Songs to be alive to

Part 3 of the songs for life series. I’m sure you have your own lists that light your fire. Music enriches us, makes us feel great, sad, strong, invigorated. This listing is essentially songs for life – amazement, etc as Talking Heads asked – ‘how did I get here?’ Read and sing along. LOUD for most, it is better that way and I’d suggest listening on your own so you can sing along without shame or embarrassment!

Amazement at Life

Like a Virgin, Madonna – the first line – I made it through the wilderness, somehow I made it through. Great clip and certainly the lines resonate more as you age.

Once in a Lifetime, Talking Heads – well how did I get here? Ditto – a song for middle age and beyond, is this my beautiful house – how did we get to be grown up – are we really?


Escaping – sometimes you’ve just got to get away, even if only in your mind for a while. Play these and feel better, especially the Eurogliders – brill OZ band from the 80s.

Heaven, Eurogliders – must be there…

Jailbreak, AC/DC

We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Angels version

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon

One Way Ticket, The Darkness

It Keeps You Running, Doobie Brothers


Australiana – just had to include a few of these, especially from a cold bleak island so far away from my wide brown land – yep, a bit homesick.

Solid Rock, Goanna

Sounds of Then, Gangajang

Just Like Firewood, The Saints

Cheap Wine, Cold Chisel

Don’t Change, INXS

Down In the Lucky Country, Richard Clapton

Down Under, Men at Work

Treaty, Yothu Yindi


Life is Good – any of these will make you feel great, I especially recommend Love is in the Air and Everyone Wants to Rule the World played uber-loud. But the best, my all time favourite song is Echo Beach – loud on repeat anywhere, I defy you to feel amazing!

Love is in the Air, John Paul Young

Weather Without You, Crowded House

Echo Beach, Martha and the Muffins

On the Beach, Chris Rea

Gonna Make You a Star, David Essex

Better Than That, John Butler Trio

Destination Calabria, Alex Gaudino

Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears

Moondance, Van Morrison


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