I’ve got an earworm – a song stuck in my head! 

…never had to knock on wood. And I’m glad I haven’t yet. Because I’m sure it isn’t good. That’s the impression that I get…

I couldn’t remember who sang it, so I googled it: The impression that I get, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. (It was released in 1997, for anyone that’s interested, and was the band’s most successful song, reaching #1 on lots of charts.)

But, as it happens, it has led me to another of Life’s Big Questions: if you could only choose five songs to have on your smartphone (or whatever listening device you use), what would they be?

This one first rose to questionhood when I was travelling through Morocco. I met a fellow traveller who was in Morocco studying French. He had all his French lessons on his iPod (it was before iPhone), and there was only space for five or six songs. He had to choose carefully because he was going to be away for several months! 

I thought about which ones I’d choose. You need to be able to cover off on a lot of different moods.  And when I got home from the trip, I posed the question to a dinner party. 

I can’t remember which ones I chose back then (it was 2006ish), but here’s my current list:

Africa – Toto. To me, it’s a quintessential travel song (it has Mt Kilimanjaro in the lyrics!)

Freefallin’ – Tom Petty. It makes me feel free. And inspires me to take road trips (I picture Tom Cruise in Jerry Macguire, tapping on the steering wheel, singing at the top of his lungs).

Thrift Shop – Macklemore. It’s a catchy tune, and I’m an op shop queen!

Rasputin – Boney M. It reminds me of an old boyfriend.

Down Under – Men at Work. Aussie cliche, gotta have it in the list!

So there you have it – my five songs. 

What would you choose?


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