I tried amarok but it isn't playing my music at all, it sees the tracks and all but wont play them
You did press "Play" I hope
I'd expect amarok to be sensible enough to tell you you need the codecs.
If they are mp3's then you need to get the codecs installed.
This is legal only in some parts of the world, or if you have paid for a windows OS.
Run a search on ubuntu restricted codecs
to find out the (many) ways to install them.
Then try again.