I entered 2011 with a hangover. Not too dissimilar from the way I entered the previous year to be honest.
NYE was spent with my new boyfriend. I think this may have been his first proper insight to exactly what I was like when drunk. He stuck around though, so it couldn’t have been that bad (it probably was).
I started a new job in January 2011, heading back to the Recruitment industry and leaving behind the company I spent the majority of 2010 trying to wonder what the F they did.
It was a funny year was 2011. I turned 25 and was hugely of the opinion I was experiencing a mid-20’s crisis – it’s a thing people, don’t let others tell you it isn’t.
Part of me wanted to settle down, my boyfriend and I were in a sort of long distance relationship (in that he didn’t live in Bristol) and I couldn’t decide whether we should get a place together or go off travelling. I had majorly itchy feet.
The fact that I can never be too far away from a supply of electricity, fake tan and my own bed led me to decide we were probably better off just buying a flat. Which is exactly what we did. More on that another time; the stories I could tell about 99c.
I am someone who will always have an irresponsible, wild side. I can’t be tamed too much. So, despite being in the throes of a serious relationship I still had to “have my moments”. This led to many an argument between the two of us. Arguments that we still have today.
I really need to find my off switch.
10. Awolnation – Sail
I might be a woman of many words. But even I, someone who could write about anything, struggle to articulate just how much I love this song. It’s magical.
9. Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath
Because, if we’re being honest, how many of us women wouldn’t love to say to an ex “if you think I’m coming back, don’t hold your breath”.
I’m currently singing it into my Vape like an absolute tragic case. No shame here.
8. Kanye West feat Rihanna & Kid Cudi
I genuinely thought all of my prayers had been answered when I heard about this collaboration in early 2011. I was excited. I tried to share my excitement with my newly acquired other half but he sadly didn’t share my enthusiasm. That’s not unheard of though. He doesn’t tend to get excited about the things I do in life.
7. Jeremiah feat 50 Cent – Down On Me
Please don’t ask me to name any other songs by Jeremiah. Because I don’t know any. But what I do know is that I have ALOT of time for this track.
6. Rihanna – S&M
Have I pretended to be Rihanna in a nightclub when this song comes on? Yes, I have.
Have I executed this successfully? No, I haven’t.
I think, there’s a strong possibility, that the first time I met my boyfriend’s friends I thought I was the Rihanna of the South West. Jesus wept, that’s an embarrassing thought.
5. Adele – Someone Like You
You know I often tell you how I don’t cry? It’s a defence mechanism.
Well, there was this one time, back in March 2011 when I did cry. I was hungover to fuck at my boyfriend’s parents house and this song came on the radio.
I cried like a baby. I’m attributing this to the fact I had a killer hangover and he was leaving me to go to the Caribbean for 3 weeks.
Don’t worry, I don’t do that level of slush anymore. I’m a much more hard faced cow nowadays.
4. Rihanna feat Calvin Harris
Four minutes and 35 seconds of absolute delight. This video does something to me. I’m not sure what, but just know that it does things to me.
3. Beyoncé – Run The World (Girls)
My all time favourite Beyoncé song. That “Pon De Floor” sample though.
Nothing, I repeat, NOTHING, motivates me more than this song. Be it when I’m going to work at 6am on a Tuesday morning or pounding the exercise bike (this is as common as rocking horse shit mind you). It’s superb.
2. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
It’s his best track. In my humble opinion of course. It reminds me of going to the cinema to watch The Inbetweeners film.
1. Coldplay feat Rihanna
My second favourite song of all time.
Coldplay AND Rihanna. Oh music Gods, you really are spoiling us here.
I listened to it on repeat (nothing else, literally) for the duration of the flight to Rome in November 2011 and back again. You’d think I’d be sick of it come the descent into Bristol. But I wasn’t.
I still get Goosebumps listening to it now, 6 years on. And if that ain’t the hallmarks of an iconic track then I don’t know what is.
I think, for me, it’s the meaning behind this song. It’s a song you’d listen to when you split up with someone and you’re trying to work out why things have ended.
That chemistry in the video too. There’s no denying it. And I’m not even going to try and deny to you that I don’t fancy Chris Martin. Because I do. A lot.
Allow me to now hand it over to another Rachel. And the bonus here is that she’s from Bristol too!
2011 saw me return to work after maternity leave. I didn’t end up working that much, went off sick with depression and stress and then when I did return I fell down a flight of stairs and was off again! Musically it was a big year for Lady Gaga and Adele.
10. Lady Gaga – Edge of Glory
9. Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts
8. Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World)
7. Adele – Someone Like You
6. Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
5. Professor Green ft Emeli Sandé – Read All About It
4. The Wanted – Glad You Came
3. Rihanna ft Calvin Harris – We Found Love
2. Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jaggar
1. Coldplay – Paradise
One Rachel from 2011.
And another Rachel from 2011. I don’t like attention.