T is for Take That

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Artist: Take That

Song: Rule The World

Album: Everything Changes & Progress

Watched Perform: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015

I first became aware of Take That in 1992, when they released a cover of Barry Manilow’s ‘Could It Be Magic‘ and from that moment I fell in love! I watched all of their TV appearances, bought all of the merchandise (posters, bedding, dolls, perfume… you name it, I had it!) and at least once a week my best friend would come over and watch their concerts with me. These days I just collect the singles and albums, which I’m sure my husband is very thankful for!

When they broke up in 1996, I continued to follow Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen’s solo careers, always wishing that one day that would reunite. As the years went by and Robbie became more and more successful and the others faded into the background I accepted that it would probably never happen… until one day in 2006 they announced they were getting back together (minus Robbie), I was absolutely ecstatic!

I used to run a successful fansite for Gary until he finally got his own official website and during that time I was able to meet Gary and the rest of the guys several times. Take That were always hugely successful here in the UK back in the 90’s, but since coming back that popularity has absolutely sky-rocketed and their tickets sell out in minutes… luckily I’ve not missed a tour yet! I’ve also seen the unofficial musical ‘Never Forget‘ several times and have tickets to see the official musical ‘The Band‘ next year, which I’m looking forward to.

Robbie finally rejoined the band in 2010 and it was an absolute dream come true for me to see all of them performing together again. I have two favourite albums, the first is ‘Everything Changes’ from the 90’s era and the second is ‘Progress’ from the new era, they’re both wildly different but fantastic in their own way. My favourite song changes from week to week, but at the moment it’s ‘Rule The World’ from the film ‘Stardust’.

S is for Simply Red

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Artist: Simply Red

Song: Holding Back The Years

Album: A New Flame/Stars

Watched Perform: 2009, 2015

Simply Red are another band that I grew up with, their songs were always playing in our house when I was younger. They always put on a great show and I have lots of great memories of singing along to them in the car with my mum.

It’s impossible for me to pick a favourite album because I love ‘A New Flame’ and ‘Stars’ equally, there’s just so many tracks I love between them! My favourite song will always be ‘Holding Back The Years’ though.

R is for Robbie Williams

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Artist: Robbie Williams

Song: Rock DJ*

Album: Sing When You’re Winning

Watched Perform: 2003, 2014

I’ve loved Robbie ever since his early days in Take That and after he left the group I continued to follow his solo career. He’s released some great albums over the years (and some terrible ones) but my favourite one is still ‘Sing When You’re Winning’ which has some fantastic tunes on it, including ‘Rock DJ’ which I instantly loved and has remained my favourite song ever since.

*I’ve chosen to put a different version of the video on here, as the official video is very graphic and not to everyone’s taste! If you want to watch it however, click here.

One of the most amazing concerts I have ever been to was Robbie’s ‘Live at Knebworth’ tour in 2003, it had an atmosphere which was just indescribable and had crowds of over 375,000. It’s known as one of the biggest music events in UK history and being part of it was really something special!

Q is for Queen

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Artist: Queen

Song: Don’t Stop Me Now

Album: A Kind of Magic

I think Queen are a wonderfully talented group. They’ve made so many fantastic songs from melancholic ballads to upbeat pure pop that it’s incredibly hard to pick a favourite, but it’s impossible for me to play ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and not dance!

I would love to see them perform but sadly the opportunity hasn’t come up yet. I have seen ‘We Will Rock You‘ several times though and ‘Flash Gordon‘ is one of my all time favourite films.

P is for Paul McCartney

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Artist: Paul McCartney

Song: Silly Love Songs

Album: Band on the Run

Watched Perform: 2003, 2008

I’m a huge Beatles fan and my favourite member is Paul, I think his lyrics are wonderful and I’m so fortunate that I have been able to see him perform several times. A highlight for me in 2014 was visiting 20 Forthlin Road, his childhood home.

I grew up with his music and had a phase of watching ‘Yellow Submarine‘ every single day when I was little. My favourite song is ‘Silly Love Songs’ because it’s so upbeat and I love the bass throughout.

It’s hard to pick an album but ‘Band on the Run’ is one of my favourites as it has ‘Jet’, ‘Bluebird’ and ‘Let Me Roll It’ on it (as well as the title track of course) all of which are fantastic songs.

O is for Oasis

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Artist: Oasis

Song: Some Might Say

Album: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

My husband is the real Oasis fan in our house (I was more of a Blur fan back in the day) but as Britpop bands go they are one of my favourites. I particularly like their guitar riffs and my favourite song is ‘Some Might Say’ for that reason.

N is for No Doubt

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Artist: No Doubt

Song: Don’t Speak

Album: The Singles: 1992-2003

I used to listen to No Doubt a lot when I was a teenager, their songs are great to sing along to when you’re feeling angry or upset… which is how you feel most of the time when you’re that age!

I love Gwen Stefani’s voice and I love her solo work, but my favourite tracks will always be the ones she sung with No Doubt, especially ‘Don’t Speak’ which perfectly describes how I felt over a broken relationship at the time.

M is for Madonna

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Artist: Madonna

Song: Material Girl

Album: The Immaculate Collection

Madonna has reinvented herself so many times over the years, and I have liked most of her styles and songs but I like 80s Madonna most of all. She’s released some fantastic songs but my favourite is ‘Material Girl’ because it’s so much fun to sing along to.

I also think she did a great job with ‘Evita’ and in my opinion it’s probably the best thing she’s done in her career so far, but then again I am a huge fan of musicals. I would love to see her in concert but unfortunately her tickets have always been way out of my price range… maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to win a ticket!

L is for The Lightning Seeds

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Artist: The Lightning Seeds

Song: Pure

Album: Dizzy Heights

The Lightning Seeds were formed in ’89 but I didn’t actually discover them until ’96 when they released one of the greatest Football songs England’s ever had – ‘Three Lions’, everyone I know, football fan or not, can’t help singing along when it comes on!

They’ve had some great singles over the years with tracks like ‘Marvellous’ and ‘The Life Of Riley’ but the song that will always be special to me is ‘Pure’… an ex boyfriend of mine claimed it summed up how he felt about me and although things didn’t end well between us, it still makes me smile when I hear it.

K is for Kate Bush

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Artist: Kate Bush

Song: Wuthering Heights

Album: The Whole Story

Kate Bush seems to have a voice people either love or hate, I personally think it’s wonderfully unique. Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite novels so the instant I heard this song I was captivated by it, I think it fits the tone of the story beautifully.

I think Kate’s lyrics are magical and songs like ‘Running Up That Hill’ really resonate with me. ‘December Will Be Magic’ is also my favourite Christmas song and I look forward to hearing it every year!

I would love to see her perform live, but I think that will be unlikely… the last tour sold out in 15 minutes and they were incredibly expensive which is a great shame, but who knows… “I don’t know when, but just saying it could even make it happen”