Mix Tapes

Even though CDs are going out of fashion and it’s becoming increasingly hard to find a suitable player for them, I still love to make my own mix tapes. The first one I ever made was back in 2007, just over 10 years ago! It featured some terrible club songs and everything was a remix. To be honest, I didn’t even know what music I liked back then. I was a product of society and only liking these songs because that’s what was popular. Today, mostly everyone uses Spotify, Soundcloud or another digital form of listening to music. I myself, listen to most of my music in the car. Volume up, singing wrong lyrics and forgetting about whatever problems are havocking my mind. I have 5 different mix tapes I have compiled into different genres/occasions. And for each, I made cover artworks. Now they’re not going to win any prizes or ever be thought of as impressive but making them was something I had a lot of fun doing and I just wanted to write a post about them.

Golden Oldies

Most of these I would classify as fairly old songs but are still brilliant none the less. Age is just a number baby.
YouTube Playlist here
1. Pumped Up Kicks
2. Stacy’s Mom
3. I’m Coming Out
4. Hey there Delilah
5. Come on Eileen
6. Year 3000
7. Here comes the Sun
8. Iris
9. Home Again
10. Good Riddance
11. Folsom Prison Blues
12. Fits (Too Drunk to Drive)
13. Grace Kelly
14. Little Talks
15. It Ain’t Me Babe
16. Love Today
17. Me and Julio
18. Hey Baby
19. You Can Call Me Al
20. Valley Where The River Runs


Disney music is timeless and perfect for any time of day. There are so many amazing songs that it was difficult to choose which were worthy of a place on this CD. (And they’re technically not *all* Disney but shur what harm…)
YouTube Playlist Here
1. Belle – Beauty and the Beast
2. Reflection – Mulan
3. For the First Time in Forever
4. How Far I’ll Go
5. A Whole New World
6. Colors of the Wind
7. When Will My Life Begin
8. Strangers Like Me
9. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride
10. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King
11. You’re Welcome
12. I’ll Make A Man Out of You
13. You’ve Got A Friend in Me
14. When She Loved Me
15. That’s How You Know
16. Learn To Do It
17. Under The Sea
18. Tale As Old As Time

That’s All Folks

I tried to make this CD all folk songs, with a mix of Indie and Rock. But I have no idea what to classify it as anymore. They are just songs I really like, a lot of Irish Artists on here!
YouTube Playlist Here
1. Falling
2. Little Lion Man
3. Battles – Hudson Taylor
4. Take All The Time You Need
5. Forget Me Knots
6. Send Me On My Way
7. The Wire
8. She’s so Lovely
9. Little Talks
10. Fake – the Frays
11. Jackie and Wilson
12. San  Diego Song
13. Remember When
14. Hoppipolla
15. Holly
16. Heroes or Ghosts
17. Heart of Nowhere
18. Lifetime
19. Cups
20. I want the Sky

You Are A Masterpiece All By Yourself

Music can have a huge impact on your mood and a few months ago, when I was feeling down and quite insecure, I decided I needed something to help, to improve my attitude. So I compiled a list of songs that are kick-ass, feel good, empowering, inspiring and promote independence. I wouldn’t typically listen to many of these artists and sometimes I cringe at how much I enjoy these but they have helped me cope during tough times.
YouTube Playlist Here
1. True Colours – Tom Odell
2. Fight Song – Rachel Platten
3. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfield
4. Brave
5. Just Like Fire
6. Stronger
7. Who Says
8. F**kin Perfect
9. Cool Kids
10. Stronger
11. Loser Like Me
12. Flashlight
13. Best Day of My Life
14. Lean On Me

Dawn till Dusk | Dusk till Dawn

This is the CD I would play driving through town with my best friends, in the middle of the night, volume up so high that you can’t here anything else. The name of this CD is inspired my incredible friend Dawn. Most of the songs on here were introduced to me by her. But I dedicate it to my closest friends as I have such good memories sparked from this.
YouTube Playlist Here!
1. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
2. Tease – Ralph
3. Smooth Criminal – Glee
4. Help Me Lose My Mind – Disclosure
5. Jungle – Tash Sultana
6. Big Jet Plane – Angus and Julia Stone
7. Breezeblocks – Alt J
8. Alaska – Maggie Rogers
9. Classic Man – Jidenna
10. Health – Blue Monday
11. Faded – ZHU
12. Left Hand Free – Alt J
13. Lose Yourself – Eminem
14. Jolene – Miley Cyrus
15. My Song 5 – HAIM
16. My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit

What are some of your favourite songs?

Always, M


  • Amy-Anne Williams January 29, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Oh my goodness this is the best post. I love the idea of mix tapes and remembering making a bunch back in the day. It's literally on my bucket list to have someone make me a bucket list so I'm lowkey considering sending this post to some people I know lol. I haven't heard of a lot of your songs though so I'd definitely like to hear them out and give them a go, and your mix tape covers are so pretty and have had so much effort put into them – if I ever get a mix tape off of somebody and they're not as good as these then I'm going to be gutted with my high standards haha. I'm currently listening to a playlist of Ed Sheeran, but am the biggest fan of Buddy Holly, Elvis, and a bunch of other oldies. Mix tapes would probably be really good for this haha.

    Little Moon Elephant

  • Marian March 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Aw shucks, thank you Amy! You're so very kind <3 I'm exactly the same, I would be just over the moon if someone made me a mix tape. It's such a thoughtful gift and way more special than anything bought in a shop. I'm such a softie when it comes to nostalgia and subtle little cute things that let you have a glimpse at what people really think. I'm definitely and Ed Sheehan fan and shall be going to see him soon, when he comes to Ireland! Oh Buddy Holly – completely forgot about him. I'm gonna go listen to a few of his songs now. There's something timeless about old music.
    Hope you're keeping well! x

  • Caroline March 18, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Love the song choices!

  • Marian March 22, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Thank you Caroline! ^^

  • Amy Aed April 30, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I was just on Emily's blog and saw your comments about her not blogging for an age and can I just… point out… the 16th January….

    More posts please and thankuuuu

  • Marian May 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Hahahaha pot calling the kettle black I guess! 😝 But I will definitely be back!! – very soon! Just gotta get through college and exams first :/

    (but like seriously, what happened to Emily?*)

    (*Blake lively quote?? XD )


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