10 Songs I can’t live without: Roadtrip edition

Like you already know, I’ve recently done a roadtrip around Norway for a few days. And I’m already planning my next one for next summer.

There’s no feeling like the one you get, when you drive down a street through the most beautiful landscape with your best friends (or alone) listening to music that instantly erases all your emotions and stress and just let’s you be in the moment. These are some of those songs.


#1 Arcade Fire – Ready to Start

Arcade Fire is iconic. If you’ve ever seen them live, you know what I’m talking about. But not only their live show, also their songs are great and worth listening to – especially on the road.


#2 Mogli – Wanderer

You might know the documentary “Expedition Happiness” (it’s on Netflix, at least in Germany) where a couple travels through North and South America in a converted school bus with their dog. This is song from the soundtrack (and by the talented girl in the documentary) and I feel like it’s kind of THE soundtrack for roadtrips. Isn’t it?


#3 Angus & Julia Stone – Paper Aeroplane

Angus and Julia Stone has been mentioned in this list before. When listening to their music, I instantly get transported back 8 years to when I was traveling Australia. Not only because that’s when I was introduced to their music but also because their songs are so peaceful and harmonic – perfect for a day at the beach.


#4 Train – Drops of Jupiter

When I went on my around the world trip I was obviously a bit nervous. Before I left a friend sent me this song and said for her it was the perfect travel song. And ever since it is for me as well.


#5 Jamie xx – Loud Places

Have I mentioned this song in one of those lists before? I don’t know. Do I care? No, not really. Just because it’s so good.


#6 James Bay – Pink Lemonade

In my opinion, his new album is perfection. All of the songs are. But this one in particular. Happy mood on.


#7 The Kooks – Seaside

This doesn’t really need explanation. Also, after seeing them live for the first time this year, it just had to be added to the list.


#8 Philipp Poisel – Im Garten von Gettis

This is for the Germans especially. It’s still a great song, but when you understand the lyrics, this song gets even better. My favourite line? “There are many times in life, but these are the good ones”. Life Motto, right?


#9 Jain – Alright

This is quite a new song but it just makes me happy and that’s the main emotion you should feel when being on the road.


#10 Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

No remix, just the plain old Tracy Chapman hit. Wonderful.

10 Songs I can’t live without – Coachella Edition

Coachella is just around the corner. I, myself, don’t really care about it and it’s not really on my bucket list of MUST DO things on this planet, but I know it is for many of you. And I also think that the acts performing at it are definitely some very talented people that I love listening to. That is why I decided to make a new 10 songs I can’t live without Special Edition: The Coachella Edition.

#1 SZA – The Weekend

I already introduced you to one of her songs (Love Galore with Travis Scott) on my last 10 songs post and since I didn’t want to repeat myself, here’s another one of her songs. She’s definitely one of the best new R&B artists out there!

#2 Léon – Tired of Talking

This is actually the third time that you can find Léon on my blog. But she is just too amazing and talented. Can’t wait to see her live at one point!

#3 Alt-J – Taro

Choosing one of there songs was probably one of the hardest things. I am just in love with their music. It’s so soothing and energetic at the same time. I can’t explain it but it instantly makes me melancholic and happy at once.

#4 Tash Sultana – Notion

Another talented young woman that you might have seen on my blog today. Whenever I listen to her songs or watch her perform, I’m always in complete awe. How can someone be so freaking talented?

#5 First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

I’ve seen the two sisters of First Aid Kit at Southside Festival before and they are just wonderful. They reminded me of Julia Stone on stage, so graceful and hippie-esque, floating around as if it was not hard or stressful at all.

#6 HAIM – We want you back

I have a very mixed taste in music. This is a good example of that. But I’m proud of it.

#7 Vance Joy – Call if you need me

I just saw Vance Joy live in Munich 2 weeks ago and whenever I listen to his music, I am transported back to the most amazing time I got to spend in Australia. So it’s a little bitter sweet, but it doesn’t make his music any less great!

#8 Ibeyi – River

Oh Ibeyi ❤

#9 Jacob Banks  – Chainsmoking

I shared his music in my last post as well, but that doesn’t stop me to do it again. Because, I mean, that voice!

#10 Beyonce – Hold up

Okay, Queen B has to be on this list. And I could post her whole Lemonade video here, but I’ll just leave you with one of the amazing songs on that album.

P.S.: Well, this was harder than I though. There are still so many amazing artists missing! But I guess 10 it is for now. 

Cover Photo: by Thomas via Flickr

10 Songs I can’t live without: Part V

It’s time again – my February (or all time) favourites are here! Happy listening.

#1 Nick Mulvey – Unconditional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always think about summer and the beach when I listen to Nick Mulvey. And about that incredible, intimate concert of his in Hamburg a couple of years ago. If you ever have the chance to go see him – do it!


#2 Mighty Oaks – All I need

 

 

 

 

 

 


#3 Angus and Julia Stone – For you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I listen to that song I can’t really decide if I am deeply happy because of how beautiful Angus&Julia Stone’s music is or if I just want to crawl into my bed and cry all day. So many emotions.


#4 Kings of Convenience – Misread

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, Kings of Convenience, a new album would be nice!


#5 Vance Joy – Like Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little tip: Vance Joy is on tour soon, so go check him out live! That reminds me.. I need to get the tickets as well.


#6 Jacob Banks – Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another artist I’ve been introduced to by a friend. And I’ll be forever grateful for that.


#7 SZA, Travis Scott – Love Galore

 

 

 

 

This is to congratulate you to the baby, Travis Scott. And to bring a bit of HipHop into that list.


#8 Miguel – Skywalker

 

Just when I googled this it’s another Travis Scott influenced song. Not intentionally, but okay. I just love this song.


#9 Wombats – Turn

 

 

 

A NEW WOMBATS ALBUM and life is complete. I literally feel like a teenager again when I listen to their songs. Is that only me?


#10 Matt Corby – Brother

 

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this song in my Story already. It’s just on of my all time favourites and I listen to it way too rarely, which is due to the fact that it’s not on Spotify. Get it on there please?

Cover Photo: by Thomas via Flickr

10 songs I can’t live without: Christmas Edition

It’s this time of the year again: Cookies, Candles and lots of cozy nights inside. And what’s more fitting than a few Christmas songs I love to kick off that season?

#1 Mariah Carey – All I want for christmas is you

#2 Train – Shake up Christmas

#3 Kate Winslet – What if

#4 Sia – Santa’s coming For Us

She has a whole christmas album out – so excited for it!

#5 Christina Aguilera – Oh holy night

#6 Coldplay – Christmas Lights

#7 Do they know it’s Christmas – Band Aid

#8 Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

Not a real Christmas Song but it definitely sets the mood.

#9 Foy Vance – Guiding Light

Technically this is not a christmas song but it gives me that feeling every time I hear it so I just added it – rebel me.

#10 John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is over) 

A classic for sure.

Cover Photo: by Thomas via Flickr

10 Songs I can’t live without: Part III

I was told that a lot of people really enjoy these posts so I decided to make another one. I hope I can do them once a month but at least once every two months, I promise!
Enjoy x

#1 Portugal. The Man. – Feel It Still

This is definitely my instant happy song at the moment. Just click play and you’ll see why.


#2 Angus and Julia Stone – Chateau

The voices of these siblings bring back memories from times spent in Australia back in the days. They fially brought out a new album (and go on tour yay!) and even though the whole album is brilliant, this one’s by far my favourite song.


#3 Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind (Alright)

Thanks to the fact that I have friends working in the music business, I get all these great tips if musicians to check ou. This is one of them!


#4 LÉON – Surround me

You might know LÉON already from one of my other 10 songs-posts but since all her songs are pure magic (I mean, that voice!) here’s another one of her.


#5 Sundara Karma – Happy Family

When listening to this song I suddenly feel like I was driving down one of these streets in California or Nevada or somewhere in the middle of nowhere. And since my Fernweh is killing me now, it’s the perfect song.


#6 French Monatana – Unforgettable

Old(er) but still gold. I started going to the Gym before work because I wouldn’t be able to fit it into my life and this is a song that always gets me going on the treadmill at 6am.


#7 Mumford & Sons – Friend of the Devil

FINALLY A NEW MUMFORD AND SONS SONG. That’s all. It’s a cover and so far there’s no Youtube Video of it, but check it on Spotify if you have an account there, it’s very very good.


#8 RY X – Howling

I really thought this song was in one of my lists already because I can’t stop listening to it. But it wasn’t. So it is now.


#9 Sohn – Conrad

I can’t really explain my feelings when I listen to music. It’s just this instant happiness. Just like it is with this song. So many emotions.


#10 Pam Pam Ida – Schultertanz

This one’s very random for all of you non-germans (or probably even most of you Germans out there) since it’s a Bavarian song. My friend kept playing it over and over one night when we were supposed to go to Oktoberfest but ended up just staying in and it captured the mood perfectly. Maybe you enjoy it without even understanding a word – give it a try! 🙂

Cover Photo: by Thomas via Flickr

10 Songs I can’t live without at the moment. Part II

#1 Lorde – Liability

It’s shocking how I can relate to this song so much. At least 99% of the time. So many feelings. Lorde, you are amazing!

#2 Ro James – Burn Slow

I just watched the video to this song for the first time while preparing this video (because let’s be honest, who really watches videos nowadays), and I gotta say: A very sexy video for a very sexy song. (Let’s not talk about the fact that Ro James isn’t the prettiest singer out there.)

#3 EXES – Like You

I guess this is the number 1 heartbreak song and speaks everyone who just realised

#4 Stu Larsen – King Street

The lyrics of this song are so full of truth and emotions and get me everytime. And on top of that does his music bring my memories back to Australia right away.

#5 Amber Run – Fickle Game

I was lucky enough to see these English guys at Southside Festival last month and while I already loved the music on Spotify, I loved it even more live. So many emotions!

#6 NoMBe – California Girls

This very catchy song somehow reminds me of Alt-J. And that can only be a good thing.

#7 Flume – Some Minds

I just love Flume. He could do whatever he wanted to do and I would love him. But it helps that he came out with this great song recently.

#8 Dermot Kennedy – After Rain

My friend introduced me to Dermot Kennedy about a year ago and ever since I wanted to go see him live, especially since he’s Irish and I just love the Irish. This year at Longitude I was lucky enough to see him perform in his hometown. And all my friends fell equally in love with him and his music.

#9 Trey Songz – Playboy

I rediscovered my absolute love for R&B music a while ago and one of the greatest (and sexiest) R&B artists out there is without a doubt Trey Songz. At Vestival in Amsterdam I got the pleasure to see him live and while I’ve never had a crush on any celebrity I gotta say, this guy…. Everyone who’s ever seen him live knows what I’m talking about.

#10 Linkin Park – Numb

This one’s a given after what happened last week. Chester Bennington had one of the most magical voices out there and I am very grateful I got to see him live at Southside Festival in June. Linkin Park’s music was always important to me and it will probably always be. Thanks for this gift, Chester.

8 musicians that immediately give you that beach feeling

I guess there is nothing better than listening to music when you just want to turn off the world around you. Listening to music just instantly relaxes me and gives me a feeling of being somewhere else. Depending on the mood the music brings across. And because right now, in between my 439575 assignments and my master dissertation, I’d rather be on the beach, the following artists are definitely the ones I listen to the most at the moment. So, if you want to come to the beach with me (figuratively speaking obviously) then go check them out!

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Summertime means Festivaltime

So this Thursday I want to give you a tipp to do something I am doing every summer for a while now and I loved from the very first time I did it: Visit a Festival.

Music for me is a way to escape the daily life and forget all the (small or big) problems you have. And live music is even better. Seeing a band on stage, feeling the music with them and witnessing how much they love what they are doing for a living. It is priceless. And a festival combines that with having fun with your friends, spending a day full of dancing and (a lot of times) sunshine.

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