Kate Nash’s Ultimate Mixtape: Six Favorite Songs of All-Time

Kate Nash at the Pam Hogg fashion show in September 2013. (Photo: Rex Features via AP Images)

Kate Nash at the Pam Hogg fashion show in September 2013. (Photo: Rex Features via AP Images)

Earlier this year, we spoke with singer/songwriter/actress/activist Kate Nash about her third album Girl Talk, a Bikini Kill and Slits-inspired departure from her pop debut. (That interview became a wide-ranging discussion on everything from Kim Kardashian to Doctor Who.)

But just recently, we asked her a challenging question: if she only had six songs to listen to on an endless loop, which tracks would she pick? Here were her choices:

“Hurt So Good” by Susan Cadogan
“This song is so soulful, [with] its dark subject matter, but it makes me happy and wanna dance somehow. I love Susan’s vocals.”

“Still Together” by Mac DeMarco
“This is the most beautiful love song I’ve heard, so sweet and simple. I was anti love for a while, but Mac’s song about his girlfriend was so sweet I couldn’t resist it.”

“Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
“This song will guaranteed make me dance and happy and wanna be a rollerblading ’90s chick in one of Mariah’s videos. She is one of my favorites.”

“Purple Rain” by Prince
“This song reminds me of so many things, of so many great tour memories and of good friends.”


Prince – Purple Rain – MyVideo

“Space Oddity” by David Bowie
“My obsession with Bowie started in 2005 when I had to study him for a final project at school. This song was then played at a close friend of mine’s funeral which cemented this song’s place in this list.”

“Life’s a Gas” by T.Rex
“This was the only song I could handle listening to when I was heartbroken. It’s just the right amount of easy sadness.”

Kate Nash is beginning a U.S. tour October 29. Here are the dates:

10/29 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
10/30 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
11/01 – Metro – Chicago, IL
11/02 – Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN
11/03 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/05 – Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON
11/07 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
11/08 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
11/09 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/12 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
11/13 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
11/15 – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs – Houston, TX
11/16 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/17 – Trees – Dallas, TX
11/19 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11/20 – Porter’s Pub – San Diego, CA
11/22 – Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
11/23 – Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA

See more:
Ultimate British Mixtape: Guy Garvey’s Six Songs That Represent the U.K.
Six American Songs Re-imagined By British Artists (And ‘Call Me Maybe’ as a Ballad)
Five Relatively Underrated Songs By The Kinks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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