Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fave Five of 2009 - Songs

When I put together my "best of the year" lists last week, I considering doing a Fave 5 albums. But this is the age of iTunes, where you shuffle seamlessly between thousands of songs with no regards to album structure whatsoever. Strangely, I actually started to break from this habit later in the year, but I'm still very much a singles-driven person, so instead of naming my Fave 5 albums of the year, I'm going to reduce it to my Fave 5 songs.

When compiling my list, I decided to lean heavily on the raw stats, rather than just my memory alone. In my iTunes Library, I've got 480 songs that were released in 2009. Only 27 of them (or about 6%) have been played at least 10 times.

With that in mind, here's my Fave 5.

5. Starstruck - Lady GaGa f/ Flo Rida
The first time I heard this song was actually in the iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge, because I never got the special edition of "The Fame" that came out this year. I fell in love with the song right away, and it's been played 15 times since being added to my iTunes Library in Oct.

4. Medicine Ball - Eminem
This is only my second-most played song off "Relapse", behind "We Made You", but the latter had a head start by being an advance single. Also, "Medicine Ball" is just a better song, with it's absurd Christopher Reeve verse.

3. Right Round - Flo Rida
I feel horrible. How the hell is Flo Rida on my list twice? I don't even like the guy. But this song -- featured in the closing credits of "The Hangover" -- is just too much fun to hate on. This was my soundtrack during my drives on the PCH during the NBA Finals.

2. All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson
Of my top 20 most played songs from 2009, 12 of them are from this album. The title track has quickly become one of my most-played songs period, cracking my top 5% overall (one of 7 songs from this year that can make that claim).

1. Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z f/ Alicia Keys
I cannot get enough of this song. When I went to New York in November, I must have listened to it a dozen times on the train ride. I made a LeBron James highlight video with this as the soundtrack. Even the Yankees turning it into their World Series anthem couldn't ruin it for me. Easily my song of the year.

Honorable mentions:

"Day N Nite" by Kid Cudi (I went back and forth with this as #5, but in the end, I felt Lady GaGa needed to be represented, and technically this track was released on iTunes in 2008), "3" by Britney Spears (I like a bunch of tracks off 2008's "Circus" album better), "Whatever You Like (Single Version)" by Anya Marina (I disqualified it, as a cover of a 2008 song, otherwise it'd probably be #4).

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