10 Songs that changed my life


10 Songs that changed my life

Music inspires, motivates and changes

Music changes. It provides us with energy, focus or even healing like no artificial pill ever could. A couple of years ago, a journalist asked me a question for a radio interview: “What is the most important invention in the history of mankind?” And I didn´t need to think twice. My answer was: “Music”. I could live without a TV, a car or fast food pizza. But living without music? No way! Nothing else has such a huge impact on our emotions. We listen to music to relax, to concentrate or to motivate ourselves. There are songs we listen to, when our heart is broken, and others that make us happy in an instant. After the huge success of my article 10 books that have changed my life (thanks for the great feedback btw), I´d like to share with you the 10 songs that have changed my life. And of course, I can´t wait to hear about your favourite songs. Drop me a comment below. And now…here we go.

1. Paranoid – Black Sabbath

I´ve been growing up with the music of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. When I was 16 years old, I played guitar in a hard rock band, and we had this song on heavy rotation. No other song ever written has influenced me as much, as Paranoid did.

2. The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys / The Killers Cover

One of the greatest songs ever written. The violin triggers so many intense experiences and emotions in me. And the lyrics are an inspiration in itself. The original song was written by The Waterboys, but my favourite version is by Brandon Flowers and the Killers.

3. Never let me down again – Depeche Mode

When I was 13 years old in 1988 (yes, I´m that old), we listened to the 101 Live Album from Depeche Mode every single day. And until today, Never let me down again, remains my top pick. A complex, superb and highly emotional song.

4. Trasher – Neil Young

Neil Young is a fascinating artist. Nobody else is able to transport so many different feelings just with a guitar and a harmonica. Trasher is my all-time-favourite of all his songs.

5. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen

No other live concert had a bigger impact on me, than the boss performing in Berlin´s Olympic Stadium in 2012. Since then, I´m a huge Springsteen fan. Oh oh, come take my hand…

6. Ballad of Bodmin Pill – New Model Army

Another band, that played a huge part during my youth. And especially The Ballad of Bodmin Pill accompanied me through many parties, tough times and unforgettable moments.

7. The Heart of Life – John Mayer

For me, this song is the ultimate Los Angeles Anthem. When I listen to the Mulholland Drive version of Heart of Life, I immediately feel the Cali vibe flowing through my veins.

8. The Kids are on Highstreet – Madrugada

A song like an earthquake. The band has never been very popular. But when singer Sivert Hoyem starts with the first vocals, you can´t help it, but get lost in this awesome piece of music.

9. Skateways – Dire Straits

Oh, how I love the music of Marc Knopfler and the pleng pleng sound of the Dire Straits. The band has written so many wonderful songs, but this one remains my favourite.

10. So long – Tim Minchin

A song from the TV series Californication with David Duchovny starring as Hank Moody. In Season 6, comedian Tim Minchin plays the rockstar Atticus Fetch. And in the final episode he plays a song, that is just plain fantastic.

The Encore: Mr. Brightside – The Killers

Okay, what would a music concert be without the encore? Here is mine. It´s from one of my favourite bands, The Killers from Las Vegas, and it´s called Mr. Brightside. I love the intro, I love the voice from Brandon Flowers and I love the message of the song. And because I like it so much, I´m sharing two different versions with you. The first one is from the famous 2009 concert in London´s Royal Albert Hall. And the second one is a performance from a pub. And when I die someday, I´d wish for exactly the same kind of farewell…

That was it…my list with the 10 songs that changed my life (plus my personal encore). I have to admit that it wasn´t easy to pick only ten songs, because at least one hundred others come to mind very easily. But life and change is all about making choices, isn´t it? And now I´m curious. What are your favourite songs? I´m looking forward to your comment below.

Best wishes