November was a great month for me musically – Sam Smith’s new album came out, there were a couple of new Bastille songs (albeit featuring Craig David), a new Kygo album and I discovered Saint Raymond among others (including, of course, the drama that was reputation – although I only listened to it on Spotify today). Given I’ve got a pretty killer November Spotify playlist, I figured I’d narrow it down to my top ten-ish tracks I think you need to hear…
Permanent – Kygo ft. JHart
I’m overall less of a fan of Kygo’s second album than his first – it all sounds a bit samey to me? – but Permanent and Stargazing (feat. Justin Jesso) are standout favourites for me.
How Long – Charlie Puth
I’m not a mega fan of Charlie Puth but I really like this song – its proved great for walking to college, so has a firm place on my playlist.
Too Good At Goodbyes – Sam Smith
As you’ll see from the rest of this playlist, I love the new Sam Smith album (The Thrill of It All) and this (handily the first single) was one of my solid favourites, alongside the others below.
Something Good Can Work – Two Door Cinema Club
I’ve always liked the few TDCC songs I knew, but I’ve discovered a whole load more over the last couple of months, partially prompted by my boyfriend introducing me to Lavender and general buzz about them around college. Something Good Can Work is a bit different to what I normally listen to but I love it all, especially the intro and chorus and basically all of it.
Movie In My Mind – Saint Raymond
*A* Saint Raymond song came up on my mum’s suggested Spotify playlist when I happened to be with her and though I’m not sure this was specifically the song, I remembered Saint Raymond as an artist to look up. This is the one that really stuck with me, and the main bit I love is the chorus – “You’re the words on my tongue to my favourite song,/you’re the first and the last oh when all’s said and done/You’re the movie in my mind to which I know every line” is just so beautiful, I love it.
Scars – Sam Smith
Another favourite from The Thrill of It All, I just think the lyricism and melody (therefore pretty much everything) in this song is incredibly beautiful and poignant, yet uplifting enough for me to be able to listen to it on the way to college without crying!
So Tied Up – Cold War Kids
First off, it has to be said, Suits (that series Meghan Markle used to be in) has an absolutely amazing soundtrack – look the playlists up on Spotify, you won’t be disappointed. (I do realise this is beginning to sound like an ad for Spotify, I promise I just use it a lot) Anyway, among a lot of songs that made it onto various playlists, this is one that I’ve kept listening to for at least a month, if not longer.
Baby, You Make Me Crazy – Sam Smith
From the amazing intro and gospel throughout to obviously the singing, this is a true masterpiece, in every way. Also been stuck in my head all day, that may have something to do with it…
End Game – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran and Future
From a first listen of reputation today, I don’t unequivocally love it – Sam Smith’s still the winner for me – but this is a song I immediately liked, probably heavily influenced by the presence of Ed Sheeran. His bits remind me of his early music, which – as much as I like Divide – is refreshing and a nice contrast to Taylor Swift.
I Know You – Bastille and Craig David
To start with I really wasn’t sure how to feel about this – its basically Craig David featuring Bastille so obviously a big departure from Bastille’s normal sound, but after a few listens this really grew on me and is now a firm favourite from November.
So there you have it – the tracks I really truly think you should listen to from approximately Novemberish! Let me know what you think – is there anything I should have a listen to?