Welcome to this month’s 10 Songs to Keep You Sane!
Music is part of our everyday lives, a moment can become greater if it has the right soundtrack. I love a good playlist, finding the right mixture of songs for your mood is an art form. But sometimes finding the right song can be difficult & you need a little inspiration, which is what this series is for. Every month I’ll reveal to you the songs that have captured my mood and even when best to listen to them.
I did not realise how true the title of this blog would become. It’s safe to say September’s been a month of ups and way more downs than necessary. This month’s playlist has songs to make you dance, to cry to and laugh at.
Des’ree – You Gotta Be
Sometimes you need an inspirational anthem and as inspirational anthems go, this is a damn good one. It may be from the 90s but this gem of a pop song is still strong, its message of hope is motivational but it’s more chilled out rhythm means it’s not in your face cheesy either. I’ve listened to this a lot the past month and it’s worked its magic every single time.
Best to listen to: when you’re feeling meh about life in general and need motivation to continue on.
Air – Sexy Boy
This song will never not be cool. As soon as it comes on I swear I’m at least 35% cooler, I feel like I’m in a film and whatever I’m doing would be shown in slow motion. This electro-pop number is sleek and sexy, it makes you believe you can dance, even if just for a moment. It’s like the musical version of a pair of classic Ray Ban sunglasses; classic and stylish.
Best to listen to: when you need to feel confident, good on your way to a night out.
Pharrell Williams – Come Get it Bae
Sometimes the best way to get through a disaster is to just dance. This was the song that got me through my run of bad luck. Pharrell Williams knows how to make good pop music and I love this song. It’s catchy and keeps you on your feet, I have to dance when I hear it. I’m literally dancing in my seat listening to it as I write this. I’m not even that fussed about the lyrics or message of the song, it’s the actual music itself that I love.
Best to listen to: for a good old fashion boogie like nobody’s watching.
Best Coast – Our Deal
I’ve had this song on and off my playlist for a while, I have to be in a certain mood to listen to it. This song has a sad message but it oddly sounds happy, it’s melancholic and I think that’s why you have to be in a certain state of mind to appreciate it. This short but sweet song has a nice indie chill vibe that seems appropriate as summer ends.
Best to listen to: when you’re having to stay inside cause of the rain when you expected sunshine.
Village People – YMCA
If you don’t already know this song, I’m so sorry for you. We all know the deal here, we all know the dance. I love how ridiculously fun the song is, it brings a smile to my face. I heard this at a time when I needed it, I was ready to blow off some steam after a bad couple of weeks and I was ready to do the YMCA.
Best to listen to: after a few alcoholic beverages, surrounded by friends you can be silly with.
Billy Joel – Vienna
Billy Joel is an absolute staple of any good playlist, this will not be the first time he’s featured on this blog. Vienna is ideal for when you want to listen to sad music but don’t want to feel completely miserable. The slow piano throughout reflects your mood but the lyrics have a message of hope that all is not lost. It’s sort of like a rainbow, you get rain and sunshine to create something rather lovely.
Best to listen to: when travelling and you feel like reflecting.
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Camera Obscura know how to make fun music, I’ve been listening to them a lot the past month when I’ve needed something to brighten my day. I absolutely love the use of strings in this, more pop music should use strings. This song is punchy and puts a skip in your step when it comes on, it hooks onto you. It’s a pleasant addition to any playlist in need of sprucing up.
Best to listen to: when you’re struggling to wake up, put it on to start the day.
Sigur Rós – Varðeldur
I swear that listening to Sigur Rós actually adds years to your life. They’re like meditation for your ears. Any song of theirs will leave me in a state of bliss, this one just happens to be my favourite this month. The piano is particularly beautiful. When your world is going to absolute hell, put this on and let your mind go blank. Let the gentle tones fill your brain and just breathe.
Best to listen to: when you’d like to take up meditation but can’t quite commit.
John Grant – GMF
This was another discovery through Spotify radio and if I hadn’t paid attention, it might have just been another relaxed indie folk tune. The lyrics are what make this special, my ear pricked up around the chorus and I’m so glad they did. This is the perfect bragging song, the music is subtle while the lyrics are not and that creates the ideal balance where the novelty doesn’t wear off. Sometimes you need to big yourself up and this will get you in the right mood to do so.
Best to listen to: when having a get together that is celebrating a big achievement of yours.
The Polyphonic Spree – Section 12 (Hold Me Now)
This is a triumphant number which is why I’ve left it to the end. It has a fast pace and erupts into a rather delightful chorus. The use of an orchestra really helps this song, all the little parts comes together beautifully but they can all be heard individually too. There’s even moments where they are heard on their own, the build back to the chorus is so pleasing to the ears. This song is so joyful and it’s made me smile on days where I wasn’t sure I could.
Best to listen to: heading off anywhere knowing there’s potential for an adventure.
Follow the 10STKYS playlist on Spotify here, it will be updated every month when a new post goes up. Any songs you think I’ll like? Please comment as I’m always looking for more songs, new or old.
See you next month!