Soundtrack Of My Life: Aisling Bea

The first song I remember hearing

Happy Birthday To You

“‘Happy Birthday To You’ (the ‘you’ was me). It is the one song my mother can sing in tune.”

The first song I fell in love with

Chesney Hawkes – ‘The One And Only’

“I’m not sure if I was more in love with the song or his mole, but it does not matter. Your first love is your first love, it cannot be analysed, explained, nor forgotten. If you read NME, Chesney, call me. There’s still nobody I’d rather be than your one and only.”

The first gig I went to

Destiny’s Child – Point Depot, Dublin

“My friends and I hired a minibus, drank vodka and Red Bull from an old 7 Up bottle and had the time of our puking lives.”

The song I do at karaoke

Nickelback – ‘How You Remind Me’

“Unfortunately ‘How You Remind Me’ is the song most perfectly suited to my voice. In karaoke, you don’t choose the song, the song chooses you.”

The first album I ever bought

Spice Girls – Spice

“It’s still an absolute belter. Mel C came on an episode of 8 Out Of 10 Cats with us and I lost my mind. She is one of those celebs who lives up to who you think she is going to be – fun, warm, proud of her achievements, sporty, obvs, and used to putting up with crazed women behaving in front of her like they are eight years of age.”

The song I can no longer listen to

Rednex – ‘Cotton Eye Joe (Dance Mix)’

“It reminds me of feeling drunk and bloated at weddings or Christmas parties. We filmed The Fall in Belfast during Christmas party season and I have a memory of trying to learn my lines for this serious murder drama with ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ pounding through the floors.”

Song I can’t get out of my head

The Wheels On The Bus

“An absolute tune to be fair. Big shout-out to all the bus drivers out there keeping them wheels a-turning.”

The song that changed my life

Candi Staton – ‘You Got The Love’

“It is me and my sister’s song. We didn’t write it, just love it.”

The song I want played at my funeral

Right Said Fred – ‘I’m Too Sexy’

“I would like something hideously inappropriate. I would like to imagine my seven adopted children carrying my coffin up the aisle to ‘I’m too sexy for my shirt / Too sexy for my shirt / So sexy it hurts’.”

The song that makes me want to dance

Beyoncé – ‘Formation’

“I was in LA watching the Super Bowl when she performed. It reminds me of all these meaty sports fans not leaving the TV at half time and instead staying glued to the TV, watching her perform and her dancers moving their hips.”

The song that reminds me of home

Eiffel 65 – ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’

“Songs with simple lyrics really take off in Irish nightclubs.”

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