Heartbreak and betrayal: What have Durham locals been listening to over summer?

Shazam stats suggest that they’re softer than they look

While the students are away, the locals play songs about heartbreak. The Top 20 songs according to Shazam in Durham paint a bleak picture: summer, clearly, is difficult up north.

Heartbreak, betrayal, life sentences, drunken frivolity: the past few months have clearly been dramatic in Durham. Who knows how the charts will match up when we return in a few weeks.

Locked Away by R. City feat. Adam Levine

Who knows what’s been happening in the Fighting Cocks? The most Shazamed song in Durham features the moving lyrics ‘if I got locked away…would you still love me the same?’.

Wings (Acoustic) by Birdy

In a place where the ratio of banks to decent shops is decidedly skewed, it’s no surprise that the song from the Lloyds advert moved those northern hearts.

Alone No More by Philip George and Anton Powers

Bet this has featured on the soundtrack to many a Loveshack night. Ironically.

Easy Love by Sigala

This one goes out to all the 40 somethings getting ready for a Newcastle hen night, curling their hair and remembering when ‘ABC’ was first released.

Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

‘He said let’s get out of this town, drive out of the city, escape from the crowds’. A poignant insight into the way the locals feel when the Harry Potter fanatics hit the streets come July.

What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber

Durham’s thriving pan flute community, rejoice. Of course, the video starts with rain, something locals are obviously used to. It’s a shame it could well be the most cringe video ever produced by the omni-pubescent Bieber.

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Having a bad day? Picture one of Durham Bus Station’s finest singing along to this.

Intoxicated by Martin Solveig and GTA

Just imagine Loveshack pumping to this? Sticky floors and fist pumps all round for everyone who remembers the 90s and works in a post office depot.

Holding On by Johnny Stimson

The perfect song to accompany a lonely, rainy walk to Dunelm, arm in arm with your soulmate who you probably met in primary school.

‘Talk To Me’ by Nick Brewer feat. Bibi Bourelly

This song actually mentions Shazam. Which is an amazing fact to end the Top 10 on.