The tradition continues! For the third year running, we here at Geek Force Five are closing things out a breakdown of the Top 25 Songs we (meaning Chris, who likes to write about himself in the plural as much as he loves to write about himself in the third person) listened to the most over the past three hundred and sixty-five days.
So, without further ado, here is the list (according to Last.fm):
- “Airplanes” by B.o.B. (featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore)
- “Hummingbird Heartbeat” by Katy Perry
- “We Don’t Want Your Body” by Stars
- “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry
- “Fuck You” by Cee Lo Green
- “Fixed” by Stars
- “Crystalised” by The XX
- “Love is Dead” by The Lovemakers
- “California Gurls” by Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg)
- “Love/Hate Heartbreak” by Halestorm
- “Gold Guns Girls” by Metric
- “It’s Not You” by Halestorm
- “Gimme Sympathy” by Metric
- “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum
- “Whataya Want from Me” by Adam Lambert
- “Wasted Daylight” by Stars
- “A Drowning” by How to Destroy Angels
- “She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult
- “I Get Off” by Halestorm
- “She’s Got Me Dancing” by Tommy Sparks
- “Dying Day” by Brandi Carlile
- “Naturally” by Selena Gomez and The Scene
- “Idioteque” by Amanda Palmer
- “Great DJ” by The Ting Tings
- “Islands” by The XX
Just as I expected and predicted last year, this year’s list is indeed populated by more current songs than ever before, thanks to my shelling out the bucks to iTunes and eMusic and to my incessant collecting of MyCokeRewards points to exchange for free Napster tracks. But something I hadn’t anticipated happened, too. This year was the year that the album returned to prominence when it came to my listening habits.
In the spring, when I was very confused about what direction my professional life was going to take, I started a hashtag on Twitter, #albumaday, and began listening to at least one album all of the way through each day. It was a way to get myself focused on the bigger picture and to not be so scatter-brained. I’d like to think it’s had a profound effect on the way I’ve approached life. But, even more important to the topic at hand, it’s had a profound effect on what songs I’ve listened to the most this year.
If that Stars record, The Five Ghosts, were a cassette, I would’ve gone through three copies this year—it was that good, from front to back. Same goes for the self-titled albums by Halestorm and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream was stellar pop bubblegum trash, everything Amanda Palmer touched this year was gold, and I have yet to hear a bad track involving B.o.B. And that’s meant that this year, more than ever before, the Top 25 List, is dominated by artists with multiple tracks on the countdown.
Aside from that trend, I find it amusing to see that my favorite track of 2009—“Love is Dead” by The Lovemakers—got played enough in 2010 to actually seven chart positions, and that another cut from the 2009 list (“Great DJ” by The Ting Tings) came in at exactly the same spot it came in at last year.
So, once again, I’ll ask you this: anything here that’s cause for disowning me? Anything you feel demands an explanation? And, hey, what were your favorite tracks of the year? Let us know in the comments!
Oh, and have a happy new year! Catch you on the flipside.