Spotify is Amazing

My Music of 2016

So last year Spotify did something amazing. Maybe they have done it before; I don’t know. I only just started with it last year. At 26, self-confessed geek and lover of tech. I can be quite slow sometimes to adopt technology and social media. Anyway, I digress.

Spotify early one morning sent me an email.

“Your 2016 in Music”

How intriguing. As I read through frantically, waiting for the images to load on what appeared to be the WiFi slowly waking up for the day I saw that Spotify, rather kindly, have created a playlist of all my most listened to music in 2016. This was epic. It was an interesting mix. New and Old. In total there where around 100 songs. I’m not going to talk about them all – that will take all day. Instead, I’m going to pick out a selection. If you want to listen to it click the link here.

Highlights:

Wolves of Winter – Biffy Clyro

This is from Biffy’s latest album. I’m a long-time lover of these guys and his song, for me, reminds me of what I love about them. Catchy music, Great Guitar and Lyrics you and ill sing forever. I will write more on these guys soon. I have a lot to say!

Waitin’ on a sunny day – Bruce Springsteen

2016, rather shockingly, was my first time seeing the Boss. My friends have told me how great his gigs are and they were not wrong. In Glasgow, sunshine often doesn’t rear its warm fuzzy little head and often, like the title, we are waiting.

This day, it was a scorcher. Glorious blue sky. As we all waiting in the crowd for the man himself (and the e-street band, of course) wondering what he would play first thoughts turned to this song.

He obviously was listening – this was the first song.

This song will always remind me of that day, that gig, and the sunshine.

Misery Business – Paramore

Paramore, I admit it. I love them. Still do. The tunes are brilliant, the drums are off the chart and this Riot, the album Misery business is from, will always get me going. It puts me in a good mood. It elevates me and helps me focus on tasks.

This is also my Guitar Hero Jam if anyone is interested.

Catfish Blues – Gary Clark Jnr

I have only recently learnt of this guy, he is a wizard on the guitar and plays the blues as well as some of the greats blues guitarists of yester-year. This song is the one that got me interested in GC Jnr. Amazing what you can find when you just search “blues” on Spotify. Well done Sir!

Lemonworld – The National

The National. A university love for me. Never stopped listening to them basically for 4 years. This song’s intro is my text tone. To strums on a guitar that sound depressing but fill me with joy. I eagerly await their next stuff.

Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder

So I’m a 90’s kid. I loved Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. I wanted to be the White Ranger so badly as a kid. The movie, which is brilliant if you haven’t seen it features this song as they all jump out of an aeroplane in the beginning of the movie (Tommy, the white ranger, does it with a snowboard – that’s how cool he is and why I wanted to be him). Ok, in the movie it is the Red Hot Chili Peppers version, but Stevie is the man. His music is amazing and this is one of a few on the playlist.

Why does it always rain on me? – Travis

I play guitar, I was in a school band – like most people my age where I grew up. Our first gig, a School Battle of The Bands, we played this song. I’m also Scottish, so I grew up listening to Travis and asking myself this…a lot.

Walk – Ludovico Einaudi

Einaudi is someone I would LOVE to see live. His music transcends and takes me to a thought provoking place like very few others can do. This song reminds me of Hans Zimmer soundtracks with the small high pitched notes cascading through the song like they have no rhythm; except they do. They walk through the song like they are afraid, but trust the rest of the music to carry them. Like the rest of the band are pushing them forward. Telling them it is going to be alright. Like a Father/ Mother to their child.

Tilted – Christine and the Queens

This song dominated last year. In the charts it was adored. It is great. The music is what pop has missed recently and I can’t wait for more!

O, and her dancing is off the charts good.

So, there you have it. My favourite songs of 2016 and a few good reasons why. If you haven’t heard of any of them – listen. Meet new artists which may affect you as they have me. I will post more on some of these artists soon.

Leave a comment if you like any of the music or have new artist I should listen to.

Mean well, Speak well, Do well.

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