Memory Playlists // Rachael’s Playlist


Meat Loaf – I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)

This came on one of those horrendously put together ‘rock music’ compilation discs that come free in papers for dads to listen to. It was sandwiched between ‘Turn Back Time’ by Cher and ‘Walkin’ In Memphis’ and I used to hit the repeat button on my stereo (which I still have) and ‘sing’ along to on a Sunday afternoon when everyone else watched Antiques Roadshow.

 Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff – The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

Now that I think about it, I spent most of my childhood watching American TV shows like Will & Grace, Friends and of course The Fresh Prince. A true 90s kid forever and always, hearing the first opening bars of this take me right back to afternoons after school. Any person that doesn’t know the words off by heart is probably weird and/or smells funny.

The Cure – The Lovecats

During my first night out ever at university this September, me and my flatmates swiftly exited the SU the minute someone slapped Nicki Minaj on the decks, and went to the indie club round the corner. We were all still wary of all the new people we suddenly found ourselves living with, but the minute ‘Love Cats’ came on, we lost all our nerves when we found we were all massive Cure fans.

Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) 

Nimrod will forever be one of the greatest records ever made. ‘Time Of Your Life’ was chosen as the backing music to many a slideshow presentation in the last few weeks of secondary school, which as terrible as it was sometimes; I survived, and had quite a few laughs along the way including trying to convince my teachers I’d changed my name by deed poll so I’d be higher up the alphabet and could therefore hang out with my friends in the queue during fire alarms.

Florence & The Machine – Kiss With A Fist

The track that began my obsession with Florence was heard on a car journey with my dad one night, little did I know then that over the course of the next four years I would develop into the full on fan girl that I am now. I don’t really know what I listened to before I got into Florence because this was the band that got me the majority of artists past and present that I love. The first NME I ever bought had Florence on the cover and I’ve not missed an issue since.

The Strokes – New York City Cops

Reading Festival 2011 was the first festival I ever went to. It rained for most of the weekend, I hadn’t slept and I fell over in an Odd Future moshpit and cut my arm open but the moment I heard the intro to this song, me and one of my best friends danced with the entire cast of the Smurfs, Batman and the Michelin man, and I totally forgot about my horrendous camping/Tyler The Creator experiences of that morning.

The xx – Stars

This year I was incredibly lucky to see The xx on the day they released Coexist at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. I made my friend wait with me for four hours in the cold so we could get to the front, I was just mesmerised for the entire set. I will gladly admit that this was the song that made me cry. I’d waited three years to see them live; there was something totally spine tingling in the way that Romy, Oliver and Jamie held the crowd in their gaze for the whole set.

Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again

I think I was always aware of Fleetwood Mac when I was growing up, but over the last few years I began listening to them more in-depth rather than just sticking to their big hits. Rumours will always be one of those albums that will remain timeless. ‘Never Going Back Again’ might be an obvious choice but there’s just something about it that floors me everytime. It’s my go to track if ever I need cheering up or just need some motivation, it reminds me to always look ahead rather than dwelling on the past.

Words: Rachael Scarsbrook

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