Music is one of those magical things that affects everyone’s lives. Whether it’s you becoming obsessed with a band, or having a song remind you of an ex, or learning a hymn at church, music is all around us, and I for one, totally love that.

Music was such a huge part of my life growing up. I associate memories with songs, and songs with memories, and now make memories to songs at gigs and festivals. Some of my earliest childhood memories revolve around a certain song or album being played in the background, and there were quite a few sleepovers that involved hours of SingStar and choreographed dances.

There’s nothing like seeing your favourite band live for the first time, or discovering a new band that you fall in love with instantly. Yes, The Creases, I am looking at you! I love putting on my docs and dancing like a fool, and screaming out the words with a big grin plastered on my face.

As mentioned, I used to love a good impromptu dance routine when a good album was in the CD player (something I should really take up again – dancing is SO flipping good for the soul!), and I’ve always had a song for every mood.

Whenever I watch a new movie or show, I instantly like it 50 times more if it has a good soundtrack. I’ve also become quite infatuated with “driving songs”, and over the years have stockpiled a substantial (in both quantity and quality) mix of the perfect songs to blast on a roadtrip.

So, with all of that fresh in your mind, I thought it would be cool to jot down the evolution of my music taste, including specific times linked to certain songs. I actually had a lot of fun putting this together (think 2 hours spent on Youtube trawling through late 90’s/early 2000’s film clips) and can’t help but laugh at how much my taste has changed, but also at how many musicians/bands I still love to this day.

Early Years 1995-2000

Age: Birth – 5

At this age, my music taste was obviously heavily influenced by whatever the hell my parents were playing, or the few movies I remember watching as a young kid. Honestly, I’m pretty amazed that I remember as much as I do, especially considering I hadn’t even started school yet.

Savage Garden


Powerpuff girls soundtrack (1st album)

Matchbox 20

Soundtracks from:

Lilo & Stitch

Spice Girls

10 Things I Hate About You


Middle School 2001-2006

Age: 6 – 11

I don’t think my taste in this era could be any more ‘classic 2000’s’ if I tried. I was a typical pop princess, who also loved her punk rock and soft rock. I remember going through phases of wanting to dress like every single one of these female singers, and it really was the time of strong, female powerhouses with cute outfits and colourful hair.


Princess Diaries soundtrack


Charlie’s Angels soundtrack (ESPECIALLY Blink 182 – All The Small Things)


Avril Lavigne

The Calling

Rob Thomas

Goo Goo Dolls

Hilary Duff

Ashlee Simpson

Taylor Swift

No Doubt

Atomic Kitten

S Club 7


The Veronicas

Highschool 2007 – 2012

Age: 12 – 17

Oh, high school, how you were such an evolutionary time. Aside from changing my hair approximately 35 times, my music taste really grew and distorted during these years. Hell, everything did, but especially the music. I went into year 7 being very much an ’emo kid’ (sans eyeliner – to this day I’m shit at it), and stuck with that genre for a good couple of years before being introduced to the hardcore scene. Enter my love affair with the Amity Affliction. There was also that awkward 6 month period where I liked Skrillex and dubstep, but I feel like that was everyone so let’s just accept that severe lack of judgment and move on.


One Night Only


Miley Cyrus

Smash Mouth

Sum 41

Foster the People

The Killers

Panic! At The Disco

Bowling for Soup

The All American Rejects

Fall Out Boy

Foo Fighters

My Chemical Romance

The Kooks

The Amity Affliction

In Hearts Wake

Bliss N Eso


Tonight Alive

The Wombats


The Getaway Plan

Calvin Harris


Now 2013 – 2018

Age: 18 – 23

This current era – or annually known as “the year of live music” because I am determined to go to as many gigs as possible – has been one of rediscovery and exploration, sometimes simultaneously. For example, when I recently went to see In Hearts Wake, who I’ve been a fan of for a good 6 years, I caught a couple of their support acts and was completely blown away by their Brisbane opener, Young Lions (seriously – they rock! Do yourself a favour and check them out on Spotify). It was one of those great nights where I heard some of my old favourites, and made a couple of new ones too.

Flight Facilities

Client Liason

The Creases

The Smith Street Band



Trophy Eyes

Gang of Youths


*Note – my actual lists are WAAAAAYYYY longer. I could spend hours searching through my archives to dig up all of my dirty laundry in the musical department. I used to be a strong believer of the whole ‘guilty pleasures’ thing, but now I don’t give a shit. If I like a band, I like them, no matter how many people mock me or outright laugh at my choices. I can’t even begin to describe how many times music has saved my sanity, and my life, and I will be forever grateful for having working eyes and ears that allow me to experience all of the magic and talent we have in this world.

Sappy Viv out. xo


Header image by Travis Yewell on Unsplash

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April 25, 2018

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