A while back, John Scalzi came up with a fun & useless little game. Hit “random” on iTunes or whatever MP3 software you use, then tell the world the first ten songs that came up.
I’m willing to go John one better.
Instead of randomizing, sort your entire library by how many times each song has played. This is easy to do on iTunes, but I’m not sure about other players. With my game, there’s no hiding your bad taste behind the randomizer – the cream (or spoiled milk) will rise to the top. If you’re willing to play, the whole world will know what you really like to play.
Here’s my list:
Sex And Candy – Marcy Playground
Cryin’ Shame – Lyle Lovett
Sleep All Day – Jason Mraz
Caramel – Suzanne Vega
Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen
Maybe Tomorrow – Stereophonics
Still The Same – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet
Let’s Live It Up – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Nothing terribly embarrassing there, although I can’t believe Marcy Playground got the #1 spot. And “Sleep All Day” at number three? Really? On the other hand, only one disco tune made the top ten, so I’m not doing too badly.
The next ten, just because:
Moondance – Van Morrison
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
Strict Machine – Goldfrapp
Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
Gloria – Patti Smith
Josie – Steely Dan
When I Found You – Mel Torme & Buddy Rich
JoJo – Boz Scaggs
Suffragette City – David Bowie
Personal Jesus (Acoustic Mix) – Depeche Mode
No, I’m not embarrassed by the Boz Scaggs selection. I’m a big fan of the Boz, and always have been – although I have to admit to a little relief that “Georgia” is only in the Top 30.