A tale of two Top 25 lists

Every year round near the Ides of March, I go into iTunes, select all, and then choose reset playlist, but not before I make a playlist of the year’s Top 25 Most Played songs. I like to keep the playlist as a sort of musical yearbook of that year and when I’m feeling all nostalgic for, say, 2006, I can pull up the list and listen to The Kooks and Ray LaMontagne and The Postal Service.

This year though, thanks to the Tibbles, I had to create two Top 25 2010 lists. One with all their junk on it and one that was just mine. Yesterday if you were to take a look at my most played songs you would think that I was a huge Michael Jackson-loving Vikings fan. Michael Jackson had two spots on the list, and the Skol Vikings song was on there too. The #1 most-played? Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. #2 was, wait for it. . . You Spin Me Round [Like a Record] by The Chipmunks.

What can I say? They outnumber me three to one? Plus, all the various iDevices here at Supergenius HQ sync to one iTunes account. I didn’t really have a chance to get all my songs on the list.

So I present to you, without further ado, the Top 25 Most Played songs from March 2010 – March 2011 (I got Roland, my first iPod in March which is why the year runs goofy):

  • These Roads Don’t Move, Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard. It surprised me that this one was the top listened-to song of the year. I know there was a week (or two) not so long ago where I listened to it first thing every morning, but I didn’t realize I repeated it so often throughout the day
  • King of Spain, The Tallest Man On Earth. While raving endlessly about my TMOE thing, my friend Wolfdogg helpfully pointed out that I have a thing for that whole Scandinavian guy with a guitar. See also Jens Lekman and Sondre Lerche.
  • Graceland, Paul Simon. I was working on a story about Memphis.
  • The Wild Hunt, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Love Is All, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Time’s A Wastin’, June Carter & Carl Smith. I’m going through a serious ‘I’m a little bit country’ phase
  • Spanish Pipedream, The Avett Brothers
  • Burden of Tomorrow, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • When We Swam, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down. I heard this song on The Current and fell in love. It contains the lyric “oh bring your hips to me.” And you know I have a fetish for songs with hips in them, right?
  • You’re Going Back, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • The Drying of the Lawns, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Thousand Ways, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Kids on the Run, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Kick Drum Heart, The Avett Brothers
  • Heard It On The Radio, The Bird And The Bee
  • O Valencia!, The Decemberists. I listened to this about 66 times a day when I was reading Swamplandia!
  • Into the Stream, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Troubles Will Be Gone, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • A Lion’s Heart, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • January Wedding, The Avett Brothers
  • I Won’t Be Found, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Pistol Dreams, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Shallow Grave, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • The Gardener, The Tallest Man On Earth
  • The Blizzard’s Never Seen the Desert Sands, The Tallest Man On Earth
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