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The Cull: Re-evaluating my Top 50 Songs (Five Stars)


So it’s finally that time.

My Decade of Music project is done and, like I promised I would, I must face the difficult (?) task of thinning out my Five Stars. Why am I doing this, you ask? Because a Five Star song is a very special thing to me, and I feel like while I truly enjoy all 50 songs that are currently Five Stars, not all of them bring me unadulterated joy every single time they come up on Shuffle. And that’s what a Five Star should do: bring unadulterated joy.

So we have to cull the herd.

Originally, I figured I’d have an idea of how many songs could truly be Five Stars and I’d just go from there and cut out songs until I hit that total. But I’m not sure if that’s the best way to go about it. So how about we do it “naturally” and just go through the list and see what we end up with? I’mma bold the ones that should remain Five Stars.

NOTE: Blinding Lights is on here even though that is technically a post-Decade of Music song because I’m doing this thing so late after the end of the project that I’ve already managed to get another Five Star. So yeah.

  • Airwaves by Airplanes
  • Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version) by Muse
  • Any Way You Want It by Journey
  • Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  • Breathe (LMC Extended Club Mix) by Erasure
  • Call On Me by Eric Prydz
  • Canada Dry (Acoustic) by Barenaked Ladies
  • Check It Out by will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
  • Damn Son by Tobu
  • Dare You To Move by Vitamin String Quartet
  • Death Sentence Lost! (Coldplay vs. Dethklok) by …And Sushi! Productions
  • Doin’ It Right (feat. Panda Bear) by Daft Punk
  • Door by Caroline Polachek
  • Get Over It by OK Go
  • Gold (Thomas Jack Radio Edit) by Gabriel Rios
  • Golden Dandielions by Barns Courtney
  • Gone by JR JR
  • Hello (Single Edit) by Martin Solveig & Dragonette
  • Here It Goes Again by OK Go
  • Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
  • Hide and Seek (A Cappella Cover) by Dan Wright
  • Hula Hoop (Mark Ianni Bootleg) by Omi
  • Ice Cream by MIKA
  • Infectious by Tobu
  • Jealous (I Ain’t With It) by Chromeo
  • Jealously by Robert DeLong
  • Life by Tobu
  • Lights and Music by Cut Copy
  • Madness by Muse
  • Mirrors (Radio Edit) by Justin Timberlake
  • O Magnum Mysterium by Robert Shaw
  • Paradise by Coldplay
  • Paradise (Gabe Flaherty Remix) by Coldplay
  • Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis
  • Pieces of Me by Ashlee Simpson
  • Pressure (feat. the UCLA Bruin Marching Band) by Muse
  • Run for Cover by The Killers
  • Running Away by The Royal Foundry
  • Send Me on My Way (Jesse Bloch Bootleg) by Rusted Root
  • Sleepyhead by Passion Pit
  • Sleepyhead (Cillo Mix) by Passion Pit
  • Sleepyhead (Jazzsteppa Remix) by Passion Pit
  • Something Human by Muse
  • The Riddle by Gigi D’agostino
  • This Is So Good (Radio Edit) by Ehrencrona
  • Tightrope by WALK THE MOON
  • Tilted by Christine and the Queens
  • Valdres March by the Eastman Wind Ensemble & Frederick Fennell
  • Viva la Vida by Coldplay
  • When I Need a Friend by Coldplay
  • Work This Body by WALK THE MOON

There. There are 25 that are bolded.

But I feel like this is a much tighter Five Star list, which is what I was looking for in the first place. I want it to be really hard to knock a song off of this list – which, looking at the 25 bold songs, is true. I’d have a hard time picking any of those to be demoted. Especially compared to the original list of 50; there were a good number that were very easily removed from Five Star status.

So yay? The real test will be when I find my next “ZOMG THIS IS SO FANTASTIC” song and I have to go in and actually kick something off of the bold list above. But we’ll get there when we get there.

Tunes to Soothe Your Pandemic-Riddled Mind

So now that I’m no longer working on my Decade of Music project, I guess there won’t be any more end-of-year song summaries.


I will periodically provide you with updates about groovy tunes that I find post-project.

Let’s do one now!

  • Blinding Lights by The Weeknd (of course. I’m in love with this song.)
  • Stupid Love by Lady Gaga
  • Karma by AJR (relatable)
  • Shout by Empara Mi (this song fits a good plot thread in last year’s NaNo so well, you have no idea)
  • Woohoo by Raghav (he’s a Calgary dude!)
  • Caution by The Killers (like every The Killers song, it’s got that sad, frantic yearning tone behind it. And for some reason that shot with the birds along with those chords at 3:56 just murdered my heart.)
  • Unless It Hurts by Galantis



It’s time for another music-related post! Are you ready?

So as you’re all probably painfully aware of (since I talk about it quite a bit), my “Five Star” songs are the songs that I find to be the very best of the best of all my music. Ever since I started rating my songs in iTunes, I’ve limited my number of five-star songs to 50. No more, no less.

But I think I’m going to change that.

I’m finding that if I shuffle through my five-star playlist, there are a fair number of songs that I am no longer super excited to hear. I’m excited to hear them, but not super excited.

A five-star should be something I’m always super excited to hear.

So because of that, I think I’m going to reduce my five-star limit. Thirty songs? Twenty songs? I think anything less than that would cut out some of the true five-star songs, but I guess we’ll see.

The main issue I’m having is if I should do this cutting now or wait until my Decade of Music project is done so that the probability of a given song getting to be on the five-star list is the same for all the years in the decade.

That’s probably what I’ll do. I’ll wait.

But it’ll happen.

And I’m sure I’ll blog about it when it does.


Pre-Music-Project Music


So I’m a little bit more than halfway through my big Decade of Music project, right? And you know how at the end of each year since 2010 I’ve been giving you my yearly music reviews containing all the year’s five-stars and all that?

Well, since I have absolutely nothing else to blog about today, I figured I’d provide you with my favorite pre-2010 songs, since there are several ones that are damn awesome but kind of got cheated because I got them before 2010.

(Note: I’ve probably mentioned each of these at least once on here. Too bad, you’re gettin’ ‘em again.)


Claudia’s Top 10 Pre-2010 Songs

What did you expect to be at the top of this list, honestly? Sleepyhead was the king of my “most played” playlist for a long, long time. It’s not top of the list anymore, but I still really, really like it when I listen to it. The chorus makes me tingly.

Sleepyhead (Jazzsteppa Remix)
This was the first Sleepyhead remix I’d downloaded and it’s still one of my favorite songs. It took the amazing chorus and made it OHMYGOD.

Get Over It
This is still my all-time favorite Ok Go song. It predates their insanely intricate music videos (the song’s actually from 2002!), but the music video is still pretty tight. I just really like the energy of this song.

This song juuuuuuust missed being a 2010 download; it was an iTunes freebie in like November 2009 or something like that. Fantastic song. Dan Black’s voice is really nice.

Lights and Music
One of the earliest iTunes freebies I ever downloaded. The chorus (2:02) totally makes this song.

Pieces of Me
I LIKE THIS SONG, OKAY? It reminds me of high school and pre-iTunes when I had to either wait until I heard my favorites songs on the radio or buy entire CDs for just one song I liked.

Breathe (LMC Extended Club Remix)
The original song is slow and meh, but this remix makes me super happy. Listen to this one with headphones that have a good bass.

O Magnum Mysterium
This song corresponds with a really good college semester (spring 2007). I call that my “enlightenment semester” (which is not a pretentious name at all, right?) because that was the semester I took Literature of Western Civilization II, which really introduced me to a lot of stuff that I probably would not have studied on my own. It took my educational path in a different direction.

Hide and Seek
I found this by accident on iTunes and still just really, really love it.

The Riddle
My friend Jacob introduced me to this song in 2008 and it was my number one most-played until Sleepyhead came along. The music video’s pretty cool, too.

eine kleine buttmusik


I know I’ve been bitching about this year being super slow for music (which it is, especially compared to last year), but there have been several good songs thus far. And since I haven’t shared music in a while, have some ear candy!

I heard this on the radio and it was instant love. It’s got kind of an old school feel to it.

I didn’t like this one at first, but it’s a four-star now.

Beautiful song; Ed Sheeran is awesome.

This was an iTunes freebie!

Okay, that’s all.




Can I take a moment and mention that this year has been particularly EXCELLENT for music? ‘Cause it has.

Songs needing appreciation:

This was the freebie last week on iTunes. I didn’t like it at first, but it totally grew on me.

How insanely chill is this song? Seriously.

Beautiful remix!

I heard this on a YouTube ad and had to check it out.


Also, my mom and I went to Spokane this afternoon to visit Auntie’s Bookstore. I got THIS!


The whole middle section is about calculus. SCORE!

Ear Food

Here are my favorite “I listen to this when I’m sad” songs. I’ve posted some of these before, but I’m doing it again. Because I’m very, very sad today.

Hey look, music

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.


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.

Happy birthday.


So in honor of reaching 1,500 songs, I’ve decided to give you my list of songs that I’ve given 5 stars. Only 3.3% of my songs have five stars (that’s 50 songs, FYI). Cherish these, they are my favorites. Listed are the title and artist, then genre in parentheses (just in case you have a particular genre you like). Additional comments in [brackets].

  1. The Riddle – Gigi D’agostino (dance)
  2. Lights and Music – Cut Copy (electronic)
  3. Sleepyhead – Passion Pit (electronic)
  4. Saturdays – Cut Copy (electronic)
  5. Get Over It – OK Go (alternative)
  6. Call On Me – Eric Prydz (dance)
  7. First Date Mullet – Pony Pony Run Run (rock) [this song is impossible to find]
  8. Breathe (LMC Extended Club Mix) – Erasure (electronic)
  9. We’ve Got Everything – Modest Mouse (alternative)
  10. Kill You – Dethklok (metal)
  11. The Jagermeister Love Song – Psychostick (metal)
  12. Cara Mia – Mans Zelmerlow (dance)
  13. Peace Of Mind – Boston (rock)
  14. Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis (indie)
  15. I Am The Drug – Ed Harcourt (alternative)
  16. Valdres March – Johannes Hansen (classical)
  17. Farewell – Apocalyptica (metal)
  18. Nothing Else Matters – Apocalyptica (metal)
  19. Shake It – Metro Station (alternative)
  20. Atlas – Battles (math rock) [best genre ever!]
  21. Untouched – The Veronicas (pop)
  22. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (rock)
  23. Go Into The Water – Dethklok (metal)
  24. Viva La Vida – Coldplay (alternative)
  25. Buildings and Mountains – The Republic Tigers (alternative)
  26. Why Do You Love Me – Garbage (rock)
  27. Enter Sandman – Apocalyptica (metal)
  28. Crushcrushcrush – Paramore (alternative)
  29. Pieces Of Me – Ashlee Simpson (pop) [I love this song, deal with it]
  30. Higher Power (Kalodner Edit) – Boston (rock)
  31. Hard Rock Hallelujah – Lordi (metal)
  32. Bodies – Drowning Pool (rock)
  33. Where’d You Go – Fort Minor (hip-hop)
  34. Just Dance – Lady GaGa (dance)
  35. Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects (alternative)
  36. Any Way You Want It – Journey (rock)
  37. Summer (Part 3) – Vivaldi (classical)
  38. Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen (rock)
  39. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne (pop)
  40. What A Feeling – Peter Luts and Dominico (dance)
  41. Primavera Anticipada (It Is My Song) – Laura Pausini (Alternative)
  42. Cloud Connected – In Flames (metal)
  43. Bulla Ki Jana – Rabbi Shergill (world)
  44. Not Ready To Make Nice – Dixie Chicks (country)
  45. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day (alternative)
  46. She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd (rock)
  47. Supermassive Black Hole – Muse (alternative)
  48. Addicted – Simple Plan (pop)
  49. Hide And Seek – Imogen Heap (alternative)
  50. Juliet – LMNT (pop)
  51. Philosophia – The Guggenheim Grotto (folk)

Top 10 influential songs

Hello again! Following yesterday’s blog, I realized that there are also quite a few songs that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Unlike all the books, however, all of these will stick with me because of their emotional impact. Most of these are on here because they remind me of the circumstances in my life surrounding the time I downloaded them (but they still sound freaking amazing, too). There are a few, though, that just rock my world ‘cause they’re so cool sounding. Here we go!


1. O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen

This reminds me of the end of spring semester 2007, when I was kind of going through my own little enlightenment period of my life. Always fun to play in a pitch dark room at volume = 100%.


2. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Reminds me of Spring Break 2008. That’s all you need to know.


3. Life Is Beautiful – Vega4
(no embedding and live, but still good)
Another song that reminds me of the end of spring semester 2007. A very beautiful song.


4. Farewell – Apocalyptica

This one’s just badass.


5. Hide And Seek – Imogen Heap

I think I found this song randomly in an iMix one day. The one in the first link is freaking amazing, but the second link is amazing in a different way. Wait till you hear the piano at the end.


6. Summer (Part III) – Vivaldi



7. Fix You – Coldplay

Sad, sad, sad memories. This is my “I’m depressed” song.


8. Breathe Me – Sia

Listen to this song, then bask in the feeling of hopelessness and loneliness it conveys. This is what I listen to when I feel that way.
Also, Sia rules.


9. Fitter, Happier – Radiohead

This song is creepy as hell, but strangely wonderful.


10. Tannhaeuser Overture – Wagner


Yay for music

In accordance with my musical tastes, I will now present to you my favorite songs of my two favorite genres: electronic/dance and metal!

Here we go:

The Riddle – Gigi d’Agostino
Lights and Music – Cut Copy
Call On Me (Radio Edit) – Erik Prydz
Breathe (LMC Extended Club Mix) – Erasure
Eurodancer – DJ Mangoo

Go Into The Water – Dethklok
Hard Rock Hallelujah – Lordi
The Jagermeister Love Song – Psychostick
Cloud Connected – In Flames
Enter Sandman – Apocalyptica OR Metallica, both versions are awesome
Puritania – Dimmu Borgir

Yay! There you go. 

The best songs in the universe. Go.

I have discovered several really, really good songs recently. I shall share them with you now.

The Riddle by Gigi d’Agostino (this is the best song in the universe, guys, seriously).
Saturdays by Cut Copy (this is the second best song in the universe).
Go Into The Water by Dethklok (yay!).
Viva la Vida by Coldplay (Coldplay’s alright, but I love this song).
Cara Mia by Mans Zelmerlow
Sang Om Ingenting by Kobojsarna (holy crap, it’s Swedish and it’s awesome).

Woohoo! Go give your ears some ecstasy. Listen to these songs.

An anxiety-ridden week gives rise to…


Why is it that boredom = survey?

I’m sure I could offer you one of my proofs, but…
…I’m bored. And thus I don’t want to do squat.

I’ll give you three guesses as to what you’re going to get in this blog:
1) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see me dressed like Elton John
2) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see me strip naked and act like Elton John
3) a survey

The correct answer is…

Guess 3!

Though guesses 1 and 2 will be performed per request.

This is a music survey. Through it, you can share your taste in music to your friends.
Open your iTunes library and sort your songs by genre. Choose your favorite song from each genre listed and write them here!

Fidelity by Regina Spektor

Alternative & Punk
True to Me by Metro Station

iTunes classifies my version of the Macarena as Blues music, so I guess the Macarena…

Children’s Music
Bananaphone by Raffi!

Christian & Gospel
On the Third Day by Michael Olson (yes, I do in fact have a song classified under “Christian & Gospel.” I have two, in fact. They’re quite good).

Valdres March performed by the Eastman Wind Ensemble (I. Love. This. Song.)

Shoes by Kelly

Not Ready to Make Nice by The Dixie Chicks

Call on Me (Radio Edit) by Erik Prydz

Starry Eyed Surprise by Paul Oakenfold

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

Losing the Will to Survive by Findlay Brown

Where’d You Go by Fort Minor

Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee (a very haunting version of the song)

Indie Rock
Dreaming of You by The Coral

Antonia by Stefano Bollani

Hero by Enrique Iglesias

Farewell by Apoctalyptica (beautiful song!)

New Age
Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield

Another Postcard by The Barenaked Ladies

(empty for lack of R&B songs)

Shake Your Booty by KC and the Sunshine Band

First Date Mullet by Pony Pony Run Run

Disco Inferno by The Trammps (off the soundtrack for Mystery Men)

Omnibus by Lautsprecher

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

Bulla Ki Jana by Rabbi Shergill

Song alphabet! Cause I’m all about plugging my taste in music lately

I saw this on some forum somewhere and thought it was a good idea. So I went through all my songs on my iPod and picked out my favorite from each letter of the alphabet. Some were very difficult, as you will see in the honorable mentions.


30 Second Song—Wizo
Another Postcard—The Barenaked Ladies
Back on the Chain Gang—The Pretenders
Call on Me (Radio Edit)—Eric Prydz
Disco Inferno—The Trammps
Everytime We Touch (Radio Mix)—Cascada
Frontier Psychiatrist—The Avalanches
Get Down Tonight—KC and the Sunshine Band
Hey Ya—Outkast
It’s My Life—Bon Jovi
Killer Queen—Queen
Life is a Highway—Rascal Flatts
Metro—The Vincent Black Shadow
Not Ready to Make Nice—Dixie Chicks
Odysee (Radio Mix)—Scarf!
Philosophia—The Guggenheim Grotto
Q (empty due to lack of ‘Q’-titled songs)
Radio Nowhere—Bruce Springsteen
Shake It—Metro Station
Take On Me—Aha
Uptown Girl—Billy Joel
Video Killed the Radio Star—The Buggles
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go—Wham!
X (empty due to lack of ‘X’-titled songs)
Year 3000—Jonas Brothers
Zoot Suit Riot—Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Honorable mentions:
The Bad Touch—Bloodhound Gang
Fidelity—Regina Spektor
Pieces of Me—Ashlee Simpson (no, I am not ashamed—I freaking love this song)
Satellites (US Mix)—September
SexyBack—Justin Timberlake


Wow…that’s pretty strange that I never repeated an artist. Oh well, I guess that accurately reflects my library as a whole—it’s rare for me to have more than one or two songs by a single artist (with several exceptions, of course).

Hope you likey!

You do this too, so I can see what songs you weirdos like.