The Infinite Playlist Meme

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So, there’s this guy I know.

Mostly he gets on my nerves but every so often he redeems himself by buying me the world’s best t-shirt, or falling off his boat and making me laugh until I can’t stand up any more.

We’ve known each other for ever, although we haven’t always lived in the same town, or even the same continent. But we’ve always kept in touch – maybe not through letters or emails, but music.

At first, we’d make mix tapes and send them to each other. Later on, we'd chat on instant messenger and our conversations always started with a quick game of “If today had a theme tune, it would be…”. More recently, we’ve used Spotify play-lists – sometimes just songs we love, other times we have competitions like trying to be the first person to find 50 songs that reference cheese or the world’s most annoying song EVER. We are terribly highbrow people, you can tell.  

So it’s probably not surprising that when I was tagged by Sandy with the Infinite Playlist meme, which asks what five songs are the ones you would listen to for the rest of time, I thought about the play-lists that we've sent back and forth, and many of the songs that mean most to me are ones we’ve shared over the years.

We just recently had a competition to choose the best 10 song playlist EVER, which has inspired this selection:

John Mayer, Free Fallin’ (live version): A year or so ago, I was going through a hard time after my divorce. My friend had just left to go home after a visit, and I sent one of those texts you send at 2am when you’re feeling sad, saying, “I feel like I’m falling.” He sent me this song, and a message saying, “Falling just means you’re letting go of the things you don’t need.” Turns out he was right. He was also on my doorstep 48 hours later, with horrible jet-lag and a bottle of tequila. This song is gorgeous, and it reminds me of why he's my best friend. (If you've never heard this cover, you're missing out – it's on YouTube here)

Under the Bridge, Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Listening to this takes me back to the Easter vacation between my second and third years at Uni. I’d had a major family row, and couldn’t go home, so I stayed in my friend’s flat. We had no money and lived on instant noodles and home-made popcorn, which we bought for 20p a bag at the Indian grocery store downstairs. We stayed up late, playing FIFA video games, and listening to the Chilli Peppers. Especially this song.

Breathe (2am), Counterpoint: This is, I think, an American college a capella group, on a playlist I was sent about two years ago. I know the original version of the song by Anna Nalick, but as is often the case with me, I prefer a cover version that tweaks the original slightly, and simplifies the song to its essence. This is a great song to listen to when you’re in danger of having a meltdown, and just need to centre yourself.

Days Like This, Van Morrison: I can’t remember when we discovered this song, but it’s been the soundtrack to countless drives in the countryside, sailing trips, long nights talking crap, and days on the beach. It’s just a great song to count your blessings to.

One of the Broken, Prefab Sprout: This is one of my favourite songs ever, because it’s just a beautiful song, about comfort and faith and devotion. Also, it starts with the line: “Hi. This is God here.” Which makes me laugh every single time I hear it. I’m not kidding, either. It’s got to be almost 20 years since I first heard this song, and it still makes me smile, but the song itself is very moving, I think. It's on YouTube, too, if you're not familiar.

Oh, and this is the link to the 10 Songs playlist in question on Spotify – if you've got Spotify, click on the link and it will open in your account. It's not as good as my playlist, obviously, but it's definitely worth a listen just for the first song, which includes possibly the funniest lyric of all time: "Since Jesus Christ came in, and cleansed my soul of sin, I'm in, right in, right up, right down, right happy all the time." Marvellous. 

I'm not sure who has and hasn't done this meme yet, but I'll tag Porridgebrain, Cafe Bebe, A Mother's Ramblings and Snaffles Mummy if they haven't done the dirty yet. And, just because I know he will squeal like a small kitten with excitement, I'll add Jed Hallam to the mix.

About 

Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

27 Comments

  1. 15th April 2010 / 8:47 pm

    What no Glen Madeiros – Nothings gonna change my love for you.
    It’s not a playlist without that lol

  2. 15th April 2010 / 9:02 pm

    Free Fallin’ is a fabulous song isn’t it. Reminds me of my crazy fabulous friend long gone now, who taught me to open my hand and let things fall as they will rather than grabbing things too tight and smothering them. Oh I feel all sad, nostalgic but happy too.

  3. 15th April 2010 / 9:13 pm

    ‘Swoon’ by Prefab Sprout is one of my favourite albums of all time, but I’d never heard ‘One of the broken’. Thank you and wow. Off to Spotify now. x

  4. S.
    15th April 2010 / 10:16 pm

    Sing me no deep, hymn of devotion…
    Such a great album. Had Jesse James Bolero in my head the other day. Also love We Let the Stars Go.
    I heart the Chilis and Under the Bridge is a favourite but I’m a traitor to Chilis fandom because One Hot Minute is my fave album. Tearjerker does actually make me cry. Well, it used to, when I was young and intense. 🙂

  5. S.
    15th April 2010 / 11:22 pm

    I think One Hot Minute tapped into a certain ‘moment’ for me, hence my fondness.
    BTW, someone shared a fun literal video of Under the Bridge that made me giggle. http://bit.ly/9Mcs9M

  6. 15th April 2010 / 10:30 pm

    I know exactly what you mean – the song has such a lovely sentiment about freedom not fear.

  7. 15th April 2010 / 10:30 pm

    Oh, me too – Swoon and Steve McQueen are, I think, 2 of the finest albums ever written. Jordan:The Comeback was never as successful but it’s really, really beautiful.

  8. 15th April 2010 / 10:31 pm

    I love We Let The Stars Go, too. And Mercy, which is lovely, too. Great album, isn’t it? I don’t buy that you’re a traitor, although I’m going to politely agree to differ on the best album issue 😉

  9. 15th April 2010 / 10:40 pm

    I love that song, “Free Fallin'” but it always reminds me of “Jerry McGuire” when Tom Cruise is singing it in the car. Well, shouting it really. And since Tom Cruise is gone all nutbar, I have a hard time with him. But I still like that song.
    And I graciously thank you for the tag BUT I’ve already done it thanks to Liz @ LivingwithKids which you’d KNOW if you READ MY BLOG! 😉
    Karin

  10. 15th April 2010 / 10:42 pm

    oh thank you very much, not done this one yet and Prefab Sprout! Classic choice, knew I liked you for a reason!
    Will do this with ‘Daddy’ I think because we like a lot of music!

  11. 15th April 2010 / 10:44 pm

    Eeewww.
    And I read when I can, I promise. Must have missed that one, though! My bad.

  12. S.
    15th April 2010 / 10:45 pm

    I think *true* fans who are in love with John Frusciante are compelled to dislike One Hot Minute but I lurve Dave Navarro. And I think he’s a better guitarist. :-O But BloodSugarSexMagik is definitely a close second.
    Jordan is awesome.
    Re: humour with God in pop music, Roger Waters has quite a nice line in that in Amused to Death.

  13. nml
    15th April 2010 / 10:51 pm

    Under The Bridge – 15, slow dancing and snogging at Wesley disco in Dublin… Oh the nostalgia… You and your fella sound like you have a great time and a excellent friendship – a great recipe x

  14. 15th April 2010 / 11:00 pm

    I also love Dave, but I think BloodSugarSexMagik is the best album. I don’t know the Waters reference, will have to investigate!

  15. 15th April 2010 / 11:02 pm

    I’ve only just stopped listening to ‘One of the broken’ on repeat and that’s only because Andy came home and pulled a face (three times was enough for him). ‘Jordan:The Comeback’ is in my Amazon basket.

  16. Liz (LivingwithKids)
    16th April 2010 / 9:22 am

    Love Free Fallin’, saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (as warm-up for Dylan) doing this live at Wembley, it was awesome. (Also for the Jerry Maguire sequence of course.)
    Also Under the Bridge – one of the finest records ever made.

  17. S.
    16th April 2010 / 9:34 am

    Realised ‘moment’ made it sound like it was a sex thing! It wasn’t. Just a feeling associated with a time.
    Amused to Death is a great album. Especially if you like a bit of Jeff Beck.

  18. 16th April 2010 / 7:16 pm

    ONe of the broken – never heard it before but it’s brilliant. Off to see if I can download it on my ipod…..:)

  19. 18th April 2010 / 9:00 pm

    “I knew I liked you for a reason”??
    Arf.

  20. 18th April 2010 / 9:02 pm

    Loving that I’m winning the bloggers over to Prefab Sprout, one at a time 😉

  21. 20th April 2010 / 10:27 am

    Excellent list. I also checked out the literal video for RHCP and got sucked into watching the other two there – genius!

  22. 14th February 2011 / 12:42 am

    Of course, the “love” of music is an awesome love for this blog gem hop 🙂

  23. jennie
    14th February 2011 / 8:19 am

    I only know the Chilli Peppers on your list but am off now to listen to the others.

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