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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