I’m shaking up my usual style of music post with this one. Rather than sharing a playlist I thought I’d take you on a bit of a journey of my music taste from the last 15 years or so…W O W I feel old. Everyone’s tastes change as we age and start to figure out who we are as people, especially in our music choices. With this in mind I thought why not write a post about it, focusing on my own personal music journey.
8-12: Pop Princesses
Kicking it off we’re heading back to the 2000s and what I’d describe as my ‘pop princess era’. You’re lying to yourself if you say that you weren’t obsessed with the likes of Rihanna, Beyoncé and Girls Aloud when you were younger. The Sugababes were my JAM back when I was a child and I’m definitely not ashamed to say it. Some of my best childhood memories were of me and my cousin making up our own routines to our favourite girl power groups. Nothing felt cooler to little me than pretending to be Rihanna in the Shut Up and Drive music video. To be honest I’d still feel pretty cool banging out my old-skool routines even now.
The entrance into my teens saw me fall in love with Indie Pop music. Think Two Door Cinema Club, Friendly Fires and The Maccabees – I was obsessed. I used to get so much of my music inspiration from my favourite indie films like (500) Days of Summer and even Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging and would listen to their soundtracks constantly. It was during this Indie music phase of mine that I went to my first real concert to see Two Door Cinema Club.
Later into my teens it was all about rock of all kinds for me. Punk, alternative, everything. As I got older I started going to a lot more concerts simply because I was finally old enough to go with my friends. When I was about 14 going on 15 I started listening to what would quickly become my favourite band of all time; Arctic Monkeys. My older brother had told me about them when I was younger, when they were bringing out their first album, but I was too young to appreciate them at the time. But, when I got slightly older I really started to get into their music. To this day, they’re still my favourite band of all time.
19: 70s Disco and 80s New Wave
After leaving school and joining college for a year before I headed off to university I started to branch out with my music taste and learn a bit more about where music had developed from. I started listening to the radio more and more and discovered the radio station Absolute Radio 80s, which quickly became my go-to. Listening to the radio really got me into researching a bit more about music history and it was here that I developed an interest in the making and production of music. After listening to 80s music I went back a decade and listened to 70s music. My music taste at this time isn’t something that I’d call a phase of mine at all. It was more of the beginnings of my music discoveries and influences!
20+: A bit of everything
As I’ve gotten older I’ve started to care less about what people think about me. Not just when it comes to my opinions on different music genres but in all other aspects of my life too. I’ve reached a point in my life where I appreciate so many different genres of music. And that’s probably come from learning how to discover new music.
From tuning into some of my favourite radio stations to checking out Spotify for some recommendations I’ve developed a really eclectic taste in music. Some days I’ll want to listen to rock and roll, or go back to my indie-hit-loving days, and others I just want to listen to boy bands and pop music.
I think it’s important to realise that you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about having a varied taste in music or about loving a bit of cheesy pop. Of course I love an incredibly passionate and technically amazing song but that doesn’t stop me from having a boogie to Take That when I feel like it. Just take a look at the kind of songs on my running playlist – it’s pretty much pop-central.
What I was listening to while writing this post…
So, that’s pretty much a full breakdown of how my taste in music has changed over the years! What music did you all listen to when you were younger compared to now? Did you go through different phases like me? Or have you stuck with the same sort of music for years?
Something you might like: 5 Ways To Find New Music (When You’re Stuck In A Music Rut).