Category Archives: Songs that can change your life (or at the very least your day)

Song of the Summer – “Shut Up and Dance”

The summer here in Ireland has been fairly miserable. With grey skies and plenty of rain, July felt more like November. We finally got some sunshine this week so I made the most of my lunch breaks, lounging in the garden with a book and cold drink.

The song that’s gotten me up and dancing and feeling good this summer is “Shut Up and Dance ” by Walk the Moon. When I first heard it, I thought it was an 80’s tune I somehow had never heard before. Then I saw the video and fell in love with the tribute to that decade.

Have you heard this one and seen the video?

It’s just so happy and carefree, I adore the melody, lyrics and video. Makes me look forward to the next 80’s night I attend.

What songs have got you feeling summery this year?


Friday Music: Songs from the Movies

As a teenager I had a pretty impressive CD collection of movie and TV soundtracks. To this day, I still love watching the Top 100 Movie Songs on VH1 and MTV. Hearing a song like “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits on the radio takes me back to my teen years when my friends and I would watch Empire Records, drink Bacardi Breezers (the orange flavour) and crash at a friend’s house whose backyard happened to look out onto a spooky graveyard. A pretty good setting for a girl who loved watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Music can elevate a mediocre film to something good. Take Fifty Shades of Grey for example. Thanks to Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You do” and Beyonce’s slow version of “Crazy in Love”, this film was a lot more enjoyable to watch.

For tonight, I’ve chosen a few songs from films I always enjoy listening to. The list is pretty random; these were the first to pop into my head when I thought of doing this post.

“Even Angels Fall” by Jessica Riddle from 10 Things I Hate About You.

“Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb from Reality Bites. I could have picked so many songs from this film: “My Sharona”, “Locked Out,” “I’m Nuthin'”…, but this one is my favourite. I loved this song long before I’d ever seen Reality Bites.

“Promentory” – from The Last of the Mohicans. Epic film. Half the characters die while this song is played. It’s a tragic scene set to beautiful music. I always get the goosebumps when watching this part. Here’s that scene.

“Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper – from The Goonies.

“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood – from Big Business.

“Man in Motion” by John Parr – from St. Elmo’s Fire.

Others I love: “Twist and Shout” – from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Take My Breath Away” from TopGun, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop us Now” from Mannequin, “It Must Have Been Love” from Pretty Woman, “Eyes on Fire” from Twilight, “Hungry Eyes” from Dirty Dancing, “Show me Heaven” from Days of Thunder, and the list goes on and on and on.


I could keep writing , but those were the first that came to mind. Are you a fan of any of these? Have you seen these films?

What are some of your favourite songs from the movies?