• James Hewlett

Song Challenge


Just over a month ago I started seeing a lot of people post this daily song challenge thing on their instagram stories. This kind of thing normally bores me at best and really irritates me at worst but for some reason I found myself interested in this one so decided to partake. I wrapped up my thirty days yesterday and have decided to post the full playlist here.

I started out doing it how most people would, thinking of the song for each prompt as the day arrived but me being me, by the third or fourth day I found myself looking at the list and planning ahead what song I wanted to use for each track. After a few I realised I could probably go through the whole lot without doubling up on artists and would be able to feature a broad spectrum of music highlighting almost all of my favourite bands even if I couldn’t use particular tracks from them.

I spent the rest of that night putting together this list but as the day came to post them I did make a couple of audibles, sometimes it was because I thought of a better song and sometimes it was because the track I had intended to use wasn’t available as a clip for instagram. In those cases I’ll list what I went with and what I had originally intended to use.

What’s a good playlist without liner notes and b-sides/honourable mentions huh?

It was a fun little project and being able to go a bit more in depth with some of them here is enjoyable for me too. Hopefully it inspires you to check out some of these tunes or maybe make your own list! If you do, let me know I’d love to have a listen.


  • Redbone - Childish Gambino. I put this one up before I knew I was going to stick to my one song per artist rule, but I’m still happy with the choice. Book ending the list with my favourite artists ended up being a happy accident.

  • I’m the one - The Descendants. This was easy, it’s one of my favourite punk rock tracks.

  • Porcelain - Moby. I wanted to use anything from Loonee Toons - Trip To Toon Town album as it’s the ultimate summer album for me but Moby’s Play is also up there.

  • Juneau - Funeral For A Friend. Easy, it was her favourite song.

  • Tell ‘em - Sleigh Bells. This whole album should be listened to loud.

  • Insomnia - Faithless. It’s the ultimate dance track.

  • Millionaire - Queens of the Stone Age. The build up, the scream, the drums. I’m a good and sensible driver but this song makes me want to just tear down the road with it blasting.

  • Paper Planes - MIA. It took me years to realise I love this song, it’s like an ear worm.

  • Let You Know - Jianetti. I think I’ve listened to this song more than anyone in the world. It always reminds me of someone and brings a smile to my face.

  • You Oughta Know (acoustic) - Alanis Morissette. This one was tough as not many songs really make me sad. This one reminds me of sad feelings, but doesn’t in itself make me sad.

  • 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins. It’s just perfect, I could listen on a loop and never get sick of it.

  • Night boat to Cairo - Madness. I think they meant a song that was released then but Madness was just always being played around the house in my preteen years.

  • Me & Julio Down By The School Yard - Paul Simon. I’ve been listening to this a lot lately, it’s just incredibly sing alongable.

  • What I got - Sublime. This is for personal reasons.

  • Baby, I love Your Way - Big Mountain. This is always one of the songs I think of when the discussion comes up with covers that are better than the original. There’s actually another one later on but I wanted to save Jimi.

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana. It’s a classic, it may be played out but it’s still incredible.

  • Regulate - Warren G. I want to sing this at karaoke with Ed and be the whitest g-funk duo in history. Might have to change a couple of lyrics though.

  • Need You Tonight - INXS. I was going to go with Happy Hour by The Housemartins but this is better.

  • Won’t Back Down - Tom Petty. Getting into the back end of this list and I knew I needed this in there. This was an appropriate spot.

  • Modern Fears - College. Another personal one.

  • Jason - The Midnight. One of my favourite songs from a favourite band, this was an easy choice.

  • Change - Blind Melon. Weird, back to back songs that I have lyrics to tattooed on me.

  • Without Your Love - APRE. I wanted to use Can’t Bring Me Down by Awreeoh but it wasn’t on there so I went with another track that needs more attention.

  • Such Great Heights - Postal Service. My favourite one and done band. It’s amazing how new this album sounds nearly twenty years on.

  • All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix. What more needs to be said.

  • Lovers In A Dangerous Time - Bruce Cockburn. I didn’t know the Barenaked Ladies version was a cover until I went to use it here. It led to me having to change a few songs at the end but I stuck with the track because it’s lyrically resonant in these times.

  • Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House. Similar thing to the song that makes you sad, this doesn’t break my heart but it has those sorts of tones and is an all time favourite.

  • Crosses - Jose Gonzales. This dude has such a great and uniquely soothing voice.

  • Mr Wendal - Arrested Development. I still listen to it all the time, the album title inspired this blog.

  • What A Good Boy - Barenaked Ladies. I originally had Mr Jones by Counting Crows marked for this spot but I wasn’t completely convinced about it. When I had to move BNL this was a good spot for them and I got to end on my favourite band.

Hasta luego.


©2017 by James Hewlett.