A couple years ago, I posted a list of the Top 10 songs I listened to most in 2008. I meant to create such a list as an annual tradition, but forgot in 2009. So now that we’re in 2011, I’m back with lists for 2009 and 2010.
The lists were created via a Smart Playlist in iTunes, based on play count, rating (only songs with 3-5 stars), and part of my “Music” playlist, which excludes podcasts, audio books, and anything related to Disney. In other words, they’re lists of “good” to “great” songs that are part of everyday listening.
This is how the original 2008 Smart Playlist was set up:
One more note: For both years, I had to also exclude the Nine Inch Nails album, Ghosts I-IV. It’s an instrumental album I often play while working on projects and its songs dominated both lists to the point of making them uninteresting. So technically, that is my most-listened to album of both years.
So here we go…
My Top 10 Most-Listened-To Songs in 2009
1. “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. “A Different City” by Modest Mouse from The Moon And Antarctica
3. “#1 Crush” by Garbage from Romeo + Juliet
4. “Ikons” by KMFDM from Xtort
5. “Tourette’s” by Nirvana from In Utero
6. “A Night Like This” by Smashing Pumpkins from The Aeroplane Flies High
7. “Change” by Blind Melon from Blind Melon
8. “Deserted” by Blind Melon from Blind Melon
9. “Priceless” by Boxelder from Seed
10. “everything zen” by Bush from Sixteen Stone
It looks like 2009 was an odd year for me in iTunes music selection. The top 2 songs on this list are unfamiliar to me, which means iTunes must have randomly chosen to play them more often than any other. The rest is an assortment of tracks I enjoy, but would never have suspected they’d be the most played for the year. But I suppose it’s good to have a variety of music year-to-year.
My Top 10 Most-Listened-To Songs in 2010
1. “A Boy’s Best Friend” by The White Stripes from De Stijl
2. “Any Colour You Like” by Pink Floyd from Dark Side Of The Moon
3. “Queer” by Garbage from Garbage
4. “Miss World” by Hole from Live Through This
5. “About a Girl” by Nirvana from Unplugged in New York
6. “Time” by Pink Floyd from Dark Side Of The Moon
7. “In the Flesh?” by Pink Floyd from The Wall
8. “Disarm” by Smashing Pumpkins from Siamese Dream
9. “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants from Flood
10. “DLMD” by 311 from 311
The 2010 list is a complete contrast to the 2009 list. Apparently I listened to more singles in the past year than in years prior. I like that KMFDM and They Might Be Giants each made one of the two lists, as both are bands I thoroughly enjoy but don’t listen to nearly enough (or at least… I didn’t think I did). I’m not sure how The White Stripes topped the list, as I almost never listen to them. It must have been another iTunes anomaly.
But it’s clear from both lists that my musical tastes are still firmly planted in the 1990s, with many tracks from Nirvana, Hole, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, 311, and more bands from that era.
What were your most-listened to songs in the past year? Launch iTunes, recreate the Smart Playlist above, and post your Top 10 for 2008 in the comments below!
I thought it would be fun to take a look at my Top 10 most-listened to songs in 2008.
My Top 10 for 2008 was compiled based on a Smart Playlist that I created in iTunes:
I decided to limit the Top 10 only to songs that I’ve rated between 3 and 5 stars. My rating system is that if I can stand a song but don’t ever really want to listen to it, I give it 2 stars. If it’s a song that I never want to listen to but don’t want to delete (for various reasons), I give it 1 star. So 3-5 stars means only songs that I actually want to listen to. I also limited it to my “Music” playlist, which excludes podcasts, audio books, and anything related to Disney. Not that there isn’t plenty of great Disney music… I just don’t want to hear it mixed in with Nirvana and Tom Petty.
When available, each song below is accompanied by a link to buy it on iTunes and/or Amazon, an embedded 30-second sample (using Quicktime), and a link to the music video. I also wrote few sentences about each. While the songs are numbered, they’re all within 2 play counts of each other, so the numbers don’t really mean anything.
With all that out of the way, here we go:
My Top 10 Most-Listened-To Songs in 2008
Garbage is one of my favorite bands (or at least they were until their pop-induced third album came out), but I’m surprised that out of all of their songs, this song from a movie soundtrack made it onto my most-played list.Tweet