My Top Twenty – Most played songs on iTunes/iPod

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.

  1. Silver Dagger – The Staves – 196 plays
  2. Lies – Chvrches – 155
  3. Give up the Ghost – Radiohead – 147
  4. Tin Star – Lindi Ortega – 142
  5. Mexico – The Staves – 139
  6. She’s a Witch – Genghar – 137
  7. Master of my Craft – Parquet Courts – 134
  8. Codex – Radiohead – 133
  9. Give Out – Sharon van Etten – 133
  10. Powder – Genghar – 132
  11. Borrowed Time – Parquet Courts – 127
  12. Tether – Chvrches – 121
  13. Icarus – The Staves – 116
  14. Flutter – The Unthanks – 116
  15. Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi – Radiohead – 114
  16. Pause – Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo – 113
  17. Light on our Limbs – Daisy Vaughan – 111
  18. You Said Something – PJ Harvey – 111
  19. I Try – The Staves – 111
  20. 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!

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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3 Responses to My Top Twenty – Most played songs on iTunes/iPod

  1. Oh dear Spanky – I’m doing an I Was There playlist for the party – I thought I’d take a shortcut here – but PJ Harvey is the only name I recognised, tho’ I do think you have recommended The Staves to me….

    • John S says:

      Well, I have a playlist for IWT which, when finished will be over 1000 songs. Maybe a bit too much for your party! If you want a short cut to some of my favourites over the past three years, have a look at my best of blogs for each year. They are all in the Top Tens category on the sidebar. I also did a 200 favourite songs, which I put on Spotify (if you have Premium). Again it’s on the blog – in the music lists, concerts category. See you in Dublin very soon!

  2. The Stave s are class

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