My Most Played Songs | 1-25

Song For Zula // Phosphorescent

I first heard this song when I saw the second Spiderman remakes and fell in love with it. There is something so beautiful and painful about it. It is a song that truly calms me down, a song I have often saved myself from panic attacks from and have since bought on vinyl. I also recently heard it unexpectedly in The Vampire Diaries and burst into tears. Trust me when I say that this song is incredible.

“So honey I am now, some broken thing. I do not lay in the dark waiting for day here. Now my heart is gold, my feet are right. And I'm racing out on the desert plains all night.”

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Delicate // Damien Rice

I first heard this song in Misfits and this prompted my love affair with Damien Rice. Nothing makes me feel like Damien Rice’s music. His music is the kind of thing I want to drink wine to on a summer’s evening and also has been the background to many breakdowns. His voice and everything about his music is truly stunning. It’s hard to fault this song.

“It's not that we're scared. It’s just that it's delicate.”

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Glitter In The Air // P!nk

Yet another song I found in a tv show, sense a pattern yet? This one was in the first season of Pretty Little Liars (and incidentally was the beginning of many couples and Hanna and Caleb’s first sex scene whoooo). It’s another powerful and moving song.

“Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone? Your whole life waiting on the ring to prove you're not alone. Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry? Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?”

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Dogwood Blossom // Fionn Regan

Similar to Damien Rice in style and equally as slow and moving. I first heard this one in This Is England ’86 and trust me I sobbed. The scene and situation was so emotional in the first place but the characters meant so much to me and this song reflects the dark themes in the story so beautifully.

“You say that you're troubled and you always have been uncomfortable in your own skin. So you contemplate the river bed, turn off the dark thoughts in your head.”

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Blue Jeans // Lana Del Rey

The first song I didn’t hear on a show or in a film first! Yay! I did hear it in Misfits and thought it was used well but it’s just really great song and Lana is incredible in every way.

“But you fit me better than my favourite sweater, and I know that love is mean, and love hurts. But I still remember that day we met in December, oh baby.”

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After All // Dar Williams

This song means so much to me. When I was at my worst with depression this genuinely helped me push through the hardest days. It also reminds me of the day I got my best friend back and we watched the sunset together on a hill and I cried. I can’t explain why it means so much but it’s in the lyrics. It reminds me why I chose to live every time I hear it. 

“Well the sun rose with so many colours it nearly broke my heart. It worked me over like a work of art and I was apart of all that.”

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Another Love // Tom Odell

Crap. I had it together. Okay, I heard this song so many times when it was a hit but never truly loved it till I loved The Vampire Diaries. I never appreciated the rawness of this song until the Delena rain kiss. Wow. I need to move on from this already.

“On another love, another love. All my tears have been used up.”

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Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) // Elton John

I LOVE ELTON. This song is part of the soundtrack for my favourite film Cemetery Junction and it literally puts me in the best mood. Notice how rare the happy songs are? I can’t help it!

“Don't give us none of your aggravation. We had it with your discipline. Saturday night's alright for fighting. Get a little action in.”

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Wings // Birdy

Daaaamnnnn Elana - back at it with the Delena feels. I will never be over this scene/episode/song, I honestly cried all my acne cream off when I watched it, I was such a mess. I can’t even talk about it…

“Oh lights go down, in the moment we're lost and found. I just wanna be by your side, if these wings could fly for the rest of our lives.”

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 In My Veins // Andrew Belle FaceTime. Erin McCarely

Again a Pretty Little Liars sex scene but also in The Vampire Diaries. Just a really beautiful and well used song. 

“Everything will change. Nothing stays the same. Nobody here's perfect. Oh, but everyone's to blame.”

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Pull Me Down // Mikky Ekko

Pretty Little Liars again. Haleb’s reunion and a really deep and addictive song.

“We could be king and queen of the moonlight. Two young lovers and when the moods right you hear me say 'I want you'”


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Suggestions // Orelia Has Orchestra

Who’d have known so many Pretty Little Liars songs would be in this list? I can’t even explain how well this was used, twice in the show. This kind of creativity is exactly why I want to produce television.

“Was it me or his feelings? Me or his feelings that day? Cause I just stood there in silence, watched while my world blew away.”

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Low Rising // The Swell Season

Annddddd… How I Met Your Mother has made an appearance on this list. Not only was the scene emotional, this song is so full of pain and sounds so raw that I fell in love with it instantly.

“I wanna sit you down and talk. I wanna pull back the veils and find out what it is I've done wrong. I wanna tear these curtains down. I want you to meet me somewhere tonight in this old tourist town.”

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Young Hearts // The Shires

Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton is one of my favourite songs ever but when you really listen to the lyrics, it’s actually really sad which contrasts with the happy tune. The Shires’ cover of the song is stunning and reflects the real meaning behind the lyrics.

“I'm gonna love me for the rest of my days, encourage the babies every time they say: ‘Self-preservation is what's really going on today…’”

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Heavy Heart // Madi Diaz

Back to Pretty Little Liars now, oops. Another emotional song. I often feel like I have a heavy heart.

“What in the world could it be this time now? I thought that I could make it a day without my heavy heart.”

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O’ Children // Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave’s music is incredibly dark and hauntingly beautiful. I found this song through Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 when Hermione and Harry danced. This is perhaps my all time favourite scene in any of the films. a) it really felt like Emma and Dan b) it is not in the books but works perfectly c) it’s crazily dark and uplifting at the same time d) it’s one of only two songs in the entire series which was not written for Harry Potter e) it’s the only time I ever doubted my Ronmione heart f) it was the only thing that made part 1 more exciting. Can you tell I’m a massive Potterhead? It's weird and complex and creepy but gorgeous. After hearing this song I fell in love with Nick Cave and I am so mesmerised by his voice.

“Hey little train! We are all jumping on! The train that goes to the Kingdom! We're happy, Ma, we're having fun! And the train ain't even left the station!”

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Paradise Circus // Massive Attack

Wow. Huge Misfits moment. I remember bawling my eyes out the first time (not on the Delena scale but still substantially). It’s such a clever storyline and I’m a sucker for a clever storyline with a great but weird song.

“Love is like a sin, my love for the ones that feel it the most. Look at her with her eyes like a flame, she will love you like a fly will never love you again.”

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Sweet Disposition // The Temper Trap

My best friend Charlotte’s favourite film is 500 Days of Summer. It’s probably due to her that this song is so high on the list. It makes me feel all kinds of summery.

“A moment of love. A dream. A laugh. A kiss. A cry. Our rights. Our wrongs…”

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The Lady In Red // Chris de Burgh

Okay weird choice. This song is cheesy af and a little annoying and my dad seriously hates it but it was used so well in season 4 of Misfits in my favourite scene and episode ever. I will never not appreciate that.

“I've never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight, I've never seen you shine so bright, you were amazing…”

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 I Will Let You Go // Daniel Ahearn

Another song that tends to be a bit of a heartbreak song but I found it in Pretty Little Liars. All that drama is addictive.

“I'm through living in question and dreaming the answers. No more paving the present with pain from my past.”

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What Would I Do Without You // Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours

This is another of those songs that was featured in two shows. I heard it in How I Met Your Mother back when Swarkles was definitely end game (lol) and more recently in TVD at Jo and Ric’s wedding (lol). TV ruins my life. This song reminds me of my best friends.

“You got your sunshine, I got rain-clouds. You got hope, I got my doubts. Oh! What would I do without you?”

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Without Words // Ray LaMontagne

I heard this one on the soundtrack for The Fault In Our Stars back when all I cared about was John Green. It’s a strangely uplifting song with a sad but gentle tune.

“I can hear the morning birds, light upon the branches and each in turn sing of all God's praises without words.”

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 Song For You // Alexi Murdoch

I think this was on a Boots advert or something??? LOL SAD. I really like the lyrics and it has such a simple tune.

“And it's strange how you cannot find any strength to even try to find a voice to speak your mind. When you do, all you wanna do is cry.”

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 Both Sides Now // Joni Mitchell

Wow. Joni is my absolute queen. Her vocals and her writing are that of a goddess and she is honestly one of my favourite women in the world. Write by Mitchell for Judy Collins’ album, her version is my favourite. The lyrics are so beautiful and well written and it was featured in Love Actually (what a great film?!) and it’s emotional to say the least.

“But now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads, they tell me that I’ve changed. Well something's lost but something's gained in living every day.”

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 Banana Pancakes // Jack Johnson

Another great voice and a rare happy song on my phone. I take this as my personal invitation from Jack Johnson to stay in bed all day.

“But the telephone is singing, ringing, it’s too early, don’t pick it up. We don't need to. We got everything we need right here and everything we need is enough.”

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