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
HELLO YOU BUGGERS
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.
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.
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.
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.
I WISH I WAS AT RTX LALALALALALA.
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.
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!
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.
- Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) – Vertical Horizon
- Breath Me – Sia
- Echo – Jason Walker
- Exile Vilify – The National (I can seriously hardly handle this song)
- Fix You – Coldplay
- I Think It’s Going to Rain Today – Randy Newman
- The Last Day on Earth – Kate Miller-Heidke
- 10,000 Miles – Mary Chapin Carpenter
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
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.
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].
- The Riddle – Gigi D’agostino (dance)
- Lights and Music – Cut Copy (electronic)
- Sleepyhead – Passion Pit (electronic)
- Saturdays – Cut Copy (electronic)
- Get Over It – OK Go (alternative)
- Call On Me – Eric Prydz (dance)
- First Date Mullet – Pony Pony Run Run (rock) [this song is impossible to find]
- Breathe (LMC Extended Club Mix) – Erasure (electronic)
- We’ve Got Everything – Modest Mouse (alternative)
- Kill You – Dethklok (metal)
- The Jagermeister Love Song – Psychostick (metal)
- Cara Mia – Mans Zelmerlow (dance)
- Peace Of Mind – Boston (rock)
- Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis (indie)
- I Am The Drug – Ed Harcourt (alternative)
- Valdres March – Johannes Hansen (classical)
- Farewell – Apocalyptica (metal)
- Nothing Else Matters – Apocalyptica (metal)
- Shake It – Metro Station (alternative)
- Atlas – Battles (math rock) [best genre ever!]
- Untouched – The Veronicas (pop)
- Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (rock)
- Go Into The Water – Dethklok (metal)
- Viva La Vida – Coldplay (alternative)
- Buildings and Mountains – The Republic Tigers (alternative)
- Why Do You Love Me – Garbage (rock)
- Enter Sandman – Apocalyptica (metal)
- Crushcrushcrush – Paramore (alternative)
- Pieces Of Me – Ashlee Simpson (pop) [I love this song, deal with it]
- Higher Power (Kalodner Edit) – Boston (rock)
- Hard Rock Hallelujah – Lordi (metal)
- Bodies – Drowning Pool (rock)
- Where’d You Go – Fort Minor (hip-hop)
- Just Dance – Lady GaGa (dance)
- Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects (alternative)
- Any Way You Want It – Journey (rock)
- Summer (Part 3) – Vivaldi (classical)
- Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen (rock)
- Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne (pop)
- What A Feeling – Peter Luts and Dominico (dance)
- Primavera Anticipada (It Is My Song) – Laura Pausini (Alternative)
- Cloud Connected – In Flames (metal)
- Bulla Ki Jana – Rabbi Shergill (world)
- Not Ready To Make Nice – Dixie Chicks (country)
- Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day (alternative)
- She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd (rock)
- Supermassive Black Hole – Muse (alternative)
- Addicted – Simple Plan (pop)
- Hide And Seek – Imogen Heap (alternative)
- Juliet – LMNT (pop)
- Philosophia – The Guggenheim Grotto (folk)
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR_8m9cvIvg (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
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.
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…
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…
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)
Dreaming of You by The Coral
Antonia by Stefano Bollani
Hero by Enrique Iglesias
Farewell by Apoctalyptica (beautiful song!)
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
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
It’s My Life—Bon Jovi
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
The Bad Touch—Bloodhound Gang
Pieces of Me—Ashlee Simpson (no, I am not ashamed—I freaking love this song)
Satellites (US Mix)—September
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.