As even the most cursory of glances through posts would tell you; I love music. It has played a tremendously important role in my life for at least half of my twenty-seven-and-a-half years on this earth.

A favourite past-time of mine will always be to sit around listening to songs with friends, looking back on all the shows we’ve been to, or what we were doing at a particular point in time that made a particular song so significant and memorable.

I also enjoy sharing music and specific songs with absolutely anyone. When I talk about music, whether I’m philosophising or flicking through a playlist, album or entire iPod, I can become rather animated – and I take full pride in this(!) The Whatever Words Spotify was created a little while ago not simply as a way to connect with people through music but, more specifically, as an avenue through which to introduce SKA music to fellow blogger, Laura Cloughley (Elle JC).

This being the case, the first two playlists are bursting with bouncy, happy ska tunes. They’re listed below in full, with the title of each being a hyperlink to that entire playlist on Spotify, whilst each song-title  contains a link to each individual track. The third, meanwhile – a new one for the lovely Laura – is an utterly-unseasonal addition to the library: the Gipsy Kings! After Gipsy Kings comes a Bob Dylan playlist, spanning his output from his self-titled 1962 debut to 1975’s Blood on the Tracks. There is also, as of 31st October, a Halloween playlist. Following this is a playlist of my top 20 video game tunes (in fact; my top 3 and 17 unranked others). Finally, to forever foot this page, is an ever-expanding compilation of songs with #InspirationalLyrics (read more about these here).

Go have a listen!

And be on the lookout for more playlists (of all musical varieties) in the future – including a

#SuperSeasonalSuperSpecialChristmasPlaylist !!!


1. One Step Beyond – Madness (One Step Beyond)
2. Funky Fire – The Aggrolites (The Aggrolites)
3. Take On Me – Reel Big Fish (A Best of Us… For the Rest of Us)
4. Watch This – The Slackers (Redlight)
5. Lay You Down – The Skints (Part & Parcel)
6. Real Situation – Sublime (Everything Under the Sun)
7. Dance Wid’ Me – Hepcat (Out of Nowhere)
8. A Message To You Rudy – The Specials (Stereotypical: A’s, B’s & Rarities)
9. Good Enough – Westbound Train (Transitions)
10. I Still Love You More – Pama International (Pama Outernational)
11. Teresa – Cartoon Violence (Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad?)
12. Dandelions – Five Iron Frenzy (Quantity Is Job 1)
13. The Fool – David Hillyard & the Rocksteady Seven (Playtime)
14. Kristina She Don’t Know I Exist – Catch 22 (Keasbey Nights)
15. Everything’ll Be Alright – Chris Murray (Yard Sale)
16. Tell Me Why – Big D and the Kids Table (Stroll)
17. Nervous in the Alley – Less Than Jake (Hello Rockview)
18. My Town – Buck-O-Nine (Twenty-Eight Teeth)
19. Latin Goes Ska – The Skatalites (Give ‘Em the Boot)

Ska!!! Two

1. The Old West – Five Iron Frenzy (Upbeats & Beatdowns)
2. Old Dog – The Slackers (Close My Eyes)
3. Wrong Way – Sublime (Sublime)
4. What You Need – Westbound Train (Come and Get It)
5. Keasbey Nights – Catch 22 (Keasbey Nights)
6. Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts – Less Than Jake (Losing Streak)
7. I Need Water – Chris Murray Combo (Why So Rude)
8. Skavez – Hepcat (Out of Nowhere)
9. Ska-Ra-Van – The Skatalites (Occupation Ska! The Very Best Of)
10. Sell Out – Reel Big Fish (Turn the Radio Off)
11. Superman – Goldfinger (Hang-Ups)
12. Backslide – Rancid (Life Won’t Wait)
13. Chin Up, Boy! – Big D and the Kids Table (Fluent in Stroll)
14. Out My Mind – The Skints (Out My Mind)

Gipsy Kings

1. Hotel California – The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings
2. MooreaGipsy Kings
3. Caminando por la Calle Mosaïque
4. Baila Me – Este Munde
5. Vamos A Bailar The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings
6. Camino Mosaïque
7. Bamoléo Gipsy Kings
8. Oh Eh Oh Eh The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings
9. Soy Mosaïque
10. Pasajero Pasajero
11. Mosaïque – Mosaïque
12. La Quiero Love & Liberté

Bob Dylan, 1962-1975

1. Tangled Up in Blue – Blood on the Tracks
2. I Want YouBlonde On Blonde
3. Girl From the North CountryThe Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
4. All Along the WatchtowerJohn Wesley Harding
5. New MorningNew Morning
6. Buckets of RainBlood on the Tracks
7. To RamonaAnother Side of Bob Dylan
8. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Blood on the Tracks
9. Mr. Tambourine ManBringing It All Back Home
10. Winterlude – New Morning
11. Oxford Town – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
12. The Times They Are A-Changin’The Times They Are A-Changin’
13. With God on Our SideThe Times They Are A-Changin’
14. Like a Rolling StoneHighway 61 Revisited
15. I Dreamed I Saw St. AugustineJohn Wesley Harding
16. If Not For YouNew Morning
17. One More WeekendNew Morning
18. Masters of WarThe Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
19. Tombstone BluesHighway 61 Revisited
20. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You GoBlood on the Tracks
21. Blowin’ in the WindThe Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
22. Shelter From the StormBlood on the Tracks

10 Top Rancid Songs

These are in no particular order of preference; rather an order in which I believe they flow well. Read why I rate these songs in particular here.

1. Fall Back Down – Indestructible
2. The Ballad of Jimmy & Johnny – Let’s Go!
3. Collision Course – …Honor Is All We Know
4. Detroit – Rancid [1993]
5. New Orleans – Let the Dominoes Fall
6. Young Al CaponeRancid [2000]
7. Lock, Step and Gone – …And Out Come the Wolves
8. Clockwork Orange* – B Sides and C Sides
9. Something in the World TodayLife Won’t Wait
10. Coppers – Life Won’t Wait


1. Theme from Halloween – John Carpenter (Halloween)
2. Johnny Remember Me – The Meteors (Wreckin’ Crew)
3. Gargoyles Over Copenhagen – Nekromantix (Return of the Loving Dead)
4. Among the Dead – Tim Armstrong (A Poet’s Life)
5. Trick or Treat – Nekromantix (Return of the Loving Dead)
6. Jaws Theme Swimming – Brand New (Deja Entadu)
7. What’s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? – Taking Back Sunday (Louder Now)
8. Strange Transformations – Sonic Boom Six (City of Theives)
9. Theme from American Horror Story
10. All That’s Left – Thrice (The Artist in the Amulance)
11. Dead Bodies* – Rancid (Rancid [2000])
12. Escape Artists Never Die – Funeral For a Friend (Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation)
13. Í Gær – Sigur Rós (Hvarf Heim)
14. Who Killed the Cheerleader – Nekromantix (Give ‘Em the Boot)
15. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield (The Exorcist)
16. Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow) – Cohered & Cambria (In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3)
17. Totalimmortal – AFI (All Hallows)
18. Thriller – Michael Jackson (Thriller)
19. Theme from Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters)
20. Devils Dance* – Rancid (B Sides and C Sides)
21. Haunted Cathouse – Nekromantix (Return of the Loving Dead)
22. Theme from Resident Evil (Resident Evil)
23. Salem Girls (Instrumental) – Big D and the Kids Table (Salem Girls)

My Top 3 Video Game Tunes… And 17 Others

1. Kokiri Forest – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Hill Top Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
3. Hyrule Field – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
4. Cool, Cool Mountain – Super Mario 64
5. Casino Night Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
6. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
7. Green Greens – Kirby’s Dream Land
8. Jolly Roger Bay – Super Mario 64
9. City Street – Streets of Rage
10. Click Clock Wood – Banjo-Kazooie
11. Delfino Plaza – Super Mario Sunshine
12. James Pond II: Robocod
13. Starlight Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog
14. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
15. Streets – Timesplitters 2
16. Chatterbox FM – Grand Theft Auto III
17. SSX
18. Sonic Boom – Sonic CD
19. Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding
20. Pokémon Red and Blue


1. Soundcheck – Less Than Jake (Losers, Kings, and Things We Don’t Understand)
2. Faction – Less Than Jake (Borders & Boundaries)
3. Cousin Cleotis – Capdown (Civil Disobedients)
4. A.S.A.O.K. – Less Than Jake (B is for B-Sides)
5. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan (The Times They Are A-Changin’)
6. Plastic Cup Politics – Less Than Jake (Anthem)
7. I Feel Home – O.A.R. (Soul’s Aflame)
8. Fall Back Down – Rancid (Indestructible)
9. Can’t Yell Any Louder – Less Than Jake (Greetings From Less Than Jake)
10. Keeping Up Appearances – Capdown (Wind-Up Toys)
11. The Modern World – The Jam (This Is the Modern World)
12. Dandelions – Five Iron Frenzy (Quantity is Job 1)
13. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan (Bringing It All Back Home)
14. Nitro – The Offspring (Smash)
15. You’ve Done Nothing – Face To Face (Don’t Turn Away)
16. Father and Daughter – Paul Simon (Surprise)
17. The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out – Less Than Jake (Anthem)
18. Give Me Something To Believe In – Less Than Jake (See the Light)
19. Bless the Cracks – Less Than Jake (See the Light)
20. Spaceman 3104 – The Slackers (The Slackers)
21. The Loudest Songs – Less Than Jake (See the Light)
22. Culture Vulture – The Skints (Live, Breathe, Build, Believe)
23. Fall Back Down – Rancid (Indestructible)
24. Showbiz? Science? Who Cares? – Less Than Jake (B is for B-Sides)
25. Showbiz? Science? Who Cares? – Less Than Jake (B is for B-Sides)
26. The New Auld Lang Syne – Less Than Jake (Seasons Greetings from Less Than Jake)
27. No Cigar – Millencolin (Pennybridge Pioneers)
28. Redemption Song – Bob Marley & the Wailers (Legend)
29. Change the Channel – The Skints (Live, Breathe, Build, Believe)
30. The Ballad – Millencolin (Pennybridge Pioneers)
31. Everything’ll be Alright* – Chris Murray (Yard Sale)
32. Last Rites to Sleepless Nights – Less Than Jake (B is for B-Sides)
33. All That is Good – Five Iron Frenzy (Quantity is Job 1)

NB: * = YouTube / not available on Spotify