2011’s Top 25 Songs as Determined by Me

Just about every year since I got my first iPod, Roland, I’ve been keeping track of the most popular songs of the year. Since I got my iPod in March, the timing is a bit goofy, but so what? Now to some people these year-long numbers might look ridiculously low, as though I only listen to music on the second Wednesday of every month. This is not true! I listen to music all the time every day for hours on end. However, I’m a shuffler. My friend Wolfdogg likes to talk about how on the way home from a road trip to Chicago we listened to approximately 44 seconds of 82,182 songs because I shuffle so much. This also explains why songs over like 4ish minutes make me feel like I’m dying.

Anyway, this year’s Top 25 (a note: I didn’t bother to correct it like I do most years because I am lazy and my attention span for this post is just about up).

  1. The Current from Minnesota Public Radio, 90: This number is not an accurate representation of how often I listen to The Current. When I got the ROKU box in August, I discovered that I could listen to The Current on my TV. I do that a lot
  2. Dear Employer, Jeff Tweedy, 71: I have no explanation for this. It’s a live version from when he played First Ave years ago.
  3. Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, 30: After Madison died I could only listen to this and the Camera Obscura song. I don’t know why. Maybe because they said the words heartbroken and my heart was, indeed, broken.
  4. Carl Perkins’ Cadillac, Drive-By Truckers, 29: My favorite DBT song. The way he says “all y’all” gives me butterflies in my stomach.
  5. Romance, Wild Flag, 29: The was much love at Supergenuis HQ for this album, which you’ll be able to tell by looking at the rest of list.
  6. Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken, Camera Obscura, 27: See #3
  7. Something Came Over Me, Wild Flag, 24
  8. Acuff-Rose, Uncle Tupelo, 23: I made a playlist called Honkytonk Angel and this is on the list right after Carl Perkins’ Cadillac.
  9. Endless Talk, Wild Flag, 22
  10. Boom, Wild Flag, 21
  11. Glass Tambourine, Wild Flag, 21
  12. Future Crimes, Wild Flag, 20
  13. Electric Band, Wild Flag, 19
  14. Windfall, Son Volt, 17: Also on the Honkytonk Angel playlist
  15. Leader of the Pack, The Shangri-Las, 16 Liam and I sang this song all the time over the summer. It was on one of the many Tibble-produced playlists in my iTunes. He liked the motorcycle sounds, I liked the “look out look out” shriek (also see: Lead f the Pack: An Appreciation).
  16. Racehorse , Wild Flag, 16
  17. Black Tiles, Wild Flag, 16
  18. Short Version, Wild Flag, 15
  19. The Scientist, Willie Nelson, 14: Hate Coldplay, love the cover.
  20. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen, 12: From the playlist I mentioned earlier this week. I worked on that project a lot.
  21. Teenage Dream (Glee Cast Version), 12: see above
  22. Shaving Cream, The Hustlers, 12: Another from The Tibbles’ playlist. They love this one because it almost sounds like he’s gonna say shit, and then pulls it out with shaving cream at the last minute. Never fails to crack them up.
  23. Crush On You, The Jets, 12
  24. Lucky Star, Madonna, 12
  25. Fort Hood, Mike Doughty, 12: When I was reading Doughty’s memoir earlier this year I sang this song in my head for about a week straight. It’s the lyric “blast Young Jeezy with your friends in a parking lot” that I love so much because it’s fun to sing just like Doughty sings it.
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  1. M-----l 16.Mar.12 at 3:56 pm

    Wild Flag’s “Romance” was my #1 digital song of last year with 11 total listens in iTunes. She & Him’s cover of “Oh Boy!” came in second with 9 listens.

    “Windfall” is my #1 favorite song ever.

  2. Lori 16.Mar.12 at 7:50 pm

    Ok. So I love The Scientist, not Coldplay. And Willie Nelson is amazing. My mind can’t even comprehend the two together. Once Willie played the Illinois State Fair and his opening act thanked ME for my work on his website. I’m dying right now until I find this cover. My husband just pulled it up on his iPhone and I went ape shit. I want to hear it through real speakers. Be back soon to report on my experience.

  3. Lori 16.Mar.12 at 8:04 pm

    Ok. I heard it, and I love it. I had no idea it existed, and that makes me sad. Thank you for sharing. I am so excited about this song. More than I should be, but whatever.

  4. Lori 16.Mar.12 at 8:41 pm

    No. The only TV in my house is tuned to Sponge Bob.

  5. Lori 16.Mar.12 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t like propaganda, but it’s still an amazing cover. PS – We have a Chipotle in Springfield, IL, but I’ve only eaten there once. Not a big fan.

  6. Barrett 17.Mar.12 at 3:56 am

    If the Tibbles like “Shaving Cream,” they would love “The Freckle Song” by Larry Vincent: “She’s got freckles on her but she is nice…”


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