I’ve compiled plenty of lists of favourites in the past – top tens, twenties, hundred albums, even a 200 tunes. But do they actually represent what I listen to most? I thought I’d sort my iTunes by “plays” and see. Below are my twenty most played songs from the past few years. They aren’t the most played on the system – they are beaten out of sight by “One Thing” by One Direction (a massive 1643 plays) and “Doo Wops & Hooligans” by Bruno Mars (1392). I don’t even know these songs! But I have three children…
So here it is.
- Silver Dagger – The Staves – 196 plays
- Lies – Chvrches – 155
- Give up the Ghost – Radiohead – 147
- Tin Star – Lindi Ortega – 142
- Mexico – The Staves – 139
- She’s a Witch – Genghar – 137
- Master of my Craft – Parquet Courts – 134
- Codex – Radiohead – 133
- Give Out – Sharon van Etten – 133
- Powder – Genghar – 132
- Borrowed Time – Parquet Courts – 127
- Tether – Chvrches – 121
- Icarus – The Staves – 116
- Flutter – The Unthanks – 116
- Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi – Radiohead – 114
- Pause – Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo – 113
- Light on our Limbs – Daisy Vaughan – 111
- You Said Something – PJ Harvey – 111
- I Try – The Staves – 111
- Gone Tomorrow – The Staves – 109
Well, what to make of that? I’m a bit of a softie at heart in my listening habits, I guess. Especially in recent years. And The Staves’ early EPs became a real staple for me when I discovered them. They still are: music to return to when you just want to chill, clear your head. A few indie favourites too: Chvrches, Genghar, Parquet Courts. That makes sense. Radiohead well represented, but with some of their recent, more reflective numbers. If you have regularly read my blogs, you will have read effusive words about all this lot, so no surprises really.
Slightly further down the list comes some more dance-orientated stuff, mainly from my Gilles Peterson playlist, a few recent rock favourites like Royal Blood and The War on Drugs, a bit of Bob Marley and Bowie and a bit of noise from the likes of The Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins. Joni Mitchell and Massive Attack feature too; and Wolf Alice are coming up on the rails, as I’m still playing “My Love is Cool”a lot.
But hats off to the Staves!