Music holds a special place in our hearts. It has this incredible ability to take us on a journey, stirring up emotions and making us feel connected to something bigger. Today, we want to share with you Cristina Scabbia’s favorite songs that changed her life. These tunes have become a part of who she is, leaving a lasting impact on her soul.
Cristina Scabbia is an Italian singer, songwriter, and co-vocalist of the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. She was Born on June 6, 1972, in Milan, Italy. Scabbia joined Lacuna Coil in 1996 and quickly rose to prominence with her powerful vocals and hypnotic stage presence. Her vocal style encompasses a wide range, ranging from melodic singing to intense screams, adding depth and emotion to the band’s music.
Cristina Scabbia’s favorite songs
We all have unforgettable moments in our lives, unforgettable loves, and memories. Cristina Scabbia’s life has also been full of unforgettable emotions. Let’s take a journey into her soul by looking at the songs that made her experience some of these emotions.
These are Cristina Scabbia’s favorite songs:
- Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (1982)
- Duran Duran – Save A Prayer (1982)
- Paradise Lost – Embers Fire (1993)
- Lacuna Coil – Heaven’s A Lie (2002)
- Britney Spears – Toxic (2003)
Jeremy Soule – Standing Stones (2011)
- Santigold – Disparate Youth (2012)
- Lacuna Coil – The House Of Shame (2016)
1. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (1982)
“Billie Jean” is one of Cristina Scabbia’s favorite songs. It is a legendary song by the one and only Michael Jackson. Released on January 2, 1983, it was one of the standout tracks from his iconic album “Thriller”, which remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. “Billie Jean” was written and composed by Michael Jackson himself and produced by Quincy Jones.
Cristina said in an interview:
“I think this might have also been the first release I ever bought. My dad took me to a record store and said I could pick out one thing for him to buy for me. I looked around and found this on 45rpm vinyl, and knew it was the one I wanted. Michael Jackson was definitely the soundtrack of my youth.”
2. Duran Duran – Save A Prayer (1982)
“Save a Prayer” is a popular song by the British new wave band Duran Duran. It was released as the third single from their album “Rio” in 1982. The song was written by the band members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, and Roger Taylor.
Cristina was a big fan of Duran Duran.
“I was a huge Duran Duran fan when I was younger. You could probably say I was obsessed. I had to collect everything: posters, books, records, you name it. I would write about them in my diary at school, and I still love them to this day. It’s so hard to pick just one song, but Save A Prayer will always have a special place in my heart.”
3. Depeche Mode – Walking In My Shoes (1993)
What songs do you want to be played at your funeral? “Walking In My Shoes” is Cristina’s choice for her funeral.
It is a song by the British electronic band Depeche Mode, released in 1993 as the second single from their eighth studio album, “Songs of Faith and Devotion”. Depeche Mode, known for its innovative blend of electronic and alternative rock sounds, has had a significant influence on the music industry.
“There’s not one song that I consider to be the ‘ultimate’. We all have different moods in life, and at times we might want something heavier or quieter or instrumental or whatever. But this is perfect – it brings tears to my eyes. When I was at school, I used to always play Depeche Mode for choreography in the gym. Everyone else chose pop or dance songs, so it freaked them out a bit.”
4. Paradise Lost – Embers Fire (1993)
“Embers Fire” is a track by the British gothic metal band Paradise Lost, featured on their album “Icon,” released in 1993. Paradise Lost is known for its pioneering role in the doom metal genre, and “Icon” marked a significant shift in its sound, incorporating more gothic and melodic elements.
Paradise Lost by Embers Fire is a song that Cristina would like to cover. She said in an interview:
“[1993 album] Icon and [1995’s] Draconian Times are my favourite Paradise Lost records, and they both remind me of that turning point in my life. So it was probably this first track from Icon that made me turn my head and wonder, ‘What the fuck is this?!’ As soon as I heard it, I went and bought everything they’d ever done, including random bootlegs. They have been a massive influence on me and fed my fascination with the darker side of music. I love how they’ve evolved over the years. They’ve taken risks, but always stayed true to themselves.”
“Heaven’s A Lie” is a song by Lacuna Coil, released in 2002 as the lead single from their album “Comalies.” Lacuna Coil, known for their dual vocal approach featuring Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro, has gained international recognition for their unique blend of melodic and heavy elements.
This is the song that she wishes she had written.
“We might not be a typical radio band, but when we did Ozzfest in 2004 there was a station called WAAF that became obsessed with Heaven’s A Lie. As a result, a lot of other stations started to pick it up. Within a few days, it felt like we were on over 100 stations. We were pretty surprised by the whole thing, because the song was played in between artists that weren’t metal. Hearing lyrics about Heaven not existing on national radio was peculiar. It wasn’t like today where people are so much more used to provocation.”
6. Toxic – Britney Spears (2003)
“Toxic” is a highly popular song by American pop icon Britney Spears, released in 2003 as the second single from her album “In the Zone.”
According to Cristina, “Toxic” is one of the best morning songs to wake up to.
“I like the idea of covering songs that aren’t metal – it doesn’t make much sense to me otherwise. I like the idea of taking something completely different, like Britney Spears, and doing it the Lacuna Coil way. Toxic is a pretty cool song and has some interesting vocal lines.”
7. Jeremy Soule – Standing Stones (2011)
“Standing Stones” is an instrumental composition by American composer Jeremy Soule, released in 2011. Jeremy Soule is renowned for his work in the field of video game music, having composed scores for popular titles such as The Elder Scrolls series and Guild Wars.
Cristina said in an interview:
“If I had to decide this week – which I hopefully won’t have to do – I’d go with this, which was written by Jeremy Soule for the Skyrim video game soundtrack. It’s such a beautiful song that brings tears to my eyes. As much as I’d want everyone I leave behind to be happy, at my funeral they better cry every fucking tear!”
8. Santigold – Disparate Youth (2012)
“Disparate Youth” is a song by American singer-songwriter Santigold, released in 2012 as the lead single from her second studio album, “Master of My Make-Believe.” Santigold, also known as Santi White, is known for her eclectic blend of musical genres, including pop, reggae, punk, and electronic music.
There are some songs that Cristina Scabbia like to play live. “Disparate Youth” is one of these songs.
“Right now, this is my go-to morning song. It’s really soulful and rhythmic, which gets your head moving. I think she has a super-cool voice, so I will quite often start off with this song to see where the day takes me. It’s probably an unusual choice for someone like me – I don’t think too many metalheads listen to music like this. But I prefer listening to all sorts of genres and discovering new artists to obsess over.”
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