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Interview by Kerrang

28 May 2019



Nightwish’s Floor Jansen: The 10 Songs That Changed My Life

We delve into Nightwish singer Floor Jansen’s record collection – from The Beatles to Sabaton

Words: Steve Beebee

Floor Jansen – vocalist for Finnish symphonic metal powerhouse Nightwish – is one tough lady. Except when it comes to power metal – then her heart goes aflutter…

The first song that I remember hearing…

The Beatles – The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (1968)

“I’m sure my mum sang me lullabies, and my dad played guitar to me, but the song I can remember hearing is this. I have vivid memories of my parents singing along to it. I was always intrigued by what it was about, and the older I got the more I came to understand its true meaning [it mocks a hunter’s false bravado]. As a child, I thought it was jolly and easy to jump around to.”

The song that makes me think of childhood…

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (1985)

“That distinctive guitar intro really stayed with me. It reminds me of my dad in particular and he would play it everywhere. We always had music on – it would be classical music during breakfast on Sunday mornings, but that Dire Straits album [Brothers In Arms] went everywhere with us.”

The first song that I learned to sing…

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