fanboi since.  Before Spotify the “Indie Pop Rocks” channel on soma.fm (care of Internode Radio) was frequently tuned in. This song is

I could pick almost all the songs on that album for this list too! But that aside it introduced me to two bands, The Shins and Iron and Wine who I both love. This song is by far the best The Shins song and always make me feel good.

 

Beautiful Day by U2

Another repeat song. An old-time friend introduced me to the fine arts of U2 and this has always been one of my favourite of theirs. It was a tough choice between this and One but at the end of the day, I could have picked 15-20 of their songs and all been valid.

 

Let Go by Frou Frou

Frou Frou was another Garden State artist but Frou Frou and subsequently Imogen Heap have this distinctly unique sound which fits my ears perfectly. This is one of my favourite from their album.

Frou Frou also reminds me of a work colleague who passed away a couple years ago at aged 25. I introduced him to Frou Frou and we swapped a lot of indie bands, the only two of us at work who liked this sort of music. Now whenever I hear a Frou Frou song, I think of him. #RIPArcher

 

Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

How can you not get into that 10:20 psychedelic guitar instrumental? I mean serious, how good is it! The only downside is it makes me wish I was off my tit the whole time.

 

A mere 1011 words later I’m done! I hope you like my list, I’d love to hear feedback. I’m rather gutted I missed out on putting a Placebo song in there, but god knows what I’d take out. Maybe we need to do an #essential100 songs. That *might* just fit them all. There are so many epic songs that I can listen to over and over.