Hooked On The Music

What I’ve Been Listening To 🎧 | November 2020

I know I haven’t posted on here for a while, but I’m so busy at work lately! It’s good to get back writing though, and today I’ll show you what songs have been pumping through my headphones throughout November.

This image displays album covers of the artists I am featuring in the post, in this order: Britney Spears' Glory album, Duran Duran's Duran Duran album, No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom album and Miley Cyrus' Plastic Hearts album

I’ve got some new Britney Spears (as ever, new to me) featuring Tinashe, a bit of Duran Duran and a few tracks from Miley Cyrus’ new album. View the tracklist and Spotify playlist below, and subscribe to my page on Spotify to see the next month’s playlist before anyone else 🙌🏻

1. Girls on Film – 2010 Remaster – Duran Duran
2. Slumber Party – Britney Spears, Tinashe
3. Night Crawing (feat. Billy Idol) – Miley Cyrus, Billy Idol
4. Don’t Speak – No Doubt
5. Prisoner – Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa
6. Song for Another Time – Old Dominion
7. WTF Do I Know – Miley Cyrus
8. Stupid Things – Keane
9. Air Guitar – McBusted
10. Amen – Tom Grennan
11. Broken Glass – Sia
12. Footprints – Sia
13. Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
14. Torn – Ava Max
15. Judgin’ to Jesus – Raelynn
16. museum – renforshort
17. Break My Heart – Dua Lipa

Do you have any tunes that you wish to recommend? Let me know in the comments, or send me a Tweet.

Happy Listening!

A K Jones

What I’ve Been Listening To 🎧 | September 2020

The weather is now starting to turn, which means one thing: it’s now autumn. This means more comfy clothes, blankets and cosy nights in. Whilst you’re chilling in some loungewear, why not listen to my playlist for September?

Last month I listened to new Ava Max, one of my favourite James Blunt songs as an acoustic version, and some classics from Queen. See the tracklist and Spotify playlist below to check out what I’ve been jamming to on repeat over the last few weeks.

1. Who’s Laughing Now – Ava Max
2. Champions – Acoustic – James Blunt
3. Kings & Queens – Ava Max
4. the way i used to – Kelsea Ballerini
5. Freaking Me Out – Ava Max
6. Ride It – Regard
7. Midnight Sky – Miley Cyrus
8. play w/ me – Bailey Bryan
9. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen
10. august – Taylor Swift
11. Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
12. Anti-Everything – Lost Kings, Loren Gray
13. Evergreen – Will Young
14. Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistakes) – Gareth Gates
15. Whataya Want from Me – Adam Lambert
16. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy, Rik Rok
17. It Ain’t Me – Kygo, Selena Gomez
18. It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) – The 1975
19. Bohemian Rhapsody – 2011 Mix – Queen
18. Another One Bites The Dust – Remastered 2011 – Queen

Are there any songs you have been listening to that I should know about? Let me know in the comments or Tweet me.

Keep listening!

A K Jones

What I’ve Been Listening To 🎧 | June 2020

Hi everyone, long time no speak. The last time I wrote one of these was in April, and I’ve been listening to lots of new music since then. Apologies I missed May’s post by the way, I had a lot going on.

June’s playlist includes new music from Halsey, my favourites The 1975 and even a throwback tune or two. Ellie Goulding’s 2019 collaboration with Juice WRLD has been blasting through my headphones as well as new band to my ears PRETTYMUCH. Without further faffing about, lets get to the playlist!

1. Be Kind – Marshmello, Halsey
2. Keeping Your Head Up – Birdy
3. Kings & Queens – Ava Max
4. If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – The 1975
5. Hate Me – Ellie Goulding, Juice WRLD
6. Take Me Back To London – Ed Sheeran, Stormzy
7. Dumb Love – Sean Kingston
8. Lying – PRETTYMUCH, Lil Tjay
9. Beautiful Soul – Jesse McCartney
10. Til It Happens To You – Lady Gaga
11. Undrunk – FLETCHER
12. Ah Yeah So What – WAYF Edit – Will Sparks, Wiley, Elen Levon
13. Give Me Novocaine / She’s A Rebel – Green Day
14. It Ain’t Me – Kygo, Selena Gomez
15. What Should I Say – The 1975
16. Pick Up Your Phone – JC Stewart
17. What Would You Do – Bastille
18. Selfish – Madison Beer
19. Tears of Gold – Faouzia
20. One Big Country Song – LOCASH
21. Do It Again – Pia Mia, Chris Brown, Tyga
22. the way i used to – Kelsea Ballerini
23. It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) – The 1975
24. Dress – Taylor Swift
25. Keep Up – RaeLynn
26. This Feeling – The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini
27. Club – Kelsea Ballerini
28. Ticket to L.A. – Brett Young
29. Babe – Sugarland, Taylor Swift
30. Sixteen – Ellie Goulding
31. Bad Blood – Taylor Swift
32. I’m A Ruin – MARINA
33. Champagne Night – Lady A

Is there anything you’ve been listening to throughout June that you want to share? Tweet me or leave a comment below.

Happy Listening!

A K Jones

What I’ve Been Listening To 🎧 | April 2020

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been posting these on time recently, but I’ve been very busy with my supermarket job and haven’t had time to post.

Anyway, let’s crack on with April’s playlist. I listened to a few classics from Shaggy and Crowded House, as well as favourites like Kelsea Ballerini and even a new single from The 1975 (I found out they have a new album coming out and pre-ordered straight away!).

To see what else I jammed to, check out the playlist below. I’ve also embedded the Spotify playlist below if you want to check out any of the songs for yourself.

1. It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) – The 1975
2. Better Luck Next Time – Kelsea Ballerini
3. Losing My Religion (Cover) – Passenger
4. Weather With You – Crowded House
5. Good Times – Roll Deep, Jodie Connor
6. the way i used to – Kelsea Ballerini
7. People You Know – Selena Gomez
8. half of my hometown – Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney
9. Guilty – Paloma Faith
10. Trying Not To Love You – Nickelback
11. Do It Again – Pia Mia, Chris Brown, Tyga
12. Work – Rihanna, Drake
13. High Right Now – Tyla Yaweh
14. Señorita – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
15. Find U Again – Mark Ronson, Camila Cabello
16. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy, Rik Rok
17. If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – The 1975
18. Dress – Taylor Swift
19. Keep Up – RaeLynn

Do you have any recent playlist additions that you would recommend? Tweet me or leave a comment ☺️

Happy Listening!

A K Jones

The 1975 album cover courtesy of Dirty Hit Records/Polydor Records, Songland/Kelsea Ballerini album cover courtesy of BMG Records, Passenger album cover courtesy of Netwerk/Black Crow Records, Crowded House album cover courtesy of Capitol Records/ATO Records.

What I’ve Been Listening To 🎧 | February 2020

I mentioned in January’s post that the month moved at a snail’s pace. February was the complete opposite – it definitely feels like this month whizzed by!

A new month meant new music for me. One of my favourite artists and a playlist regular Raelynn released a new single ‘Keep Up’. I’m surprised I’ve been listening to anything else throughout February, it’s such a country jam, I definitely recommend.

I don’t normally listen to whatever genre you’d place Wiz Khalifa into, but his feature on a song ‘High Right Now’ is a new addition. There’s also all the usual suspects: Green Day, Taylor Swift and The 1975. Kelsea Ballerini is also popping up more frequently these days, I’m excited for her new EP to come out so I’m acquainting myself with her latest single releases.

Enough of me wittering on, here’s the tracklist and playlist below for you all to peruse. Take a listen, you may find a new favourite song!

1. Getaway Car – Taylor Swift
2. Keep Up – Raelynn
3. homecoming queen? – Kelsea Ballerini
4. Messy – Fifth Harmony
5. Mayday – Cam
6. High Right Now – Tyla Yaweh, Wiz Khalifa
7. Weather With You – Crowded House
8. Slow Dance In A Parking Lot – Jordan Davis
9. Señorita – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
10. Jesus of Suburbia – Green Day
11. Somebody Else – The 1975
12. Whistle (While You Work It) – Katy Tiz
13. Good Times – Roll Deep, Jodie Connor
14. Dress – Taylor Swift
15. club – Kelsea Ballerini
16. No Pride – Green Day

Is there anything you’re listening to currently that you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments or tweet me. Do follow me on Spotify to be updated on March’s playlist before anyone else ☺️

Happy Listening! 🎧

A K Jones

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Taylor swift album cover courtesy of Republic Records, RaeLynn single cover courtesy of Round Here Records, Kelsea Ballerini single cover courtesy of Black River Records, Fifth Harmony album cover courtesy of Syco Music

What I’ve Been Listening To 🎧 | January 2020

I know it seems January has lasted for 500 days and everyone’s miserable, but it’s finally over! 🙌🏻 So with the month being at its end, I’m going to share what I’ve been jamming to throughout the first month of 2020.

January’s playlist includes lots of Green Day (I’ve been getting back into them lately), a new song by one of my country faves Kelsea Ballerini, some 80s hits and some new Selena Gomez, plus plenty more.

Take a look at the tracklist below and listen via the embedded Spotify playlist, you never know – you might find a new favourite song 😁

1. People You Know – Selena Gomez
2. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
3. Señorita – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
4. Ritual – Tiësto, Jonas Blue, Rita Ora
5. Have It All – Jason Mraz
6. The Other Side of The Door – Taylor Swift
7. Mother’s Daughter – Miley Cyrus
8. Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez
9. Carpe Diem – Green Day
10. Liar – Camila Cabello
11. Hitchin’ a Ride, Live at the Milton Keynes National Bowl – Green Day
12. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
13. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
14. club – Kelsea Ballerini
15. Minority, Live at the Milton Keynes National Bowl – Green Day
16. Bra Off – RaeLynn
17. London Boy – Taylor Swift
18. This Feeling – Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers
19. Weather With You – Crowded House
20. Troublemaker – Green Day
21. Mayday – Cam
22. la – Kelsea Ballerini

Is there anything you’ve been listening to lately that you wish to share? If so, let me know what it is the comments or Tweet me.

Happy Listening!

A K Jones

Merry Christmas! 🎄

Hi there, lovely people!

I’m writing this post to say that I hope you have a very merry Christmas this year and spend it with all the people you love ☺️

Let me know what you get up on Twitter, and what your plans for this year’s festive season are.

Have a great New Year too!

A K Jones

What’s on my Christmas playlist? 🎄🎧

Christmas is only a few days away now, meaning Christmas songs are being blasted everywhere. I mean everywhere. But I’m going to share what’s on my Christmas playlist this year, that I’m playing at every opportunity to get into the spirit!


If you saw last year’s post, then it pretty much the same – but with some new additions, so sorry if you’ve seen all these songs on my blog before.

1. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl
2. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
3. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
4. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
5. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
6. Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
7. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon, The Harlem Community Choir
8. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
9. Silent Night – Nat King Cole
10. Santa’s A Scotsman – Scottish Quest All Stars
11. Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
12. The First Noel – Lady Antebellum
13. Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord – Boney M.
14. Last Christmas – Wham!
15. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
16. Christmas My A*se – Ricky Tomlinson
17. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
18. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
19. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
20. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
21. Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia
21. One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
22. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
23. I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas – Kacey Musgraves
24. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year – Andy Williams
25. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
26. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
27. Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
28. Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer

Let me know what’s on you’ve been listening to by commenting below, or Tweet me.

A K Jones

What I’ve Been Listening To 🎧 | November 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these monthly music round-up posts, but as you can probably imagine, not a lot has changed. I’ve listened to a couple of new songs, but all by the same people as usual.

So what has been blasting through my headphones and in my car throughout November? There’s some new Kelsea Ballerini (well, new to me), Camila Cabello makes an appearance with her duet featuring Shawn Mendes and the usual suspects such as The 1975, Taylor Swift and Raelynn.

Take a look at the tracklist and Spotify playlist embedded below, you might find a new favourite song!


1. South of The Border – Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Cardi B
2. Any Dream Will Do – Jason Donovan
3. Liar – Camila Cabello
4. Song For Another Time – Old Dominion
5. Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez
6. Rowdy – RaeLynn
7. Mother’s Daughter – Miley Cyrus
8. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Taylor Swift
9. High School – Kelsea Ballerini
10. My Where I Come From – Kane Brown
11. club – Kelsea Ballerini
12. Somebody Else – The 1975
13. The Man – Taylor Swift
14. This Feeling – The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini
15. Lost In The Middle – Catherine McGrath
16. homecoming queen? – Kelsea Ballerini
17. Thought It Was Gonna Be Me – Catherine McGrath
18. Today Was A Fairytale – Taylor Swift
19. Shine – Gabrielle
20. SuperStar – Taylor Swift
21. Señorita – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
22. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
23. Heartache on The Big Screen – 5 Seconds of Summer
24. London Boy – Taylor Swift

What’s a song you haven’t had off repeat throughout November? Be sure to let me know in the comments or Tweet me.

A K Jones

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‘Any Dream Will Do’ artwork courtesy of Polydor and The Really Useful Group, Old Dominion artwork courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, Ed Sheeran artwork courtesy of Warner Music and An Asylum Records, Camila Cabello artwork courtesy of Simco Records.

Paperless Post | #Gifted

Let’s be real here – Christmas cards are a hassle to send every year. Having a pile of cards and envelopes higher than the Eiffel Tower, getting pen smudges everywhere and ending up with a severed tongue from sealing all the envelopes.

Enter Paperless Post. It lets you send cards, invitations and a lot more over email so you can connect with your loved ones and invite them to a Christmas party or other gathering without spending money on 500 stamps and only using 20. The video below shows the plethora of options available for customisation.

There’s loads of options to choose from, including company event invitations and cards.

To design a premium card (there are a few free options) you have to buy coins, which can be bought in packs – they’re really affordable and cost less than a pack of stamps, which is great value. (For full disclosure: I was very kindly gifted some coins from Paperless Post to create and send a card).

The coin options available to you.

Once you’ve decided on a card or event invitation, they are fully customisable to fit your brand – you can even upload your own logo. There’s options to change the backdrop of the item you’re sending, add motifs for Christmas, Graduation or another special event that your family/clients/favourite people will be attending.

I customised a card for you to show you how many options there are and how easy it is to change.

There is also an opportunity to customise the envelopes of your card or invitation, not something you get to do when buying cards in a shop. You can choose the envelope colour (there are some really cool ones, including rose gold), and even the postmark can be changed to your city or state (in the US, I’m hoping they’ll bring out UK ones soon! 🤞🏻).

After designing the envelope, it’s time to choose your special recipients. All you have to do is enter your name and their names and emails, it’s literally as simple as that. You can even upload your entire address book and send it to them in one go. A free preview can be sent to your email to make sure it looks perfect before sending to your loved ones/friends.

Much like Blue Peter, below is the preview of a card I made earlier that will be sent to all of my podcast participants, so you can see what it looks like when sent.

The best part about sending a card is that you can schedule delivery. So for example with my card, it would be too early to send it, so I would schedule delivery for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but an event invitation or something similar could be made ahead of time and scheduled to send whenever you want.

Sending cards also costs coins, but the total cost of the card is displayed to you transparently throughout the process, with no nasty fees or dodgy charges that you don’t remember paying for.

I would definitely recommend Paperless Post for sending cards or invitations, as they are fully customisable and a reasonable price for sending them over the Internet – no more paper cards and envelopes, so it’s also more environmentally-friendly than the cards that just go to landfill by New Year.

Even better: they even have a mobile app, so you can design and send cards on the go! Find out more on the App Store.

Check out Paperless Post’s website, their Instagram and Twitter pages for regular updates.

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A K Jones

Paperless Post gifted me coins for buying cards and sending them, but opinions are my own.