A song to represent me

Now. A question was posed to me the other day, and I’ve been pondering it since then.

If you were to put forward a song for a mix-cd (oh! how times have changed, no more tapes) to represent you, what would it be?

It has me stumped. What’s my favourite song? It changes all the time.

Do I go for something by The Cardigans, one of my all-time favourite bands? And if so, which song? The sweet poppy Gordon’s Gardenparty that I loved when I was 17, or a the more recent I Need Some Fine Wine and You Need to be Nicer?

Or another all-time favourite band, Belle and Sebastian? And again, which song? If I can’t even narrow it down to one or two here, how could I just pick one to represent me totally? If I pick Beautiful will people think that I think of myself as beautiful only slightly mental? Do I? Is that vain? How about The Boy with the Arab Strap? Too predictable? Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie because it always makes me dance oddly in my car?

Then what about Nick Drake for songs that always move me? Magic? River Man? Too depressing for a compilation? Would I bring everyone’s mood down?

How about Janis Joplin with Son of a Preacherman? It’s a classic. You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes? Wives and Lovers by Jack Jones (written by the legendary Hal David and Burt Bacharach) for the sheer hilarity and irony?

There are too many possibilities: Bic Runga, Stellar, Nirvana, The Carpenters, The Bee Gees (laugh if you like, but just try and walk down the street listening to Saturday Night Fever without strutting), Blur, The Kinks, Beth Orton. Ack. Too many. (Also, you may notice that on the whole I stopped buying new music a while ago.)

So, I put the question out there: One song, to represent you. What would it be?

11 thoughts on “A song to represent me

  1. well currently for songs to represent me i chooose zombie by the cranberrys because i have had a cold. son has been up all hours of the night all week with separation anxiety and teething issues ; not to mention weaning on top of all that so yeah i kind of feel like a zombie from lack of sleep

  2. Why would you want to be tied to just one song? That’s like only ever wearing one pair of shoes!
    I’d have to go for an angry shouty one, but it wouldn’t best describe me at all. I’d say a System of a Down -Aeriels, but then Elliott Smith – Song 2 is up there too. Of course, The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon, Thin Lizzy – Dancing in the Moonlight…where do you stop?

  3. There are lots and lots of songs that I love, but the two songs which always come to mind are ‘Fragile’ and ‘Fields of Gold’ by Sting. I love ‘Brown eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison too.

  4. The Hollies “He ain’t heavy”, The Animals “Rising Sun”, Buddy Holly “Everyday” and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor; but then I am of a certain age (but aren’t we all, in our own way?)
    I have to confess that I haven’t even heard of most of Matt P’s artistes let alone the songs; but I have no doubt they are all first class.
    The Kinks? That’s my sort of town.
    Go Well (title for a song??)

  5. I think I would be a mix of John Lennon´s “Imagine” and his “working class hero” and also Christy Moore´s “Ride On”, Kaoma´s “Lambada” and Cletic Woman´s “Sing out” . I mean all of them apply more or less, mostly more to me.

    “You may say I´m a dreamer, but I am not the only one…”

  6. Like the others have said, trying to choose a single song is impossible. A few that spring to mind are:
    Lodger – I Love Death, System of a Down – Patterns. Those first two are my nihilistic side rearing it’s ugly head in the form of ridiculously upbeat indie rock and haunting heavy metal respectively.
    Dethklok – Fansong. Dethklok are a virtual comedy death metal band, this is a song about how they despise their countless millions of fans. It reflects my disdain for the public whenever i walk out my front door.
    Korpiklaani – Happy Little Boozer. Finnish folk metal at its purest. Title says it all.

    There are countless other songs that remind me of certain times and places. Trying to pin yourself down with a single song is always going to be a losing battle.

  7. no way. there is no way i could pick just one song. there are way to many. i can’t even pick an album or artist because one would lead to another who would lead to another who would lead to another and the list would never end. oi!

  8. I’m going to be contrarian. My favorite song is a folk song, “she moved through the fair.” Van Morrison does it, but I think the best version (at least, I think so today) is Sandy Denny’s.

  9. That’s a really hard question… There are so many favorite songs, it’s depends on my mood I guess. There was a time I listen to Janis Joplin, the Doors and Jimi Hendricks. ANd there was a time I listen to Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots. And U2. And Depeche. And the Cranberries. And the Pogues. And Scritti Politti. And Metallica. And I have favorite songs with all of these acts. The list can go on, and on and on on and on…

    But the music I always get back to and still love, because of the great melodies, is always ABBA.. Corny? Yes, but I really grew up with these songs. And since I saw the Mamma Mia movie, I bought all the CD (I only had the (all) LP vinyls – and I have no record player- and a ABBA Gold CD). At the moment is “One Man One Woman” my favorite.

  10. There have always been songs that I have associated with friends as music has always played a big part in my life, Brown Eyed Girl always used to remind me of a girlfriend I lived with, and one of my friends used to associate modjo- Lady with me, maybe because it would always get me dancing, so maybe that is the song that I should adopt….but there are so many that make me happy, sad, want to dance, want to cry, actually thats why maybe you should ask friends if there is a song that represents you in their eyes!

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