It’s 2020, if you haven’t noticed yet and what better way to kick off new year and new decade by writing a totally cliche decade wrap-up post. I know, what you’re all thinking, another one of those weird posts, filled with Spotify links and playlists. I did consider it for a while and then it hit me. I wanted to do something different, reaching the depths of my memory, focusing on the albums that kind of shaped each year of the last decade for me. It doesn’t mean I only listen to one album the whole year, I’m not a freak, but those are just he reminders of how I felt back then.
Linkin Park “A Thousand Suns”
Panic! At the Disco “Vices and Virtues”
The Wombats “The Wombats proudly present… This Modern Glitch”
Linkin Park “LIVING THINGS”
Two Door Cinema Club “Beacon”
Bring Me The Horizon “Sempiternal”
Kodaline “In A Perfect World”
Tom Odell “Long Way Down”
Bastille “All this bad blood”
Biffy Clyro “Opposites”
Royal Blood “Royal Blood”
Amber Run “5AM”
Sleeping at last “Space”
Bring Me The Horizon “That’s the spirit”
Marilyn Manson “The Pale Emperor”
Biffy Clyro “Ellipsis”
Elliphant “Living Life Golden”
Enter Shikari “The Spark”
Tokio Hotel “Dream Machine”
Mike Shinoda “Post Traumatic”
Bring Me The Horizon “amo”
Badflower “OK, I’M SICK”
I could explain, why each and every album I’ve listed is still very close to my heart, but we would be here until next year, trust me. If you fancy, take a listen, all of the listed albums hold a special place in my heart. And if you fancy sharing your own list, just let me know.
This year was like a crazy roller-coaster, giving the lemons and when you tried to make a lemon juice out of it, it splashed into your eyes. Yes, we did it, we managed to survive. We have lost idols, the war took a lot of lives and it seems like the world is crushing all around us. There’s silver lining – music.
To end this year with a positive post, I will just drop the ten of my favorite songs of 2016.
10. Bring me the horizon – Follow you
9. Panic at the disco – Don’t threaten me with a good time
8. Billy – Love don’t break me
7. Elliphant – Where is Home
6. Bastille – Send them Off!
5. Daughter – No care
4. You me at six – Swear
3. Zara Larsson – Ain’t my fault
2. Biffy Clyro – Howl
1. Mo – Final Song
Since this year was really tough, I have a couple more songs to share with you.
Biffy Clyro – Rearange
Mo – Drum
Major Lazer – Cold water
Tokio Hotel – Something new
Elliphant – Hit and Run
Tove Lo – Cool Girl
The 1975 – The Sound
This year was full of ups and downs, but filled with live music. To know me a bit more, I need to tell you, I was always afraid of crowds. So much so I was not attending any big events. First concert I attended (I’m not talking about the small “accidental” ones) in 2014, being 23. I decided to go big, bought a regular ticket for 30 Seconds to Mars, then an upgrade for a soundcheck and that was basically it. No golden circle, just a “regular Joe” ticket. Being alone in a huge crowd gave me a perspective (after I stopped hyperventilating and calmed myself down). In 2015 I attended only one concert, Royal Blood. It was a slightly smaller event, but it was worth it.
My only new year’s resolution was to see more live music and finally live the life I should. And I have to say, I did it. There are still almost 2 months to go, but I lived this year, I really did.
Beginning of the year I saw Kodaline, then Elliphant. In early June, for the first time ever, I went to a music festival. I got the chance to see Die Antwoord, Tom Odell, Skrillex, MO and Daughter. Couple of weeks later I attended Bring me the Horizon concert. In October me and a friend decided to see MO again, same month I went alone to see Biffy Clyro. Scots were the best of all I saw till now, but all of the concerts were a huge deal for me.
And most importantly, I know I lived.