What’s Your Playlist: Scott McMullon

Scott McMullon

Lover of literature, film and music living in Essex (no jokes please!). 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars' - Oscar Wilde

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When I sat down to write about my favourite 5 songs I felt an overpowering sense of dread. This isnt because I dislike music, quite the opposite infact, simply there are so many songs that I love that it is hard to pick just 5. Still after repeated attempts at begging the Music Editor to give me more I finally sat down and made a list of the songs I like best!

Lady Gaga – Sexxx Dreams

Lady Gaga is one of those artists that has dozens of great tracks under her belt which makes it hard for any fan to pick just one stand out song. However the more I thought about it the more I began to think of ‘Sexxx Dreams’ from Gaga’s most recent album, Artpop. In many ways it encapsulates all the things that attract me to her as an artist. A combination of tight melody, with a dark undercurrent in the vocals and some poetic and well constructed lyrics combine to make this my top track from one of my top musicians.

Whitney Houston – How Will I Know

Back when I worked as a bartender in a Night Club, I was assaulted with music from the 70s and 80s that trod a fine line between retro chic and painfully tired. However, it was this classic track which ended up sticking with me as a timeless classic. It was always the first song played when we were setting up the bar and the first few customers walked in and always got me in the mood to have a party. Even now getting ready for a night out, I still sometimes stick it on to get me in the right mindset to have a great time.

Aftermath – Adam Lambert

When Adam Lambert first hit the scene it took me a while to warm to him. His more popular tracks, such as ‘For Your Entertainment’ and ‘What do you Want from Me’, while well done, just didn’t let me get to know the singer. However, after getting the album as a present from someone I came to ‘Aftermath’ and was treated to a more emotional and thought provoking piece of music that seemed like more of an ode to anyone who ever felt different. A must have track for the pride season that never seems to get old.

Darren Hayes – Bloodstained Heart

Darren Hayes was half of the famed 90’s pop-duo Savage Garden and was responsible for a huge number of amazing songs. However, since going solo Hayes has continued to make great music including a little gem in the form of ‘Bloodstained Heart’. Many years on Hayes has not lost his amazing vocals which he uses to great effect here in a fantastic track.

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

In many ways this is the ultimate feel-good song. Even if you aren’t familiar with the group then you WILL have heard this track since it has pervaded our culture so much. For me though it is one of those tracks to play when its a grey day outside and I fancy carrying a little sunshine in my pocket instead. If you don’t have it already, then get it now!

Well there you have my playlist – are you fans of some of the tracks I listed? Let us know in the comments.

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