Yesterday, I was digging around my phone and saw that there is a play list under “Music” that shows the top 25 most played songs. Some of them are spot on and I have zero idea how some of the songs appeared on the list. Since I’m still unemployed and I’m finding it increasingly difficult to occupy my time, I decided to scribble down the 25 songs I would most like to hear and then compare them to the “computer generated list”.
Here is the list supplied to me by my beloved iPhone:
Stop Steppin’ On My Hear – Eddie Money
Peace In Our Time – Eddie Money
Money For Nothing – Dire Straights
You Could Be Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
Redefine – Sevendust
The Way It Is – Tesla (Five Man Acoustical Jam)
War Pigs – Black Sabbath
Bittersweet – Fuel
When The Coast Is Clear – Jimmy Buffet
Fruitcakes – Jimmy Buffet
Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin
What I Got – Sublime
Toe – Zac Brown Band
Wild Summer Nights – John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (AKA – Eddie and the Cruisers)
Walk On Water – Eddie Money
Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
Brandy – Looking Glass
Jersey Girl – Bruce Springsteen
Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts
Runaround Sue – John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (AKA – Eddie and the Cruisers)
Two Tickets To Paradise – Eddie Money
Smoke From A Distant Fire – Sanford and Townsend
Down On My Knees – John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (AKA – Eddie and the Cruisers)
I Wanna Go Back – Eddie Money
Lets take a minute and analyze this list…
Eddie Money clearly appears more time on the list than any other band / artist. Is Eddie Money my favorite artist of all time? Arguably, but the argument would be lost. As most anyone that knows me well should know, my favorite singer / songwriter / artist / band is Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band. Two Buffet songs do appear on the list. One of them is in my personal Top 25 songs and I barely know the other.
Eddie and the Cruisers appears three times on the list. Huh? A mythical band that never was? Aren’t they on tour with Steel Dragon and Stillwater right now? Trust me, I love the movies (Eddie and the Cruisers part two: Eddie Lives…might be the greatest sequel ever), but to the point that 12% of my Top 25 most played songs are their’s? I need to listen to more of something, anything else, right??
No Skynyrd, AC/DC, Boston, Allman Bros., Seger, Mellencamp, Queen, Rush, Simon and Garfunkle or Van Morrison? Hell, not a single Beatles song appears on the list. I’ve often described myself as being a huge fan of Classic Rock. How do none of the above listed stalwarts of the genre not get a dis-proportioned amount of the playtime on my phone? Have I been lying to myself this entire time? Maybe I just want to be a fan of classic rock when in actuality, I’m just a nut for Eddie Money and fictitious bands. As I sit here and ponder that very question and the answers are quite simple. We’ll explore the reasoning a little later.
Now that you have a bit of an understanding as to why I was more than a little surprised with the computer generated list, lets take a look at my list. These are listed in reverse order from 25 to number 1. Honestly not much thought went into 25-11. They are fairly interchangeable. The top 10 are the songs that really strike a nerve somewhere inside of me.
25. Toes – Zac Brown Band
– In most regards I see this song as a semi-rip off of Jimmy Buffet or even more recently Kenny Chesney, but I do enjoy the song immensely.
24. Smoke from a Distant Fire – Sanford and Townsend
– Catchy tune about seeing the lies in your cheating lovers eyes. I was stuck listening to the River 97.3 for years in my office (for you out-of-towners 97.3 is the local radio station that plays the best of the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and today and they promise “no repeat workdays”). I heard this song almost everyday for 5 years or more and eventually fell in love with it.
23. 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
– Horns. Lots of horns in this song about being drugged out of your mind. For those of you that don’t know, 25 or 6 to 4 is a reference to the time of day, meaning 25 minutes or 26 minutes until 4:00 – – “25 or 6 to 4:00.
22. Jersey Girl – Bruce Springsteen
– I love the Jersey Shore and he sings about it directly in the song.
21. Brandy – Looking Glass
– See description for Smoke From Distant Fire. Brandy is a bartender and all of the sailors want to run off with her. They say she’s a fine girl.
20. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
– Could I have used one of about 25 Zeppelin’s songs here? Sure. Right now, today, this is my favorite. Could be different tomorrow.
19. Any Way You Want It – Journey
– Don’t you hate it when you like something for years and then out of nowhere pop culture or in this case State Farm takes what was once your’s and gives it to everyone? Well, I still dig the song, but the stupid State Farm commercial is ruining my enjoyment of it. The Soprano’s did the same this to me with Don’t Stop Believing.
18. And it Stoned Me – Van Morrison
– Same as Zeppelin. There are a catalogue of song available for this spot, but this is my favorite Van Morrison Song right now.
17. You – Candlebox
– I’m still fighting with myself on this. I really feel like this should be in the top 10. The rest of the list better be filled with timeless classics. Just like this song is.
16. Peace of Mind – Boston
– My parents used to turn our JVC rack system past 10 on the dial and play this or any other Boston song to wake my ass up in the morning. It worked.
15. One – Metallica
– This might be the first song that I listened to because I wanted to…not my parents. Was I 12? All I know is I bought Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets as soon as humanly possible. The Black album came out not too much longer and just like #19 on my list, what once was mine (and a reasonably large and growing underground) now belonged to the masses.
14. – Crimson and Clover – Tommy James and the Shondells
– Here is a prime example of a song that my parents listened to over-and-over-and-over. Now, so do I.
13. Shakin’ – Eddie Money
– I love Eddie Money. Maybe more so on the whole than any one of his songs. He deserves to be on my list and close to the top. Shakin’ has a blues groove to it that just makes you want to move. It’s a great song to blast while demo’ing a house or working out (not that I partake in the latter). Throw this tune on and tear something up.
12. One Way Out – Allman Bros.
– Classic. What else is there to say. If you don’t know this song, you need to get it immediately. This is why classic rock is king and everything else is just OK.
11. Something – Beatles
– Too sappy for the list? Maybe. I always think of this as a George Harrison song more so than a Beatles song. He wrote it and sang it. I’ve heard that Lennon and McCartney only “tolerated” it’s inclusion on Abbey Road. Who knows if that’s true… Who cares? The song is fantastic and timeless.
Here is where the fun begins:
10. That Was a Crazy Game of Poker – O.A.R
– Shout out to Gmart and the Melligator for introducing me to the greatest summer song of them all.
9. Santeria – Sublime
– I don’t care that its overplayed, only appreciated after Bradley Nowell’s death, that every cover band there every was plays it at every show or anything else anybody has to say about it. I love the song.
8. The Weight – The Band
– Sure it’s 10 minutes long and the only people that really know all the words are the same people that know all the words to “Rapper’s Delight”. If you ask me, it’s the perfect classic rock song. It’s rock, its country, its folky, but most of all, its just plain old good.
7. Deeez Nuts – Dr. Dre
– Can I get a show of hands from the people that saw this coming? The Chronic Album is epic and changed my life in many ways. I learned most of my best curse words from the lyrics, but it also opened my eyes to a world of music outside of classic rock. Too bad rap went from where it was in the early 90’s to where it is today. I can confidently say I hate rap, but my love of the Chronic album is here to stay.
6. Cowboy – Kid Rock
– I’ve been to more than 50 concerts in my life. Simply put, Kid Rock puts on the best show of anyone.
5. Green Grass and High Tides – The Outlaws
– When you look up “classic rock song” in the dictionary it says “see Green Grass and High Tide – The Outlaws”. Unfortunately, unless you’ve been subjected to a car ride with me or had the pleasure of sitting beside me in an office, you probably never heard the song.
4. War Pigs – Black Sabbath
– I hate artists trying to weigh in on politics. Like David Crosby for instance. “Sit down, shut up and just play your fucking hit songs, mmmmkay????”. At any rate, this song is as political as they come, but the musicianship is first rate and Ozzy is at his best. My kids even love the song and know all of the words to the first verse.
3. Tin Cup Chalice – Jimmy Buffet
– If you like Buffet because he instantly transforms you from sitting in your house or office to the beach, this is the song for you. Chances are, you don’t know of it though, because it wasn’t on his greatest hits. This is the cat’s meow of Buffet songs and could be my favorite song of all time.
2. Self Esteem – The Offspring
– I was 15 or 16 when this song came out. I had a car and I played it loud. I don’t listen to it nearly as much as I once did, but this is everything I love about music. The song instantly takes me back to 1994. I can smell the smoke in the pool hall and the exhaust fumes leaking back into the rusty floor of my 1978 Chevy Nova.
1. Stanglehold – Ted Nugent
– If it’s up to me to decide what the greatest song of all time is, I’m going to tell you 7 out of 10 times that it is Stanglehold by Ted Nugent. Interestingly enough, Ted Nugent doesn’t sing the song, just plays guitar. I actually don’t know the guy’s name that does the singing and honestly, I don’t care. I’m all about the guitar in the song and 9 times out of 10 I’m singing along loud enough that I don’t even hear the lyrics.
So, there you have it. My top 25 songs of all time.
Oh…I said earlier that its quite simple why my favorites didn’t necessarily appear on the computer generated list. Here ya go:
First, I tend to avoid my favorite songs. I never want them to feel overplayed. I like the feeling of a song playing on shuffle that I genuinely wanted to hear. If all I did was play songs I wanted to hear, I would only listen to these 25 and then I would learn to resent them all.
Second, the Beatles (and others) didn’t appear on the list because I have over 50 Beatles songs on my phone and I listen to ALL of them. Eddie and the Cruisers pops up because I have 3 songs and then tend to play quite often on shuffle for some reason. This doesn’t mean I dig fictitious bands more than the greatest band ever (another list sorted by bands coming your way??) the stats on the phone just get weird when you’re comparing 3 songs to 50.
I hope you enjoyed the list. Feel free to comment. I don’t much care to hear from you why such-and-such didn’t make the list or how dare I list Ted Nugent at number 1, but if it makes you feel better, fire away.