I get so many questions about what music I listen to and about sharing a playlist. It mostly comes from those of you who watch my videos as I always to share the music I am loving in my weekly vlogs. However, I thought it would be nice to write about this a little too, share some old favourites and new discoveries. I have also started a Spotify playlist which you can follow here - I will keep updating this whenever I find something new I love, or with old songs I go back to and rediscover again. There are lots of odd songs on there where I don't really know of the artists other work, so this blog post is going to be dedicated to those whose albums I listen to in full and eagerly await new music from them. Let's start with the old favourites I always go back to.
1. Bob Dylan
Always the ultimate in my eyes. Not to everyone's taste (Mum can't stand him), but for those of us who love him he is an artist who just spans your whole lifetime and always remains relevant. His career is so vast I feel like there is always more to discover from him, and I have listened to Dylan through the best and hardest points in my life. He can be my background music of choice for a days work, or a headphones listen where you really concentrate on the music.
Favourite songs: Buckets of Rain, Nettie Moore, Ballad of A Thin Man, Tangled Up In Blue, Just Like A Woman
2. Future Islands
This is a band I have really grown to love over the past few months. For me they took some getting used to. I didn't warm to them at all at first, but soon couldn't stop listening to them at all. I currently listen to them every single day, and they are best played quite loud. Also make sure to watch a live performance on YouTube, they are incredible.
Favourite songs: Song For Our Grandfathers, Balance, Like The Moon, Beauty of The Road
3. Sticky Fingers
I have recommend this band to so many friends. They are a band I can have on in the background all day and not tire of it - whenever I have people over I play some Sticky Fingers and someone will always ask what music is playing. Their older stuff is my favourite and is the best place to start with them, and some of their live acoustic performances are my all time favourites.
Favourite Songs: Cyclone, Rum Rage, Australia Street, These Girls
4. Kurt Vile
Now I must admit I don't love every single one of his songs, and after a while they do become a little dirgy and merge into one big song. But, there are two that stand out as some of my favourite songs ever so I had to mention him. Pretty Pimpin' and Wakin on A Pretty Day are both incredible songs that I never, ever tire of. The sort of songs I can never skip past on a playlist, and are suitable for so many occassions. If you are a fan of acoustic music then this is definitely one to listen too!
Favourite songs: Pretty Pimpin', Waking On A Pretty Day, Life Like This
5. Mt. Joy
My only complaint here is that I wish they had more material out!! Just a handful of songs but every single one is amazing, so make sure to give every single one a listen. Sheep would win as my favourite but honestly they are all amazing!
6. Led Zeppelin
My all time favourite band, no contest. There are certain songs that cover me in goosebumps every time I listen to them. There is a time and place for Robert Plant's wail and I will admit there are times when I think 'not now Robert', but with both headphones in no music gets to me quite like theirs. Their debut album is the best place to start with them, but their live stuff is unlike anything else.
Favourite songs: I Can't Quit You Baby, Since I've Been Loving You (Live), In My Time Of Dying (also listen to Bob Dylan for this song).
Now I am ashamed to say I have only recently properly sat up and listened to their amazing work. The Score has to be one of my most played albums of the past six months, and one of my really fond recent memories was taking an insanely long walk alone around New York listening to the whole album on repeat. If you haven't listened to the album before, or even haven't gone back to it in a while, I promise so many of the songs will blow you away.
Favourite songs: Zealots, How Many Mics - but listen to all of The Score.
9. Chance The Rapper
His album 'Colouring Book' is incredible. I remember first listening to it a little under a year ago in a taxi in Paris, and I still go back to it now. There are a few songs I skip past, but the ones I love I never seem to get tired of. It's one of those albums I have listened to so consistently over the past year it reminds me of so many places and and things; living in Manchester, being in LA, walking around Notting Hill.
Favourite songs: Same Drugs, All Night, Finish Line