Timmy Mallett’s honest playlist includes the unconventional choice of “Sweet Caroline” as a football anthem.

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The first song I remember hearing

On Sundays, my brother Paul and I would tune in to Pick of the Pops hosted by Alan Freeman. Even when I was away at boarding school, Paul would send me the weekly charts, along with his own ranking of the songs. The first time I heard The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” I was blown away by the raw vocals that left a lasting impact.

The initial song I purchased.
The Last Time by the Rolling Stones. Growing up, you were either a Stones or a Beatles fan. The playground was divided. I loved A Hard Day’s Night, the musical film of the Beatles, when it came out in 64 too.

My preferred song for karaoke

I serenade my newborn grandson, Jack, with the song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Andy Williams. Every time I reach the line “I love you baby!”, he gazes at me with big, enchanting eyes. It’s truly heartwarming.


“The ideal choice of music for a party is…”

The Village People’s “YMCA” features comical dance routines that never fail to entertain. It’s not unusual for songs to mention finding a place to live, but at a party, “YMCA” outshines “Hotel California.”


The album that I listen to the most on streaming platforms is.

The album Band on the Run by Paul McCartney and Wings was released 50 years ago and remains just as vibrant today. Despite facing challenges such as losing two members and having tapes stolen during a robbery, McCartney persevered. Two popular tracks from the album are “Bluebird” and “Jet.”

, is “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

I have a guilty pleasure song that I pretend to dislike, but it’s actually “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” is a peculiar selection as a football anthem. The verse appears to go on endlessly, but when the chorus finally arrives, we all enthusiastically join in with wide grins. It’s a song that never fails to make us feel good.

The song I can no longer listen to

Bryan Adams’ song “Everything I Do” held the top spot for an extended period of time. I recall feeling that it was time for someone else to take the lead. Recently, while visiting the Hadrian’s Wall site where the Sycamore Gap tree was vandalized, I heard the song once more. However, now it carries a melancholy association.

The song I wish I had written

The song “Nowhere Man” by the Beatles is included in the film Yellow Submarine and is a beautifully inspiring and mysterious tune about going with the flow. Often, we spend a great deal of effort trying to control the direction of our lives. This song reminds us of the value of taking our time and not rushing.

The melody that transformed my existence.

The song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who suggested the idea as a bet. The process of recording the song with Nigel Wright took only two days after the initial meeting. Seeing the song’s success on the charts brought back memories of how the narrator and their brother used to follow the charts on the radio every week. To top it off, the song reached number one on the charts on the narrator’s wedding day in September 1990. They consider themselves lucky for this coincidence.

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The music that motivates me to start my day.
The song “Young at Heart” by the Bluebells never fails to energize me and get me out of bed with a spring in my step. To have a youthful attitude means being able to find humor in life’s quirks and appreciate the beauty in even the simplest things, like a sunrise.

The music I desire to be played during my funeral.

During my brother Martin’s funeral, we listened to “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by the Hollies. Martin’s life was a source of inspiration for me, with the way he faced his learning challenges and showed love to all of us despite his Down’s syndrome. I believe that the extra chromosome of Down’s syndrome represents love, and there can never be too much love in this world.


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Source: theguardian.com

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