Sunday, 6 November 2016

Top 10 Songs: The 1975

 It's no secret by now that I absolutely adore The 1975. I suppose the fact that I'm going to see them in concert on December the 15th highlights that fact, right? Ever since 2013, there hasn't been a time where I haven't loved them, but I'm back at the obsessive stage at the moment, and I have been for the past month, or so actually. I guarantee you that all of these songs have been on repeat recently, and I'm not even ashamed about that!
Even though it was quite a difficult task, I decided that today I want to share my top 10 songs with you all. Maybe it will inspire you, or maybe it will even help you rediscover some old favourites? Whatever the outcome, I hope you enjoy this post!
 
 
 
A song that I have had on repeat for the longest time is Robbers. I mean, I know I'm totally mad about music, but honestly, I don't think I've ever had a song on repeat as much as I have with this one. Not only do I love the lyrics, and the tune, but I also love the video. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea, as it's quite sexual, and it's heavily centred around drugs, but it's showing a relationship between two people, which always has me sold straight away. You really get to see a more vulnerable side of Matty here, and I think that's so attractive to see. There's such a wide vocal range, and all of the lyrics are incredibly meaningful throughout the entire song as well. If you like upbeat, sexual kind of songs, then this one will be right up your street.
 
One of their earlier songs is Heart Out. At first, I wasn't entirely sure whether I was going to like it, or not. I suppose it's like Marmite, in the respect that you either love it, or you hate it. As soon as it starts, there's an instant loud build up, which suggests that the whole song is going to be a powerful one. There's not as much of a variation in tone with this song, but it's still amazing. The rest of the band play the instruments in such a perfect way, because they compliment Matty's voice exactly as they should do.

 
My third favourite has, without a doubt, got to be The City. This is another one of the band's slightly older songs, but I find that they can sometimes be better than the more recent ones. Whenever I listen to this song, I get the whole indie/rock vibe from it. The drums are very much present throughout the whole thing, and I absolutely love this. It makes you want to nod your head, and sing along with your arms in the air. Well, that's how I feel anyway! It's very catchy, and the lyrics are really easy to pick up, especially because the chorus pretty much just repeats the same thing multiple times anyway.

 
There seems to be a common theme in this post with the sort of songs that I'm putting at the beginning. Yet again, Chocolate came out in 2013, and it was actually the second song that I had heard from the boys - the first being Girls, which I shall talk about next. Funnily enough, I don't actually listen to this one that much anymore. I'm not sure why, but as I've fallen in love with other songs from the band, I suppose they've taken over instead. Even though I'm definitely a chocoholic myself, I can assure you that's not the reason why I like this song! It's another light-hearted, fun type of tune, and it's also quite relaxed, like a lot of The 1975's songs are. If you want to see how they have developed throughout the years, then you should definitely listen to this song, and then listen to one of their more recent ones. I don't have much else to say, as I'm clearly not that great at explaining all of the musical terms, but I do like this song, so I think you probably will too!

 
As I mentioned in my previous point, Girls was actually the first song that I ever heard from The 1975. I don't mean it to sound cliché at all, but I honestly did fall in love with them straight away, as soon as the music started playing. I like the fact that it isn't what you would typically expect from a band. Well, it wasn't really what I'd expected anyway! Not only do I think the video is really cool, and quirky (which is always a bonus!), but the actual lyrics just caught my attention too - I'm not even sure why, if I'm honest! I've already said that it's pretty much the first song that they ever came out with, so I guess it's just a classic that will always be quite memorable to me for that reason. That's probably why I'm still attached to it!

 
There's certain songs that I find people can relate to in different situations. Whenever I listen to a select few, they bring back memories, or remind me of a certain time in my life. I'm sure some of you can relate to that. Personally, I find that Me is an incredibly soothing songs, which has the musical ability to bring people to their peace of mind. It's not upbeat, it's not loud, and it doesn't really have many lyrics either. It's short, but the lyrics that are present in the song definitely do hold strong, individual meanings. If you're going through a particularly dark time, or you're struggling, then I think that you'll be able to find serenity, or a sense of comfort through this song.

 
Although I love both the original version, and the acoustic version of the song Sex, I have to say that I personally prefer the acoustic much more. The lyrics are obviously very sexual, and romantic, and even though the original version brings out more of the band's indie/rock side, I feel like the acoustic version strips it all back, and makes it more realistic, and relatable. You can see, and hear how vulnerable Matty is, which I think is something that should be appreciated. He sings really softly, and the lyrics definitely speak to you more when it's just his vocals, and the guitar combined. If you don't like songs with a heavy feel, or meaning, then maybe you should just headbang to the original version instead!

 
Okay. Settle Down is an insanely good song. It's so difficult with this top 10, because I have to be super picky, when in actual fact, I love all of them, and I really struggled knowing that I had to condense my favourites, and rank them in some sort of order. This is just another that everyone goes crazy for. I don't get how anyone could dislike it, if I'm honest. It's quirky, it's different, it's catchy, and it's got such a fun, cool vibe to it. Listen to it. Seriously. You won't regret it.

 
Next up, at number 9 is Somebody Else. In all honesty, I was quite surprised when I heard this song. I know it's one of the band's fairly recent releases, but I wasn't expecting it to turn out how it did at all. When the instrumental starts, you immediately get melancholy feel. I think you can tell from then on that it's going to be a heartfelt, emotional track. Matty begins singing a little while later, and his voice is incredibly raw, which gives you the suggestion that he's teary-eyed, as the lyrics could be very personal to some people listening, maybe himself included. The tune kind of picks up in the chorus, but it's only like a backing track, and Matty still sounds as emotional as he did in the beginning, which I love. I think a lot of people would be able to relate to this song, as the lyrics definitely speak to me! 


 
One of The 1975's more recent songs from their album 'I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful, yet So Unaware of It' is The Sound. I've put it at the bottom of my list, purely because I actually didn't fall in love with it at the beginning. Sometimes, you just can't connect with a song when you initially hear it, but then the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you, and that's exactly what happened here. It's really catchy, and I'm sure that when people hear it, it's stuck in their head right from the start! You can get up, and dance to it, and just let yourself go without having a care in the world, and that's what I really appreciate about a song.

That's it for my Top 10 songs from The 1975. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know what some of your favourite songs are from them, and if you haven't listened to any before, then let me know what one you want to listen to now!
 
What other 'Top 10' posts do you want to see? Musically related, or otherwise?

Lots of love always,

Jade xo


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