Q – Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by Backstreet Boys

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Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by Backstreet Boys – 8 Plays – 1 ‘Q’ Song in Total

It’s a ‘Q’. Did you really think the song would be anything else? Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by the Backstreet Boys is one of those songs that I’ve been listening to for years, but I could never actually tell you when I first heard it. It’s unlikely that my parents would have played it for me when it was first released in 1997. I was five at the time and music wasn’t really my main focus. I was probably listening to the music my mum put on during the day, so Guns N’ Roses or maybe Winnie the Pooh because that’s not a big contrast or anything.

I’m surprised by how few plays this has. I know that I’ve listened to Quit Playing Games much more than 8 times, but that must have been on my old MP3 Player or windows media player before my MP3. There also would have been many, many YouTube views of this back before I had iTunes. I’d play Minesweeper and Solitaire for hours listening to YouTube and the soundtrack would usually be the Backstreet Boys. Oh, how I miss those carefree days. Continue reading “Q – Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by Backstreet Boys”


P – POV by Mcfly and Personal Soldier by The Wanted

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POV by McFly & Personal Soldier by The Wanted – 54 Plays – 42 ‘P’ Songs in Total

So, this is one of two letters that feature two songs with the same amount of plays. Instead of writing about both of them in detail, I’ll write about my favourite of the two and add a little paragraph at the end for the other one. The lucky winner for the letter ‘P’ is… POV by McFly. It’s from the Radio:Active album again and is probably one of the more ‘rocky’ songs on there. If you’ve followed my previous posts, you’ll know when I first heard this song, back in 2008. I’m pretty sure it was love at first listen. POV stands for Point of View if you didn’t know. There’s a fan video at the bottom of the post for you to have a listen yourself.

I think I love POV so much because of the contrast between the heavy guitar track and then the gentle piano solos. The lyrics and vocals help too. In itself, this song is a masterpiece. It’s funny how I seem to like the album tracks more than the majority of singles that are released from them. But maybe POV was just too ‘rocky’ at the time of its release. The charts were full of pop singles and the occasional Kings of Leon song. I think this is the point when McFly started to lose their chart dominance. Bloody pop music. Continue reading “P – POV by Mcfly and Personal Soldier by The Wanted”

O – Only The Strong Survive by McFly

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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. Continue reading “O – Only The Strong Survive by McFly”

N – Nowhere Left To Run by McFly

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Nowhere Left To Run by McFly – 45 Plays – 43 ‘N’ Songs in Total

I first heard Nowhere Left To Run by McFly not long after the album Above the Noise was posted through my letterbox in 2010. There’s only two or three songs from Above the Noise that I willingly listen to today, Nowhere Left To Run being one of them. When I say willingly, I mean that I’d select it out of the thousand or so songs to listen to, rather than it coming onto shuffle play and I listen to it that way. You can see a fan video for the song at the bottom of the post.

Nowhere Left To Run was released around the time that McFly tried to create an interactive webste for their fans called the Super City. It was a fantastic concept, but it didn’t work out. It caused so much rivalry between the fans because you had to pay to be a member, and not all fans could afford it. I only just managed to pay for the cheapest monthly subscription but, looking back, I realise it was a waste of money, as I never actually won anything. Still, I got some good merch from it and a certificate personally signed by each of the band members. That’s probably one of my most prized possessions. Continue reading “N – Nowhere Left To Run by McFly”

A Quiet Place

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Synopsis: A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

That is probably one of the shortest film descriptions that I have ever read, but it’s simplicity completely matches the film. A Quiet Place lived up to the hype that is currently surrounding it. I’m not much of a horror movie watcher, but there was something about this one that drew me in. I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out.

First of all, if you don’t like reading subtitles when watching films, this definitely isn’t the one for you. The film is almost completely silent, there’s not even a lot of backing music. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before and it’s definitely the best film I’ve seen this year, and that’s including The Greatest Showman which I saw three times! Continue reading “A Quiet Place”

M – Misery Business by Paramore

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Misery Business by Paramore – 37 Plays – 61 ‘M’ Songs in Total

I must have first heard Misery Business by Paramore when it came out in 2007. I’m struggling to comprehend just how long ago that was. I would have been fifteen and nearing the end of my time at school. Over ten years later and I still enjoy it when it plays on shuffle play. It’s a revenge song, though I’m not sure if it has any truth behind it. I’m not one to delve into the origins of most songs. I was expecting it to have more than 37 plays though. It feels like I’ve listened to it so much more than that recently.

Other than the fact that Misery Business is just epic, I associate it with one of the most stress-free periods of my life. Around this time, my sister, my two cousins and some of our friends would meet up almost every night and go gallivanting off in someone’s crappy first car. We’d play all sorts of stupid games, along with football and frisbee. Back then we had flip phones, so it wasn’t easy to play music, but if we could have done, it would have been Paramore and Fall Out Boy. We always had so much fun together. Then we all grew up and had to get full time jobs. We haven’t met up like that since, though I’m going to attempt to organise a meeting of some sort in the summer. You can see the video for Misery Business at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “M – Misery Business by Paramore”

L – Lose My Mind by The Wanted

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Lose My Mind by The Wanted – 78 Plays – 84 ‘L’ Songs in Total

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! By the end of this challenge, you’re either going to love The Wanted as much as I do, or absolutely hate them. At least Lose My Mind is one of their originals. It’s the third single from their self-titled debut album and one of my favourite songs by them. As usual, I heard this song pretty much on the day that it was released in 2010. I can’t remember if it was an instant like or if the song grew on me, but I did know that I liked it a lot more than their second single Heart Vacancy. That song has never grown on me. Even after 7 years or so.

Lose My Mind is one of those songs that’s just really easy to listen to. I hadn’t realised how many times I’d listened to it, though it’s the song I’d always default to if I was stressed. I know the lyrics to Lose My Mind off by heart, so if I was having a bad night, the demons in my head had come out to play, I’d sing this song to myself to distract my brain. It’s quite fitting really, as sometimes I did feel like I was losing my mind. This song was my own little form of therapy. Continue reading “L – Lose My Mind by The Wanted”

K – Kickstarts by The Wanted

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Kickstarts by The Wanted – 52 Plays – 20 ‘K’ Songs in Total

We managed to get through three days without a song by The Wanted popping up. I really am starting to realise how big my obsession with them became. I hope you’re not getting bored of seeing the same names over and over again! Anyway, Kickstarts isn’t an original song by The Wanted, it’s another cover. Example was the first artist to sing the song, but the version by The Wanted was the first time that I actually heard it. As with the previous songs by this band, I would have first heard Kickstarts within the first few days of them singing it on their YouTube channel, the video for this at the bottom of the blog.

Again, it’s not exactly my love for the song, it’s more my love for the band. You’ll see from the video how silly they all are. They really didn’t take much seriously when they were making videos for their channel and it made them that much more lovable to me. I’m not sure which version of this song I have. There’s a chance it came from a CD, or that I downloaded it from iTunes, but it could also have come from YouTube. It’s just one of those songs that have been on my iPod for so long, I’ve literally forgotten how it got there. Continue reading “K – Kickstarts by The Wanted”

J – Just Walk Away by Celine Dion

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Just Walk Away by Celine Dion – 21 Plays – 8 ‘J’ Songs in Total

I don’t know when I first heard Just Walk Away by Celine Dion. My mum had the album Colour of My Love, so it’s when I first found that on the shelf. The album was released the year after I was born, so there’s a high chance I’ve been listening to it since birth. We definitely always have music playing in the background of our baby videos, so music from the 80’s and 90’s was basically the soundtrack to my childhood.

There were only 8 songs in this letter, so it was inevitable that the most played song wasn’t going to be one of my absolute favourite songs ever. I don’t skip Just Walk Away when it comes on, but I wouldn’t pick it out to listen to it. There are many other Celine Dion songs that I would choose over this one. A lyric video for Just Walk Away can be found at the bottom of this blog. Continue reading “J – Just Walk Away by Celine Dion”

I – Is This Love by Whitesnake

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Is This Love by Whitesnake – 62 Plays – 101 ‘I’ Songs in Total

Is This Love by Whitesnake is one of the classics of the 80’s. I was born in the early 90’s, so the first time I heard this song would have been around ten years after it was released. I’m presuming I heard it on one of the cassettes my dad used to play in the car. My mum being a big fan of Guns N’ Roses meant it was inevitable that I’d fall in love with the ‘rock’ genre. I realise now that I only have two Whitesnake songs on my iPod, so I might just have to listen to some more of their music.

Not only do I love the instrumental track, I love David Coverdale’s voice. He has so much power when he sings, but he looks like he makes barely any effort. I wish I could sing this song in tune, but I really struggle with how low it is. I can’t really sing that high either, so I’m more of the mid-range singer. None of which helps with this song. The video for Is This Love is at the bottom of this post. Continue reading “I – Is This Love by Whitesnake”