My Top 10 Most Listened Songs

My Last.fm profile is now over 2 years old, meaning it has collected my listening habits for the past 2 years every time I play a song. The grand total, as of this writing, says that in that 2 year span I’ve listened to 20,657 songs. I put together a list of the Top 10 Most Listened Songs based on this information, and I’m glad to see how it illustrates how broad my listening taste is.

  1. The Shins – Phantom Limb: This one surprised me, because even though I’ve liked a couple of Shins songs before, their newest album just blew me away. It came out of nowhere and dominated my playlist, and this song rocketed to the top of my most listened to list. I swear, my liking this song has nothing to do with the subject matter – two lesbians. Honestly!
  2. The Hold Steady – Banging Camp: This was a weird one. I had not realized that I listened to this song so much until I saw it at the top of my list. “Huh.” I said. It’s a great song, and the fact that it has an AC/DC-like riff probably has something to do with it, as I always enjoy some good old AC/DC.
  3. Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On: Another weird one for me. Seeing a pattern here? The thing is, I’m not big on country, but Neko Case’s voice latched onto me when I first heard her, and I was hooked ever since. In fact, Last.fm lists her as my most favorite artist. Oh, and she’s a sexy redhead, to boot.
  4. Art Brut – Moving To L.A.: Like The Hold Steady, the lead singer doesn’t really sing, but talks in a conversational tone in their song. Art Brut is full of tongue-in-cheek songs dripping with irony, which is right up my alley, and Moving To L.A. is solid proof of that. And if you ever want to hear a humorous take on erectile dysfunction, their song “Rusted Guns of Milan” does just that.
  5. Muse – Feeling Good: A great cover of Nina Simone’s song, Muse does it in their usual style of falsetto rock. I love the original, and I love this cover, as well.
  6. Postal – Angel Pumping Gas: The lyrics is so utterly simple, yet perfect. I can vividly imagine myself taking place, a beautiful woman pumping gas, swooning you off your feet, even though it was such a brief encounter. I always play this when I’m feeling whimsical.
  7. My Morning Jacket – Gideon: The best live band today doing the best live version of the best song to do live. Got it? Good.
  8. Kamelot – Farewell: The song to rock out with your … err, well, yeah, you get it. When noone’s looking, I pretend I have long hair again and bring out the metal in me to bang my head to this song.
  9. Band of Horses – Funeral: It starts off soft and mellow and then wails into an angry anthem, with the lead singer’s strong voice carrying you into the song.
  10. The Postal Service – Such Great Heights: A timeless song that is bloody difficult to get tired of. It fuses electronica with pop so good, that it feels pretty natural, and it does it with a feel for the 80’s style of synth music.

Watching Old Movies

I’ve developed an odd new interest, at least for me.  You see, for as long as I could remember, I had this adverse reaction to watching any movie made before 1980.  Sure, I’ve seen a few good movies made in the 70’s, but I always hated the old-timey look, the acting style, dress style, hair style, music selection, and so forth.  I just couldn’t stand it.  It got worse the further back in time the movie was.

Lately however, I’m finding myself on AMC and MoviePlex, watching some old movies.  The other day I saw Anne of the Thousand Days, which came out in 1969, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The acting, the dialogue, writing, everything was great, and I enjoyed the whole movie.  Then I saw Cowboy, released in 1958, and even though I’m not big on Westerns, this one had great dialogue, action, and acting.  You’d think with such a generic, simple title it’d be hokey or stupid, but it wasn’t.  I was pleasantly surprised.

So now I find myself staying on these channels more often than not, whereas before I’d skip right past them without a second thought.  I told my dad about this, and asked if it was a preliminary sign of a mid-life crisis, and all I got was a scoff.  In any case, here’s to old, but great, movies.