I have always been a massive music consumer, as I have grown up in an extremely music-oriented family. My parents met through saxophone playing and jazz, my brother works at a record store, and we all play various musical instruments. I found choosing 3 songs to sum up my whole life so far really difficult, and I honestly don't think it's possible to just choose 3. I have never had a favourite song at any time in my life, as there are too many genres of music that are appropriate for different situations. For example, I wouldn't play a pop song on my trombone, but I would play a jazz song, and I wouldn't listen to jazz at a party with my friends, but I would listen to a playlist of fun pop songs. I believe that music is one of the biggest parts of life, as it can set a mood, be used as background music, help people through hard times, make memories, and bring an intense feeling of nostalgia.
I chose this song because I remember listening to it on an MP3 Happy Meal toy at McDonald's, and I remember everyone telling me it was really good music. I was about 4 at the time so I didn't really know anything about music or have my own ideas about the type of music I liked, so I pretty much just took everybody else's word on what made a song good. I personally enjoyed this song because it told a story about some lads and a time machine, which I found really cool because I could just imagine the whole scenario while listening to the small sample of the song I had on my Happy Meal toy. This song definitely fills me with nostalgia every time I listen to it, and even though I know now that it rally is a trashy song, I still love how it brings me back to that moment when I first really listened to music while eating 6 chicken nuggets.
Year 3000 - Busted
The target audience fro Busted at the time was definitely not 4-year-olds at McDonald's, although this did help them promote their song amazingly well to a new and easily-influenced audience. The target audience was teenage girls, and they appealed to them by having the "lads" image. They had really cool hair (at the time) and were dressed up cool so the fan girls would fall in love with them. This song appeals to that audience because it really portrays their laddish personalities andshows them off as a typical boy band.
This choice was particularly difficult for me, as this was the stage of my life I started listening to music for myself and not just listening to what my friends and brother said about music. That being said, most of my music has stemmed from my brother's old selections anyway. When I was around 9/10 I really got into Avril Lavigne, as my brother had listened to her music briefly, and once he was done with it he gave me the old CD - the album Let It Go. I listened to it and she was immediately my idol. She was so angsty and so cool I just wanted to be like her (I even went to a fancy dress party dressed as her). This was easily my favourite of her songs, as it told a story, similar to the Busted song. I also really liked the music video because it was about these cool teenagers that I aspired to be like but Avril was having a hard time. It really showed me her emotional side and I admired her for that. Eventually I got an iPod nano for Christmas in 2009 and I could finally buy all of her albums n iTunes! To this day, there is not a single Avril Lavigne song I don't know all the words to!
Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne appeals to her target audience of teenage girls by representing herself as a very rebellious girl, which is a person they admire and aspire to be. Additionally, the audeince is gratified by the use of very personal emotional lyrics in this song about her and her boyfriend having hard times.
This was the most difficult choice for me because these days I listen to so many different genres of music. When I got my first smart phone in 2015, I realised that the music world had moved on from just borrowing CDs from the library, and I had to catch up! Finally straying from other people's guidance, and using the help of the internet, I was able to find new music that I finally enjoyed listening to for the sake of listening to music. I listen to so many genres now: jazz, hip-hop/rap, rock, alt-rock, indie-rock, etc. I was tempted to choose a hip-hop song as my present day song choice because I really love how it incorporates jazz, which I am a huge fan of. However, I chose this song by Savages because I found out about them when I was around 14, and I have liked them since. They are a good go-to music choice in any situation, and I especially enjoy listening to them on the bus. I also really like that they are an all-girl band, because I have always found the music industry so male-dominated, other than in pop girl groups, which I find quite tedious. Savages are not girl band stereotypes and they don't try to be for promotional purposes, which I really like about them. This is why I am often dissatisfied with jazz, as there are so few famous female musicians that I could name them in a short list.
Husbands - Savages
This band is appealing to the audience of alt-rock listeners by using heavy guitar lines, rough singing and prominent bass riffs and drums. They also appeal to girls by being a non-stereotypical girl band in their image that girls aspire to be like or admire. Also, their music video contains lots of imagery of bugs and creepy-crawlies that fit the style of music, so the alt-rock audience are immediately gratified with this conventional music video feature for the genre.