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The 10 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Music is incredibly important to me. Music has helped me in so many ways. When you listen to a song that connects with you in a way that I cannot describe – it is truly magical. As a child, I spent a lot of time just listening to music. I would spend hours listening to my favourite songs through headphones. It was a great escape, a way to enter my own little world and just be me. Now in the digital age, I love making playlists of my favourite tracks and thought I’d share the songs that are, in my opinion, the 10 greatest songs of all time.

10. Rihannon – Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac were first introduced to me during the 10th season of American Idol. It was 2011 and I was heading towards completing the 3rd year of my degree. I would be staying up until 3-4 in the morning working on projects so I would often live stream American Idol as it aired in the US. I was rooting for the singer Hayley Reinhart to win. It was the semi-finals and she performed Rihannon. I loved the song instantly but it wasn’t until Stevie Nicks herself appeared in American Horror Story:Coven that I discovered the original. I of course, then checked out everything else that Fleetwood Mac but nothing quite beats the magic of Rihannon.

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9. Genie – Girls’ Generation

‘Mr Taxi’ may have been the first song by Girls’ Generation that I ever heard but it was ‘Genie’ that made me a K-Pop fan. The world of K-Pop moves at an incredibly fast pace with many artists releasing 2 or 3 albums per year. Because of this, a lot of K-Pop songs lose their appeal after a few months. But not Genie. It’s been 10 years since it’s release and it’s still the go to song for me when it comes to the best of not only Girls’ Generation but K-Pop in general. It’s such a perfectly crafted pop song that a language barrier is no excuse for you to not listen to this and enjoy it. This is up there with all the girl group greats.

8. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

While Katy Perry may no longer be in my list of artists to watch, her ‘Teenage Dream’ album is still one of the finest pop records ever made. Despite the huge success of the album campaign, the title track is often overlooked despite being the best track on the album. Written with Max Martin and Bonnie McKee, Teenage Dream is dream pop at it’s finest. I love the story of the song, the production is just magical and it makes me yearn for Summer.

7. So High – Azin

I wasn’t sure whether to include this song or not because it still feels relatively new to me. But then I realised that this song was released back in 2015 and yet still sounds incredibly fresh. I was introduced to Azin by a user on a music forum that I post on and honestly, whoever that user is – I owe them a drink. Azin has easily become my favourite K-Pop artist ever. She isn’t part of the usual K-Pop bubble, she just releases music periodically for the world to enjoy. She doesn’t have a bad song in her discography but it’s ‘So High’ that remains the one in her collection. I often listen to this song in headphones and just soak up the exquisite production. There are so many intricacies to this song that I feel like I hear something new with every single listen.

6. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen

The fact that this song did not become a massive hit for Carly Rae Jepsen back in 2014 is honestly homophobic. It’s highest peak was 53 in the UK! When the saxophone starts at the beginning, it pulls me in every time. I love Carly’s soft tones in the verses, the slow build-up in the briges and then that killer chorus. I love the emotion in her voice. Again, this song is incredible through headphones where you can hear all the intricacies in the production. It really is a work of art.

5. Biology – Girls Aloud

I miss Girls Aloud. They really were the best of the best when it came to British pop. They’ve had so many incredible songs that I easily could have filled this list with all of them. But it’s ‘Biology’ that stands as their ultimate track. It’s just so incredibly bonkers from start to finish. I love how the production just continues to build and build throughout the initial verses before exploding with that chorus, only to then be immediately followed by a second chorus! It’s bonkers but it’s undeniably Girls Aloud. Only they could pull off a song like this.

4. Breathe – Kylie Minogue

I recently discussed my love for this song in my favourite Kylie tracks blog. I was only 11 years old when this song came out but didn’t discover it until early 2000 when Kylie made her comeback. One of the music channels was broadcasting a ‘Kylie from then til now’ show and they played a short clip of ‘Breathe’. Since then, it’s remained my favourite Kylie track. I love the tone of her voice and the range she gets to show. The production is also so incredibly 90’s which just adds to it’s appeal.

3. All I Want Is You – Bellefire

This is most likely going to be a bit of a surprise for a lot of readers. Who are Bellefire? What is this song? Well I owe a lot to Bellefire – I mean, they did help me find my career as a web designer. But what is it about this song that helped make it top 3? I just love the harmonies, all of the members sing beautifully and the production of the song is quite simply gorgeous. It shocks me that this song is 16 years old and it still sounds so beautiful to me now as it did back then. I have so many memories attached to this song, I was pretty obsessed with it and Bellefire in general back then. To be honest, I still am. Hugely underrated group.

2. Pure Shores – All Saints

The ultimate girl band song. I can remember the first time I heard this song when the music video was played on MTV Hits. The memory is still so vivid in my mind, sitting on the floor on my parent’s living room when it came on the television. Pure Shores is one of those songs where if it were to be released today, it would still be a massive hit. It truly is timeless. My favourite part is easily the middle eight leading into that final epic chorus. It’s incredibly captivating.

1. Thank You – Alanis Morissette

How many of you are surprised that I have Alanis Morissette at number 1? A lot of people seem surprised when I tell them that I’m a huge Alanis fan. I talk so much about K-Pop and pop in general but I love a lot of genres of music. ‘Thank You’ was released in late 1998 but I didn’t hear it until about 2000. My parents had bought my brother and I a computer and I discovered this song through one of the many hours I spent searching music on Amazon. I love a lot of Alanis songs but Thank You stands out the most for it’s strong lyrics and stellar production. Plus I think it’s the best vocal Alanis gives on any of her songs. Those final 30 seconds with all the ad-libs? I’m in heaven.

I enjoyed writing this blog immensely. I listened to a lot of fantastic songs when compiling this list and it once again reminded me how incredible and powerful music can be. I’m going to make 2018 the year where I discover a lot more artists, a lot more incredible music and make more memories.

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