My Five-star Songs

I just made a quick list of all my five-star songs in iTunes and sorted them by play count. Note, these are only the number of times I’ve played these songs since Spring of 2006 (when I lost all my previous metadata). Still, this probably is a pretty good reflection of my favorite 100 songs, even if the ordering may be a bit off. (The fact that there are exactly 100 is coincidence.) Enjoy. Discuss. For bonus points, criticize my devil-may-care choice of a <ul> instead of a <table>.

They’re listed like this: Song Title / Artist Name / Play Count

  • Cubicle / Rinôçérôse / 34
  • From the Morning / Nick Drake / 31
  • Comfort Eagle / Cake / 28
  • Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger / Daft Punk / 28
  • Pink Moon / Nick Drake / 28
  • Qué Onda Guero / Beck / 27
  • Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois / Sufjan Stevens / 27
  • Digital Love / Daft Punk / 24
  • Place to Be / Nick Drake / 24
  • E-Pro / Beck / 23
  • Future / Cut Copy / 23
  • Casimir Pulaski Day / Sufjan Stevens / 23
  • Clap Hands / Beck / 22
  • Elevator Music / Beck / 22
  • Feel Good Inc. (Album Crossfade) / Gorillaz / 21
  • Shake Your Coconuts (DFA Mix) / Junior Senior / 21
  • Why, When, How (Bonus Track) / Justin Timberlake / 21
  • Black Tambourine / Beck / 20
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song / The Flaming Lips / 20
  • BAD CARTRIDGE (E-Pro) [Remix] / Beck / 19
  • Let Go / Frou Frou / 19
  • Jacksonville / Sufjan Stevens / 19
  • GHETTOCHIP MALFUNCTION (Hell Yes) / Beck / 18
  • Get Real Paid / Beck / 18
  • One More Time / Daft Punk / 18
  • Hide and Seek / Imogen Heap / 18
  • GAMEBOY/HOMEBOY (Qué Onda Guero) / Beck / 17
  • Loser / Beck / 17
  • Emerald City / United State of Electronica / 17
  • Fire Coming Out of the Monkey’s Head / Gorillaz / 16
  • Quiet / John Mayer / 16
  • Dear Mr. Supercomputer / Sufjan Stevens / 16
  • The Henney Buggy Band / Sufjan Stevens / 16
  • (My 1st) Big Break / Cut Chemist / 15
  • Lion Song / Harrod and Funck / 15
  • Search and Destory / Iggy And The Stooges / 15
  • SexyBack / Justin Timberlake / 15
  • Ghostbusters / Ray Parker Junior / 15
  • They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh! / Sufjan Stevens / 15
  • City of Blinding Lights / U2 / 15
  • The New Pollution / Beck / 14
  • Novacane / Beck / 14
  • A Lack of Color / Death Cab for Cutie / 14
  • Señorita / Justin Timberlake / 14
  • Chicago / Sufjan Stevens / 14
  • Hotwax / Beck / 13
  • Where It’s At / Beck / 13
  • Aerodynamic / Daft Punk / 13
  • Lion Song / Harrod and Funck / 13
  • Such Great Heights / The Postal Service / 13
  • The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us / Sufjan Stevens / 13
  • Irene / tobymac / 13
  • It Is On! / United State of Electronica / 13
  • Intergalactic / Beastie Boys / 12
  • Don’t Panic / Coldplay / 12
  • I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You / Colin Hay / 12
  • Title and Registration / Death Cab for Cutie / 12
  • Bigger Than My Body / John Mayer / 12
  • Vertigo / U2 / 12
  • Chain Reaction / Beck / 11
  • Hollywood Freaks / Beck / 11
  • Sissyneck / Beck / 11
  • Daughters / John Mayer / 11
  • Let Me Tell You About My Boat / Mark Mothersbaugh / 11
  • A Million Parachutes / Sixpence None The Richer / 11
  • She Blinded Me With Science / Thomas Dolby / 11
  • Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys / 10
  • Readymade / Beck / 10
  • High 5 (Rock the Catskills) / Beck / 10
  • Queen Bitch / David Bowie / 10
  • Do You Realize?? / The Flaming Lips / 10
  • No Such Thing / John Mayer / 10
  • Move Your Feet (Radio Edit) / Junior Senior / 10
  • Rock Your Body / Justin Timberlake / 10
  • Brand New Colony / The Postal Service / 10
  • Beautiful Day (Live From Boston) / U2 / 10
  • Get It Together / Beastie Boys / 9
  • Mahna Mahna / Cake / 9
  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 / The Flaming Lips / 9
  • Samba Tranquille / Thievery Corporation / 9
  • Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows / The Beatles / 8
  • Sexx Laws / Beck / 8
  • Tropicalia / Beck / 8
  • Lord Only Knows / Beck / 8
  • Water Runs Dry / Boyz II Men / 8
  • Motivational Speaker / Cut Chemist / 8
  • Your Body Is a Wonderland / John Mayer / 8
  • J Train / tobymac / 8
  • Baba O’Riley / The Who / 8
  • Dry The Rain / The Beta Band / 7
  • Video Killed the Radio Star (Single Version) / The Buggles / 7
  • Fight Test / The Flaming Lips / 7
  • Worn Out Welcome / Harrod and Funck / 7
  • Newme / Jamie Lidell / 7
  • Neon / John Mayer / 7
  • Starry Eyed Surprise / Paul Oakenfold / 7
  • Space Walk / Lemon Jelly / 5
  • With Or Without You / U2 / 4
  • Hands Of The Potter / Caedmon’s Call / 3
  • The Tower of Learning / Rufus Wainwright / 2

4 thoughts on “My Five-star Songs

  1. Having stayed up late to get some work done, it’s been really fun just starting from the beginning of the list and playing it straight through with shuffle off. I’m on “Loser” now. All hits, all the time!

    Note: Jamie Lidell hits me upside the head eight times before I know what’s happened. Newme, my favorite song of his, carries the full Josh Lewis! stamp of approval. Buy it. Now.

  2. Many of those songs would be in my 5 too. The surprise though was Baba O’Riley. While it’s a great song, I never pegged you for a The Who fan. Although this list being made up of only 1% The Who makes me think that you’re not a big fan.

  3. I noted that Boyz II Men was on your 5 Star list, so I thought you might be interested in the Bell Biv Devoe remix of Jamie Lidell’s song, “Newme Baby.” That’ll certainly hit up side the head a few times.

  4. *carefully weighs the danger of telling this story*

    When Steph and I were just married, we used to listen to “Water Runs Dry” together sometimes. Not a lot, mind you, but occasionally. It was just one of those love songs that hit a sweet spot for us. (Who could honestly say that the vocals on that song do not rock? Who?!?)

    Anyhow, it’s still a five-star for me because occasionally I would be working on something and iTunes would be cranked, and the song would come on. And wherever Steph was in the house and heard it, she would stop whatever she was doing and come to me slowly step-together-step-togethering to the rhythm, singing along the whole way. It was like some kind of “Stephanie call,” or perhaps a pan flute whose power only affected Stephanies. I loved it.

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