Eurovision? Hugh Jackman? Now that’s what I call music (by an 8 year old)
About a year ago I wrote a post about being horrified at my son’s developing taste in music and asked him to list his top 5 favourite songs (you can read this here by the way, got to love internal links).
If I’m honest, it wasn’t the music itself that I had a problem with (although 80% of the list were not my thing at all). The issue was more the suitability of songs with b-words, n-words and f-words for 7-year-olds and whether I was being a hypocrite considering I was a big Guns N Roses fan when I was younger. They had their fair share of songs with b-words, f-words and I don’t recall n-words (prepared to be proved wrong) but they definitely had c-words.
Now that a year has passed, I thought I’d be brave and ask him what his top 5 songs would be now so that I can chart how his music tastes have changed in 12 months. As I said in the original post, music has an important place in our household and whilst I want to resist enforcing a curriculum of important music that he HAS to LOVE without ANY DOUBT WHATSOEVER, I want to be reassured that he is going to start liking songs that I don’t mind playing when his grandparents come over…
So, here we go…
The Top Five
NJ’s favourite 5 tunes, as at August 2018:
5 – The Other Side – Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron
Right, I will admit that I knew this one would be in here. I just expected it to be higher. We’ve had The Greatest Showman Soundtrack in our car for about 5 months and I must have listened to this about 500 times. NJ knows every single word and has said it’s his favourite song on the album.
Risk of parent leaving music playing in the car and singing along when no one else is with him: 5/5
4 – That’s How You Write A Song – Alexander Rybak
Remember this one? Nope? NJ does. Eurovision 2018 ring any bells? Norway? A chirpy little chap with a violin? I have no idea how well this one did, but the same guy won it a few years ago with a different song apparently. However it’s this one that comes on whenever NJ has access to my Spotify account or YouTube.
Easy to follow instructions: 1/5
3 – Under the Ladder – MELOVIN
Er. Ok. More Eurovision 2018. This time Ukraine. Now, I’m not going to risk creating any more diplomatic issues by commenting on this song, the poor Ukrainians have suffered enough.
Scary vampire looking singer rating: 4/5
2 – Shotgun – George Ezra
I must admit this one took me by surprise. I don’t think I’ve heard this song all the way through and here it is in the runners-up place! We liked a bit of George and his first album and to be honest I thought he had disappeared. But he’s back… with this jolly, foot tapping tune… Yay! (Did that sound convincing enough?) Slightly put off by the fact we went camping over the summer and half the campsite starting chanting this song at about 11pm.
Meh rating: 4/5
1 – I Win (feat Skepta) – Lethal Bizzle
Aaaaaand… he does. Again. Yes, ‘I Win’ by Lethal Bizzle is STILL NJ’s favourite song. Ever. This is despite it being banned in our household over the last 12 months. It just goes to show that the more you say no, the more kids want something. But I still respect how anyone can say so many words so fast.
Parent feeling old and confused by what is considered popular music rating: 10/5
In summary, a switch from last year’s grime/rap/hiphop dominated top 5 to more pop-based songs. In many ways it’s progress – I don’t have to wince when NJ tried to sing along and most of these don’t actually make my ears bleed. There’s not anywhere near as much swearing and for that, I’m glad.
Until next year anyway…