Songs you have listened to more than four times in a row.

July 16, 2008

Because of the popularity of the last music post (and because I’ve had a difficult time writing an entry today) I decided to go in that direction again. “But Roach, the more music posts you have the more you seem like Rob Gordon from that movie.” Shut your stupid face. I will reiterate that I am attempting to come up with 365 lists. Do you know how many that is? It’s 18 times what I have already done. Wait a minute. If I word it that way it doesn’t seem too bad. Whatever. Writing that much, often about things I am not particularly fond of, is still a daunting task.

Music for me is what accentuates my mood. Whether I’m happy listening to Miley Cyrus rock out or listening to shoot yourself in the face sad bastard music as I cry myself to sleep, the music I choose amplifies whatever I feel. Before athletic events I would always listen to hardcore gangsta rap to get amped up and have my adrenaline flowing when the game started. In college I would often listen to a Danzig tune to get my blood pumping through my veins as I prepped for a night of hardcore drinking with God’s Army. Everyone of us has liked a song, or needed a song, enough to listen to it on repeat. The question is what songs have you listened to more than four times in a row. Ten were on my initial list, but I have managed to whittle them down to these 5:

  1. “Little Waltz” by Basia Bulat – This song entered my playlist early this year and is already the most played by almost a two to one margin. You can actually hear where she begins to lose her voice in the second verse which only exaggerates its somber tone. In no way am I a music critic, but I know when I hear her strained voice speak to the lost love it’s hard not to feel the same way. Many a night I have laid in bed repeatedly listening to this song while writing. Sometimes in excess of 30 times in a row. Yeah, it was that bad.
  2. “Bold As Love” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience – While this wasn’t on the album I included for my other list, it is by far my favorite song of all time. During the summer of 1994 I would listen to it before I had to go to soccer camp. I hated that camp and detested the 6:30 wake up that went with it. “Bold As Love” got me through those mornings because of what I consider the two greatest guitar solos of all time and they happen to be in the same song. Three distinct parts combine to make this the masterpiece that it is. Liner notes for the CD say the first 1:50 is how you would describe color to a blind person. Close your eyes and use the imagery from the music combined with the lyrics and it’s possible to see where that may be an accurate assessment. The next minute of the song is a solo that may not be the most advanced, but is one of the most moving solos I’ve heard. All I can say about the final 1:21 is that it’s brought tears to my eyes on numerous occasions because it strikes such a chord with me. Many times I’ve tried to verbalize how this portion permeates my very being and many times I have failed. All I can say to try and get you to understand is it’s my favorite part of my favorite song.
  3. “PM’s Love Theme” by Craig ArmstrongLove Actually is one of those movies I could watch everyday for the rest of my life even though some may consider it Christmas themed. In actuality it’s one of the most romantic movies I’ve come across and, like most films, that has lots to do with the score. If there was a super romantic scene set to the vocal stylings of Ol’ Dirty Bastard it wouldn’t be quite the same (even though I would thoroughly enjoy it). This song plays an important role in the movie by almost turning into a character. There are several of the most important scenes where it’s playing and progressing the story without the help of dialog. Just this song and the movements of the actors tell the story better than any words could. I think this is the reason why it resonates with me and why I listen to it over and over. That and the fact that I am a helpless romantic.
  4. “Steal My Sunshine” by Len – Make fun of me all you want this song is four minutes of pure fun. Deny it if you want I’ll be listening to this summer tune while enjoying a beer by the pool.
  5. “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake – Dancing is one of the abilities I was naturally blessed with. If ever I want to turn someone on I just break out some of my signature moves and it’s game over. Somehow Sara, Lauren and I decided it would be a great idea to get our friend Brynn to choreograph a dance for my going away party before I left for CA. Sara is a good dancer especially since she has absolutely no shame when it comes to being in public. Brynn is the girl in high school that was the leader of the dance team. She has enough moves (including her trademark hair toss) to fit in with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders any day of the week. Lauren is also a good dancer in her own way and she looks damn hot while doing it. Like physically hot. Her face gets really flushed and sometimes she looks like she is about to pass out. There were other friends who were supposed to join in on the fun, but the got cut for not making rehearsals. Group dances are serious business where I am from. Once the principals gathered for practice we needed to choose a song to show off to. It needed to be something that we knew would get played or available on the jukebox for us to play, so we settled on JT’s “Sexyback.” That night we listened to the song approximately 438 times in a row to get the choreography right. Katie got to the point where she wouldn’t allow it to be played anymore because she had her fill. We got it down after a fun filled night of laughing, drinking, and dominating that dance. Where we were when we actually performed the dance I don’t remember, but the fun we had and the memories attached to this song make it list worthy.

Songs that were close to making the cut were “Soulja Boy” by Soulja Boy because of the day my friends and I decided to learn the dance, “Fix You” by Coldplay, “Because I Love You” by Lenny Williams, “Crown of Love” by The Arcade Fire, “Say Yeah” by Wiz Kalifah, and “Ne Me Quitte Pas” by Nina Simone. There are so many more I want to mention, but I think I have cheated enough by including these. List 5 songs you have listened to more than four times in a row.


14 Responses to “Songs you have listened to more than four times in a row.”

  1. JR Lind Says:

    One of these days, I’m gonna post when the theme is unrelated to music. But this is a great one, again.

    1) “Hustlin'” by Rick Ross – You’ll notice I’ve got a high number of hip-hop songs on this 5. So typical for a skinny white dude who grew up on the mean, upper-middle class streets of Hendersonville, Tennessee. Nonetheless, the first time my best friend played this for me, he played it for me again. And again. And again. And probably again. There’s way too many badass lines in this one to ignore (“Who the fuck you think you’re fucking with? I’m the fucking boss” comes to mind). So I came home from that trip to Knoxville and promptly played it for my roommates individually.

    2) “No. 1 Stunna” by Big Tymers. Probably on this list just on the strength of its first line – “You know me, I don’t need no introduction and shit.” I’m a sucker for good first lines (hint hint – top five favorite first lines might make a good list). So I listened to it again and again, just to get back to the beginning.

    3) “Smash Your Head” by Girl Talk – Listened to it so I could figure out everything he sampled. A delightful 3 minute romp that starts with Trina and Fall Out Boy and peaks with Notorious BIG rapping “Juicy” over the top of “Tiny Dancer.” In between, Girl Talk hits SWV, Jeezy, Nirvana, The Pharcyde, etc and so on.

    4) “Jealous Guy” by Roxy Music – I heard this cover of a John Lennon song on one of the only shows I listen to on MTSU’s student radio station and just had to download it and listen to it over and over again.

    5) “Ever Fallen In Love” by Buzzcocks – So good and at 2:43, not nearly long enough. So I frequently play it during my morning routine. Four or five times is usually enough to fight through the synapse misfire that typically plagues smokers in the morning pre-cigarette.

  2. Jamie Says:

    1. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Rait. That last chance to be with someone you love even though you know it won’t last. Bonnie Rait is a great guitarist but this song is more about showcasing her voice which breaks in just the right places and is smooth when it needs to be. It’s heartbreaking and so honest.

    2. Pictures of You by The Cure. They are probably my all time favorite band and you can mock me all you want for that. They found me at a time when I really needed their music and during my goth-esque teenage years I listened to the Disintegration album more times than most people would think humanly possible. It always makes me think of incense and black clothes and I love being transported back into my memories.

    3. Waiting Room by Fugazi. A great rock out song for me that gets my blood going. I don’t even entirely understand the song but the beat and shouting lyrics always make me happier.

    4. The Seed 2.0 by The Roots. This song has been one of my favorites since I first discovered this amazing group. I was a little late on the uptake of their fabulosity but I am a complete believer now. The opening beats of the song always make me smile and want to dance, badly because that’s the only way I know how to dance. For quite a while it was the ringer on my phone and make me smile everytime it went off.

    5. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. Just listen, if you’ve been there you will totally get it, if not, you probably will just think it’s okay. I had this on repeat for quite a while and sang my heart out in the car, be glad you don’t have to hear that!

  3. gila by beach house
    electric feel by mgmt
    basement memory by atlas sound
    beds by the octopus project and black moth super rainbow
    beheaded by bedhead

    not really good stories to each. usually involves alchohol or the like or depression.

  4. Jacquelyn Says:

    I tend to listen to quite a few songs over and over, but I guess I can limit myself to just five.

    1. “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince Rogers Nelson. Not only is Prince the hands down best artist ever, he is my musical inspiration. This song begins both the soundtrack to Purple Rain as well as the movie itself. I initially listen to the song for the introduction, I mean how many people begin a song with “Dearly beloved weare gathered her to celebrate this thing called life?” It is pure awesomeness. Then I saw an interview with Mr. Nelson, and he explained how when he wrote this song he was talking about God and the devil, and the devil is the elevator in the song, however, at the time you could not mention those things on the radio. So of course I had to listen again, and I was really blown away by the complex being that is Prince Rogers Nelson.

    2. “Live Like You Were Dying” and “How Bad Do You Want It” both by Tim McGraw. These songs are pure awesomeness. They both got me through law school, and are quite motivational in their own way. (However, my mom swears I depress her singing how I am going to live like I was dying). The words tend to speak to me, to really be a friend a friend would like to have has always been one of my goals. I am not to sure about going sky diving and rocky mountain climbing, and 2.7 seconds on a bull named fu man chu, but I understand the idea. Then how can you not be motivated by “How Bad Do You Want It”, when you are eating, sleeping, dreaming with that one thing on your mind. This song, along with Tupac got me through the Bar exam.

    3.”Ambitionz Az A Ridah” and “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac. These are very motivational songs. Before all of my exams I would listen to them. It gets you in the mind set that you need to do what you need to do to, and do it quite well.

    4.”The Best Is Yet To Come” by Donald Lawrence. This is a gospel song that touches me in my spirit. It reminds me that no matter what is going on I have not seen anything yet, and today is the first day of the best days of my life.

    5. “Grown Woman” by Mary J. Blige featuring Ludacris. This is my jam. The first time I heard it I played it literally six times in a row. I love it from Luda saying “Who you talking to, baby I’m grown” to Mary J. singing ” tell ya mama you in love with a grown woman”, it is my new anthem. I am surprised it wasnot a single.

    ***Honorable Mention***
    “Pour Me” by Trick Pony. This and “Goodbye Earl” were the best songs ever (until Tim McGraw entered my world). A chick singing about another shot of whiskey touches my spirit, I understood exactly where she was coming from, bartender hit me one more time.

    “There’s Hope” by India.Arie. This is just motivation set to music, it is very relaxing and encouraging.

    I know I am WAY over my limit but I could not help it.

  5. Amanda Moore Says:

    1. “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” by Dead Kennedys – hands down, my favorite band of all time. It’s about racists in the punk scene and DK were basically telling them to “fuck off” because they don’t want that kind of attitude at their shows or in the punk scene in general.

    2. “Crushcrushcrush” and “Misery Business” by Paramore – I thought they were a joke when I first saw them on MTV, but I soon found out how incredibly catchy they are.

    3. “Pits & Poisoned Apples” by Kid Dynamite – Probably my second favorite band. It’s my all-time favorite song by them and it’s only 49 seconds long, so of course I’ve played the crap out of it.

    4. “Give” and “Break the Glass” by Suicide Machines. I love ska. I’ve been listening to punk and ska since middle school. These are my two favorite songs by Suicide Machines, so I’ve listened to each of them over and over and over. People may know “Give” from the Disney channel movie Brink, the rollerblading one. Some thinks it’s called “Look Before You Leap,” so if you’ve ever tried finding that song, it’s called “Give.”

    5. “Photograph” by Def Leppard – I just listened to this song several times in a row the other day. I love classic rock. That’s what I grew up to. In the car with my parents, they played classic rock stations. The only two stations I listen to when I’m in my car is 106.9 The Eagle and 105.9 WRTR.

  6. Chris Raridan Says:

    I’m gonna try to keep this short… these are ALBUMS I’ve listened to more than four times in a row…

    1. Blind Melon – “Blind Melon”. Eighteen times in a row before heading off to see them at Jupiter on March 11. Wanna see me cry? Put that album on. It’s over.

    2. Girl Talk – “Feed the Animals”. This shit will make you wanna get drunk and dance. Period. If you don’t like this album, you need to: #1: Get drunk. #2: Stop being a prick. #3: Put this album on. Step #4 (Dance!) will take care of itself. This album is like listening to the best parts of the coolest, catchiest songs from the past, I don’t know, maybe 3 years!?!

    3. Pearl Jam – “Ten”. Who doesn’t love to scream, cry, wail, hug, kiss, laugh, or love their way through this one? When I got the cassette (yep!) from Columbia House, I put it in the tape deck in my car and listened to it until it stretched and was no longer playable. Then I went to Rabbit Records (local record store in Greenville, Alabama) and bought another copy. Stretched that one too.

    4. Metallica – “…And Justice for All”. C’mon. C’maaaahhhn. “You’re reaching your nadir/ Your will has disappeared/The lie is crystal clear”. Fuckers used “nadir” in a song. Much love!
    The first time I heard Metallica, I was sitting on the back of my dad’s F150, in the middle of our pasture. TK101 (in Mobile) was playing “Harvester of Sorrow”. It wasn’t coming through perfectly clear, just enough to change my musical tastes forever.

    5. Dethklok – “The Dethalbum”. Probably the best heavy metal album in the past 5 years! I think I’ll put it on right now… This is another “listen in the car” album. Poobie made me a copy and I listened to it for 4 months straight. Only reason I quit was I got an iPod. I still keep that copy in my car, though. Thanks, Poobie!

  7. Tiffany Mueller Says:

    Don’t have time to put stories with this, but here are mine.

    1. Rock Your Soul by Elisa
    2. Perfect Day by Hoku
    3. Teardrops on my guitar by Taylor Swift (The upbeat radio version)
    4. Around the World/Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk (Alive 2007 album)
    5. Jenny Says by Cowboy Mouth

  8. Brian Eldridge Says:

    1.) Mouthing Off- Ludacris and 4 Eyez (or something like that) — I love freestyle hip-hop. I like the purity of it, without the commercialism. I like to hear two people either battle it out or just say things that make the people around them crack up. I was driving home to Kentucky one day and I was listening to this CD, Back for the First Time, Luda’s 2nd CD (first mainstream). I got to this song, and I probably listened to it for an hour of my trip. Luda’s part was hot, but 4 Eyez had one of the funniest, hottest freestyles I’d ever heard. FLOVED it!

    2.) Public Service Announcement — Jay-Z — I’m a big Jay-Z fan, obviously. I listened to this song one day while riding somewhere and I just played it over and over. I like the music in the background. I like how straight forward he is. It’s the song that I consider as my theme song. LOL His lyrics are as sharp as they’ve ever been.

    3.) Stand — Donnie McClurkin — This song is definitely emotional and spirit building. Basically it’s saying no matter what life throws your direction, just stand on God’s promises and you’ll be fine. This is absolutely one of my favorite songs of all time.

    4.) Lily in the Valley — John P Kee — As I stated in a previous answer, I love good Gospel music. This song is mostly a cappella (I can’t remember any actual music in it). The vocals in this song are amazing, to me. In choir at church, we sung a LOT of John P Kee songs. This is by far my favorite, even though I wasn’t involved in choir when it came out.

    5.) Happy Feelings — Franky Beverly and Maze — This are my dudes… I can listen to Maze all day long, because their music is so mellow. Most people thing Happy Feelings is just another way about talking about getting high. At a concert, just watch how many joints get blazed when this song comes on. LOL

  9. Tiffany Mueller Says:

    I’m going to leave a list of songs that I have listened to more times than I could ever care to hear because my colorguard instructors could not (or would not) find new music!!!!! That or it was just that the girls on my colorguard couldn’t find the beat to anything else

    1. Because We Can by Fatboy Slim for the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
    2. I want you by Savage Garden
    3. How You Remind Me by Nickelback
    4. Life after Love by Cher
    5. Touch It by Busta Rhymes

  10. billy Says:

    It’s kind of sad that I can think of about 15 songs off of the top of my head. I guess that should give you some insight into my OCD nature. Here’s the top 5.

    1. One by Metallica – I can remember getting my first CD player in Jr. High and listening to this at night on repeat. It’s probably safe to say that I listened to this one greater than 20 times in a row. I was just asleep for most of it.

    2. Ice, Ice Baby by Robert Matthew Van Winkle – Yes. I’ll man up and admit to this one. It was 8th grade and I actually listened to it so much I can remember sitting in Mr. Kitchen’s American History class and writing out the lyrics. The sad thing is that me memorizing the lyrics was actually impressive to those sitting around me. I’m out of here. Word to your Motha’.

    3. Around the Way Girl by LL – Another one to chalk up to Jr High. I can still recite every line when we pull out the CD on road trips. The only reason I can think that I was addicted to this one over other LL selections is because I too want a girl with extensions in her hair, bamboo earrings, at least two pair. A fendy bag and a bad attitude. That’s all I need to get me in a good mood.

    4. Jolene by Ray Lamontagne – He just sounds as if he is in agonizing pain throughout the entire song. Addictions suck.

    5. Tyler by the Toadies – Just take a listen and you’ll see why. The song took on added meaing in college due to Mallet events. That same period also brought new meaning to cauliflower and broccoli.

  11. Hayden Says:

    I’m not thinking as much as I probably should about this one.. I could probably come up with better ones if I tried. And most of the time my music choice depends on my mood. However, there are some songs that I almost never skip over. Here goes:

    Consequence of Sounds – Regina Spektor. Seriously, her voice never gets old for me.

    Volverte A Ver – Juanes. It’s Spanish. It’s beautiful. I love it. I listen to this song at least twice every time it comes up on iTunes. Also, the video is cool; Youtube it.

    Per Te – Josh Groban. Probably one of the greatest songs in all of existence. It’s Italian. I love it.

    Walkin’ on Sunshine. The version I mostly listen to is by Jump5, it’s from the Ella Enchanted Soundtrack. This is my theme song. No joke.

    We Can Be Lovers – from Moulin Rouge. I mostly just start singing this song randomly, but I guess it counts, cause I’ve definitely listened to it plenty of times.

    Honourable Mentions:
    Virginia Moon – the Foo Fighters.
    St. James Infirmary – the White Stripes.
    Live Every Second – Tokio Hotel.
    To Them These Streets Belong – Rise Against.
    Anyway You Want It – Journey.
    Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen.
    and I guess I might as well add The One, by the Backstreet Boys. I listened to that song on repeat for a 4 hour car ride when I was 10. Believe it or not, I still find the song bearable.

    …I like too many songs =P

  12. Dene' Donley Says:

    1. Imagine Me — Kirk Franklin

    2. Love’s Train — Con Funk Shun

    3. Knocks Me Off My Fee — Donell Jones

    4. Almost — Tamia

    5. Someone to Love — Mint Conditon

  13. jake Says:

    1.swing life away-rise against 2.killing in the name-RATM soundclash 4.icky thump-the white stripes 5.original prankster-the offspring

  14. Dave Says:

    CARAMELLDANSEN!!! over 440 times in a row without ever , EVER, stopping!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: