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Beating the January blues with Hudson Taylor

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15th January 2018. The third Monday in January. We've arrived at, reportedly, the most depressing day of the year.

For students especially, that may not actually be too far from the truth. Are you struggling through January exams? Still wishing you were stretched out on the sofa at home in a Santa hat while mum brings you a Baileys? Caught that inevitable post-Christmas cold? Yeah, we feel you.

If the above rings a little too close to home then don't fear. Brothers Harry and Alfie of Irish folk duo Hudson Taylor have picked out a list of some happy, feel-good anthemes for you to stick on while you power through Blue Monday. You're smashing it.

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

Harry: "Such a feel good 60s counterculture anti-war song! The intro is so distinctive and always gets a smile out of us. We first heard it in the soundtrack of Forrest Gump when we were kids."

Back in Black - AC/DC

Harry: "Just a classic. We used to do a cover of this song in our gigs a few years ago. That guitar riff and Brian Johnson's voice is a hilarious bit of craic to mime on the dancefloor wherever you find yourself."

Want You Back - Haim

Harry: "I was introducted to this song by the music video of the three Haim sisters just walking down the street. It's just a feel good stomper."

Victoria Falls - Flyte

Harry: "Flyte were my favourite band of 2017, hands down. Saw them play a few times and every set moved me to tears of joy. This is their big pick-me-up tune."

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes - Paul Simon

Harry: "You can't help but smile at this song. Paul accompanied by the South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Love how it starts completely accapella then turns into such a jam."

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

Alfie: "The shortest day has happened, sunny days are on the way. The title says it all really."

One Day Like This - Elbow

Alfie: "This song always reminds me of good days. I've seen Elbow play it at festivals before and it always brings everyon together, it's infectious!"

Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

Alfie: "It reminds me of living in London and feeling like an ant. I play this whilst taking the underground to places, it always makes me feel more grateful for the smaller things."

Hold On - John Lennon

Alfie: "When I wanna feel like 'it's all going to be alright' I listen to this. It's like a hug from John Lennon to the world."

Courage - Villagers

Alfie: "This tune is beautiful, it's emotional yet uplifting. I like to listen to it on rainy mornings, having a coffee. I particularly love the '(live at Rak)' version."

Run With Me - Hudson Taylor

"'Run With Me' is about those friends that are by your side at all times and lift you up whatever you're going through. Dogs are often that exact type of friend for people and we wanted to make a video that was uplifting and fun but also delivered the message that there are so many dogs in shelters and rescue centres that just need loving homes."

Run With Me is out now.

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