What Are You Listening To?


What Are You Listening To?
M.D. Wright
10.24.09

I’ve been updating my iTunes lately, importing old songs from CDs and synching my iPod of late. Interesting what has happened to my iTunes in the year or so since I reformatted my hard drive and my Play Count (which was stacked with Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, Fred Hammond, Héctor Lavoe, Marc Anthony, Teddy Pendergrass, Cam’ron/Diplomats and LC Elsy topped the list for most plays). Given that I am on PC, I (of course) had to reformat this past January and so these top plays are since mid January 2009.

The following are my Top 25 plays and the number of plays for each song.

1. Cam’ron – “Harlem”.
Sample: Unknown.

Plays: 743.

2. The Isley Brothers – “For The Love Of You, Pt. I & II”.

Plays: 545.

3. The Diplomats – “Purple Haze”
Sample: Dorothy Moore – “Too Blind To See”

Plays: 544.

4. The Diplomats – “DJ Enuff (Freestyle)”
Sample: OV Wright – “Mirror Of My Soul”

Plays: 486.

5. Al B. Sure! – “Ooh This Love Is So…”

Plays: 394.

6. Christopher Williams – “Dreamin'”

Plays: 323.

7. Al B. Sure! – “Off On Your Own (Girl)”

Plays: 303.

8. Al B. Sure! – “Nite & Day”

Plays: 302.

9. The Diplomats – “I Really Mean It”
Sample: Major Harris – “I Got Over Love (Live)”

Plays: 300.

10. The Diplomats – “I’m Ready”
Sample: Barbara Mason – “Yes, I’m Ready”

Plays: 265.

11. Ghostface Killah – “Camay”
Sample: Teddy Pendergrass – “Can’t We Try”

Plays: 246.

12. Teddy Pendergrass – “Can’t We Try”

Plays: 192.

13. Maxwell – “Pretty Wings”

Plays: 191.

14. Cam’ron – “Killa Cam”

Plays: 174.

15. Christopher Williams – “Every Little Thing U Do”

Plays: 165.

16. Cam’ron – “Come Home With Me”
Sample: George Stanley Clinton – “She’s My Lady”

Plays: 160.

17. The Diplomats – “You Oughta Know”
Sample: Billy Joel – “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”

Plays: 139.

18. Chubb Rock – “Treat ’em Right”
Sample: James Brown – “There Was A Time”, First Choice – “Love Thang”

Plays: 124.

19. Brownstone – “If You Love Me”

Plays: 115.

20. DeBarge – “I Like It”

Plays: 115.

21. Smif ‘n’ Wessun – “Sound Bwoy Bureill”

Plays: 98.

22. The Diplomats – “Dipset Anthem”
Sample: Sanchez – “One In A Million”

Plays: 91.

23. The Diplomats – “Rap City (Freestyle)”
Sample: Scarface – “My Block”
(Did not appear on Diplomatic Immunity, but lyrics were recorded during the session for this album — freestyle from BET’s Rap City Tha Basement)

24. Mary J. Blige – “You Remind Me”

Plays: 89.

25. Junior M.A.F.I.A. – “I Need You Tonight”
Sample: Patrice Rushen – “Remind Me”, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – “I Wonder If I Take You Home”

Plays: 68.

The fun thing about doing this is I have about 400 songs that have between 30-60 plays, so the list could change significantly between now and Christmas ha. Plus you have to account for The Temptations CHRISTMAS album from 1980, which still gets tons of play every Christmas season. Who knows?

Try it, it reveals a lot about where your mind is, when you have tons of plays for particular songs.

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