This was a damn good year for music. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
Total songs: 366 (leap year!)
Total time: 24 hours, 16 minutes, and 42 seconds
Total size: 2.53 GB
Mean song length: 3:59.28 (VERY close to the previous two years’ means)
First song: Stand Behind the Music by Anjulie
Last song: United State of Pop 2012 by DJ Earworm
The Five Stars
The final list for the year; listed in alphabetical rather than acquisition order because of the death of Vaio II.
(Far From) Home by Tiga
Chocolate Disco by Perfume
Class of 1985 by Alex Rooks
Death Sentence Lost! (Coldplay vs. Dethklok) by …And Sushi! Productions
Let it Go by Dragonette
Madness by Muse
Paradise (Gabe Flaherty Remix) originally by Coldplay
Some Nights by Fun.
Take a Walk by Passion Pit
The Night Out (Madeon Remix) by Martin Solveig
This Is So Good (Radio Edit) by Ehrencrona
Yes, there were a lot this year. Like I said: damn good year for music. I seriously recommend listening to all the songs listed above.
Here are the five most beautiful/touching songs of the year. Listen and get emotional, yo.
Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor) by John Murphy
Surface of the Sun by John Murphy
O Superman by Laurie Anderson
Peponi by The Piano Guys feat. Alex Boye
The Legend of Ashitaka Theme (End Credits) by Joe Hisaishi (anyone else think this would be an amazing song to play in concert band?)
The Overall Top Five
Paradise (Gabe Flaherty Remix) – Coldplay
Nnnnnnnnnnnnfff, this song. Paradise was this year’s version of Sleepyhead in that there were many remixes/mashups/alternate versions of the song downloaded. But this version? Holy crap. It actually has more plays than Sleepyhead as of my writing this (though that’s mainly because all my playcounts got reset at the beginning of October).
Madness – Muse
I think I nearly bludgeoned my eardrums to death with this song, as it practically begs to be cranked to 11 and then repeated half a dozen times. I’m liking Muse more and more these days; the fact that this song sounds so unlike all their other stuff thus far made me like both it and them much more.
Death Sentence Lost! (Coldplay vs. Dethklok) – …And Sushi! Productions
Dethklok? Yes! Colplay? YES! Mashed together?! HOLY CRAP! I still maintain that this is an incredibly soothing song; I listen to it when I’m stressed out. I think one of the coolest things I’m getting out of this project are mashups of songs that don’t sound like they’d mesh well but in actuality are quite perfect together (another example from last year: TiK ToK Together, a mashup of Ke$ha and The Beatles).
(Far From) Home – Tiga
The baseline of the chorus for this song makes me want to make sweet love to sound waves. This is another “bludgeoned your eardrums” song. It’s also short, so that actually kind of forces you to put this on repeat so you can get an adequate high from it.
Some Nights – Fun.
I discovered this song about three weeks before it really hit big and all the stations started playing it (haha, hipster much?); but actually, I’m glad it got pretty popular. I like being at the rec center and randomly hearing this song over the radio. Jazzes me up.
Now. Are you ready for some PIE CHARTS? First is the breakdown of the total 366 songs by genre, second is the percent of total plays by genre.
Here’s to next year and more awesome tunes!
Dammit iTunes, stop screwing with my music! I have a delicate balance of lists and playlists and playcounts and I do not appreciate your “here’s a bunch of stuff you downloaded but deleted but here it is again in case you really weren’t serious about deleting it” crap that version 11.0 introduces. Now my master and 2012 playlists are all screwed up. It’s a good thing I keep backup lists of everything.
Well, I was going to do this on the 300th day of the year just to do it on an “even” day, but I totally forgot about it (It was the 26th of this month). So I’ll do it now.
Ignore this if you’re sick of hearing about my musical tastes.
As you know, I recently lost my music ratings and playcounts that have been adding up since 2006. Sad times! So I had to redo everything when I moved my music to Vaio III.
I’m really selective about which songs get five stars in iTunes. Regardless of the continual growth of my music library due to my 365 Songs project, I only allow myself to give 50 songs the rating of five stars.
So I figured I might as well put my newly-revamped top 50 list in case anyone out there was looking for some good (in my opinion) music. Songs are linked to a YouTube video for a watch/listen/both, if anyone cares to check any of these out.
- Any Way You Want It by Journey
- Atlas by Battles
- Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane) by BreakBot
- Breathe (LMC Extended Club Mix) by Erasure
- Call Me Maybe vs. Ignition (Remix) by Carly Rae Jepsen vs. R. Kelly
- Call On Me by Eric Prydz
- The Cello Song by The Piano Guys
- Check It Out by will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
- Chocolate Disco by Perfume
- Class of 1985 by Alex Rooks
- Corrente (Courante) by Karl Jenkins
- Death Sentence Lost! (Coldplay vs. Dethklok) by …And Sushi! Productions
- Fantasy (feat. Ruckazoid) by Breakbot
- (Far From) Home by Tiga
- Fireflies by Owl City
- Get Over It by OK Go
- Good Life by OneRepublic
- Happy Up Here by Röyksopp
- Hello (Single Edit) by Martin Solveig & Dragonette
- Hey You by Pony Pony Run Run
- Hide And Seek by Imogen Heap
- Let it Go by Dragonette
- Libertine by Kate Ryan
- Lights And Music by Cut Copy
- Lost! Symphony by Coldplay vs. The Verve
- Madness by Muse
- Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- The Music Scene by Blockhead
- O Magnum Mysterium performed by Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
- Paradise by Coldplay
- Paradise (Gabe Flaherty Remix) by Coldplay
- Poker Face by Lady GaGa
- The Riddle by Gigi D’agostino
- Saturdays by Cut Copy
- Secrets by OneRepublic
- Shake It by Metro Station
- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyoncé
- Sleepyhead by Passion Pit
- Sleepyhead (Cillo Remix) by Passion Pit
- Sleepyhead (Jazzsteppa Remix) by Passion Pit
- Sleepyhead (Neo Tokyo Remix) by Passion Pit
- Some Nights by Fun.
- Symphonies by Dan Black
- This Is So Good (Radio Edit) by Ehrencrona
- Tik Tok Together (Ke$ha vs. The Beatles) by doctordude
- Untouched by The Veronicas
- Valdres March performed by Eastman Wind Ensemble & Frederick Fennell
- Viva la Vida by Coldplay
- White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
- Without You by David Guetta feat. Usher
Guys. This deserves its own blog. Because that freaking beat is NNNNNNNNNFFF.
I can’t stop listening to this. This is perfection. Five stars.
So I can’t REALLY complain about Vaio II losing his life. I mean, the dude lasted through the damp, dark hellhole that was Van Land for two years, plus being carted around North America a whole bunch of times.
Also, I saved about 98% of the stuff I had on him because his hard drive was too small for all my crap and I’d moved everything to an external a few months ago. So my stories, my pics, my music, my internet nonsense [AND MY BLOGS]…all saved.
So I really can’t complain.
But I’m going to anyway, because one of the things I DID lose was my playcounts for my songs. Which is a big deal for me, because I very often sort my songs by playcount and pretty much had a whole hierarchy going on where I defined my “top 50” songs by playcount.
Well, that’s all gone now, so next comes the arduous task of redefining my favorite songs.
That’s hard for me.
But exciting, too. I think with the nearly three years of downloading a new song every day, my musical tastes have evolved a bit. So things that were on my “favorites” playlist from before that may just have been on there due to past playcounts—even though I haven’t played them in months—have all been removed. Time to start anew!
Haha, I know none of you care, but this is pretty much the most exciting non-school-related thing to happen since September.
Holy crap, guys. If the phrase “happy little trees” means anything to you, freaking watch this.
Beautiful tribute to a truly awesome dude.
That is all.
Of course, I’m talking about Gottfried Leibniz’ birthday!
The world has been without your physical presence for too long, my friend. Reincarnate so that I can date you stalk you pet your wig admire your genius in a completely appropriate and non-creepy manner.
Was going to buy some Choco Leibniz today, but I forgot. Instead, I made this:
I was listening to my music in the car the other day and realized how well Bittersweet Symphony would go with something from Coldplay. So I gave it a shot.
Happy birthday, my main man. <3