51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 40: Take That – Shine

Thinking back to all the songs I’ve featured so far in this music feature, some songs always make my heart skip a beat whenever I hear them being played. For example, there were the songs in weeks sixseven, and 24, which also make the hairs on the backs of my hands stand on end. They seem to be able to blow the clouds away and allow the sun to shine. Are you ready to be whizzed back to the early part of the 21st century so I can introduce you to another inspirational song?

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Welcome to 2007. We’ll be staying in the 21st century for the next couple of weeks. Why? So I can not only introduce you to another inspirational song but where I’ll also be handing over the controls of my music time machine to my next guest blogger. But, first, allow me to introduce you to this week’s featured song. Take it away boys…

For me, I only had to find out why this song was written in the first place for it to make my heart skip. Written primarily for Robbie Williams, to help him with his battle with depression, the lyrics have been beautifully put together with music that can’t help but say how much the former member of Take That was being thought about by the other members of the band. Now, whenever I hear about a close friend or family member who are having a bad day, I send them a link to this song and tell them that they’re never on their own.

Although Shine only made it to number one in the UK, it became a worldwide hit making it into the top ten in four countries. It went on to sell nearly half a million copies in the UK, but I can’t help thinking that the video for the song reminded me a little of a video made for another song which I featured a few weeks ago. What do you think? Still, when you take into account the reason why Shine was written, then Take That came up with an excellent theme for the video.

Do you have a favourite song that you would share with a friend or member of the family when they were having a bad day? Share a link to that song in the comments.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Colline, and Barbara and Kat (who choose the same song) and who all published a blog post of an unusual favourite song.

Next week, I’m handing over the controls of my music time machine to Steve, from Steve McSteveface and Talk About Pop Music, so please join him as he takes you on a journey to the year 2014.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? There’s not much time left, but you can still leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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49 thoughts

  1. Great backstory on “Shine”…didn’t know it. I have so many favorites, but Marley’s song speaks to me. Because “every little thing gonna be alright” goes with the concept of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s All Small Stuff.

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  2. Great choice of song Hugh. I first heard it as the advert for Morrison’s for whom it must have done well as they kept it a while. I have a lot of time for Take That though not so much for Robbie Williams.
    Huge Hugs

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    1. Thanks, David. Yes, I was going to use this song a few weeks ago when I was looking at favourite songs we hear on adverts. I remember the Morrison’s advert very well. I wonder if any of the band shop there? 🤔
      Hugs to you.

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  3. Hi Hugh, I’m not really a Take That fan, unlike practically every other woman I know! But I agree that Shine is a beautiful song. Never knew it was written for Robbie though. Hope he appreciated it.

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  4. As we have discussed before I also love Take That and also love this song for all the reasons you have just mentioned.
    I have to admit to always being cheered up by American Authors and The Best day of my Life.

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  5. Your absolutely right, Hugh. This song and video made me burst out laughing (with it…not at it). The backstory made it even more significant. Thanks for sharing this.

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  6. I love this song…kinda. Morrisons adverts kind of ruined it for me. I think it would have been wasted if Robbie Williams actually got to sing it. I find it hard to think of one song that helps me have a better day. There are so many! One that always cheers me up though is 500 miles by The Proclaimers. Looking forward to taking over the controls next week. I promise to take care of it 🙂

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  7. What an uplifting song! It was so inspirational that I knew what song I was going to use halfway through listening to it. It came to me just like that. Songs most definitely have special powers, don’t they! 🙂

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  8. Love all the history you find to add into your upbeat posts Hugh. Again, I’m not sure if I’ve heard this before but it certainly has an uplifting rhythm which fits perfectly with the reason it was written. 🙂 Hugs to you xo

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    1. Thanks, Terri. I don’t believe Shine was ever released in North America.
      Glad you’ve enjoyed this feature. I can’t believe it’s only got another 11 weeks to run. However, I’ve already something up my sleeve to replace it. 😀
      Hope all is Okay with you? I heard today about the terrible forest fires in the wine region of your part of the world. Please stay safe. x

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