Only The Strong Survive by McFly – 26 Plays – 53 ‘O’ Songs in Total
I first would have heard Only The Strong Survive when the Radio:Active album was released in 2008, as usual for all McFly songs in this challenge after album 3. This was back during the times that I used to keep my music preferences to myself, as my friends always picked on me for my taste in music. It didn’t really matter who I liked, they would make a point to laugh at me for it. In the end, I stopped talking about music, books and TV. With everyone, not just my friends. It took a good few years to get my head in a good enough place to not give a crap what anyone thought of me. I can happily say I’m in that place now.
This song definitely grew on me. Compared with the other songs on the Radio:Active album, Only The Strong Survive has never really been at the top of the list for me. It did shock me slightly that it hit the top spot for the letter ‘O’. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic song, there are just better songs on the album. It’s one of those songs that are easy to listen to, dance to, drive to. It’s got a lot going for it. A fan video can be watched at the bottom of this blog.
Every time we get up we’ll be destined to fall
And I’m asking myself is it worth this at all
Every corner we turn we just run into walls
Because loving you feels like a kick in the balls
I wonder if you can guess which line from the above lyrics is my favourite? Only McFly could write a lyric involving kicking a man in the balls. Epic. I won’t lie, that line is one of the main reasons that I love this song. It’s just so out of the blue and unexpected in what appears to have been a serious song so far. It’s quite an optimistic song when I think about it. In life, as long as you’ve tried your best, everything will be alright. You can only do your best, nothing more, so there’s no point in living in the past and living with regrets.
Open Arms by Journey hit the number four spot which I’m really happy about. I first heard Open Arms on The X-Factor. It was sung by Joe McElderry a good few years ago now. (Click purple text for videos.) I absolutely loved the version that Joe sang, but when I heard Journey’s original, I loved it even more. The exact same thing happened with Don’t Stop Believin’. I refused to listen to Glee’s version, but Journey’s was incredible. I have the album Journey’s Greatest Hits and I love pretty much every song on it. It’s well worth a listen.
Until the next time,
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A 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.