Your 5 favourite songs of all time. Go.

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The music on my playlists is about as scattered as my personality. There’s everything from Paul Kelly to Paulini. It’s Coldplay one song, Mariah the next. A touch of Led Zeppelin mixed with a dash of Michael Jackson. I’m a sucker for anything Angus Stone, and Madonna will have me yelling “turn it up” every time.

There are 10,876 song on my iPod. So choosing a top five was never going to be easy. Scrolling through the list of artists and songs was a bit like taking a trip down memory lane and at times it felt like deciding which child I loved the most.

There was the songs that took me back to the days when Hanson and The Spice Girls ruled the radio; the Elton John and Joni Mitchell tunes that would play from the tapes Dad would insist on playing on family road trips; then the tunes like Paul Simon’s Bodyguard and Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies that are guaranteed to have my friends up and dancing every time they’re played.

In the end, here’s what I came up with:

1. The Shins – New Slang: I can’t help but smile when I hear this song. The melody’s just… so… pretty.

2. Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do: This is the reason I’m never allowed to play DJ on a road trip. It’s my go-to song and I’ll happily set it to repeat if nobody stops me. I love the story behind it. She says:”We were jamming in the studio, and I picked up this poem (titled Fun) in a book – the first line was ‘All I wanna do is have some fun

3.The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun: In my early twenties, I spent some time driving around WA with a few girlfriends. As cheesy as it was, this was our theme song.

4. Madonna – Like a Prayer: I defy you not to dance the next time you hear this song.

5. Coldplay – Yellow: But could it could be Chris Martin anything really. Anything that man says, sings or writes is guaranteed to be golden.

Also a special mention to Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men (PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME!), John Mayer, Missy Higgins and Powderfinger.  You all came close.

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