Sorry for the delay peoples, been a busy few weeks in the life of MadeOfBricks, I just have not had time to count down another ten songs. BUT FEAR NOT, I DO NOW!090 - Katy Perry - Teenage Dream"Let's go all the way tonight
No regrets, just love"
2/3 for Official Perfect Popstar Katy Perry, and the title track from her second album. I have to confess to not loving this so much when it first came out - I had it down as a bit wishy washy but I quickly changed my mind. It's a bit onomatopaeic in that it sounds exactly like what it's called - so dreamy and teenage sounding
I also do love the part where it all slows a bit, and then kicks back in with an almighty "YEAAAAH". Just an all round lovely song to be honest! One last song from Katy Perry to come.089 - Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
"Closed off from love, I didn't need the pain
Once or twice was enough and it was all in vain"
The only entry from Leona Lewis, her monster single "Bleeding Love". It encapsulated everything that she needed it to at the time - although it wasn't anything groundbreaking, its sound is pretty unique and it was exactly what Leona needed to do to prove her worth as a winner (outside of having great vocals). I mean, lyrically it is a bit gross how she's always wanging on about opening and closing her veins, but it's just all round goodness, isn't it? Me and my friends had some sort of interpretive dance going on to it at college too - it consisted, basically, of acting out the words for the verses and throwing yourself on the floor repeatedly to the "keep keep bleeding" bit. I actually did it in a club once, we managed to convince a DJ in a gay bar to play it, which is a feat in itself.088 - Nickelback - How You Remind Me
"These five words in my head,
Scream "are we having fun yet?"
To think of a time before Nickelback had recycled this time a thousand times, to the frustration of EVERY PERSON ON EARTH, yet somehow still managing to retain a moderate amount of success... I was about 11 when this song came out, and literally every other 11 year old loved it, because it was the epitome of edginess when I was in Year 6. Obviously, this was before we all knew what a monster this band would become, but to this day, I still really love this song! It came back into my life when I went away for a long weekend somewhere in Somerset, and we ended up a lovely little pub on a harbour and there was a man playing his guitar and singing. Amongst his set of your standard 40-year-old-playing-guitar covers (Oasis, John Lennon, The Beatles etc etc etc) he did a shout out for requests. Me, thinking that the only thing he'd know from this century would be by Dave Grohl, shouted for anything by Foo Fighters, but he didn't know anything so played this instead. It sort of became a bit of an anthem for that weekend, and me and my friends still listen to it with equal amounts of hatred and fondness.087 - M.I.A - Paper Planes"Everyone's a winner, we making our fame
Bonafide hustler making my name"
Another lone entry here, this time for the wonderfully creative M.I.A and her breakout hit "Paper Planes". Whilst I respect a lot of what this lady does, her material doesn't always appeal to me. I'd probably have a little listen to "Bad Girls" "XXXO" and "It Takes A Muscle" every so often, but none of them come close to this one, for me. One of my favourite songs of 2009 (if I had a personal chart of the year back then, this would be up there fighting for #1), it was impossible not to include. There was nothing around like it at the time - it straddles a political message and an excellent production perfectly, and it was all over the radio when it came out. Whilst I don't believe it ever took off properly commercially, I think it's still regarded as a bit of a classic.086 - My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
"Forget about the dirty looks,
The photographs your boyfriend took
You say you read me like a book but the pages are all torn and frayed"
Legitimately my favourite song from whatever year this came out (2005?) , I was OBSESSED with this song at the time. It is the defining song of that emo kid time in my life, and the whole "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" soundtracked it. I was pretty shit at all of that, truth be told. But whatever, when you're 15, you go through phases, it's a part of life. Everything about this song is magical - the thumping intro, the SHOUTING, the "I'm not o-f*cking-k" - it still gives me goosebumps today and I BLOODY LOVE IT. I studied the video, and I can't get through the guitar solo without bobbing my head along like the guitarist, and I live for "My Watercooler Romance". No more from MCR unfortunately - but "You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison", "Ghost Of You" and "Teenagers" are all close.085 - Foo Fighters - Best Of You
"I was too weak to give in, too strong to lose"
A bit of a heartbreaker for me at #85, and another only entry, this time for Foo Fighters. I didn't appreciate this song fully until a few years back. I was going through a breakup, and on my way home from work, as I always do, was listening to Radio One. Greg James does a ten minute request thing at about 6pm, and this was on there one night. I'd never really considered this song much, it was just out, successful, and then ignored (by me, anyway) but at that point, it really resonated with me and I've loved it ever since. I love the build up, the sensitive lyrics contrasted with Dave Grohl's angst-ridden vocal, it all just worked. Although fun fact, this was all over the radio when it originally did come out, and it really annoyed me at the time because it sounds as if it should finish about three times before it actually does and it felt really really long! As mentioned, no more for the Foo's but "These Days", "Everlong", "My Hero", "Breakout" and "Long Road To Ruin" really should be on, shouldn't they?084 - Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
"Nobody knows what the future holds
It's bad enough just getting old"
More from Vampire Weekend, this time the anthemic return to form "Diane Young", the first single from "Modern Vampires of the City". I charted this fairly high on my EOY 2013, here's what I had to say at the time:
"Diane Young" grabbed me right from the first listen. I love the way it explodes straight into the song and it's so in your face and catchy, even as it drops down for the third verse I still find it a captivating listen. Plus, I love the part I've quoted the lyrics from when the song is nearing the end. I love the word play in the title, basically I love everything about this goddamn song! A great year for Vampire Weekend, I'm sure I will listen to the album at some point but for now I'm just gonna enjoy this and their other two songs on my chart because they're all excellent.
I did listen to the album, it was marvellous and they are still one of my favourite bands. I have one more from them still to come, although curiously - fact fans - I charted this as my #5 of 2013, the song remaining featured a little bit lower down in that very same chart but has since OVERTOOK IT!083 - Taylor Swift - All You Had To Do Was Stay
"People like you always want back the love they pushed aside
But people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye"
A bit of a wildcard at #083, and what appears to be the only Taylor Swift song on my entire countdown. Now, Taylor Swift being the hitler about the copyright to her music that she is, has taken down all the immediate results on Youtube of this song, but I haven't bothered searching much further to bother linking it. It will probably be a controversial choice - but I genuinely believe this to be the best thing she has ever recorded. Admittedly, I don't know much apart from singles and odd tracks from the "Red" and "1989" albums, and I don't love everything I've ever heard from her, this song is a stone cold masterpiece and it is CRIMINAL that messes like "Bad Blood" and "Wildest Dreams" were ever released instead of it. I think it's so charming, it's not as tryhard as the rest of the "Bad Blood" album, whilst still fitting in with the Swifty-goes-pop ethos of "1989", it doesn't betray her earlier country routes in the way that some of the other songs on the album do. The message is sweet and timeless, the chorus is magical and the whole thing resonates with me in a big way. I do like Taylor Swift, don't get me wrong - other songs I was close to including are "Love Story", "Shake It Off", "We Are Never Getting Back Together", "Everything Has Changed" and "Welcome To New York".082 - London Grammar - Wasting My Young Years
"You'll never know what it's like to be fine"
Another heartbreaker for me, this time from London Grammar with their beautiful single "Wasting My Young Years". I really really love this band - they emerged at quite a lonely time for me, and this song especially pinpointed that feeling perfectly. It's quite depressing, and it doesn't take me back to a happy place, but that doesn't detract from its simplistic charm. Hannah's voice is angelic, and the whole thing is perfect. London Grammar are a band that have really grown with me - I never expected to love them as much as I did, I clocked on quite late with them in truth, but I love everything they're about and I can't wait for more music from them. "Metal and Dust", "If You Wait" and "Hey Now" all miss out unfortunately, but "Strong" is still to come.081 - The 1975 - Sex"I;m not trying to stop you, love
If we're gonna do anything we might as well just f*ck"
The only song here for The 1975 is the wonderful "Sex" from their first album. I've done this with a few songs from that year, as with Vampire Weekend and London Grammar before them in 2013, I actually charted "Chocolate" in my top 10 of this year and this much further down, but in the years since, other songs of theirs have shone more for me. "Sex" being an example - whilst I've gone off "Chocolate", "Sex" remains a bit of an underrated gem of the The 1975's. A thing I always notice with this band is that their songs have a bit of a hook that draws your in - this one being the "she's got a boyfriend anyway" line, but the rest of the song is actually so much more than that. My interest in them has all but disintegrated with their new album - "The Sound" is nice enough but the album is a bit meh for me.
Another ten whenever I can be bothered yayyy!