Let’s not talk about how close it is to Christmas and instead focus on what awesome music I’ve been listening to this month, shall we?

Radio One has played a huge part in November’s playlist since for some reason the wire in my car that allows me to listen to music from my phone has stopped working..which is pretty annoying to say the least. Getting up in the cold and dark mornings and knowing I can’t even put on my favourite music is definitely making morning’s tougher at the moment!

Luckily, Radio One is a suitable alternative.

This month’s playlist is super mixed – from the upbeat Suckerpunch by Sigrid to the heavier Liquiorice Allsort Girl by Headcleaner (from Modern Life Is Rubbish, off course) but somehow I’ve only managed to get just one Bring Me The Horizon song onto the list, even though I’ve been listening to them quite a bit as I’m seeing them live tomorrow!

They’re definitely going to be one of the more heavier bands I’ve ever seen live so I’m looking forward to moshing out a bit.

Anyway – enjoy!

What have you been listening to this month? Let me know!


It’s been really hard to put together this months playlist as all I’ve actually been listening to is the new twenty one pilots album on repeat #sorrynotsorry.

I mean it’s just SO GREAT and I can’t stop telling people. I was a little aprehensive about this album because, well, with twenty one pilots you don’t know what to expect and I loved their last album so much that I didn’t know if they’d be able to top it.

I was wrong.

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It’s taken everything in me to not make a playlist just full of their new material but luckily I managed to cut it down to just three songs, haha. My Blood is playing everywhere right now – I know – but it’s so catchy and sweet. Chlorine reminds me of the struggle of a volatile relationship – how you love to hate the fight but can’t walk away from someone. I don’t doubt that the actual meaning behind it is likely a lot deeper but isn’t that the beauty of music – analysing something to make it fit in with what you’re going through?!

Finally, I don’t even know what to say about The Hype. It’s just one of those ageless songs that will always be amazing and always give you *that* feeling, you know?

Anyway. A few other songs from Made In Chelsea are thrown in (boy am I glad it’s back on our screens. I’m also developing a very unhealthy crush about Miles…!) and whatever else Radio One has been playing lately. I obviously need to be a bit more varied with my music in future!



It’s that time of month again…my monthly playlist.

Admittedly I’ve struggled a bit this month; Made In Chelsea is no longer on our screens (and I always end up discovering awesome music through that show), and I’ve really, really gotten into podcasts this month so apart from occasional binges on twenty one pilots music, as a whole I’ve avoided the radio to instead listen to podcasts.

Still, here’s what I have been listening to this month.

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There’s not a whole lot to talk about with this month’s playlist really. Some songs were added due to another viewing of one of my favourite films, Whip It. Your Arms Around Me and Dead Sound are just two of many great songs from that movie – it definitely has one of the best movie soundtracks.

Other than that, all I can say is enjoy!


I’m not gonna lie, I feel so on trend with my playlist this month – partly because half the music and songs have come from listening to Radio One on my way to work!

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I absolutely love Bastille’s new single, Quarter Past Midnight. It’s one of those songs that you just fall for immediately, even just after the first few seconds of the song. This became a favourite of mine the moment I heard it and now I can’t stop listening to it. It’s a typical upbeat feel good song from Bastille, but it’s also a real summer song too.

I cannot believe I ever went off them (well, I didn’t go off them, just got into other music for a while) but I’ve refound my love for The Maine. Of course I’ve always loved them – they’re one of my favourite all time bands and I have so many great memories with them – but I haven’t listened to them for ages. So when I put on a playlist on one of those hot days we had over the weekend, Bad Behaviour ended up playing a few times on repeat. Plus I just love the lyrics in this song.

“I never wanna be a distraction,
You say as you’re unashamed and naked.
I feel okay all over,
Void of all composure.

And I know this may sound narcissistic,
I like the lips you kiss with.
But I wanna wear your lipstick,
‘Cause it means I got to kiss them.”

I also have the Arctic Monkeys and The 1975’s new tracks because, well, who doesn’t? I love them both but I have to say Give Yourself A Try is just that little bit more upbeat and catchy for me, making it an ideal song to remind me of summer 18′.

I’ve also got a little throwback to Example’s Kickstarts because this little gem always gets me singing when I hear it now and then – even though I always sing the wrong lyrics. Whole Lotta You by A Rocket To The Moon is another golden oldie but is a perfect summer jam.

What do you think? Have you been listening to any of these songs? What’s on your June playlist? Let me know!


My May playlist has, yet again, been pretty easy to put together as I’m constantly shazamming everything these days. I mean who doesn’t really?!

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First of all I’ve got the new track from Eliza and the Bears. I love this band. I saw them at The Horn in St Albans a couple of years back and it was a great gig – a really small and intimate show that was so much fun. I went off the band not long after that because stupidly I overplayed their songs soooo much. But now they’re back with a more upbeat-than-indie song which is spot on for summer.

I’ve got a few songs in the playlist discovered from Made In Chelsea (again), so I really don’t know what I’m going to do now that the series is over. I’ll be so behind on music again and have to revert to Instagram for my major crush on Sam *sob*.

I’ve also got the very beautiful This Woman’s Work by Kate Nash which, of course, came from the first episode in the return of The Handmaid’s Tale. The scene was beyond emotional but unfortunately it didn’t have the desired effect on me as I’d accidentally seen the clip whilst waiting for Gogglebox to end a previous night so it was a total spoiler for me of sorts. Still, the song was fitting and I am loving that the show is back.

I have a few upbeat oldies in the form of McFly and Avril Lavigne in there too – I couldn’t help it though, with the warm weather the songs are just so fitting right now.

What do you think of my May playlist? Let me know!