The songs I love — and the songs I actually listen to

img_4821In another of her thoughtful schemes, Kelly asked me for a list of my top 12 favorite songs “of all time” the other day. What she’s doing with said list, pictured at right, I’m not sure . . . but it was fun thinking of my answers! She wanted my “desert island” songs — the songs I could listen to for the rest of my life and never stop liking.

Like most people, I’m a huge fan of music — mostly in general. You’ll have a hard time finding me without iPod in hand, flipping through my little crafted playlists and searching for good working music, or writing music, or running music . . . or whatever music. So I thought, Hey, since I listen to so much music during the day, all of my favorite songs should be found pretty easily. The greatness that is the iPod creates a special playlist for you: Top 25 Most Played.

But I was shocked. Of all the songs in this “top 25” list, I wouldn’t necessarily consider many of them to be my favorites. I like them, obviously, but they’re not my all-time, can’t-breathe-without-this-song classics. Most of them are tunes I’ve recently discovered, or great songs by artists relatively new to me.

So, I will now present the two lists — and I’ll limit my “top 25 most played” to just 12 songs. In the interest of uniformity!

Megan’s Top 12 Favorite Songs of All Time! (in random order)

• “Stop This Train,” John Mayer
• “A Movie Script Ending,” Death Cab for Cutie
• “Bruised,” Jack’s Mannequin
• “Such Great Heights,” Iron & Wine
• “Look After You,” The Fray
• “Penny and Me,” Hanson
• “A Lack of Color,” Death Cab for Cutie
• “The Hat,” Ingrid Michaelson
• “In Your Atmosphere,” John Mayer
• “Hey Jude,” The Beatles
• “Still,” Ben Folds
• “All These Things That I’ve Done,” The Killers

Megan’s Top 12 Most Played Songs (in order)

• “Warning Sign,” Coldplay
• “This Time,” Jonathan Rhys Meyers
• “This,” Brian Eno
• “Keep Breathing,” Ingrid Michaelson
• “The Letter,” James Morrison
• “Love Me Like The World Is Ending,” Ben Lee
• “Who Knew,” Pink
• “Nothing Lasts Forever,” Maroon 5
• “Bruised,” Jack’s Mannequin
• “We Can Work It Out,” The Beatles
• “A Movie Script Ending,” Death Cab for Cutie
• “The Last Goodbye,” James Morrison

Jack’s Mannequin and Death Cab made it on both lists; so did Ingrid Michaelson, though not for the same song. John Mayer, my FAVORITE musician ever, is not in my top 25 most played list! How is this possible?

So there you have it — my “desert island” songs. And, apparently, all the other tunes I actually . . . listen to.

And now it’s your turn! What are a few of your “desert island” songs? Do we have any in common?

4 thoughts on “The songs I love — and the songs I actually listen to

  1. Ooh, fun! I let keep track of this stuff for me:

    1 Plumb – Damaged
    2 Solar Twins – Rock The Casbah
    3 My Chemical Romance – This Is How I Disappear
    4 Fiona Apple – Across the Universe
    5 Saucy Monky – Disco Ball (Boulevard Remix)
    5 Saucy Monky – Pink Flamingos
    7 My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade
    7 My Chemical Romance – The End.
    9 Saucy Monky – Speedball
    9 Alexandra Slate – Bad Girl
    11 Alexandra Slate – Guilty
    11 My Chemical Romance – Dead!
    11 Saucy Monky – Turbulence
    11 My Chemical Romance – Disenchanted
    11 Delerium – Silence

    Evidently I have a lot of ties …


  2. I had to check my i-pod for this, and I’m obviously much older than you, but here’s what’s on my “most played” list:

    I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
    I’d Give It All For You-Jason Robert Brown
    Say-John Mayer
    Fields of Gold-Sting
    Imagine – Beatles
    The Long and Winding Road -Beatles
    Bridge Over Troubled Water-Simon and Garfunkle
    The End of the Innocence – Don Henley
    Over the Rainbow – Celtic Woman
    February Song-Josh Groban

    Thanks for asking this interesting question!


  3. Becca, you have excellent taste! 🙂 And John Mayer’s “Say” — another of my all-time favorite JM tunes. It’s weird because it was released as a single, but it has a bit of a cult following among fans… and all great choices. Thanks for sharing with me!


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