“There was no warning.”First line in The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Okay, so this isn’t technically book-related but it IS a tag and it’s about music so the laws of nature say I have to do it. Also, Maria @The Character Study was kind enough to tag me so I’d have an excuse. Thank you, Maria!
The tag was originally created by Sophie @Me and Ink so remember to head over there if you want to see all the prompts. The rules say I can pick as many of the 17 prompts as I want and choose 1-5 songs per prompt. Inspired by Maria, I might have gone a little overboard so don’t feel pressured to listen to all of it. I just want to share all the music I love!
Shut Up and Dance – Favorite songs for dancing
I can report that Push-ups is ideal for the kind of dancing you do while cooking.
Always Remember Us This Way – Songs that remind you of your childhood
I was about ten years old when this song was released and it’s the first proper song (not kids music) that I remember loving. Pretty dark for a ten-year-old and in hindsight, it was probably foreshadowing something in my music taste.
This song is from the Danish version of Eurovision for kids, and I think pretty much every Dane my age would choose this song for a category like this. It’s pretty iconic and is still played at clubs today despite it being from 2006. And really, a song performed in a kids show had no business being this good.
In my early teens, I was a huge fan of the German band Tokio Hotel. Like, I lived and breathed Tokio Hotel until I was about 16 so a list of music from my childhood wouldn’t be complete without them. I think I was the only one in my class who was actually excited when we finally started learning German, and I used the band’s lyrics to remember complicated German grammar rules. Do I listen to the band today? Nope, not even a little.
When I wasn’t listening to Tokio Hotel, I was listening to Dúné and Stages is my favorite song of theirs. They don’t exist anymore and I kind of felt like my life ended the day they announced their break up because their concerts were just out of this world and I would never attend one again 😭
Cry With You – Favorite sad songs
I’ve often listened to the last half of this song with tears in my eyes because of how beautiful it is. I could have shared his entire album Behold for this but I had to pick one.
I once made the mistake of listening to If I Could Fly after finishing a very sad book and I was a mess 😭
Three words: Matty Healy’s voice 🥰
As someone who has lost a grandmother to dementia, there are too many lyrics in this song that hit way too close to home.
Sing – You just HAVE to sing along to these songs
I’ve shared First Like before in another post but it’s too fitting for this prompt. It’s a song made entirely out of fan comments (those fans primarily being 14-year-old girls), which in and of itself is hilarious, but at his concerts, it’s also primarily a song the crowd sings. It’s always my favorite part of his shows and listening to the song on my own just triggers that natural response which is to sing along.
Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, you can probably still feel the summer vibes of the song, and listening to it just transports me to outdoor summer concerts and I gotta sing along.
I know I’m not the only one!
Favorite Record – The albums you couldn’t live without
I could have picked any of the last three One Direction albums but Midnight Memories means the most to me personally because it was the album that taught me not to care what other people thought of my taste in music. I listen to whatever the fuck I want. Favorite songs are Through the Dark, Diana and Best Song Ever.
It’s so hard to pick these albums but I obviously can’t live without my favorite album from my favorite artist. I love the many different sounds they’re experimenting with because they might be pop songs but they don’t sound like anything else I’ve heard. The lead singer also really shows his range and the lyrics are exceptional. I adore this album! Favorite songs are Good Together, Deja Vu and Limbo (and Unreliable and Reflection and White Rose).
I’ve already talked about my love for Dúné and their Enter Metropolis album has too many gems to not be mentioned here. Favorite songs are Please Bring Me Back, Time to Leave and Heat.
I was simply obsessed with this album when it was released and I wouldn’t even call myself a huge fan of the Jonas Brothers. I just love so many songs on this album! Favorite songs are Love Her, Rollercoaster and Strangers.
Comfort Crowd – Songs that make you feel calm
That guitar combined with Louis’s voice is the cure for stress.
I actually didn’t like Harry’s latest album – except for this song which I adore! I feel like the chorus is meant to be listened to with your eyes closed and it’s so calming.
Motivate – Songs that simply motivate you
Let’s be honest, a lot of Little Mix songs could work for this prompt.
I think I’m in love – Your latest musical obsessions
Writer in the dark – Songs with your favorite lyrics
It takes a while for the lyrics to kick in but when they do, they’re absolutely ridiculous and I love it. It’s basically about a wedding but the lyrics are almost like a conversation so it’s unique and it works.
Part of the lyrics for this song feels like the theme song for introverts by asking for space and anything else is “mentally, physically stressing me out”. It’s so relatable and I really love everything else about the song too.
This took forever to do because I constantly got distracted by songs and artists I’d forgotten about and had to listen to entire albums because it had been ages since I last did that. But I had such a great time and if I’m not mistaken, I managed to get six different languages into this post so I feel very accomplished. I hope you had fun reading it! Do you know and like some of these songs too? I know there’s a lot of Danish stuff in here too so let me know if you discovered a new favorite.