2012 is nearly over! Hurrah! Sorry, but I’ve had a really shit year this year. At the beginning of the year, I realized that I was in the wrong university course, decided I didn’t like my tattoo on my arm any more and got it partially removed, was in a job I absolutely hated with a fiery passion, so I gave in my resignation with a grin on my face and a big “fuck you, corporate savages.” But the year has sort of ended on a high. I jacked university in, got accepted in the London School of Media Make-up and turned the grand old age of 21, but more on that later.
So here is the soundtrack of my 2012. I do this every year (except I’m having troubles finding last years one…) They’re not songs specifically released in 2012, in fact, some are pretty old, but they’re songs that I’ve listened to to get me through this awful, god forsaken year.
1) Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
Whenever someone asks me a question that resembles, “If it were your last few minutes on earth, and you could only listen to one song whilst you burn into smithereens…what would it be?” I hold my head up high, and I say loud and clear, “Stayin’ Alive by the motherf*cking Bee Gees.” People don’t really seem to understand my obsession with it. It never gets old. I totally forgot how much I adored this song until this beautiful scene happened:
Yes, that is my favourite scene from television of all-time. And it features my favourite song of all-time. It’s a win-win situation. Also, I’ve just checked my play count and since 16th January 2012, I’ve played it a whopping 1205 times. Me? Crazy? Nahh…
Notable lyrics: “Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’, and were stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.”
2) Blue Miss Sunday – Devics
No one seems to know about this song in my little friend group apart from me. It’s a beautiful song, and has really spoken to me this year. It’s very sad, it’s very depressing, but the vocals are amazing by Sara Lov and the bluesy feel to it brings me close to tears every time.
Notable lyrics: “Some days are too bright and they just go on, but in the moonlight I see everything. I wish I could keep this beautiful mood last, I really see now sadness is happy. Because I’m a sad girl, some say a blue girl, I wanna be a new girl, is that so bad?”
3) Sad Song – Christina Perri
Christina Perri has been one of the top albums I’ve listened to this year. Her debut album ‘Lovestrong’ is perfect in every way, and this song has stuck out to me a lot this year. It’s pretty fucking heartbreaking, but that’s why I love it.
Notable lyrics:“I wonder what my mom and dad would say if I told them that I cry each day/It’s hard enough to live so far away/I wish I wasn’t always cold/I wish I wasn’t always alone”
4) Carry On – Fun.
I love Nate Ruess’ voice. No. I really love his voice. And his face, really. Like if Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg had a baby. The ‘Some Nights’ album is fantastic, but yet, a lot of people I’ve spoken to seem reluctant to download it. But do it! All those out there who are umm-ing and ahh-ing about it, just do it. Just go download it. You won’t regret it. Back to the song in question, Carry On is generally about carrying on even though you feel like shit and nothing’s going right. Admittedly, this song has got me through a tough time in the second quarter of this year. It’s a fairly simple song, but Nate’s voice is flawless and it’s uplifting and just great.
Notable lyrics: “If you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone, carry on. May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground, carry on.”
5) If Ever I Stray – Frank Turner
Yet again this song makes its way onto my most played songs. Great song. Great man. Great band. ‘Nuff said.
Notable lyrics: “Coz love is free and life is cheap, and as long as I’ve got me a place to sleep, some clothes on my back and some food to eat, then I can’t ask for anything more”
6) Let Yourself Go – Green Day
For those unaware, I am a pretty massive Green Day fan, and when I heard that they were coming out with not one, not two, but three albums in the space of a few months, it was very hard for me to keep still and wait patiently. But I managed it. Somehow. Out they came with “Uno!” “Dos!” and no awards for guessing the third, “Tre!” To sum up my opinions on the albums in one sentence “Awesome!”, “Ehh, okay!” and “Great!” ‘Let Yourself Go’ is my favourite of all of the three albums because it really makes you reminisce of Green Day back in the 90s and has that echo of ‘Dookie’ in there. The song is a big ol’ “fuck you, I hate you, and now I’m going to tell you to fuck off.” It’s awesome, and makes me jump and mosh like a chimpanzee on acid in my room.
Notable lyrics: “
You’re getting on my every last nerve
, everything you’ve said I’ve already heard
. I’m sick to death of your every last breath
and I don’t give a fuck anyway.”
7) Back in Black – AC/DC
This year for me was a big AC/DC year. I think everyone joined me in a massive “HOO-FUCKING-RAH!” when their back catalogue was release on iTunes. Only took you 10 years, guys. I listened to AC/DC rather a lot this year, not entirely sure why, all I know is that you can’t beat a bit of AC/DC on a hot summers day.
Notable lyrics: “
I keep looking at the sky cause it’s gettin’ me high, forget the hearse cause I’ll never die. I got nine lives cat’s eyes, using every one of them and runnin’ wild coz I’m back.”
8) Life’s a Happy Song – The Muppets
I’m not proud of this. I’m still not particularly sure why it’s number 8 on my iTunes playlist. However, what a ruddy good tune. It’s so much fun! And it’s so catchy! Just listen to it. Just listen. You listening? Are you squirming at the cutesy stupidly gleefulness of it? Now? How about now? If you’re not, I have it on pretty good authority to say you have no heart and are made of stone. Sorry bro.
Notable lyrics: “Everything is perfect, it’s falling into place. I can’t seem to wipe this smile off my face. Life’s a happy song when there’s someone by my side to sing along.”
9) Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly
Sorry, I can’t talk about this song right now because I’m too busy doing an Irish jig. Back later.
Notable lyrics: “I sit in and dwell on faces past like memories seem to fade. No colour left but black and white and soon will all turn grey. But may these shadows rise to walk again, with lessons truly learnt. When the blossom flowers in each our hearts shall beat a new-found flame”
10) Miscellaneous Sherlock Season 1 and 2 score – David Arnold and Michael Price
This is my chill-out music. I know it’s not typical chill-out music as such, but I love listening to it whilst I’m reading or on the internet. But as soon as the original titles come up, I get a fuzzy feeling inside because Sherlock, for me, was the highlight of my 2012. Even though it only ran for 3 episodes in the beginning of the year, it’s left its mark. Even after watching The Reichenbach Fall for the 10000th time, I still find myself screaming through tears “MORIARTY, YOU SLY MOTHERFUCKER, HOW DID SHERLOCK DO IT?! OH NO, JOHN, DON’T CRY BECAUSE I’LL START AGAIN. SHERLOCK, YOU MOTHERFUCKER, COME BACK!” Anyone else? No? Just me? Okay.
So there we have it. My top 10 songs I’ve listened to in 2012. I had to edit it a little bit because a lot were repeats of stuff (e.g. the Sherlock soundtrack, because there’s so many, they clogged up my list.) But here are a few notable songs that didn’t quite make the cut:
The Forgotten – Green Day
Friday, I’m In Love – The Cure
I Forgot To Remember To Forget You – Elvis Presley
It Ain’t Me, Babe – Bob Dylan
Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
Details In The Fabric – Jason Mraz/James Morrison
Classico/Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown) – Tenacious D
Threw It On The Ground – The Lonely Island (don’t ask…)
Tragedy – Christina Perri
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
We Are Young – Fun
Redemption – Frank Turner