Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Mixtape 02: The Glow of Nostalgia (Guest Post)

This is a guest post written by my twin sister, 'Amira. She will be compiling a mixtape that features the best songs of 2014, ranging from indie, alternative to the amusingly fun bubble-gum pop.

It doesn't hurt to look back. There's a funny thing about nostalgia - as much as we think it's a sense of longing for whatever's in the past, it ends off a strong note of gratification. And that's what makes it so...endearing.

This 2014 we have seen history being made time and again in music, with U2 releasing their latest cut Songs of Innocence to all iTunes users for free, Taylor Swift’s pop package 1989 selling more than a million in its opening week and the boys of One Direction making their fourth number one album on the Billboard. But these are just the headliners – we mustn't forget the some fresh faces in the industry as well as some gems in the trending indie music scene. After all, it’s the diversity that makes music a universal instrument. Let’s dive into our best 2014 list of songs.

25. The Hanging Tree – James Newton Howard ft. Jennifer Lawrence
24. News – Freddie Dickson
23. Let It Go – James Bay
22. The Mother We Share – CHVRCHES
21. The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez
20. Fool’s Gold – One Direction
19. Yours – Ella Henderson
18. King of the World – Young Rising Sons
17. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
16. I Won’t Let You Down – OK Go
15. Compass – Zella Day
14. You Are In Love – Taylor Swift
13. Medicine – The 1975
12. We’re Not Alone – Echosmith
11. In Time – Kris Allen
10. Broken Frame – Alex & Sierra 
09. Budapest – George Ezra 
08. The People – Nina Nesbitt 
07. Rollercoaster – Bleachers 
06. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
05. Bridges – Broods 
04. Geronimo – Sheppard
03. Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde
02. Iris (Hold Me Close) – U2
01. Ink – Coldplay

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So there you have it - the best of 2014. We seem to be engineered to move forward all the time. Now hopefully some music will change that because in the blur of everything, we can't deny that there'll always be that looming glow of nostalgia. Just embrace it, before it evansces with the climb of the sun.

Peace out,

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'A is a contributor to Wattpad, where she publishes her books 'Storms and Other Short Poems' and 'Speculum' online, with over 4000 reads since October 2014 and more than 500 votes. She enjoys reading, writing and videography.

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  1. Hi! I read some of the poems of your sister, she is really talented :D
    That one named 'storm' is amazing! :)
    I've only heard the Hanging Tree from the list that too because I saw Mockingjay.. :P I like U2 and Coldplay but haven't heard these songs..I should check them out :D
    I think my mixtape would have a lot of Maroon 5, have you heard their album 'V'??

    1. Hey Neal! It's me filling in for my sis. Thanks for your comment! Really appreciate that you checked out my work. And yes, do check out U2 and Coldplay. Their albums (Songs of Innocence; Ghost Stories) are refreshing. Maroon 5's V is also pretty cool but I had a 25-song playlist to squeeze the best into. My favourite is definitely Lost Stars. :)
      Again, thanks for stopping by and have an awesome 2015!

    2. Hi!You have an awesome 2015 as well! :D
      PS - Your pen name is really cool :D