Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads

I kind of wanted to do a year-end list of some kind. The problem is I didn't buy many albums this year (thanks indiesurfer.blogspot.com!), and of those few I did get I wasn't crazy about the whole album. The Shins and Spoon certainly included. And I also only downloaded albums I was really interested in or curious about, so I didn't actually do too much downloading either. So that said I feel like a "best of" list would be an exercise in wankery, and I hate that. (And yes, I understand blogging itself is an exercise in wankery.)

There were lots of songs I liked and downloaded. In fact I would like to think of 2007 as the year of the song, if only "the year of the song" didn't sound so dumb. But because of the Ipod I would switch songs all the time, either on shuffle or via playlists, and rarely listen to a whole album. But then when I tried to think of my favourite songs from the year, many of them were from last year, or the year before that, or the 1980s or something.

So my solution is to post my 20 most played songs from 2007. Keep in mind I got a Macbook in April, and transferred my songs from my Ipod to my Macbook in the summer sometime, so this list only reflects plays of the past five or six months.

Also, it doesn't include songs from:

All, which, being the first band in my "Artists" list, plays when I accidentally turn my Ipod on;
the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, which is huge with the kids;
the Spongebob Squarepants Movie soundtrack, for reasons similar to the above; and
"No" or "Here Come the ABCs" by They Might Be Giants, which I love but again only dominate the play count because of the kids.

Nor does it include "Move Along" by the All-American Rejects, which is also known as the Lego song and hence also popular with kids.

So if you've read this far and have pretended to be interested and still care to pretend you're interested, here it is! Sorry I forgot to note the actual number of plays...

Don't You Evah - Spoon 2007
Rythm and Soul - Spoon 2007
Oh Mandy - Spinto Band 2005
Thalassocracy - Frank Black 1994
You Got Yr Cherry Bomb - Spoon 2007
Eddie's Ragga - Spoon 2007
I Hear the Rain - Violent Femmes 1984
What You're Doing - Beatles 1964
Hold Me Tight - Beatles 1963
Massive Nights - Hold Steady 2006
Candyland - Killjoys 1994
Spanway Hits - Flake Music 1998
Run It - Replacements 1983
Working to Work - Field Music 2007
Ahkenaten - Julian Cope 1992
We Want a Rock - They Might Be Giants 1990
Do Me a Favour - Arctic Monkeys 2007
Black Like Me - Spoon 2007
Paper Tiger - Spoon 2002
Stuck in the Middle - Replacements 1982

Wankery over.


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