Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
I don’t really listen to much ‘classic’ indie like this anymore, but this song shaped my teens from about 14-16, so I had to include it. To be fair, even when I hear it now it still gives me a buzz, its quite infectious, and I’ve never been able to shake off that feeling with this one.
Loyle Carner – Damselfly feat. Tom Misch
This song will always have a place in my heart. I had to choose between this and Aint Nothing Changed and I think this edged it purely for that Misch chorus. The meaning this song has for me is massive, Carner’s delivery feels so classic but so modern at the same time, I’d take his whole discography if I could.
Jaykae – Every Country feat. Murkage Dave
Jaykae’s bars on this are the first I ever learnt to rap the whole way through hahaha, I was like 17 thinking I could spit (I was shit, of course) and the beat just blew my head off. It’s so simple but so beautiful. I think without Murkage Dave on the chorus, this song wouldn’t sound anywhere near as classic as it does, and its one of the fewer times Jay’s vocals are more chilled out, you see a different side to him on this than say ‘Toothache’ or ‘Moscow’ which I really like.
The Streets – Has It Come To This?
This song alone united so many different groups of people and is one of the best cases of social commentary there is. Simple as that.
Jaws – Think Too Much, Feel Too Little
To this day, I don’t think I’ve heard a better guitar tone than this. The amount of times that I’ve tried to copy it and failed in the last 6 years is embarrassing. The perfect song for this situation. Trapped on a desert island? No bother mate, stick this through your headphones, lie down and get a tan.