I was thinking the other day.
It’s often quite dangerous when I do this.
I end up doing something I shouldn’t and spend the subsequent weeks chastising myself for yet another fuck up. Also, if I find myself deep in thought, I can convince myself of pretty much anything. So, like I said, it’s dangerous being me when in a thoughtful mood.
However, this trail of thought I found myself on whilst scrambling my eggs one Tuesday night wasn’t particularly treacherous. I’d actually posed a question to myself.
The question went a little like this….
“If you had to make the choice, would you rather give up music or TV”.
If I’m honest, the mere thought makes me feel a bit sweaty and panicky. Thank god it was all very hypothetical. I couldn’t imagine a world without TOWIE, Real Housewives of Cheshire, Doctor Foster, Emmerdale and Corrie. It would be a very miserable world indeed. But, a world without music just doesn’t bear thinking about.
For me, in all seriousness, music is life. So many songs evoke so many memories. All I have to do is listen to a certain song and I’m taking a skip down memory lane. Or, sometimes, not quite a skip, more a slow, pensive walk.
Anyway, as per, I’m digressing. There is a point to this blog post, and it doesn’t (just) extend to me waffling on about how emotive I find music.
I have decided I’m taking things back to basics. And by that I mean my blog basics. My Top 10’s. For that is where this whole thing started back in June 2015. My love of lists and comparing is what kick started this “journey” for me. Fucking hell, I think I’ve just made myself sick, I sound like one of those X Factor twats.
Here begins a series. My Top 10 songs from a certain year.
So, without further ado, shall we get on with the show?
First up it’s the Year 2000. The year we thought could be our last, if the very ill fated, much hyped Millennium Bug had anything to do with it. What a frigging anti-climax that turned out to be eh (much like the Millennium Dome – have you read my Top 10 Unlucky Moments blog post?)
10. Mary Mary – (Shackles) Praise You
This song makes me so happy whenever I hear it. It makes me want to raise my arms in time with the music. Something I still can’t get right 17 years on.
9. *NSYNC – Bye Bye Bye
I’ve never been a huge boyband lover. For me, at the risk of pissing off a lot of people, Take That were always a bit overrated.
Are you still reading?
But I bloody loved me a bit of NSYNC and this is their best song BY FAR.
8. Billie Piper – Day and Night
All that leather. All that make up. And those dance moves. Iconic.
7. Bombfunk MC’s – Freestyler (cringe)
Whenever I think back to 2000 I always, always, ALWAYS think of this strange and quite frankly cringe track. The video was ALWAYS on MTV.
6. Samantha Mumba – Gotta Tell You
Nothing says early Noughties pop quite like Our Sam.
5. Sisqo – Thong Song
James Arthur did a version of this at V Festival in August and it made me fall in love with the cheesy song all over again. Still know all the words. Hate thongs though, uncomfortable buggers aren’t they?
4. Eminem – Stan
Yeah I used to practice rapping it in my bedroom. And what of it?
3. The Spice Girls – Holler
Some may say it’s one of the worst Spice Girls songs. Not me, it’s one of their best. Even if it’s Geri-less.
2. Darude – Sandstorm
T.U.N.E – still get goosebumps when it drops.
1. Craig David – Seven Days
I’m still as obsessed with Craig David as I was as a spotty teenager 17 years ago. I’ll never forget the time his life sized poster fell on me as I slept. I feel so lucky to have seen him live twice this year and once last year. Trust me when I say the bloke is incredible. All the feels.
PS. I’ve been meaning to do a Top 10 Music Videos blog for the last 26 months but I’ll cut to the chase and just tell you this is my number 1.
I’m now going to hand it over to a good friend of mine. Hamster McKenzie. The anonymous, furry little ball of hilarity for his Top 10. He was considerably older than me in the Year 2000, so let’s see if that shows in his choices.
This is exactly how the conversation went when he made me aware of his selection.
Mine are better aren’t they?
Before I bid you adieu, here is a photo of Hamster McKenzie in the year 2000.
And here am I. Aged 14. Photo taken in a school corridor. The reason for this get up, if you couldn’t tell, is I am dressing up as Victoria Beckham. The likeness is uncanny isn’t it? I’ve really got that sleek hair of hers down to a T.