”Desert Island Discs” of IHGR

Everyone has different taste in music, whether you listen to R&B, Metal, K-pop or Trap you have thoughts about it.  We asked multiple students and faculty at the International High school of the Gothenburg Region about their taste in music and what music means to them. 


We asked Magnus Hall, an employee at International High school of the Gothenburg Region (IHGR) about what his favourite genre of music was, and did it have any particular meaning for him.

“At the moment I listen to a lot of R&B, like Alicia Keys,” he said. “You know, these days, you don’t really get an album as a CD or a vinyl, so to me albums that have been released more recently, and that I don’t have a physical copy of, have a different meaning to me than those that I do, because it’s a different feeling to have the music in your hands.”

His choice of albums is the Foo Fighters, album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace (2007) and Coldplay’s third album X and Y, particularly the song, Fix You. He summed up by saying that these albums genuinely represent the true essence of their art and really show the artists’ passion.
One of his favourite albums is by The Beatles, the infamous, Abbey Road. Magnus particularly likes the final tune on this album which is aptly named “The End” because it conveys the very last words, the last phrases, and is the last song that the Beatles ever made. It ends with lyrics “the love you take, is equal to the love, you make” and I think that is beautiful and very sad at the same time. It is poetic, Magnus concludes.


In the Social Science Program, we found Elsa whos taste in music is mixed. What she listens to can range from Mobb Deep to Beyoncé “But then I’ll also listen to acoustic music from, like, Ed Sheeran to all the cliché love songs ever,” she explained. At the moment the album she’ll listen to is Lemonade by Beyoncé  “It’s hard to say, often times I love one or two songs in an album and only like the rest, so for me, no one album is a favourite”


Akvelina is a seventeen-year-old girl that is doing her second year of IB(International Baccalaureate) in IHGR. She listens to Rock but also some Punk, her absolute favourite album is Superunknown by Soundgarden. The band were active from 1986 to 1997. Akvelina likes the song Fell On Black Bays.  She said that the song technically doesn’t have a special meaning for her but the song makes her happy and calm, she’s also fond of the lyrics.


Hanna is a seventeen-year-old student in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at IHGR. In general, she told us that, she likes K-pop and rock. Two of her favourite albums is Sunrise by Day6 and the self-titled album by Royal Blood, however for she found it hard to choose a favourite song, stating that “It would be like choosing a favourite child.”She said that the combination of good music and lyrics is what made her fall in love with the music of Day6 and Royal Blood.


Moa Linnér Vilhelmsson, Kiara Michaud Antonsson

If you enjoyed this article then, please, visit the BBC4’s  Desert Island Discs web page ( link below ), we highly recommend giving this show a quick listen.

BBC4 Desert Island Discs; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnmr


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