Spring Cleaning 'itunes style'

My external hard-drive that had all of my music on it, started to get sick. Luckily, I noticed early on, and everything was taken off before it went on to suffer an ignominious death. May it R.I.P.

This couldn't have come at a better time, because of my current "Spring Cleaning" mood, time to spring clean my music . . . why not? With my eyes closed (thinking to myself what am I doing?) I deleted everything from itunes (keeping the files) and am now starting from scratch, adding back only the good stuff and deleting songs/artists that don't really jive with me anymore. It has been a very fascinating aural journey, exploring music I never knew that I had. I'm almost finished with letter 'B'.

Lovely readers... I'm curious, what are your top 5 most played songs (check your play counts)?


Anonymous said...

please tell what the sick-signs were! i shiver at the thought of my ex-hard drive dying! i did a clean out when my laptop almost died last year, and even though it was good to get rit of a lot of stuff, i do find i have forgotten some good music in the process.. right now my top 5 songs are all Jens Lekman...

Anonymous said...

die, blogger. i carefully explained (defended myself on) each of my songs, and now it's gone!

so now. a quick run-down. itunes top 5:

inspiring thunderstorms (ha. plays on repeat on nights i can't sleep.)
abc - jackson five (my alarm clock song. generally plays about 10 times before i wake up. used to be catchy, now i just hate it. but it eventually does the trick.)
zombie - cranberries (revisited the 90s lately. a LOT)
paper bag - fiona apple
harajuku girls - gwen stefani

it's depressing how much of a rut i get into when it comes to music. looking at those play counts really makes that clear.

Anonymous said...

top 5:

1. You Showed Me - The Turtles
2. Nantes - Beirut
3. Your are the Light - Jens Lekman
4. Again and Again - The Bird and the Bee
5. Where Do You Got To (My Lovely) - Peter Sardstedt

Hmm.. I can see what a rut is..

LowerEatSide said...

the entire Kate Nash album, and Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" which I 100% blame on the fact that it motivates me on the treadmill for some unknown reason!

becky said...

I get stuck on certain albums, which I listen to over and over on repeat.


"Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)" - Beirut
"Howlin' a Gale" - Howe Gelb
"I Feel it All" - Feist
"Wake Up" - Arcade Fire
"Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" - Of Montreal
"Some Crap About the Future" - Electric President

Bonus track:

"15 Step" - Radiohead

bridal fashion by MILLIE said...

OOOOoooo....Bruce Springsteen always tops my list but here are my latest....As you can say I'm all over the place...

1. What it is- Mark Knopfler

2. Do it- Nelly Furtado

3. Hard Sun- Eddie Vedder

4. Din Din Wo- Habib Koite and Bamada

5. Bodies- Drowning pool

Now, I'm wondering what is your top 5?

jessica maria said...

I'm also wondering about your top five! Post! :)

1. Last Night - Motion City Soundtrack
2. Call It Off - Tegan & Sara
3. Gonna Make You Love Me - Ryan Adams
4. My Favourite Book - Stars
5. The Luckiest - Ben Folds

Jessie Cacciola said...

Oh, cute...mine is..
1) Wish you were here - Pink Floyd
2) Long Nights - Eddie Vedder (from the Into the Wild Soundtrack)...and it's only be out a few months so that's kind of scary.
3) Tangerine - Led Zeppelin
4) American Baby - Dave Mathews Band
5) Money - Pink Floyd (I'm surprised about that one)

...It's funny how you don't even realize what you're listening to the most.

G said...

I really like your idea of spring cleaning your music. It's time for me too, doing such exploring and shifting and changing. It's really wonderful, why not have a soundtrack to reflect that? In the meantime, these are my top five.

1. The Way You Look Tonight
- Billie Holiday

2. Wouldn't It Be Nice
-The Beach Boys

3. Cold Sweat (Parts 1 & 2)
-James Brown

4. Redemption Song
-Bob Marley

5. Back to Black
-Amy Winehouse

Emily said...

Oh! Spring cleaning iTunes sound like an excellent idea. And I admire your bravery of (gasp!) deleting all the music.

1. I Turn My Camera On - Spoon
2. Tear You Apart - She Wants Revenge
3. Suture Up Your Future - Queens of the Stone Age
4. You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse
5. Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees

Jo said...

1. there's too much love - belle & sebastian

2. jonathan david - belle & sebastian

3. funny little frog - belle & sebastian

4. over and over again (lost & found)- clap your hands say yeah

5. painter in your pocket - destroyer

yeah, i´m belle & sebastian obsessed… though I never thought funny little frog would come up in the list.

Sarah said...

Good on you for starting over! My, such a big step. I admire you. But it makes sense. I have a lot of music on my ipod that I haven't even listened to. And I desparately needto get an external harddrive for all my music to free up the hard drive on my computer. Ok:
1. Still I wake up in the morning thinking of you - Goma (thanks to Jo, the Belle & Sebastian fan for introduvcing me to this song!)
2. Tiny Little Fracures - Snow Patrol
3.You are my face - Wilco
4. Say it to me now - Glen Hansard (Once)
5. The first day of my life - Brighteyes

allison said...

these are modest, only because i just got a new computer and only JUST transferred my music, like, yesterday:

the dodos - fools
glos - all love
coconut records - west coast
belaire - step step step
the kills - u.r.a. fever


JLC Studio said...

Great idea! I might have to try this on my own blog!!

Here's my list:

-Sand in My Shoes-Dido (Hani Num Mixshow-Dance Mix)
-When the Dawn Breaks-Narcotic Thrust
-Starlight-Muse (I don't know why this isn't my top-I listen to it constantly!)
-Seven Days in Sunny June-Jamiroquai
-Stranger Than Fiction-Bad Religion

I've got a very wide tast in music but my favorites are dance and alternative.

Good luck re-organizing, I can't imagine having to re-load all my music!!!

laura tj said...

oh this is such a great idea, i need to revamp my playlist too. i think i'll do the same on my next blog post :) so anyway, my current top 5:

1. summer sun - koop
2. nighttiming - coconut records
3. always a relief - the radio dept.
4. stars in their eyes - just jack
5. einstein - gabriella cilmi

Abby said...

Scary how often I listen to the top 5... I definitely can relate to the music rut.

1. Down Here Below -Steve Earle
2. Same Mistake- James Blunt
3. Mr. Pitiful- Matt Costa
4. 1234- Feist
5. By Your Side- Sade

Unknown said...

1. Happiness--Goldfrapp
2. Umbrella--Marie Digby
3. I Wish You Love--Rachel Yamagata
4. The Fear You Won't Fall--Joshua Radin and Ingrid Michaelson
5. Real Love--Regina Spektor
6. Anyone Else But You-- Moldy Peaches

Added one for good luck! This is my fave Spring Mix!

Marilyn said...

My songs:
1) What a wonderful World
2) Somewhere over the Rainbow
both by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
3)"Defying Gravity" song from "Wicked".
4)True Colors by Phil Collins
5) Calypso by John Denver

I need songs that get me moving and singing at the top of my lungs.

Anonymous said...

hi, you have a very good selection in music. my most played songs in a weekly basis are:
1. Breathe(2am)- Anna Nalick
2. Anything Norah Jones,mainly Not too Late or Seven Years
3. Over My Head- The Fray
4. Turn- Travis
5. Somewhere Only We Know- Keane
I also enjoy Aqualung, Coldplay, Debussy, Chantal Kreviazuk and some 50's.

rachel @ blackeiffel said...

Mette - I had a Western Digital My book and it was quite jampacked, and used daily and frequently. Signs - it just started processing super slow, and later it just wouldn't upload on my desktop. Hope this helps..

rachel @ blackeiffel said...

Oh ... for those who asked, some of my frequently played songs that I can remember (before the spring clean) were:

1: J.S. Bach: Cello Suite #1 In G, BWV 1007 - Yo-Yo Ma
2: Real Love - Regina Spektor
3: Postcards From Italy - Beirut
4: Fighting Away the Tears - Feist & Mocky
5:Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez

Anonymous said...

here's my top 5 on my top 25 at the moment
1) australia - the shins
2)pony - erin mccarley
3) centennial - tokyo police club
4) home life - john mayer
5) I can't make me - butterfly boucher

definitely give them all a listen, their great.

and keep up the great blogging

Teal Chic said...

This happened to my mac, and I ended up having to get a new computer! Good call, and great save!!!

top five on itunes:

(They're all pretty inspirational I might add)

1) You can get it if you really want, Jimmy Cliff
2) I can see clearly now, Johnny Nash
3) Cool Change, Little River Band
4) Somewhere over the rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo'
5) Three Little Birds, Bob Marley

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