Annotated iTunes: 13 over 75

Posted by Whit Barringer , Friday, October 22, 2010 11:00 PM

I listen to music a lot. I am one of those people who does not consider a day successful without music, and I constantly have something going in the background or (when I can) full blast. I have diverse tastes, but I have a tendency to listen to songs over and over again that I love or hit that part of the brain that loves addiction. I thought I would show a window into that part of my brain and show you the 13 songs in my entire library that are rated five stars (through an external program that rates on frequency and number of plays) and have more than 75 plays since July 2009 (which makes most of these songs recent discoveries, which in turn actually skews these results a lot).  Each song is listed in ascending order.
13. "Hush" - Coheed and Cambria, Year of the Black Rainbow (77 plays)
This song is everything I love about Coheed and Cambria. It starts out with a slow industrial-esque beat and turns into a crazy catchy pop chorus.

Favorite Lyrics:

Cause there's just noone in this world
Like you, my darling dear
Can I go, and bring on this life without you?
Let this be my dying wish
Please give me more than this
It hurts so, please I paid my price my penance
Hush, there is no lover just enough to murder us
I am your ghost.

12. "Combat Love" - BEARBOT (79 plays)
A mix between "Combat Baby" by Metric and "Digital Love" by Daft Punk, this is the only mash-up on the list. It's just a lot of fun and has some fun layers. Here's a link to the song on

11. "Massage Situation" - Flying Lotus, Reset (83)
If you've ever watched Adult Swim and seen the "bumps" (the black screens with white messages between shows) or the place cards (weird pictures with the Adult Swim logo embedded), you've heard Flying Lotus, and, more than likely, you've heard this song. Flying Lotus's specialty is awesome beats, rarely with words ("Massage Situation" is no exception), that are contagious and very cool.

10. "Parisian Goldfish" - Flying Lotus, Los Angeles (91)
This and #11  were often listened to back to back. The difference in the listens is probably due to me playing it for friends to trigger the memory of watching the very very very NSFW video. (The video below is the song by itself, and the link is the official VERYNSFW music video directed by Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric fame).

NSFW Parisian Goldfish video.

9. "Duvet" - Boa, Twilight (91)
The first song on this list that I might describe as beautiful. The acoustic version is wonderful as well (second video). Easy on the ears and calming, which is often what the doctor's ordering.

8. "Bloodstream" - Stateless, Stateless (96)
I absolutely love this song. The lyrics, the music, the singer's voice. It's soft and beautiful and aching.

Favorite Lyrics:
I think I might’ve inhale you
I could feel you behind my eyes
You gotten into my bloodstream
I could feel you floating in me

7. "You Rock My World" - Michael Jackson, Invincible (100)
I didn't realize until I made this list that this song was from Michael Jackson's last album, but it fits in with some of his best work from his early solo career. Hard to resist an MJ beat. Music video below.

6. "Howl" - Florence + the Machine, Lungs (105)
The first of four Florence + the Machine songs on this list. When I was first introduced to Florence, I was absolutely enthralled, and I played the entire album over and over again. I always liked "Howl," but the major bump in plays is due to a recent fascination.

Favorite Lyrics:
Screaming in the dark, I howl when we're apart
I drag my teeth across your test to taste your beating heart
My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks at night for which I have to howl

Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters

5. "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" - Florence + the Machine, Lungs (107)
The second Florence song that I ever heard. Her range in this one - as well as the meaning of the lyrics themselves - is an amazing tribute to the complex nature of her music.

Official video here. (It's worth going to watch.)
Favorite Lyrics:
This is a gift, it comes with a price
Who is the lamb and who is the knife?
Midas is king and he holds me so tight
And turns me to gold in the sunlight

4. "Drumming Song" - Florence + the Machine, Lungs (118)
The first Florence song I ever heard, and one that will remain in my top ten favorites of all time. Primal, aching, beautiful, unique, and powerful.

Official video here, which is also worth leaving to see.

3. "My Boy Builds Coffins" - Florence + the Machine, Lungs (138)
This is a deeper cut on the Lungs album, but it's my favorite Florence song. I don't really know why, honestly. I like the music, the lyrics, and, of course, her voice. I guess that's all the reason I need.

2. "Guns of Summer" - Coheed and Cambria, Year of the Black Rainbow (153)
For those who don't know, Coheed and Cambria is my favorite band (how anyone could not know at this is beyond me). This song is from their most recent album, a prequel for their five-album story concept.  "Guns of Summer" has an amazing drive. The drums are powerful and fast, and the guitars heavy.  But it's the chorus and the last minute of the song that make it. Suddenly, after heavy playing, the chorus opens up and Coheed's typical catchy melody breaks free. The layered melodies at the end of the song make it one of the best in Coheed's discography.

Favorite Lyrics:
Cold as winter, guns of summer
Point and watch them run
Summer's will and debris in her son
This is your last chance, will you give up?

1. "Drips/Auntie's Harp" - Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma (159)
Another Flying Lotus song. I don't know why I love this song so much. It fits into a second category of Flying Lotus song (the first being "cool," the second being "aural assault).  The number of plays is mostly due to a day at work when I listened to "Drips/Auntie's Harp" on repeat for close to the entire eight hours I was there. It's hardly my favorite of all time, but it helps me focus which is very valuable in my world of books and writing.

What are your most played favorites?

(Written Oct 23; Posted Oct 24 @ 2:25 P.M.)

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