By Luis Sanchez- Reporter
What makes a good festival song? I believe it to be what best makes a large group of people united in feeling the same energy. To make thousands of strangers unite with no worries of where or who they are. To create this abandon and captivate an audience takes a set of very special songs. Here are my top ten from this summer’s festivals in the UK.
10. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and The Machine
Florence and the Machine, headlining the first day of Glastonbury in place of Foo Fighters, had heavy shoes to fill. But luckily they had a sing a long anthem to round off set. This song, perfectly delivered by Florence Welch, is a brilliant uplifting way to set the tone for the greatest music festival in the world.
9. T Shirt Weather – Circa Waves
This song has an uplifting and nostalgic tone, that I’m sure will take anyone to a specific time and place every time it’s listened to. A great short three minute song that provides a perfect soundtrack to any summer day.
8. Baby Blue – Action Bronson
This tune has an old school piano based beat and lyrics filled with great punchlines about failed relationships. The sing along chorus makes this song sound like what Frank Sinatra would play if he was a hip hop artist.
7. Enter Sandman – Metallica
Set to headline Leeds Festival in August, expect the mosh pits and pyrotechnics to break out when this classic comes on. James Hetfield powering vocals, illustrated by the guitar riffs of Kirk Hammett, combined with the rhythm section of bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich will easily reach everyone in the audience. From people touching the guard rail to people right at the back of the field.
6. Close Your eyes (And Count to F***) – Run The Jewels
If you’re not a fan of explicit and political lyrics then this song may not be for you. But if you are, then prepare to lose your mind to this song. A repetitive beat that constantly recites the groups name in a mantra like fashion throughout, accompanied by the incredible duel of flow and lyricism by the two veteran MCs Killer Mike and El-P provides no rest for the audience throughout this pounding tune.
5.Elusive – Lianne La Havas
This Scott Matthews cover is a perfect mellow tune that perfectly sets the tone for any summer afternoon. The sound of Lianne La Havas electric guitar and the beautiful harmony with her backing singers sets this apart from other generic acoustic songs that could drain a crowd who’ve already had to remain standing for hours.
4. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
This rock anthem still gets the same crowd reaction as it did when it was first played live, as the audience at the Isle of Wight festival sang every word of the song with the iconic band. This classic song proves why these veterans are still so loved and their music so revered.
3. King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar
It’s Kendrick’s world, we just live in it. Kendrick Lamar gets better and better with every mixtape and every album he releases. He appeared on stage with Chance the Rapper for an impromptu freestyle with Earth Wind and Fire at Bonnaroo festival and stole the show at New Look Wireless this year. And he’s now set to do the same at Leeds Festival. The third single of his new album is a highlight of his set with a great catchy funky beat, great quotable lyrics and tributes to legends such as Michael Jackson and James Brown. This song is sure to create an electric atmosphere.
2. The Universal – Blur
When the day is winding down the tune that you want to go out on is this sing a long anthem that can be sung by anyone, even if they don’t know the words. This definitely creates this unique feeling of unity only a festival can provide. This song is designed to be sung at the top of your lungs and to drain away the last bit of vocal functionality you had for days to come.
1. Baba O‘Riley – The Who
Having played at some of the greatest festivals of all time, such as The Monterey pop festival, Woodstock and Isle of Wight The Who are no strangers to captivating thousands of people. Celebrating half a decade of being one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, The Who headlined Glastonbury this year and proved why they are still so treasured. This iconic song combined with the great visuals on the LED screen behind them, I believe gave everyone their money’s worth. Right from the suspense filled clapped intro to the song, to the driving harmonica of Pete Townshend, no one can remain unmoved when this song is played, especially live.
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