What do songs mean to you?

When you think of a song almost immediately you are transported back to a time in your life or a memory. It could be the time you had your baby, your first love or dancing at a school disco For many of us songs have all different meanings and I am no exception. So I thought I would share with you my top 10 songs and the memory that comes with them.

1)  I won’t give up – Jason Mraz 

This song is special to me because it is the song that Gareth and I call ‘our song’. Why did we choose it? From very early on in our relationship we have faced hurdles that a lot of couples haven’t even faced after 10 years. There have been times where we’ve clung on as hard as we can and when things have just become too much. We both suffer with health issues which means we live in each others pockets 24/7 and despite people thinking we are the perfect couple we have problems just like anyone else. This song was chosen for those times, when it gets a bit too much and things start breaking down we listen to this song and remind ourselves of why and how much we love each other.

2) Shut up – Black Eyed Peas

This song was the song that was in the charts when I was pregnant with my eldest child Harry. Every time it came on the radio he would have a little boogie in my belly. It’s like it was HIS song. It was even more special because I was told I would never have children so to feel MY baby moving around in my stomach whenever I heard the song it made me feel so lucky! Ironically he’s 13 now and very lively. I’m constantly telling him to shut up!

3) As long as you love me – Backstreet Boys

As I was growing up, through all of the bullying, falling in love for the first time. Having my heart-broken for the first time, pretty much all of life’s ups and downs there has been one person who has been there waiting for me at every hurdle. She stood by me through some really hard times and that is my best friend Kerry. Even when she hasn’t been able to come to me personally she has been right there on the end of the phone.This song reminds me of her because we used to sing it together on karaoke. We all have different friends and many that mean a lot to us but she is more like a sister to me than a friend and I love her very much.

4) Move closer – Phyllis Neilson

This is actually my mum and dads song. It was their wedding song. It is a special song to me because I reminds me how lucky I have been to grow up with such amazing parents. Growing up we never really wanted for anything. Both mum and dad worked their arses off to make sure we were warm, fed and clothed and that they could take us on holiday. As a special surprise for a surprise party we held for them I learnt the song. I hid behind the curtains and started singing it as the DJ announced it was playing especially for them , they came onto the dance floor to sing and I emerged from the curtains singing it. I can honestly say I am so appreciative of the parent I had growing up and even now if I need them they are there.

5) In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley

When I was younger I used to spend a lot of time with my friend Nigel. He was an absolutely fantastic singer and was constantly on his karaoke machine. I heard him sing this song and told him I would love to be able to sing something like that. He told me that I could and then spent a long time helping me to learn it. Giving me advice and telling me when I should breath. To this day I still sing this song and its one of the songs I sing most confidently too. You can hear me sing it on my old singsnap account.

6) Oh baby I love your way – Big Mountain

Now this one is actually quite a funny memory. I’m not what you would call brave when it comes to fairground rides so when I spotted a big wheel I decided to put on my big girl knickers and have a go. This song started playing and the big wheel started. I was nervous but as I’m not scared of heights I figured they go slow enough I will just enjoy the view. So I got on the ride, the music was playing and all was going well, that was until I got to the top and all of a sudden this lovely little sight-seeing cage I was in started spinning! This was far from a lovely slow big wheel. It was in fact a bigger ride where all of the individual cages span as it went round. I was absolutely petrified.

7) Discoland – DJ Hixxy

I am very aware that most people won’t have ever heard of this song but if you have then you will know its a classic. This song was out at a time where I was very happy. I had a great family, great friends and just generally loved life. I remember my niece (who is now 23!) walking round as a toddler singing this and it was possibly the cutest thing in the world. It’s one of my favourite feel good songs, its guaranteed to cheer me up a little bit if im glum.

8) All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey

What kind of favourite memorable songs list would it be without a good old Christmas song? If you know me personally then you will know how much I absolutely adore EVERYTHING about Christmas. You will find me singing Christmas songs in June. I would love it to snow every single day if possible. I just love every little thing about Christmas. The lights, the decorations, the atmosphere EVERYTHING. The reason I chose this particular Christmas song is because it reminds me of a time when I was working in a pub in Wales. We had all just finished our shift and were off for a Christmas night out. As got into my friend’s car and this came on. Everyone started singing I was singing the main bits, everyone else in the car were being backing singers. It was all completely spontaneous and possibly one of the best car journeys in the world EVER.

9) Revolution in Paradise – Heath Hunter and the Pleasure Company

This is another song that not many people will have heard of it. It was a party dance when I worked for Haven Holidays. Every night after work we would all end up in the main bar at the back. All the holiday makers would be at the front copying the entertainers and all of the staff would be by the bar doing the dance. If we weren’t lucky enough to be off work that night and had to work the bar or food outlet then you would find us doing the dance behind those. In fact for the very end of season the entertainers called up all the staff to do the dance. It was an absolutely amazing way to end what can only be described as an amazing season with so many good memories and great friends

10) Rhythm is a Dancer – Snap

Every now and then I go away for a weekend with the girls. It’s a chance to relax and just be Chez again for those few days instead of just mum or partner.  I went on my first weekend with my friend Kim back in Sept 2010. We had absolutely no idea what it was about or what it was like. All just knew it was a 90’s weekend and we liked the sound of it. As we stood in the bar on the first night and we just heard ‘Rhythm’ The room went absolutely wild and the atmosphere was the most incredible thing I have ever witnessed in my life. Then Snap came on stage. For those few minutes I was teenage Chez again and absolutely loving every second of it. why don’t you  read about our last weekend away back in March.

So there you go, these are my 10 songs that bring back some pretty awesome memories. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little trip down memory lane with me. If you have why don’t you share this with your friends or comment below telling me what your ‘songs’ are



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