Friday Top 5: Top Five Most Listened to Songs on My I-Tunes

You’ve seen the commercials on TV where the straight-laced nerdy guy argues with the hip young guy about the merits of PC’s versus Macs? Well… for the record, I’m the straight-laced nerdy guy. I’m a PC. I’ve always had issues with Macs and Mac related programs.

I think that’s why I resisted I-tunes for so long. I had always used Windows Media Player to play any music I had on my PC, and it had always worked out fine. I didn’t feel the need to switch to anything else… no matter how much “easier” or “better” it was. I didn’t have that much music on my computer anyway.

About a year ago, something changed. I finally got my first I-pod and began the process of transferring my entire music library to my hard drive. Of course, the use of an I-pod necessitates the use of I-tunes. I was reluctant to use it at first, but now I can’t live without it. I have roughly 13,000 songs at my fingertips now anywhere I go. I can listen to them all randomly, make playlists, and do just about a billion other things with just one simple program. I’m converted.

One of my favorite features of I-tunes is the “play count” feature. It keeps track of everything you listen to on your I-pod and on I-tunes and counts how many times each song has been played all the way through. Since I first started adding songs to I-tunes roughly a year ago, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my play count numbers to see what I have listened to the most over this past year.

Here then, are the five songs that have been played the most over the past year on my I-tunes, my I-pod, and my wife’s I-pod. That means that most of these songs are ones that my wife and I both enjoy, and her extra listens have put them over the top. Most of these songs also appear on albums that got a lot of play around these parts in the last year. A few of these artists have more than one song in the Top 10. Anyway… here we go…

#1.) “Broken” by Tift Merritt
This one leads the count by a large margin. My wife and I both love Tift’s new album Another Country, and we saw her perform live three time in the last twelve months or so. This track was also nominated for Song of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, and I listened to it a lot when I was working on that post… and when I was working on my Tift Merritt profile post. There isn’t really a whole lot else I can say about this one that I didn’t say in those two previous posts. If you haven’t discovered Tift Merritt by now… I don’t know what else I can do.

Tift Merritt: Broken (Buy Album)

#2) “Squalor Victoria” by The National
This is another song that I’ve hosted here before from the band that really opened my eyes to the world of mp3 blogging (more on that next week). This is a track from the band’s 2007 album Boxer that highlights my favorite aspect of The National’s sound… the work of drummer Bryan Devendorf. Devendorf propels the song along with a complex beat that reminds me of a military march sped up to ten times its normal speed. Matt Berninger’s vocals are icing on the cake. Three songs from Boxer were in the Top 10… one of my favorite discoveries of the past year.

The National: Squalor Victoria (Buy Album)

#3) “Plasticities” by Andrew Bird
I can say without fear of hyperbole that Andrew Bird is my favorite whistling violinist working in the world of indie-pop today. His Armchair Apocrypha album is another that I seem to return to time and time again with each listen revealing a new layer of sound. The gentle pluckings of strings and lightly struck chimes in the verses give way to an anthemic chorus filled with brushed drums and fuzzy guitars. This is the one song that made the list almost solely through my listens. I put this on almost every playlist and mix CD I made over the past year. I wanted everyone I knew to hear this song.

Andrew Bird: Plasticities (Buy Album)

#4) “Kathleen” by Josh Ritter
All of the songs on this list were originally released in 2007 or 2008… except for this one. It comes from Josh Ritter’s 2003 release Hello Starling and contains what may be the greatest opening lyric ever commited to tape. When Josh sings “All the other girls here are stars/You are the Northern Lights,” he immediately sets the tone for the song and makes my wife upset that I’ve never said anything that poetic to her. I went on a huge Josh Ritter kick following the release of his 2007 album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (my favorite album of ’07), and I’m a little surprised that track got more listens than a few of the songs on Conquests.

Josh Ritter: Kathleen (Buy Album)

#5) “The Moneymaker” by Rilo Kiley
I mentioned this song briefly in last week’s Top 5 and provided a link to the video. This song is simply a boozy swagger through the world of adult entertainment. Blake Sennett’s guitar sets the mood for the song perfectly and provides the perfect playground for Jenny Lewis’ sex-soaked vocals.

Rilo Kiley: The Moneymaker (Buy Album)

So there you go… the five songs I’ve heard the most over the past year. On January first, I think I’ll reset the play counter and keep track of this all again next year.

7 Responses to “Friday Top 5: Top Five Most Listened to Songs on My I-Tunes”

  1. very interesting….i might have to do something like this.

  2. I meant to ask people to post the top five from their Ipod lists.I guess I forgot…So… feel free to post your top five or ten songs here.

  3. 1. “You’re Only Lonely” by J.D. Souther2. “Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne3. “How Did You Find Me Here” by David Wilcox4. “Okay” by Kaiser Cartel5. “He Called Me Baby” by Candi Staton

  4. i must be an impatient person because my play counts are very low. So i’m guessing i seldom let a song finish before i move on to the next. Nevertheless, here are my top 5:1. <>Skinny Love<> ~ Bon Iver2. <>Save It For A Rainy Day<> ~ The Jayhawks3. <>Stand By Me<> ~ Ben E. King4. <>Love Me Tenderly<> ~ The Felice Brothers5. <>My Heart Is Broken<> ~ Ryan Adams & The CardinalsThis list sort-of sums up my musical tastes – a little indie-folk, a lot of alt-country, some older stuff, and of course Ryan Adams.

  5. ljhord… my wife absolutely loves that Ray LaMontagne song. Sad to say I’m not too familiar with the rest of your list.payton… I am a recent convert to the Felice Brothers, but I’m still not too familiar with their music. I need to pick up an album to augment the few tracks I’ve found online. I’ve tried without success to wrap my ears around Bon Iver.anybody else have a list?

  6. my top 5 most played consist of almost all josh ritter songs lol. i absolutely love him and Kathleen is definately my all time favorite, though I love them all. The one non josh song is a colin maloy cover of I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by morrisey. i listen to that song on repeat when i feel like being sad. I listen to music other than josh, but his music i play over and over here’s my top 5:1. Kathleen by josh ritter- this song is so beautiful. i want to be kathleen. i want to be compared to the northern lights.2. Snow is Gone (live) by josh ritter- this is a ball of energy and happiness. it always brightens my day.3. I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by colin maloy- such a sad poetic love song. it’s short and haunting. colin maloy’s vocals are so amazing.4. Girl in the War by josh ritter- some great metaphors and similes in here. my favorite line is “her eyes are like champagne, they sparkle, bubble over and in the morning all you got is rain.”5. Bone of Song by josh ritter- probably my second favorite josh song because the lyrics are so beautiful and the music is enchanting.

  7. chrystle,I’ve been kicking around the idea of a more in depth Ritter post for a while now. I’m sure one will turn up one day.

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