Laura Whitmore On Breakups, 80s Power Ballads and Driving Across Europe

To celebrate the launch of her music-inspired jewellery collection with Daisy London, presenter and DJ Laura Whitmore shares her favourite tracks for all occasions

DJ and presenter Laura Whitmore has now added jewellery designer to her CV with her new music-inspired collaboration with Daisy London, which features plectrum necklaces and bracelets inscribed with song lyrics and quotes. With that in mind, we found out what songs get her through the day, from getting over heartbreak to not-so-guilty pleasures…

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Getting ready

I quite like songs like Aroused by Tom Vek because it’s a great song for getting the beat going. But then I also like The Best Of Madonna – I’m talking The Immaculate Collection Madonna. So there’s kind of a mixture, as long as it’s something that’s going to get you up on your feet and ready for a night out.

Best party song

Beyoncé always kills it, so anything by her [is great for a party]. At the moment, my go-to song is Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd. That’s been my summer song. Myself and one of my best mates Ashley Roberts did this drive [across Europe] called The Modball Rally and it pumped us up. I was working at Ibiza Rocks this summer and that song was on the radio like every half an hour.

Songs that remind me of growing up

Probably The Colour And The Shape by The Suiciders, and Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette – that’s just teenage angst right there, isn’t it?

First album I ever bought

Hold On by Wilson Phillips was my first album because I made my mum go out and get it for me – I still have it on tape.

Last song I downloaded

The new Adele song, it is such a cliché but everyone has just downloaded it.

Most listened to song

It can change depending on my mood but at the moment it’s Movie Scene by Sunset Sons – it’s a really nice chill out song.

Song I never get sick of

Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac

Ultimate breakup albums

Grace by Jeff Buckley and For Emma Forever Ago by Bon Iver. They aren’t going to make you feel better, I can tell you that, but they’re perfect if you just want to get a box of tissues and cry your eyes out. Once, I was going through a breakup and my friend was like, ‘I am taking that CD away from you!’ I was like ‘I want to be sad, just let me be sad.’

Favourite artist

I can’t pick just one! Dave Grohl is my favourite musician ever because I was a massive fan of Nirvana. I really admire him because he can play so many different instruments. I’m obsessed with Stevie Nicks and I think she’s awesome – everything from her music to her style. And of course, you have to mention The Beatles, the best band of all time.

Guilty pleasures

I downloaded a Kylie Minogue album and it had all the classics like I Should Be So Lucky and Locomotion. I’m not even ashamed to say I love it, I’m proud. Also, 80s power ballads! I was at Ant and Dec’s 40th birthday and Belinda Carlisle performed, that was amazing. I try to sing along, but it just doesn’t work the same – it’s just screeching.

Number one karaoke song

I can answer that quickly. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus. That is my song – no one else is allowed to sing it.

Best thing to hear on a night out

I quite like nineties hip hop – a bit of Salt-N-Pepa really gets you going. When I hit the dance floor, I hit the dance floor pretty hard!

When I’m DJing

I have my go-to songs that I play if I feel like it’s a little bit quiet. Black Betty by Ram Jam always goes down really well, I like a classic. And Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling – people don’t expect that. It all depends on what type of event you’re playing at but with Lionel Riche, you can’t go wrong.

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