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July 30th, 2011, 7:27 PM
The Songs We Love

http://i55.tinypic.com/2zsu3i9.pngIf you use iTunes or another program on your computer that allows you to look at your most played song, look at the top 5. If not, you'll just have to think about what you listen to most, but try to be unbiased about it! Now compare this to your favorite songs of all time. Do they match up? Is your favorite song your favorite because of its replay value, or maybe despite the lack of it?

Would you judge someone's preferences based on what they play most often in their music program of choice? Or would a favorite song chosen by them be a better indicator of their taste in music? Keep in mind that while a favorite may best show what they enjoy in a song, a most played song will show what catches their attention in music more often than anything else. Or maybe it just shows a song that can be replayed endlessly...or maybe they just rated it high and went to sleep with their player on and it kept going back to that song. Who knows!

In case you were wondering, the screenshot is of my iTunes (shush I don't use it a lot and I have a lot of songs!), and those top 4 are Go the Distance from Hercules, Happy by Brandi Carlile, Waiting For My Real Life to Begin by Colin Hay, and You Could Be Her by Jonathon Coulton. My favorite song isn't even in my iTunes, lol.

July 30th, 2011, 7:30 PM
My iTunes most played is skewed since a lot of songs get bumped from being on multiple playlists, and the newer ones get few plays. That's why I like to reset it frequently. Right now it's Katy Perry's Peacock at 82 plays.

July 30th, 2011, 10:25 PM
Most played:
1: Cape Horn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SRUmNlN4sU) by Tommy Tallarico
2: Opened Path ~Fight With Colossus~ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSrV5--cua8) by Kō Ōtani
3: Hanyō Inuyasha (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHo--4I0zgM) by Kaoru Wada
4: High Notes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3KuSD4pfXw) by Stéphane Bellanger
[s]5: Some MIDI that is simply called 'against the future' and has no known artist, so let's go with what's next.
6: US Ship Action (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pAWFG2bbr4) by Richard Jacques

It matches up quite well since I would call these favourites. I have happened to leave these tracks looping for hours at a time, though, so the sheer amount of plays they have is rather disproportionate.

Would you judge someone's preferences based on what they play most often in their music program of choice?
I don't see why not.

Or would a favorite song chosen by them be a better indicator of their taste in music?
People aren't always great self-indicators, so it probably wouldn't be, but it's worth keeping in mind.

Captain Fabio
July 31st, 2011, 3:27 AM
1: TerresecT - Eden - 163
2: Machine Head - The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears - 145
3: Pantera - Walk - 129
4: Eye of the Enemy - Weight of Redemption - 111
5: Mastodon - Crack The Skye - 110

They are the top five in my iTunes with the total plays. All of those songs I love to bits and are simply amazing in my opinion. There have only been rare cases that I haven't got a favourite song that it at the top of my list...

Mr Cat Dog
July 31st, 2011, 3:39 AM
For me, I go on music binges, where I'll just listen to one or two albums non-stop, then get slightly bored of them and move on to something else. Currently, it's a combination of Bjork and the Book of Mormon cast recording. Weird combo, I'll admit, but it's all I'm listening to, pretty much.

Here's my top 5 TOTAL iTunes songs, though:

I Don't Want to Know (Rumours) - Fleetwood Mac
Everyone's a Little Bit Racist (Avenue Q Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Avenue Q Cast
When the Levee Breaks (Mothership) - Led Zeppelin
Tightrope (The ArchAndroid) - Janelle Monae
Marry the Night (Born This Way) - Lady Gaga

Surprised about the Gaga mention, but I do love that song.

As for judgment, unless people have such homogenous tastes, I don't think the top 1/2/5 entries is as much of a barometer as one would imagine. People, on the whole, seem to have quite eclectic music tastes, at least from personal experience.

July 31st, 2011, 10:05 AM
My top 5 at the moment are:

RADWIMPS - One man live
BONNIE PINK - Rise and Shine
坂本真綾 - 秘密
me-al art - 私の部屋
Bat For Lashes - Glass

From that you'd conclude that I listen to a lot of Japanese music, which is true, but you'd probably think that's almost all I listen to, which isn't true. Some of my favorite songs are ones I don't want to listen to all the time. I don't want to get tired of them.

My most played songs are mostly from when I got new albums and played them endlessly. Some of them I didn't listen to much after that so I wouldn't really call them my favorite songs, though I still like them and will still listen to them. Oh, some of my most played music comes from when I'm with people and I want to put something on I expect everyone will want to listen to, so that confuses things a little more.

July 31st, 2011, 10:33 AM
I have a tendency to play a new album I get over and over for about a week after I get it. Then, some of the songs from it become some of my favorites, and therefore get played more often. Currently, a couple of my favorite songs are "Respira" by Luis Fonsi, and "Déjame Ir" by Reik.

Rogue planet
July 31st, 2011, 7:00 PM
My most played songs match my most common mood; which is apparently anarchy and nihilism. But really I just like hearing Johnny Rotten trash talk the Queen. Then mixed in with that are some of my actual favourites; which tends to be slow and atmospheric, rather than energetic.

#1: Radiohead - Talk Show Host. Actual all time favourite.
#2: Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen. Nowhere near a favourite, just something I like hearing a lot.
#3: At the Drive-In - Cosmonaut. Not a favourite, just crazily intense.
#4: Cocteau Twins - Alice. A favourite.
#5: Cocteau Twins - Tranquil Eye. A favourite.

Then looking down from there at my top 30 I only see about two other favourites. Most of my actual favourites I don't tend to listen to as much as others; because, like Scarf, I don't want to wear them thin.

What people choose to be their favourite is a better reflection of what they like. Choices are what define us.

Eliminator Jr.
July 31st, 2011, 8:58 PM
The last time I reset the play count for my music library was at the end of January in this year, so it's pretty representative of what my favourite songs are at the moment.

1. "Lady Daydream" by Twin Sister (87 plays) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HohnlWnQPvs)
2. "Wedding Bell" by Beach House (69 plays) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JqYVukDpqI)
3. "Master of None" by Beach House (68 plays) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2YiUTh9dj4)
4. "Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping" by Grouper (54 plays) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWSVE198yGw)
5. "Where Do My Bluebird Fly" by The Tallest Man On Earth (54 plays) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OlfhYmyVV4)

Master of None is my favourite song of all time - when I first heard it I listened it and the album it's on non-stop, however that was before the play count was reset, so it doesn't appear as number 1 according to my most played. Lady Daydream has been one of my favourite songs in the past six months so I'd agree with it being there. The same goes for Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping. I'd agree with having The Tallest Man On Earth in there as well. So the list is pretty representative - the only change I would make is to replace Wedding Bell with the song 109 by Toro y Moi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZIxBLdu-tI) - as much as I love Wedding Bell, Beach House is already covered in my top five.

August 1st, 2011, 9:52 AM
According to Last.fm:
1. Fate of the Unknown (Orchestral) by Bak.R [132 plays]
2. Iron - Woodkid [130 plays]
3. Dearly Beloved - Yoko Shimomura [109 plays]
4. Thirteenth Anthology - Yoko Shimomura [108 plays]
5. Run Devil Run - SNSD [105 plays]

My account was reset a while ago and scrobbles from my iPod rarely work right, but I think that's fairly accurate. Three of them are songs from my favourite game series. The weird anomaly of #2 is... a song I was obsessed with for a week and listened to like non-stop... so it climbed to #1 pretty quick and I had to listen to some others to knock it down a bit. xD; As for the SNSD song, I don't even like it that much and I can't stand hearing it now since I'm so sick of it. I listened to it on repeat accidentally one day while I was playing a game in fullscreen and was too lazy to switch the song so... it got tons of plays. ._. I much prefer quite a few of their other songs. (And I guess Dearly Beloved is a bit skewed too because like 5 songs have that title and artist and I listen to all of them but Last.fm doesn't separate them.) My favourites of all time are #1 and #4 so that's pretty good. :3

I judge people by their most played. :P You can have a very good favourite song but it shows your earworm vulnerability to see something catchy played hundreds of times, haha.

mondays suck
August 1st, 2011, 11:47 AM
According to WMP:
1. Judas Priest - Judas Rising (135 plays)
2. Alestorm - Leviathan (134 plays)
3. Candlemass - A Sorcerer's Pledge (131 plays)
4. A chapter from a Cthulhu audio book (89 plays)
5. Candlemass - Solitude (88 plays)

I don't trust WMP at all in this regard though, I've noticed songs randomly having >50 more plays than the day before even though I only listened once or twice more than just once before.

So, let's take last fm instead...
1. Amon Amarth - Cry of the Blackbirds (62 plays)
2. Judas Priest - Touch of Evil (55 plays)
3. Amon Amarth - Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags (53 plays)
4. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God (51 plays)
5. Judas Priest - Painkiller (50 plays)

Last fm is missing some time where I almost exclusively listened to Priest - and it didn't count plays for me because the WMP addon was turned off after a system crash and I didn't know.
But yeah, not a lot of variety here, I need to work on that.

Rogue planet
August 1st, 2011, 12:39 PM
I have a question, but think it fits better in this thread rather than making a new one. Does your most played song matter to you? As in, if you see a song that's not your favourite near the top, do you listen to another one to get it at the top?

And for those who have last.fm, do you listen to certain artists with your last.fm charts in mind so you can create the charts in a way you'd like?

August 1st, 2011, 2:38 PM
1. Azaghal - "Verta ja Tuhkaa"
2. Metallica - "Am I Evil"
3. Carcass - "Corporal Jigsore Quandary"
4. Napalm Death - "Unfit Earth"
5. Napalm Death - "The Chains That Bind Us"

(#6 is "Little Girls" by Oingo Boingo, LOL)

@ Vendak's question: lulz nah man, I just listen to what I want to hear.

@ Toujours' OP: I admit I do judge a bit of someone by their musical preferences - what they enjoy is usually a good indication of their personality - but it's not a considerable factor by any means.

Mr Cat Dog
August 2nd, 2011, 5:49 AM
I have a question, but think it fits better in this thread rather than making a new one. Does your most played song matter to you? As in, if you see a song that's not your favourite near the top, do you listen to another one to get it at the top?
Not really, in all honesty. For a while, my top one was the Avenue Q song, and it only got dethroned because the Fleetwood Mac number kept coming up when I was shuffling my iPod. My favourite song is the Led Zeppelin one, but I won't really care if it drops out of the top five. It'll still be my favourite song.

August 2nd, 2011, 8:34 AM
My top 5 plays on iTunes are:

Paramore - Monster [178 Plays]
Olly Murs ft. Rizzle Kicks - Heart Skips a Beat [160 Plays]
Lady Gaga - Heavy Metal Lover [155 Plays]
Chase & Status ft. Clare Maguire - Midnight Caller [133 Plays]
Neon Trees - Your Surrender [130 Plays]

None of the songs are from the same genre, they're a pretty mixed bunch.
"Monster" is my all round favorite song anyways, it's play count is much higher on my iPod, 408 plays. It means quite alot for me, the message it carries is quite powerful and inspirational. Olly Murs' song is simply their because I love it, it's catchy, same as Lady Gaga's. The other two also mean alot to me.

August 2nd, 2011, 11:05 PM
Here's my top 5:

1. Kings of Leon - Notion (226)
2. Berndsen - Supertime (223)
3. Kings of Leon - Arizona (213)
4. Deftones - My Own Summer (152)
5. Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire (150)

Come on, guys. Are we really surprised? lol My favorite song of all time is Arizona and it's only 3. Not surprising though, cause I went through a phase where I didn't wanna hear it. Anyway, I don't really judge people on their music taste. I mean, there are a few artists that I'll be a bit put off by (Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Nickelback...those are probably my top 3 that I dislike) but even still, why would I judge someone for what they enjoy? Who am I to give them flack for liking an artist? That'd be like if everyone said I was stupid for liking Kings of Leon.

I don't know what Sex On Fire is doing at #5 though...

August 2nd, 2011, 11:11 PM
My foobar2000 style doesn't display the statistics I've gathered for most played, which were reset earlier this year, anyway, so I'm going off my Last.fm charts.

1. Crystal Castles - Black Panther (3028)
2. capsule - Sugarless GiRL (2576)
3. Crystal Castles - Celestica (2154)
4. Crystal Castles - Knights (1944)
5. Crystal Castles - Courtship Dating (1374)

Well, they're all top 10 tracks for me, so that's cool. I find it difficult to say one single song is my favourite, though. All of those songs would feature in a shortlist of favourite songs to listen to on repeat, which explains their high playcounts, lol. ^^; There are songs in my library I'd rate higher on shortlists of 'best', 'most beautiful,' etc.

August 4th, 2011, 10:57 AM
Since I don't use iTunes as of now (I plan on changing that soon), I can't see what my most played song is, but I'm pretty sure it's either 21 Guns by Green Day or something by Taio Cruz. I don't know how many, unfortunately, but I'm guessing that, since those have been some of my favourites for quite some time, it's a lot.

August 4th, 2011, 9:32 PM
Well I just got a new computer, but I believe my top 5 plays were this... I can only remember the first two's amount.
Heartbreak Hotel ~ Closer 2 Closure ~ 191 Plays
Uneasy Hearts Weigh The Most ~ Dance Gavin Dance ft. Nic Newsham ~ 121 Plays?
When You Can't Sleep At Night ~ Of Mice & Men
Caraphernelia ~ Pierce The Veil