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QOTM: What were the last three songs you listened to?

You can tell a lot about a person from their musical habits. Especially if they tell the truth. We asked our contributors to list the last three songs they (honestly) played on their iPod/CD player/Spotify/gramophone. Don’t judge them.

Illustration by Louise Boulter.

Illustration by Louise Boulter.

Vix Leyton
When You Were Mine – Cyndi Lauper
Dizzy – Bentcousin (My mate’s band that I massively fangirl, so played to my Uber driver last night. He didn’t ask, but I could just tell he wanted to hear it.)
Bulletproof Heart – My Chemical Romance
I have been having an emo revival and my eyeliner choices are definitely reflecting it. I shamelessly mix genres. Spotify Discover puts songs side by side that you would never expect and it pleases me in a perverse way.

Hannah Dunleavy
Annabelle – Gillian Welch
English Girls Approximately – Ryan Adams
Civilian – Wye Oak

Sooz Kempner
Satisfied – from Hamilton
My Shot – from Hamilton
The Schuyler Sisters – from Hamilton
I’m not defending how much I love Hamilton.

Sophie Scott
Crambodia – Plastic Little
Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols
Mama Used to Say – Junior

Maureen Younger
I Found Lovin’ – The Fatback Band
Risin’ to the Top – Keni Burke
Best of My Love – The Emotions

Helen Walmsley-Johnson
Tilted – Christine and the Queens
Sugar in my Bowl – Camille O’Sullivan
See These Bones – Nada Surf
I couldn’t listen to music for a couple of years after a crippling bout of depression and now I need silence to write and can’t listen to it as much as I’d like. When I do listen it’s on shuffle. I have a library of over 6,000 tracks to wander about in.

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Hazel Davis
That’s How I Knew this Story Would Break my Heart – Aimee Mann
Domino – Jessie J
I Have a Dream – Amanda Seyfried off the Mamma Mia soundtrack
God, I really hoped these would be a bit cooler.

Sarah Ledger
Freer – Declan Bennett (He’s my new favourite thing. A tremendous singer-songwriter. I defy you not to hear this and cry. And yes, I know he was Charlie Cotton in EastEnders and shagged both the Mitchell sisters but I don’t care.)
Anarchy in the UK – Sex Pistols (Because I was explaining to my 20-year-old daughter how terrifying Johhny Rotten sounded in 1976.)
I’m Not Okay – My Chemical Romance (Because it reminds me of when the kids were, well, kids, and we all liked this song.)

Ashley Davies
At the Zoo – Simon and Garfunkel
A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon and Garfunkel
Song for the Asking (Cancion Para Pedir) – Simon and Garfunkel
A melodic way to drown out the sound of sniffing on the train.

Hannah Dolan
Loud Pipes – Ratatat
The River – Son Little
Two Weeks – FKA Twigs
I fucking love Spotify.

Daisy Leverington
Let it Go – from Frozen
Hakuna Matata – from The Lion King
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Because my kid may have guessed my phone password but I turned it off after two songs.

Dotty Winters
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Original Ghostbusters theme – Ray Parker Jr (in-car singalong. Children appropriately ashamed of me).

Claire Goodwin
Tilted – Christine and The Queens (been listening to Radio 1)
Charlemagne – Blossoms (Stockport!)
Smack My Bitch Up ­– The Prodigy (guilty feminist)

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