I’ve loved music from the time I learnt to walk and can remember as a child copying The Shadows’ walk while strumming away on a vacuum cleaner to Apache – one of the great guitar instrumentals.
Suspicious minds by Elvis is my default karaoke song and is definitely part of my iPod top 10.
Returning to my childhood, one anthem I still sing along to badly is Hey Jude by The Beatles. It reminds me of a school party and my first slow dance with my first girlfriend.
Stop by The Hollies is also a strong memory from my youth. I think that’s what the girl in question said on the dancefloor too. Speaking of parties, a great song to throw some shapes to is Tainted love by Soft Cell. Please disregard Marilyn Manson’s version.
Getting more contemporary, two favourites on my playlist are Beautiful stranger by Madonna and Rule the world by Take That. Although I didn’t pay too much attention to Take That the first time around, I like the band now although I’m not sure I should admit this.
The first tune I play while running on the treadmill in the gym is Call on me by Eric Prydz. If the video happens to be playing it helps raise my pulse a little too.
And now, a bit of culture. I love Nessun Dorma as sung by Luciano Pavarotti as this reminds me of another great love – football and specifically the 1990 World Cup.
Speaking of football, after reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, no iPod list of mine would be complete without The liquidator by Harry J All Stars.
This was the theme tune of my favourite team as a lad and every time I hear it it sends shivers down my spine as I remember West Bromwich Albion’s glory days. Boing boing Baggies all the way to Wembley.