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My 25 most-played songs

I was doing some pruning in iTunes today and happened to look at the Top 25 Most Played list. I present mine below with the following comment: many of these songs are on workout playlists which may explain their numbers. As always, my Rule 34 applies to the musical selections.

  1. Fix You by Coldplay (307 plays)
  2. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits (247 plays)
  3. Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”) (241 plays)
  4. Looking for Space by John Denver (190)
  5. Going the Distance (180 plays)
  6. The Final Bell by Bill Conti (178 plays)
  7. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (172 plays)
  8. Burning Heart by Survivor (165 plays)
  9. Tiny Tears by Tindersticks (145 plays)
  10. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (144 plays)
  11. Training Montage (144 plays)
  12. Hysteria by Def Leppard (131 plays)
  13. Hearts on Fire by John Cafferty (127 plays)
  14. Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby by Counting Crows (120 plays)
  15. Have a Nice Day by Bon Jovi (119 plays)
  16. Lose Yourself by Eminem (115 plays)
  17. Angel by Sarah McLachlan (115 plays)
  18. New York Minute by Don Henley (114 plays)
  19. Run Riot by Def Leppard (108 plays)
  20. Jump by Van Halen (99 plays)
  21. Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue (98 plays)
  22. Hold On Loosely by .38 Special (97 plays)1
  23. War/Fanfare from Rocky (93 plays)
  24. Women by Def Leppard (91 plays)
  25. Rocket by Def Leppard (90 plays)

What are your top 25?


  1. Alphabetically, this is the first song in the entire catalog I own. When the iPod accidentally starts playing the list from the beginning, which happens on occasion, this song gets played, which is why it makes the top 25.

Opposites attract

I finally go around to putting together a 2-disc playlist that I’ve been meaning to put together for some time now. I call it “Opposites Attract” and you can see the tracks for the two discs listed below.

Disc 1: Dark Disc 2: Light
1. Boys (The Shirelles) 1. Girls (Death in Vegas)
2. Dead (They Might Be Giants) 2. Alive (Pearl Jam)
3. Stop (Erasure) 3. Go (Pearl Jam)
4. Fear (Sade) 4. Fearless (Pink Floyd)
5. Goodbye (Def Leppard) 5. Hello (Evanescence)
6. I Don’t Know (Ozzy Osbourne) 6. I Know (Jude)
7. Just a Boy (Harry Connick, Jr.) 7. Just a Girl (No Doubt)
8. Cryin’ (Aerosmith) 8. Laughing (R.E.M.)
9. Lies (Thompson Twins) 9. Truth (Def Leppard)
10. Oh Father (Madonna) 10. Mother (Pink Floyd)
11. One of These Nights (The Eagles) 11. One of These Days (Pink Floyd)
12. Insanity (Oingo Boingo) 12. Sanity (Bad Religion)
13. Yesterday (The Beatles) 13. Tomorrow (Avril Lavigne)
14. Walking on the Moon (The Police) 14. Walking on the Sun (Smash Mouth)

Glad that’s now out of my system. I’m sure there are more of these, but this is the best I could do with what I had in my collection.

Pool-side playlist

I put together a relaxing pool-side playlist for those days that I don’t feel like doing anything except sitting by one of the pools on the ship, sipping umbrella drinks. For those interested:

  1. Beyond the Sea (“La Mer”) — Django Reinhardt
  2. Dreamsville — Lora Albright
  3. Georgia On My Mind — Ray Charles
  4. Summertime — Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  5. Holiday in Spain — Counting Crows
  6. City Beneath the Sea — Harry Connick, Jr.
  7. The Girl from Ipanema — Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto with Astrud Gilberto
  8. Watermelon Weather — Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee
  9. Peel Me A Grape — Diana Krall
  10. This Time the Dream’s On Me — Harry Connick, Jr.
  11. Harbor Lights — Bing Crosby
  12. Somewhere Over the Rainbow — Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  13. What a Wonderful World — Louis Armstrong
  14. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) — Bing Crosby

Heading home

I finished 3 of the 4 tasks I wanted to get done this weekend, and that’s something I suppose. I am almost caught up. The problem is, I just checked my calendar and I have managed to get myself wrangled into 5-1/2 hours of meetings tomorrow. So all efforts at catching up only helped to slow the digging of the hole that I am finding myself in. I can’t wait until March 5, because a number of work-related things will have passed by that point and I might be able to really start catching up.

I think I mentioned we got about 3 inches of snow since I got here. It started raining a little so hopefully some of that has melted. I really want to be able to drive my car home. I’ve still got a bunch of stuff to do and I’ve got to be to bed in 2-1/2 hours!

(And I’m now well into my senior year of high school on my autobiography play list, a time when I was working at Century Stationer’s, when Tawnya and I first started dating, and when I was stressing about where I was going to go to college. 115 of 193 songs. And my iPod has burned only about half of it’s battery life.)

Rock & Pop playlist

I have this Rock & Pop play list that I listen to from time to time. It’s a “smart” playlist and the criteria of the playlist are such that it eliminates anything that isn’t in the rock or pop domain of music. This leaves me with about 2,400 songs in the play list. On some days, like today, I spend much of the day listening to this playlist in shuffle mode. Today I listened 60 songs on the list. I want to continue to do this tomorrow.

On the of the problems with doing that, though, is that if I start over tomorrow, I’m likely to hear some of the same songs as I did today and I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to hear the same song again for at least 24 hours. On the train home, I wondered if I could come up with something that would solve this problem for me. I just did.

I added one additional criteria to my smart play list:

[Last Played] [Is not in the last] [1] [days]

This means that once I sync up my iPod tonight, I can play the list again tomorrow and I won’t hear any songs that have already been played in the last 24 hours. Pretty cool, eh?

A Soundtrack for Science Fiction Writers

I’ve been meaning to put this together for a while, and this evening, I took a break from my database development work and finally did it. I put together a “soundtrack” for science fiction writers. This is a CD-length playlist of 21 songs that have something to do with writing or science fiction. I tried not to pick obvious or overused songs, but in some cases, I couldn’t resist. Those interested in the contents of the soundtrack, please proceed through the link.

A Soundtrack for Science Fiction Writers

Trip to the Yard 2006

Each year I have had my season tickets to the Orioles, I have made a CD for the trip to and from the Yard. Of course, this year, wthout a radio in my car, I can’t listen to the CD on the way, but I nonetheless felt it was important to keep up the ritual and so I have created a “Trip to the Yard 2006” CD. In past years, I have strayed somewhat from cliche and traditional, but this year, I felt the need to come back home and make it a bit more traditional. Here’s the playlist:

1. Baseball–Home Run (Sound Effects)
2. William Tell Overture (London Symphony Orchestra)
3. Willie, Mickey, and “The Duke” (Talkin’ Baseball) (Terry Cashman)
4. The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy)
5. Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen)
6. Tessie (Dropkick Murphys)
7. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Jimmy Buffett)
8. Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
9. All Star (Smash Mouth)
10. Catfish (Bob Dylan)
11. Centerfield (John Fogerty)
12.Right Field (Peter, Paul and Mary)
13. Enter Sandman (Metallica)
14. New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)

Another use for the cardio playlist

I’m listening to the cardio playlist this afternoon at work and it really helps to get the blood flowing again after that lunchtime nap.

Cardio Playlist (beta)

I’ve put together a cariod workout playlist, which I plan to beta test as part of my new cardio routine beginning tomorrow. The list is below. I’m open to suggestions of songs that you’ve found work well in your own workouts. (Note: I list them in their default order, but I always play the list on random to mix it up a bit.)

1. Jump. Van Halen
2. Bad Day. R.E.M.
3. Goodbye–Goodbye. Oingo Boingo
4. Mrs. Potters Lullaby. Counting Crows
5. Kickstart My Heart. Motley Crue
6. A Little Respect. Erasure
7. Demolition Man. Def Leppard
8. On Through the Night. Def Leppard
9. Run Riot. Def Leppard
10. Come On Eileen. Save Ferris
11. Whiplash. Metallica
12. Call Me. Blondie
13. Walk Like An Egyptian. The Bangles
14. Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky). Bill Conti
15. Surfin’ U.S.A.. The Beach Boys
16. I’m On My Way. The Shimshaws
17. American Girl. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
18. Mess Around. Ray Charles