Ask the Audience: Favorite Songs

This week will have a significantly increased level of StoneSoup activity, and what better way to start it than with an Ask the Audience. I tried tweeting this week’s question out. (Late at night. On a weekend.) and (un)surprisingly, got little response, but the one response I did get (from Andrew W.) turned me on to a cool new song and band (Kites by Geographer), so I figured I’d give the question a try to a broader forum:

What’s your most-played iTunes song*?

I hope people will like this question not only because it should help get cool recommendations for music, but also for what it says about your taste in music and what stuff you tend to really like.

For the record, my current top-played song is Florence and the Machine’s “Howl”, with 41 plays. The Ratatat remix of Biggie’s “Party and Bullshit” comes in a close second, with 40 plays, and Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies)” is number three, with 39. Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Mgmt take up two slots each in my top ten (though the Strokes rhythm guitarist, Albert Hammond Jr. also has the song “In Transit (Obstinate)” in there as well).

*In case this isn’t obvious, you can find out by clicking on the top-right “Plays” tab on iTunes

Listen to four of my top ten after the jump.


Party and Bullshit (Ratatat remix)

Rebellion (Lies)

In Transit (Obstinate)


7 thoughts on “Ask the Audience: Favorite Songs

  1. Nice stuff. I still haven’t checked out that Albert Hammond Jr. release, even though I loved the first Strokes album.

    Here’s mine: The top one is a seamless loop of rain — perfect white noise. A couple of the other ones surprise me, but most of them are songs I was really into a few years ago. I didn’t realize how much I listened to Teenage Lust by Times New Viking, but I believe almost all of the plays were when I first discovered TNV: during the law review competition. 🙂

  2. We have one in common! Rebellion (Lies) by Arcade Fire comes in first at 14 plays, then Combat Baby by Metric at 13, then Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis at 13. I just got my new music uploaded 2 months ago, hence the low counts.

  3. I’m at work at the moment and only have access to my iPod. But my top 15 songs on my iPod are:

    1. Gershatzer by Atomic Rooster
    2. Better by Guns ‘n’ Roses
    3. Caught In A Mosh by Anthrax
    4. There Was A Time by Guns ‘n’ Roses
    5. Shackler’s Revenge by Guns ‘n’ Roses
    6. Frantic by Metallica
    7. Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! by Megadeth
    8. That Was Just Your Life by Metallica
    9. Chinese Democracy by Guns ‘n’ Roses
    10. I.R.S. by Guns ‘n’ Roses
    11. The Wizard by Uriah Heep
    12. Prostitute by Guns ‘n’ Roses
    13. Journey Of 1,000 Years by Kiss
    14. How Heavy This Axe by The Sword
    15. Lady In Black by Uriah Heep

    A few things. First of all, I’m not some hopeless GNR fiend, even though their songs are all over my playlist. My iPod isn’t particularly old (maybe about 20 months) and I was really into Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” album when it first came out and listened to it a lot. Second, the fact that Gershatzer is my top song does tell something about me: while I rarely listen to that song, it got played on my iPod constantly because it is exactly 8 minutes long and I used it to time my speeches when I did college debate. Third, I tend not to get fixated on particular songs, but rather entire albums, with the exception of a few songs (some of thich are represented on that list). So I’ve probably listened to a ton more Black Sabbath and Judas Priest on this iPod than Uriah Heep, but I spread the songs out a lot more.

    Obviously most of what I listen to is hard rock/metal, but for the general population if I had to suggest one song from my list, you should listen to Lady In Black by Uriah Heep. I don’t think you’ll regret it. The Wizard by them is a classic as well.

  4. According to iTunes, which probably erased my history pre-MacBook/pre-Jan 2010, I’ve been listening to:

    24 x Ten Million Slaves – Otis Taylor
    19 x My Propeller – Arctic Monkeys
    17 x No Excuses – Air France
    17 x Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
    17 x 1901 – Phoenix
    17 x Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    16 x Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire
    16 x Intro – The xx
    15 x Sinnerman – Nina Simone

    I actually don’t like the Otis Taylor song as a holistic piece, but I love the bass line intro, so I end up listening to the first 30 seconds over and over… I’d recommend everything in that list.

  5. # 1 Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22
    Take you on a cruise Interpol
    New Shoes Paolo Nutini (my happy song)
    Cells The Servant
    No Phone Cake (Actually one of my least favorite cake songs. I have no idea why it is this high.)
    Cheer up Murray Flight of the Conchords

  6. 54 plays: “The Temptation of Adam” by Josh Ritter.

    I guess I became somewhat obsessed with this song at some point because it has an extremely high play count. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in indie/folk music.

    Others in my top ten include “Tight Rope” by Yeasayer (43 plays) “No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses (37 plays) and several songs by Iron and Wine.

  7. I have terrible music ADD that often makes me change songs before they’re finished. This definitely skews my results.

    1. The Penalty — Beirut
    2. From Blown Speakers — The New Pornographers
    3. Your Protector — Fleet foxes
    4. The Bleeding Heart Show — The New Pornographers
    5. My Girls — Animal Collective

    Other matches with comments above:
    17. Kids — MGMT
    151. Combat Baby
    195. Rebellion — Arcade Fire (definitely a victim of changing early)
    210. No one’s gonna love you — Band of Horses

    It’s fun to expand the “top 25” to the top 500.

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