Lancashire and England cricketer Jimmy Anderson has been called the best bowler of his generation and it was he who, basically, won England the Test Match back in July. Indeed, such is his dedication to the sport that he laughs that his favourite noise is, “the sound a ball makes when it hits a bat’s sweet spot.”
But there’s more to Mr A than that. He is, in his own words, a huge music fan and he’s recently been appointed as Nordoff Robbins’ newest Ambassador. “I’ve got to see first-hand the difference music therapy can make to all kinds of people,” he said recently. “Their work is really unique and I’m proud to support them.”
All of which made us wonder exactly what music does he love? So, being the proactive types we are we phoned him up and asked him.
“OK, so this is what I’m listening to right now,” Jimmy told us. “Which also means it’s what we have on in the dressing room!”
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
I’ve always loved Daft Punk and this song’s great. This would definitely get played all the way through in the dressing room!
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
I heard this on the radio recently and loved it. The album’s great too.
Stereophonics – Indian Summer
I’m a proper, long-term fan of the band and I love the new album.
Django Django – Default
This is a great record – I’d love to see them some time, but we always tend to be playing when the festivals are happening!
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
I wasn’t really a fan before this new album, but this is a great song.
Bastille – Laura Palmer
Bastille are definitely my favourite new band of the moment – love this.
Choir Of Young Believers – Hollow Talk
This was the theme for a TV show called The Bridge that the whole team watched on tour. Boxsets are brilliant, we’ve watched Luther, The Wire and Breaking Bad recently.
Crystal Fighters – You & I
I’m totally new to this band. I heard this on either Radio One or Absolute Radio – I flick between them all the time – and was hooked straight away.
Jake Bugg – Someone Told Me
I first saw Jake on Later and thought he was great. I really love his album.
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Brilliant song and I love the video where there’s whole rooms of people dancing with the band.
James – Tomorrow
This song was a huge part of my childhood – I’d listen to it in my bedroom over and over again. It might just be my favourite song ever!