B – Behind Bars by The Wanted

A-Z Blog Challenge - Behind Bars by The Wanted - Lauren Mayhew Author

Behind Bars by The Wanted – 92 Plays – 85 ‘B’ Songs in Total

I first heard Behind Bars back when The Wanted’s debut album came out in October 2010. I actually can’t believe that it was that long ago. I remember listening to the album for the first time on my dad’s old PC in the hallway – I don’t think I owned my own laptop at this point – and I can remember Behind Bars coming on. I was instantly in love with it.

It sounded so different to the rest of the album, some of which was a little quirky. The power in the song was so fantastic, I’m almost certain I put it on repeat immediately after I’d listened to the whole album a few times. There’s also something within the lyrics that spoke to my 17-year-old self. I wasn’t the happiest teenager. I was bullied by my friends, but in such a way that I don’t think they realised how much they were hurting me. Depression slowly crept over me, and Behind Bars kind of summed up the way that I used to feel back then.

I feel something over me
And try to run away from the demons that haunted me
The key turns inside, no place to hide
I’m locked in no place, no place

‘I’m locked in no place’. The inside of my head was no place. I was trapping myself and stopping myself from being able to run away from the demons, both physical and emotional. I don’t even think that this is what the song means, but that’s what I took from it. Sometimes it’s good to know that you’re not the only one going through something. The full lyric video is embedded below.

There are two songs that I’m surprised aren’t on this list, the first being: Burn Me Down by Nathan Sykes. Nathan’s album, Unfinished Business, came out in November 2016, and I have listened to it so much since then! Burn Me Down is one of my favourite songs from the album, so I was expecting it to be a lot higher up the list. I suppose a lot of the times I listened to it was on a CD in the car, and I didn’t count how many times I played it. You can find the official teaser of Burn Me Down here.

The second surprise was: Beautiful Soul by Jesse McCartney. This song has been out for years. I used to listen to this when I was in school and that’s a while ago now! As the ‘fun facts’ section at the bottom tells you, I’ve lost all the data from before my iPod, and I can guarantee that this song would be so much higher on the list if I had that information. I’m gonna have to go and listen to it now. Here’s the video for you. 

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorA few fun facts: Of the 1,199 songs on my iPod – I know, feeble compared to some – there have been a total of 16,039 plays. This equates to an average of 13.4 plays per song. If each song is an average of 3 minutes long, this means that I have spent approximately 801.95 hours listening to the music on my iPod or 33.4 days. This doesn’t include the many times that I have watched and re-watched music videos or the time before the iPod. I can guarantee things would look a little different if I could get the data from my MP3 Player, or Windows Media Player days.


8 thoughts on “B – Behind Bars by The Wanted

  1. Song A Day says:

    I’m enjoying the sound this song has. I’m not overly familiar with the band, but I’m enjoying the cool pop rock thing they have going on.

    Are you familiar with Last.fm? It’s a nifty app that tracks song plays on your computer or mobile. I enjoy it cause it lets me have my fun statistics on what I listen to in a given day, haha


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