#2014BloggerChallenge: Desert Island Discs

This instalment of the #2014BloggerChallenge is all about music, and as soon as I opened the email I knew instantly what I wanted to write about. One of my favourite radio programmes is Desert Island Discs, which invites a celebrity or highly regarded figure to imagine they've been cast away on an island and choose eight pieces of music to take with them. In a slightly odd way it's something that I think about a lot, and so this post seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a go!

It was really difficult to choose eight tracks - I could probably have got my list to at least 15 once I started thinking about it - but these are the ones I decided on. Would any of them be on your list?

Hanson - MMMBop

Hanson were one of the first bands I got really into, and their album 'Middle Of Nowhere' was the first CD I ever bought (and it holds up surprisingly well 17 years later. Yes, I'm old). 'MMMBop' was my favourite song on there, and reminds me of the summer of 1997. Every year when I make my summer playlist, this is always one of the first songs that goes on there, and reminds me of lazy sunny days with no cares and worries.

Good Charlotte - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

When I was in high school and sixth form, I was a bit of an emo/pop-punk type, and 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' was one of the first songs I got obsessed with in that phase. It's slightly ridiculous and irreverent, and I still consider it one of my guilty pleasures - as well as a reminder of how much I've changed since then, and how much I'm still the same person (put it this way, the girl who listened to this in 2002 wouldn't have seen herself wearing skirts and make-up - at least other than eyeliner - twelve years later, but she would have still known all the words).

The View - Same Jeans

This is one of those songs that reminds me of my first year at university. I was very into music during my degree and went to the local indie club to see bands a lot, and also reviewed singles for the university radio station. That's when I discovered The View, and I played this song to absolute death. Just listening to it now puts me right back in my university room - I can see the posters on my walls, the books on my shelves and the view from my window as if I was there.

Smash Mouth - I'm A Believer

This is one of the songs that Nick and I both love, which we realised quite early on in our relationship,and I'm trying to convince him to let us walk out to this at the wedding (well this or You And Me Song). It also very much sums up my feelings about relationships when I met him - I had had disastrous luck through my teenage years, so to actually find someone who liked me for me. Plus, it's fun to bounce around your room like a loon to.

Bill Withers - Lovely Day

This has become my summer morning music - I just love the chilled-out vibe. It was also the song our tour bus driver played every morning on our trip along the Great Ocean Road and up through South Australia, which was one of my favourite parts of my travels, and takes me back to sunrises over the desert.

Tim Minchin - White Wine in the Sun

I am one of those people who would have Christmas in July if I could, but what made me pick 'White Wine in the Sun' was its message of family. If I was cast away on a desert island, I'd want a song to remind me of my family, and this was the one I played a lot whilst travelling as it reminded me that, even at the times when I missed my family the most, I would be coming home to them soon. Even though it makes me cry, this is the one I would save from the waves.

The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love

Well I had to have a Beatles song didn't I? This was actually the hardest one to pick, because I grew up listening to the Beatles' music, but I went for Can't Buy Me Love because I love the accompanying scene in A Hard Day's Night. I think the Beatles were at their best during the first half of their career and this song sums up the joy of lots of those early songs. And, if you haven't seen A Hard Day's Night, it's a surprisingly good film.

Pharrell Williams - Happy

For all my obsession with music as a student, since graduating I've been shamefully bad at finding new music; I mainly do it through a couple of music blogs I read, songs I hear on TV programmes and the occasional trawl of the music channels. So I actually discovered 'Happy' quite late, but since I did I've been playing it constantly. Plus it always gets me in a good mood and makes me want to dance, which is definitely something I'd want on my desert island.

So they're my current Desert Island Discs - a real mix of styles and genres, but all songs I love. Would any of these be on your list?


  1. Great post! I started singing each song in my head as I read the paragraph underneath it haha! 3 songs stand out to me on your list: Good Charlotte - I used to love them so much, posters on the wall etc, and I can still remember all the words to that song too! The View - used to listed to them all the time! Have been to see them live too, which was good! A good Scottish band! Pharrell - everyone to do with the Commonwealth Games seems obsessed with this song, so I keep seeing it mentioned all the time! Going to see him sing it live soon, so it will probably be stuck in my head then too!

    1. Thanks Emma! Glad there were songs in there that you liked and that brought back good memories. Hope you enjoy seeing Pharrell!

  2. Awesome post! I haven't heard of the desert island discs thing before but its a great idea! I love your choices, lovely day is a classic summer song and good Charlotte omg I took my fiance to go see them live 6 years ago and they where amazing live! Such a great band! Wish they had a new album soon! I loved doing this challenge it was a fun topic :) followed x
    Sophie Jenner

    1. Thanks for the follow Sophie! And glad you liked the post :) I haven't listened to many of the ones on your list but there are definitely some there I'll have to check out!

  3. White Wine in the Sun always brings a tear to my eye as well! It's just such an absolutely beautiful song x

    1. I agree - it's gorgeous. I wish Tim Minchin would do another tour so I could hear it live, but I'll settle for it being on YouTube and on my iPod...

  4. Haha these were quite a few unfamiliar songs for me, but I do know Happy and Can't be me love! I thought this was also a great idea for a post, choosing the songs you would take on an island. I would have absolutely no clue where to start, I like far too many songs!

    Check out my post about the same topic: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/musical-madness-beyonce.html

  5. Totally agree on Hanson lol x

  6. Happy is such a happy song, lol. It's on my favourite music list too.