W – Warzone by The Wanted

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I heard Warzone on The Wanted’s second album, Battleground, not long before it was released as a single. It was one of those songs that I had to listen to again and again. There’s something so pure about it. For the second and final time in this challenge, I will admit to Warzone not actually being the number one song in the ‘W’ category. Number one was Weakness by The Wanted. I loved it when I first heard it, but the more I played it, the more I realised how weak the song was lyrically – no pun intended. It’s not the best song they’ve done, but you can have a listen here.

I love how half way through Warzone they start to hum, it reminds me of the Misty Mountain song from The Hobbit. (Watch here.) However, it’s another one of those frustrating songs that I can’t sing. To begin with it’s way too deep, but then the chorus is a little too high. I literally can’t win. It’s a very powerful song too, though it’s difficult to find a good live version. Maybe it had a bit too much power for some of the singers. You can find the official video at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “W – Warzone by The Wanted”

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T – Too Close For Comfort by McFly

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Too Close For Comfort by McFly- 38 Plays – 88 ‘T’ Songs in Total

Too Close For Comfort is from McFly’s second album, Wonderland. I didn’t really get into McFly until just before their fourth album was released, so I would have listened to Too Close For Comfort around 2008. It was a long time ago, so I can’t be too sure how I first felt about the song, but I’m sure I loved it from the first time. You can see a fan video at the bottom of the post.

Now, to be completely truthful, Too Close For Comfort was the second most played song in the ‘T’ category. I just couldn’t write about the most played song, as I honestly don’t like it anymore. I also don’t know how it got so high on the list either. It was Torn by One Direction. The version they sang live on the X-Factor. The terribly out of tune version they sang on the X-Factor. I’m almost certain the majority of the plays for Torn were within the first year of it being sung live. After that, I never really got into One Direction until their album Made In The A.M.. You can listen to it here, if you dare. Don’t judge me… Continue reading “T – Too Close For Comfort by McFly”

R – Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney

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Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney & Replace Your Heart by The Wanted – 69 Plays – 49 ‘R’ Songs in Total

Here we have the second blog with two songs that have the same amount of plays. The winner for the letter ‘R’ is… Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney. It’s from his second album Right Where You Want Me and I think I loved it from the moment I first heard it. It was a long time ago now, so I can’t really remember. When the album was released in 2006, I would have been 14 and starting to think about my GCSE’s. I’m pretty sure Jesse McCartney was the soundtrack to a lot of my homework back then. Clearly it worked, as I got brilliant grades.

I like how gentle the song is. It’s half a breakup song and half a love song. It’s a song of conflict within one’s own head about a relationship, and I can imagine a lot of people feel like this at some point in their life. They think they should walk away, but something about the other person pulls them back to them and they stay. It’s very similar to the song Kickstarts, which I wrote about a few days ago. A fan video for Right Back in the Water can be found at the bottom of this post. Continue reading “R – Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney”

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”

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”

G – Gold Forever by The Wanted

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Gold Forever by The Wanted – 73 Plays – 56 ‘G’ Songs in Total

So, just to clarify, this isn’t the original version of Gold Forever by The Wanted, it’s the Gold Forever (Steve Smart & Westfunk Club Edit) version by The Wanted. There’s a big difference. Same song, different edit. I love the Comic Relief version of this song so much. So, so much. But when I heard the Steve Smart edit, I put it on repeat. There are four different versions of Gold Forever in the top ten ‘G’ songs, two edits and two original versions from the single and album, Battleground. The original video can be found here.

In general, I dislike any club edits of any song. The majority of the time they just speed a song up and add unnecessary noise, but not this one. This one is different. They haven’t really changed the song in the sense that they’ve cut and pasted lyrics all over the place. They’ve just added a little extra jazziness to the backing track. This is going to sound so strange, but I think my favourite part about this edit is the ‘claps’ that run throughout. I think they’re claps, I don’t really know what else to describe them as. I don’t know what it is about that sound in particular, but it’s turned this song into one of my absolute favourites. Fan video below. Continue reading “G – Gold Forever by The Wanted”

F – Fight for This Love by The Wanted

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Fight for This Love by The Wanted – 65 Plays – 47 ‘F’ Songs in Total

I probably first heard The Wanted’s cover of Fight for This Love in late 2010, early 2011. I forget when it was exactly, as they covered it so many times for different radio stations, or for their own YouTube Channel. There’s a chance I even listened to them sing this live on the radio. As far as I’m aware, this version of Fight for This Love was never released as a single, so yes, I did take the audio from YouTube. Sorry! I just want to point out that I’d never take a song from YouTube if it was actually possible for me to purchase it. Hence why I have millions of versions of certain songs on my iPod.

I’m not particularly a massive fan of Cheryl Cole’s original of Fight for This Love, but when I heard The Wanted sing it, I loved it. They made it sound so different and soulful. You almost believe the words that they’re singing. Again, I am probably completely biased and blinded by my love of this band. I would love to know what you think of The Wanted’s version, compared with Cheryl’s. You can find the video at the bottom of this post. Continue reading “F – Fight for This Love by The Wanted”

B – Behind Bars by The Wanted

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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. Continue reading “B – Behind Bars by The Wanted”

A – Animal by The Wanted

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Animal by The Wanted  60 Plays – 60 ‘A’ Songs in Total

I honestly don’t know when I first heard this song, but it must have been shortly after The Wanted performed it in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in 2011. I definitely don’t remember watching or listening to it live, so it would have been a video that I watched on YouTube. They performed the cover song Animal in the Live Lounge at the same time as their single Gold Forever. Animal was originally sung by Neon Trees. I’d never heard this song before The Wanted covered it.

The way that The Wanted sing it is quite light-hearted and jolly, and that makes it really easy to listen to. It’ll be quite clear throughout this challenge that I love this band. Their music and weekly YouTube videos got me through a lot of depression between the years of 2010 and 2013, so all of their songs mean a lot to me, even the ones I’m not too keen on! Even though this isn’t an original song by The Wanted, I just love the way that it has been performed. The video of them performing this in the Live Lounge is embedded at the bottom of the blog – take a listen! (It’s not the official BBC video, I can’t find it anywhere on Youtube!)   Continue reading “A – Animal by The Wanted”