Desert Island Discs

Since discovering the Desert Island Discs podcast a few weeks ago, it’s safe to say I’ve probably listened to every available episode since 2013. I’m yet to become a full-time Radio 4 listener, but I just find that the concept behind D.I.D. shows so much about people who are in the public eye. So I thought I’d open my iTunes library and reveal what songs I would choose if Kirsty Young ever put me on a desert island with a Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare, Pride and Prejudice and Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (and ideally a device to play it on). 


  1. Weather with You – Crowded House 

This is just one of those songs that will remind me of bygone Saturdays with my mum which were normally spent hitting up the supermarket, my tap class and then Meadowhall. That Saturday routine is not too dissimilar to what we do now, but without the tapping and her buying me new clothes.


2. Liz on Top of the World – Jean-Yves Thibaudet

The favourite scene of my favourite film at one of my favourite places, Stanage Edge in the Peak District. If I said I hadn’t stood at that spot with that song playing, pretending to be Keira Knightley, I would be lying.


3. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall

For reasons similar to the Crowded House choice, this song reminds me of my dad. It’s also so damn catchy.


4. Sweet Transvestite – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I will still quite openly admit that, for some bizarre reason whose origin I’m not completely sure of, I have such a crush on Tim Curry in this film. Looking back on it now, it’s easy to see where I get my admiration of a good drag queen from.


5. Monster – Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver, Jay Z and Rick Ross

I’m not so proud of this now, but this was my go-to song back at university. Learning the incredibly inappropriate lyrics was my ultimate procrastination activity. Just don’t ask me to rap it for you now though…


6. Transmission – Joy Division

Joy Division are one of my favourite bands and although I love a good number of their songs, it’s this one that stands out the most. It also reminds me of being fourteen, listening to Unknown Pleasures and wallowing in my emotions.


7. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Favourite song from the Boss. It’s moved significantly higher up my favourite song list because my boyfriend bought us tickets to see him in June. YESSSSS!


8. Lights Out, Words Gone – Bombay Bicycle Club

No music-related list of mine would be complete without a song from Bombay Bicycle Club. They’ve been my favourite band since I was a teenager and remind me of so many different memories over the years. Lights Out, Words Gone is the song I would say is my favourite song of all time and it’s the only song that has managed to stay as my alarm and I don’t hate it. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this is the song I would save if all my discs floated out to see.


I guess now that I’ve documented my desert island discs, it’s unlikely that the BBC will approach me to appear on the show. The playlist of songs mentioned is featured below if you’d care to take a listen. What songs would you want on your desert island? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @hannahlbright29!



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