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…

10 thoughts on “Eurovision? Hugh Jackman? Now that’s what I call music (by an 8 year old)

  1. Our kids are obsessed with music (they get it from me). Our 10, 8 and 6 year olds really got into Eurovision this year, so they know exactly who Alexander Rybak is (and I have filled them in on his Eurovision-winning history). The traditional playlist they compiled for our European summer road trip is full of songs from this year’s contest.

    Musicals also rank highly. The kids are pretty much word-perfect on The Greatest Showman, Moana, Trolls, Sing etc, and both our boys have memorised the lyrics to Hamilton (my personal obsession) – including the NSFW ones …

  2. #thesatsesh ooooh what a lush idea for both memories and a post. I may ask little dude what his fav tracks are over breakfast tomorrow.
    yet another sign i need to see TGS film, just haven’t got around to it.

  3. As both a huge Eurovision AND musicals lover (who’s also forced to listen to Ezra as teen girl is obsessed) I’m saying brilliant list!! ssshhh don’t tell but I don’t know the number 1 one!! #triumphanttales

  4. I always think there needs to be brainwashing involved when it comes to children and their taste in music. I’ve had quite an input with little man’s music and it’s paying off! We still can’t shift the Greatest Showman soundtrack though! Thanks so much for sharing with #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again on Tuesday!

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