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What we’re listening to this week #30

We’re back from the festive season feeling fresh and renewed, so it’s time we shared the first Studio playlist of 2016. Here’s our WWLTTW curator Andy to kick-start the year (and your ears). 1 down, 51 more playlists to go…


New year, new you.

It’s time to start all over again.

Press reset. Clean slate.

This is when we all want to be better people, to be renewed, when we set ourselves new challenges.

If only it was that easy. But here we all are, making and breaking our resolutions right, left and centre.

So, instead of promising to give up chocolate or booze, run a bit further, or work out until you’re a superbeing, here’s a great list for the Realists, the Underachievers, the Ones Who Will Fall At The First Hurdle. A collection of tunes to help or hinder you as you prevaricate, wobble, quibble, waver and fall off the wagon.

Please note that these songs are in no way intended to be the musical equivalent of motivational or inspirational quotes (with or without a picture of a whale/sunrise/person on a mountain). Because some of you are winners and are free to listen to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” anytime you like, if that’s your bag.

WWLTTW#30 Whale

No, friends, these are mostly for the moments when you’re not really sure that you can find the willpower you need to quit, no matter what it is you’re quitting. When you haven’t got the strength of character for fist-pumping.

When you’re weak.


This list is here to (sort of, half-heartedly) reassure and comfort you. To show you that you’re not alone. That most of us don’t have the strength of character to stick to our New Year’s plans.

Don’t think of your inability to keep your resolve as a lack of success. Think of it as failing with a brilliant soundtrack, one that is as realistic as you are (and doesn’t include “Eye of the Tiger”).

Quit while you still can. While you’re still ahead.

Where to start? Oh, that’s it, at the very beginning. Pilot – January:

Oh, you weren’t ready? Let’s try that again, from the beginning. R.E.M. – Begin The Begin:

Let’s just remind ourselves why we need to quit, yeah? (insert your own cautionary tale about drink/drugs/excess here). The Doors – Alabama Song:

You know that it’s time to give it up, whatever it is that you need to give up. Play it again, Sam. Sam Brown – Stop:

We feel that you should be able to replace (enter your weakness here) with a new pastime. Here’s a new dance routine to learn to get you started at your exercise classes. KC & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up:

What’s your mantra, Paul? “I’m gonna get myself straight, I feel it’s never too late”. Lovely, well done, Paul. Paul Weller – Brand New Start:

Remember when you said you’d be just like Paul and clean yourself up? Remember, you promised! Echo & the Bunnymen – A Promise:

Here’s a man who ought to give up for a whole list of reasons, mostly health related. It seems that he might give up, but then again, he might not. Lead Belly – Deklab Blues (Ain’t Going To Drink No More):

Lead Belly’s not alone. It seems that there are so many people who are determined not to quit, no matter what we say. The 1975 – Chocolate:

And there are even some people who dig their heels in when you even mention stopping what they’re doing. It’s your house, you can do what you want. Of course you can, dear. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop:

Can I get another “Hell, No” from Miley? Because Rick’s also never going to give up. Ever:

WWLTTW#30 Pie Chart

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up:

We know it’s hard but you can do it, Rick. We’re on your side. Here’s some encouragement to do the right thing from those nice Italian blokes, who’ve decided a change is as good as a rest. Del Amitri – Kiss This Thing Goodbye:

Bob and Jimmy and the lads are here to tell us that sometimes you just need a little break, because you can always come back to it later if you feel like it. Led Zeppelin – I Can’t Quit You Baby:

Elvis lives and is working down the chipshop, but I’m not sure that he’s a good example of self-restraint. Maybe he should have quit while he was ahead. If only he’d known when to say “No more”. Did you want extra cheese on that pizza? Elvis Presley – No More:

Take a deep breath of fresh air and let’s start anew. Kodaline – Brand New Day:

Kodaline are “4 lads from Dublin that play music”. Or you can have a bit of Bryan, if you’d prefer, saying more or less the same thing. Bryan Adams – Brand New Day:

There is, of course, an angel on everyone’s shoulder and a devil on the other. Either of them could be giving you advice like this. Doris Troy – You’d Better Stop:

So, the first step is to accept that you’re jonesing and that you really do need to quit. (“Jones”: a fixation on or compulsive desire for someone or something, typically a drug; an addiction) What is that on your back, anyway? A monkey? (“Monkey”: a serious problem that will not go away). Aerosmith – Monkey On My Back:

WWLTTW#30 monkey

Your particular addiction might be the amount of time you spend online messaging (NSFW). The Kooks – Bad Habit:

Or, you might be like Bryan and spend too much time staking your place at the Singles’ Bar. (Please note: Bryan lost an eye because of this nasty habit so let that be a warning to you). Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug:

Are you ready for the remix?

We accept no responsibility for what happens to you while you stick to your resolution. We cannot guarantee that there won’t be side-effects. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band – Cold Turkey:

This quitting lark is so full of contradictions, no wonder it’s so difficult. It’s all so stop/start, isn’t it? Are we destined to repeat ourselves? Is it fate? Taylor has an example which demonstrates just how easy it is to fall back into bad habits. Taylor Swift – Begin Again:

Did we say we wouldn’t be inspirational? We lied. Here’s The Big Mac with advice on quitting AND planning ahead. Double whammy. After this, we’re sure that you’ll see things in a different way. Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop:

Okay. Now you’re feeling positive and upbeat, you think that you don’t need to quit and you’re probably just going to carry on the same as you always did – and we had to have at least one concession to fist-pumping. You’re welcome. Avenged Sevenfold – Carry On:

Dry January? You’re not going to last until February, are you? Carry on. Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son:

But this could be your year. Your big break? A change of direction? A new experience? A win on the Lottery? Maybe it’s time your ship came in. The Chieftains with The Decemberists – When The Ship Comes:

Is all of this just too much to bear? Never mind, there’s always next year, isn’t there Dave? Foo Fighters – Next Year:

Let’s get together later in the year to see how well we did with our resolutions. Are you free on December 31st? Hey, wait! Come back! Ella Fitzgerald – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?:

Seriously, we want you to try. Change is good. Make a new start. Come on, you can do it.

If success is everything and our little crop of gems isn’t enough to fire you up for real achievement, then try “Songs To Overcome Challenges With” (for real).

Because we’re here to support you. (You know, with all that personal empowerment stuff.)

But remember, there is a simple solution for 2016: Listening to music can make you do more, feel more, achieve more. (See here for proof!)

So stick with our simple plan: listen to the List every week and you will be a better person.

We guarantee it.

We’ll bring you more addictive tunes soon.

P.S. Did you know that you can also listen to our WWLTTW playlists on Spotify too? Here’s this one:


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