From Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ to tracks by Elton John and Catalan icon Lluis Llach, Pep Guardiola names his top six songs and the effects they have had on his life and career
- Pep Guardiola has named his top six songs and the reasons why he chose them
- Among the list were classics from greats like Oasis, Elton John and Frank Sinatra
- The Spaniard also picked two numbers that he grew up with in his hometown
- Guardiola spoke at length about the effect the tracks all had on his life and career
Pep Guardiola has given fans a rare insight into his musical tastes as he revealed his six favourite songs of all time from artists as varied as Oasis and Elton John to Catalan icon Lluis Llach.
The Manchester City manager is known for his love of music and described in detail some of the reasons why these songs have played such an important role in his football career and his life.
In a candid interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the Spaniard talked through his most treasured musical pieces and the effect they have had on him.
Pep Guardiola gave fans a rare insight into his musical tastes by naming his six favourite songs
He named iconic tracks from the likes of Oasis, Elton John and Frank Sinatra in the list
The Manchester City manager described why these songs have played such an important role
Don’t Look Back in Anger, Oasis (1996)
He first chose ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ by Mancunian band and City fans Oasis. Guardiola described the song as a ‘masterpiece’ and talked about the importance it had on the community in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017.
Guardiola’s wife and daughters were among those attending an Ariana Grande concert at the venue before a bomb was detonated that killed 22 people as they left.
‘I love this song, you cannot imagine how much,’ he said. ‘It is incredible. It puts me in the best of myself when I listen – it’s a masterpiece. Every time we go out we always sing this song together. I love it.
‘I like that, after what happened in Manchester at the arena, now it is a song for the people, you know? Like in the video when everyone is in silence and one woman starts to sing the song and everybody sings, that is a moment, it was so touching for my family and for myself.
‘When the attack happened, I was at home with my son, and my wife and daughters were there – they were at the arena.
‘She called me but the line broke immediately. She told me “something happened and we are running but I don’t know what happened” and the line broke. We tried to call her again and it didn’t work; we went to the the arena and after five or six minutes she rang again and said: “We are out, we’re coming back home.”
‘At the end we were lucky. Many people suffered, and we were lucky. Life is like this. We were in a better position than many unfortunate ones.’
Guardiola spoke of the importance the Oasis hit had after the 2017 Manchester terror attack
The Healing Day, Bill Fay (2012)
Next on Guardiola’s list was ‘The Healing Day’ by Bill Fay. He claimed this song ‘will be the one that reminds me of the period of my life in Manchester.’
He said: ‘With music, sometimes it’s the tones, sometimes it’s the lyrics. This song will be the one that reminds me of the period of my life in Manchester. I listen a lot to this song. I like it, I like a lot Bill Fay.
‘It’s the perfect song to stay at home when you read a book, being with the kids and listening. Every man has his own escape and when I am exhausted, immediately it is home.
Only at home I feel safe. I mean safe in terms of not being observed. I close the door and I feel safe. I know my job from 18, 19 years old. I have lived many years in this type of life and it’s not a problem, I understand, I play that game.
But when I escape it’s home. Home, home, wife, kids – it’s the only place where I can do whatever I want, where I am free to do all the silly and stupid things and not be judged.’
Fiesta, Joan Manuel Serrat (1970)
Guardiola then turned back to his Spanish roots with his third selection. He picked 1970 hit ‘Fiesta’, by Joan Manuel Serrat. The 47-year-old revealed he never used to go to parties during his time at the Barcelona academy but this track reminds him of one particular summer event at which he could let his hair down.
‘Serrat is one of the best singers in Catalunya in Spain, and this song always bring me happiness,’ Guardiola revealed.
‘I like it a lot. The Sant Joan party that the song talks about is a typical party in Catalunya, celebrated on 23 June with fire on the beach or in the street, everybody dancing, having fun.
I was not a guy who went to a lot of parties. At 13 years old I was going to Barcelona’s academy. I always tried to be focused and I never went to discos or to pubs to drink a lot. But in the summer, when school was finished, everyone would go to the Sant Joan party and it’s a song that reminds me a lot of my little, little town of Santpedor when I was young.
Amor Particular, Lluis Llach (1984)
The Spaniard then added another track from his homeland to the list and revealed a softer side with, in his opinion, ‘one of the best love songs I have heard in my life’ sang by Catalan icon Lluis Llach.
He said: ‘Sometimes when I meet English people, I would like to translate this song. This is a real, real song. Lluis Llach is one of my inspirations, a Catalan singer, he is a legend in Catalunya. He is like the most loved and popular guy, like Serrat, for many songs but this one especially.
I discovered it as a teenager, the first love, the second love, and it really is part of my life, definitely. I’m not shy to say how I love my people. Maybe the opposite, maybe I say too many times how I love them. In that I feel so Latin – my face or my body language always expresses perfectly what I feel in that moment, I am not escaping or hiding.
With my players, sometimes I think many times: “Don’t do that Pep”. Even now I don’t know if I should show too much love because sometimes you suffer more if you get too close to your players.
But in football the passion is on the field, sometimes I need to hug them, I don’t need to talk to them. People forget we are human beings. People believe we are like ice, cold, a machine. That is far away from who we really are.
New York, New York, Frank Sinatra (1980)
It is well documented that when Guardiola took his hiatus after leaving Barcelona, he spent time in the Big Apple because he ‘thought it would be a nice place to spend one year away from football.’
As so many visitors do, he loved the city and it’s charisma and it was there he agreed to take his next step in management by agreeing a deal with Bayern Munich.
‘What can I say about New York that Frank Sinatra hasn’t already explained better than anyone else? Anything you need, anything you want, you have it there. You will have to pay – it is a service city – but you will have it,’ Guardiola explained.
‘My kids learned English there. When we arrived they didn’t have a single word and after five, six months they spoke fluently, perfect. The charisma of that city, everyone who has been there wants to go back, it is a very special place.
‘I thought it would be a nice place to spend one year away from football. Of course you are always connected, but living there and not in Europe, it is completely different. It was a good moment.
‘I arrived and stayed the first month and then signed a contract to go to Bayern Munich. I started to study German. It is so complicated to learn. Three or four hours a day in the morning with the grammar, after two months I thought: I’m going to call and break the contract.
‘It is so complicated even for German kids to learn. Can you imagine for a 41-year-old man? But I am stubborn.
‘Sinatra was a fighter; he had work ethic, not just the talent. Everyone knows his voice, it’s incredible, the charisma. Always I like a lot because he took all his decisions, he only sang the songs he wanted to sing. And to be a fighter with more than 50 years on the stage you have to be so good. Chapeau.’
When Guardiola took his hiatus after leaving Barcelona, he spent time in the Big Apple
Your Song, Elton John (1970)
The final track chosen by Guardiola is an Elton John classic and he believes some of the lyrics closely associate to his career in football. He also revealed he had the chance to meet the famed musician after City played Watford last season.
He said: ‘Of course we all have a gift to give. I think I am good in football because my work is my passion. When I say I love this game, I love this game. When you put your passion in front of you always it works.
‘Always I try to to say look for your talent. Even if you want to work in the most stupid thing, just do it. I say the same things to my kids: try to discover what you love most and then it won’t feel like effort, it will be pleasure.
‘Life is sometimes short, sometimes long, but if you wake up every morning knowing you are going to do something you like, that is enough – that is the pay-off.
‘One of my dreams is to have a concert from Elton John, especially this song. I first heard it was when I was 18 or 19 and started to play in Barcelona, I remember a lot of songs from that period in my life.
‘I met him when we played Watford at the end of last season and it was a huge pleasure. If he has organised a concert here, please, I will be there.’
Guardiola revealed he had the chance to meet Elton John after City played Watford last season
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