30 songs nostalgia for my 30th birthday – the playlist

My favorite month started today: welcome AUGUST!

And in a few days I´m turning 30, so I felt it would be appropriate to make a playlist for the occasion… Enjoy it ;]

1. Double You – Please Don´t Go:
This was my very first CD ever! I didn´t choose it, per se, it came with a Magazine I bought and I was super happy to finally have the very first copy of a CD…

2. Supertramp – The Logical Song:
This is my first album cover memory (LP) where they have that guy with a face merging into a book he was reading. It got stuck with me through all these years…

3. Blur – Girls and Boys:
The place is Sao Paulo. My first step into the underground music scene in Sao Paulo with my best friend. I´m dressed in pink (hello?) and walk into this dark hidden place where all people (all dressed in black) dance to songs I never heard before. Needless to mention that I got measured by them from head to toe as I couldn´t fit less in there, but I knew that I had just found my place and the song playing was this.

4. Michael Jackson – Thriller:
There is a tape (K-7) somewhere at my mom´s house in Brasil, of me, a 2 year old Maisa singing what it seemed to be a very poor version of Thriller. I was, of course, obssessed with it. Some say I used to sing it all day long. Some say I still do… =P

5. Shakira – Estoy Aqui:
Way before she was World famous and start singing in English, Shakira was big in Brasil. And in my teenage years, this was a song that all of us were singing along and dancing to in the nightclubs in Sao Paulo. PS: I rather Shakira singing in Spanish anytime.

6. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold the World:
I think it was because of MTV Unplugged influence, but that´s how I got into grunge back in the 90´s. With a softer way in, so to speak.

7. No Doubt – Don´t Speak:
This album, Tragic Kingdom, was played on repeat and I´m pretty sure I still know the tracks in the correct order and all the lyrics. But this song was THE song everybody was listening to and so was I back in the days…

8. Hanson – Mmmbop:
Yes, of course this song. The irony is that I actually did bump into 2 of them (Taylor and Zac) years later walking around in the village in New York…

9. The Blanges – Eternal Flame:
Not necessarily the best song memory as, for some reason, I associate this with the death of my uncle. Nonetheless, a very nostalgic music memory.

10. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn:
This was one of the MANY songs our English teachers “tought” us in Sao Paulo in our English classes in school. We would read the lyrics, translate them and of course, sing it out loud altogether. Good times!

11. A-ha – Take on Me:
MTV had a big role in my life, growing up (and out) in a Catholic country where the church forbid condoms to appear in commercials and nobody could talk about sex on tv. Oh well, MTV could. And they did. Loud and loud again. MTV was the voice of a generation back in the days and Take on Me is one of the videoclips I have most memory of.

12. Morrissey – Suedhead:
The passion for Moz´music begins here. I listened to The Smiths over and over again and all of a sudden music made more sense than ever. Oh, Morrissey!

13. Radiohead – Creep:
Boom! He writes a song that fits everybody, at least once in their lives. The love for Radiohead is born.

14. Patti Smith – Because The Night:
There was a strong woman´s voice in music. She was not alone and how thankful I am for that! More women in music, please? =]

15. Metric – Rock Me Now:
The place is New York city and I have a ticket to go see Rilo Kiley that weekend, a band I was purely in love with. The day before them, there was another band called Metric performing at Webster Hall and I figured: I might as well. There, right there, one of the best gigs of my life and the discovery of Emily Haines´voice.

16. Portishead – Glory Box:
A long waited concert that I finally attended at Roskilde 2011 and this was THE BEST concert of my life – to date. Portishead is just amazing. Nuff´said.

17. Placebo – Every You, Every Me:
You hear that voice, you know who it is. Brian Molko´s uniqueness (for some, weirdness) is captivating through his music and also live. Love Placebo!

18. The Strokes – Last Nite:
Of course, The Strokes. Of course this song, but also, all their songs and Strokes live? Yes please! And Strokes for Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola knows things)

19. The Cure – In Between Days:
A 80´s love. Of many songs and Robert Smith´make up. Plus, their over 3 hours performance at Hultsfredsfestivalen 2012 with me in the front row until the very end. Who doesn´t love The Cure?

20. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run:
It´s just beautiful to see someone so made for being an artist and pure artistry all over his music. This, to me, it´s what music is all about and should be all about. One of the best gigs ever as well.

21. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Even though I´m selecting their most famous song (which I love), their latest album (The Temper Trap) is a masterpiece in all aspects. I´m highly addicted to it.

22. Shout Out Louds – Please, Please, Please:
This song marks me digging into a whole world of indie Swedish music and eventually, falling in love with its culture and moving to Sweden. Swedes know good music!

23 – 30: The songs that my friends and I sing in Karaokes (no matter how bad we sound like):

23. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart

24. Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

25. Bon Jovi – Livin´on a Prayer

26. R.E.M. – Losing my Religion

27. Frank Sinatra – New York, New York

28. Britney Spears -…Baby One More Time

29. 4 Non Blondes – What´s up

30. Alanis Morisette – You Oughta Know

Bonus track: goes to the band I wish I had seen live the most QUEEN – Bohemian Rhapsody

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