iTunes: 9.4.10

As the weeks go on, it get harder and harder for new songs to break into my Top 25. The number 1 song in my iTunes is Three Cheers for Five Years by Mayday Parade with 171 plays. Song #25 is I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song is About also by Mayday Parade with 132 plays. Just to prove that the top 25 has more than Mayday songs here is the full list:

1. Three Cheers for Five Years – Mayday Parade: 171 Plays
2. Jersey – Mayday Parade: 168
3. Jamie All Over – Mayday Parade: 158
(I Promise things will change now)
4. Fast Times at Dropout High – The Ataris: 155
5. Last Train Home – Ryan Star: 155
6. Just Say You’re Not Into It – Mayday Parade: 151
7. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon: 149
8. Makedamnsure – Taking Back Sunday: 148
9. I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone – The Ataris: 146
10. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls: 144
11. All the Same – Sick Puppies: 143
12. Perfect Situation – Weezer: 143
13. Champagne’s For Celebrating – Mayday Parade: 142
14. If You Wanted a Song Written About You, All You Needed to Do Was Ask – Mayday Parade: 140
15. The Hero Dies in This One: The Ataris: 139
16. I Can Wait Forever – Simple Plan: 139
(#16 is the only non-five-star song in the top 25)
17. And My Names Dignan, So What – Day at the Fair: 138
18. Bittersweet – Radio Racer: 138
19. Boston – Augustana: 137
20. San Dimas High School Football Rules – The Ataris: 135
21. Song for a Mix Tape – The Ataris: 135
22. Dream is Over – Early November: 135
23. Walk on Water or Drown – Mayday Parade: 135
24. How I Spent My Summer Vacation – The Ataris: 132
25. I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song is About – Mayday Parade: 132
Since my top 25 hasn’t been useful in introducing you to some of the new overly played songs in my life, let’s change the rules a little bit. Here are the top 25 songs in my iTunes since March 28, 2010. Why that arbitrary day you might ask? Because that is when I got a new computer. And all my songs before that now say they were added on March 27, 2010
25. I Woke Up in a Car – Something Corporate: 20
Back in 2007 when I first got my Mac this song somehow got lost in the shuffle and didn’t make it onto my new machine. I went looking for it earlier this year and didn’t find it so I redownloaded it
24. Hallelujah – Paramore: 21
I think this is the second best song named Hallelujah on my iPod (Jeff Buckley), but a good song nonetheless. Hayley Williams is hotter as a blonde
/Checks Google
Phew it’s not too creepy to say that
23. Tik Tok – Ke$ha: 21
I was late to the Ke$ha bandwagon. This song and Your Love is My Drug are the epitome of awesomely shitty songs. Very enjoyable. Maybe one day the Awesomely Shitty Bracket will be revealed
22. I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin De Graw: 21
I don’t wanna be anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately
21. Creep – Stone Temple Pilots: 23
Don’t know why I didn’t have this. Forgive me
20. Bad Romance – Smile from the Trenches: 23
Before I fully embraced Gaga’s music (I still don’t like her as a person), I downloaded the punk version of Bad Romance
19. Laredo – Band of Horses: 24
Band of Horses made an appearance in Joyce’s Jameson video. When their new album was going to get thrown out at work, I stepped in and found it a home. This is the lone bright spot of the album
18. Shark in the Water – VV Brown: 27
17. Alejandro – Lady Gaga: 27
The first Lady Gaga song I liked the first time I heard it. Helped the aforementioned acceptance of her music
16. All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled: 27
Fact
15. Billionaire – Travie McCoy: 28
This song is called Jim$ in foreign countries
14. Untouched – The Veronicas: 31
Who would win in a fight. The Veronicas or T.a.T.u? PS This song is just epic
13. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus: 32
Teenage Rick relates to this….well except for the prom thing
12. Nothing on You – B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars: 32
This is just a great song. But as Ostrowe pointed out, how did this guy come out of nowhere and get all these people on his tracks? I’m sure the internet could explain, but just go with it
11. Sexy Bitch – David Guetta feat. Akon: 33
Impossible not to smile when this song plays. My summer interns will tell you this is my pick-me-up song
10. Yeah Yeah Yeah – New Politics: 34
This is the Dew Tour theme song this year. Great song you just want to sing along with.
9. Pure Imagination – Maroon 5: 36
The AT&T commercial with this song is brilliant. Too bad their service doesn’t match their recent creative. Good song to fall asleep to.
8. American Slang – Gaslight Anthem: 36
Joyce, Ostrowe, and I are going to this concert. There are going to be so many hipsters.
7. Brick by Boring Brick – Paramore: 40
6. Airplanes pt. 2 – B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams & Eminem: 42
Part 2 > Part 1 due to Eminem’s sick verse. Hayley Williams is hot as a blonde
5. If We Ever Meet Again – Timbaland feat. Katy Perry: 43
I’m watching Notre Dame v. Purdue. The Irish look good. Consider this a kiss of death
4. Spine – I Love Monsters: 43
The drumer for this band works for NBC. They were also a finalist in the new FreeCreditScore.com band search
3. Bangers, Beans, and Mash – Infant Sorrow: 45
Russell Brand recorded a full album for the Get Him to the Greek album. For an actor, all the songs are pretty great
2. Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons: 46
There is a lesson to be learned here
1. The Only Exception – Paramore: 64

2009: The Year in miTunes

Songs added: 868
Number of Albums: 326
Total Time: 2 Days, 6 Hours, 30 Minutes, 8 Seconds
Size: 4.25 GB

First Song Added: “Caller 10” Punchline
Last Song Added: “As You Wish” Dropout Year

First Song Alphabetically: “A-Punk” Vampire Weekend
Last Song Alphabetically: “Zzzzz” The Cab

First Band Alphabetically: AFI “Medicate”
Last Band Alphabetically: Young Joc “It’s Going Down”

First Album Alphabetically: Abbey Road The Beatles
Last Album Alphabetically: Youth and Young Manhood Kings of Leon

Top Ten Songs:
1. “Walk on Water or Drown” Mayday Parade (99 plays: added 2/16)
2. “Use Somebody” Kings of Leon (98 plays: added 6/2)
3. “Closer” Kings of Leon (87 plays: added 7/4)
4. “You Be the Anchor that Keeps my Feet on the Ground, I’ll be the Wings that keep your Heart in the Clouds” Mayday Parade (86 plays: added 2/16)
5. “Can’t Say Goodbye” Stages & Stereos (85 plays: added 5/11)
6. “Notion” Kings of Leon (81 plays: added 6/2)
7. “When I Grow Up” Mayday Parade (80 plays: added 3/16)
8. “Revelry” Kings of Leon (75 plays: added 7/4)
9. “Sex on Fire” Kings of Leon (74 plays: added 6/2)
10. “Be Somebody” Kings of Leon (71 plays: added 7/4)

Top Ten Songs Not by Kings of Leon or Mayday Parade
1. “Can’t Say Goodbye” Stages & Stereos (85 plays: added 5/11)
2. “Helter Skelter” The Beatles (70 plays: added 6/7)
3. “The Pretender” Foo Fighters (66 plays: added 3/27)
4. “Love Drunk” Boys Like Girls (65 plays: added 8/4)
5. “Addicted” Saving Abel (65 plays: added 1/15)
6. “Save It For Someone Else” Stages & Stereos (65 plays: added 5/11)
7. “Love Song” Four Year Strong (64 plays: added 3/16)
8. “Hot ‘N Cold” Katy Perry (64 plays: added 1/12)
9. “Over the Hills and Far Away” Led Zeppelin (64 plays: added 1/15)
10. “My Blue Heaven” Taking Back Sunday (61 plays: added 7/26)

First Ten Songs That Pop Up On Shuffle
1. “I Want This Forever” Drake
2. “I Feel Fine” The Beatles
3. “Sometimes” Reach the Sky
4. “My Little Needle” Alkaline Trio
5. “I’m on a Boat” Lonely Island
6. “My Way” Frank Sinatra
7. “If Walls Could Talk” Dropout Year
8. “Now That You’re Gone” Enrique Iglesias
9. “I Can’t Do It Alone” 3OH!3
10. “Shelter” Ray LaMontagne

Greatest. Band. Ever?

The Beatles have always been legends. However, these days, they are even more visible. EMI, their long time record label, just spent the last 4 years remastering their music to sound even crisper than ever. This week also marked the release of “The Beatles: Rock Band.” Rock Band itself is rousing success, but combined with perhaps the most famous band of the century, it is a product that is attractive to a wide swath of the population.

There are two things that I find remarkable about The Beatles.
1) All four members of the band sang lead vocals at one point or another. Something you never see today, and probably will never see again.
2) Every month I find myself saying “Wait, that was originally a Beatles song?!”

Currently I have 32 Beatles songs on my iPod. But that number is growing monthly. Here are the top eleven.

11) With a Little Help from my Friends – Released: September 1967 – Album: St. Pepper
Lead Vocals: Ringo – Written by: Lennon/McCartney
Ringo generally sang one song on each album that Lennon and McCartney would write for him. They made sure to use a limited range so that he could hit all the notes. When you listen to the lyrics, they are a little condescending.

10) Ticket to Ride – Released: April 1965 – Album: Help!
Lead Vocals: Lennon – Written by: Lennon
Noel Gallagher’s Favorite Song

9) Hey Jude – Released: August 1968 – Album: Released as a Single
Lead Vocals: McCartney – Written by: McCartney
McCartney wrote the song for John Lennon’s son after Yoko broke up their family. Lennon thought the song was for him

8) Here Comes the Sun – Released: September 1969 – Album: Abbey Road
Lead Vocals: Harrison – Written by: Harrison
Harrison’s version of an emo song written after a shitty year where he even temporarily quit the band

7) Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Released: June 1967 – Album: Sgt. Pepper
Lead Vocals: Lennon – Written by: Lennon/McCartney
Lennon was not pleased with the recording of this song, but claimed that he was on LSD at the time so he was rather submissive in the studio. Later denied the song was actually about LSD crafting an elaborate story about a drawing his son made. In 2004, McCartney finally admitted the song was about LSD

6) Help! – Released July 1965 – Album: Help!
Lead Vocals: Lennon – Written by: Lennon
Lennon wrote this song to express the stress that developed due to The Beatles meteoric rise to fame

5) Hello Goodbye – Released: November 1967 Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Lead Vocals: McCartney – Written by: McCartney
In addition to singing, McCartney also played Bass, Piano, Bongos, and Congas on the track

4) I am the Walrus – Released: November 1967 Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Lead Vocals: Lennon – Written by: Lennon
Lennon claimed he wrote the first two lines on separate acid trips.

3) Helter Skelter – Released: November 1968 – Album: The White Album
Lead Vocals: McCartney – Written by: McCartney
I’ve got blisters on my fingers – Ringo Starr

2) Let it Be – Released: March 1970 – Album: Let It Be
Lead Vocals: McCartney – Written by: McCartney
Written after a dream McCartney had about his deceased mother

1) Yesterday – Released September 1965 – Album: Help!
Lead Vocals: McCartney – Written by: McCartney
The Most Covered Song in the World

iTunes Research

I am stealing this idea from here, which in turn stole it from someplace else

Number of Songs: 3,048
Number of Albums: 928
Duration of Library: 7.8 Days
Most Recently Played Song: “Science in Violence” The Rifles
Most Played Song: “Last Train Home” Ryan Star
Most Recently Added Album: Maybe We’ll Make It After All Stages & Stereos

First Song Alphabetically: “A-Hole” Bowling For Soup
Last Song Alphabetically: “Zombie” The Cranberries
Smallest Song Numerically: “#1″ Nelly
Largest Song Numerically: “8675309 Jenny” Tommy Tutone

Shortest Song: Judge Snyder Clip from The Simpsons
Longest Song: “Rapper’s Delight” The Sugarhill Gang

First Album Alphabetically: Adam Gregory (Self Titled)
Last Album Alphabetically: Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! HelloGoodbye
First Band Alphabetically: A-Ha
Last Band Alphabetically: Zebra Head

First Ten Songs That Pop Up On Shuffle:
“Stop to Think” Millencolin
“Of Wolf and Man” Metalica
“Dear Tragedy” Bayside
“Summer Wind” Frank Sinatra
“Heels Over Head” Boys Like Girls
“I’d Lie” Taylor Swift
“3000 Miles” Valencia
“M. Shepard” Thursday
“Sleepless Nights” Faber Drive
“Here I Go Again” Whitesnake

iTunes: Power Rankings

Cue the mockery.

25. How I Spent My Summer Vacation – The Ataris (63) Welcome Back
The Ataris would probably qualify as my favorite band, I’ve been listening to them since 2000. Even though they only have two songs in the top 25, they have 20 songs in the top 100. It a great song because it starts off and you think it’s about just going with the flow and loving life, but then it turns into a vengeful song about girls. Right in emo Nick’s wheelhouse.
One Line That Instantly Made Me A Fan Of The Song: I’m still waiting for the world to come crashing down again. I’m still waiting for some one, to call me up and tell me your dead.

24. Light Up The Sky – Yellowcard (64) NEW
Yellowcard seems to fall into the Good Charlotte category of punk rock. Bands that try so hard to be mainstream, most punk rock enthusiasts can’t stand them. Regardless, it is hard to deny that both band has some legitimately good songs (Ostrowe will disagree). This is one of those songs for Yellowcard. A very high energy song which gets me pumped up when I hear it.
OLTIMMAFOTS: Let me light up the sky, light it up for you. Let me tell you why, I would die for you

23. Right Now – SR 71 (64) NEW
This infectiously catchy song was one of the first songs I ever downloaded from Napster. It also exists on my first ever mix CD of pirated music. Back then, Mar and myself would come up with odd random names for our mixes. This one was “Rabid Panda.”
OLTIMMAFOTS: She taught me how to trust, and to believe in us, then she taught me how to cuss, that bitch, it’s over

22. If All Else Fails – Matchbook Romance (52) Previously #14
And dropping like a rock this song is. Well, if all else fails, it can fall back on it’s previous job. Blacksmith
OLTIMMAFOTS: If all else fails, you can look up at the sky because it’s the same one that shines above you and I. And if all else fails you can close your eyes and I’ll be right besides you

21. Fast Times at Dropout High – The Ataris (64) NEW
New power rankings, new Ataris song makes the list. Sensing a trend. Great song all around, but what puts it over the edge is the Ben Affleck spoken word at the end. Yes, I realize how retarded that sounds.
Affleck: Everyday I pick you up. We go out, have a few drinks, a few laughs, and it’s great, but ya wanna know what the best part of my day is? It’s the 10 seconds from when I pull up to the curb and I get to your door, and I’m hoping you won’t be there. No good-bye, no see-ya-later, no nothing. Just picked up and left. I don’t know much, but I know that.

20. Giving Up On Love – The Ataris (64) Previously #22
OLTIMMAFOTS: You fall in love, then break your heart, then fall in love again, it’s never ending

19. Overrated – Jak Paris (53) Previously #13
Perhaps Jak Paris was overrated himself since he too is plunging the power rankings. He is the Washington Redskins of iTunes
OLTIMMAFOTS: Used to be so hesitant, now I am the president of the geek squad that kicked you ass to the curb

18. Jamie All Over – Mayday Parade (66) NEW
Like last time. All I will say is that Mayday Parade is awesome. No one knows who they are and I kinda want to keep it that way.
OLTIMMAFOTS: Please don’t tell me that I’m dreaming, when all I ever wanted was to dream another sunrise with you

17. Miserable at Best – Mayday Parade (66) NEW
Listened to this song a lot while feeling sorry for myself…
/glossing over
//nothing to see here

16. When I’m With You – Faber Drive (66) Previously #17
OLTIMMAFOTS: When I’m with you, I’ll make every second count, ’cause I miss you, whenever you’re not around

15. Makedamnsure – Taking Back Sunday (67) Previously #20
OLTIMMAFOTS: You are everything I want, because you are everything I’m not

14. I Can Wait Forever – Simple Plan (67) Previously #10
OLTIMMAFOTS: When you call my heart stops beating, when your gone it won’t stop bleeding.

13. I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone – The Ataris (67) Previously #21
The polar opposite of the previous Ataris song. That is what’s great about emo bands. They are bi-polar and have a song to fit all your moods.
OLTIMMAFOTS:
The things you make me wanna do. I’d rob a quik-e-mart for you. I’d go to the pound and let all the cats go free. Just as long as you’d be with me.

12. Love You ‘Til the End – The Pogues (70) Previously #23
OLTIMMAFOTS:Ijustwanttobetherewhenthemorninglightexplodes,onyour
faceitradiatesIcan’tescapeIloveyoutilltheend

11. Boston – Augustana (70) Previously #11
OLTIMMAFOTS: I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset

10. Jasey Rae – All Time Low (70) Previously #6
You know. Until right now I thought this song was called Jersey Rae. I was getting ready to make a Springsteen joke. G-D it.
OLTIMMAFOTS:
I’ve never told a lie, and that makes me a liar, I’ve never made a bet, but we gamble with desire, I’ve never lit a match, with intent to start a fire, but recently the flames, are getting out of control.

9. The Last Song I Will Ever Write About A Girl – The Ataris (71) Previously #7
OLTIMMAFOTS: Why don’t I ever seem to learn, that love is all wrong and girls are fucking evil

8. All The Same – Sick Puppies (72) Previously #9
OLTIMMAFOTS: I don’t mind, I don’t care, as long as you’re here

7. And My Name is Dignan, So What – Day at the Fair (72) Previously #5
OLTIMMAFOTS: They’ll wonder how good it can get… Much better than this.
I hear from your friends you’re still alive, I guess I wasted those wishes on nothing

6. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls (56) Previously #8
OLTIMMAFOTS: You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be

5. Fever Dream – Tyler Bates (73) Previously #3
A pure instrumental song from the movie the 300. Will get you adequately pumped up and plus, everyone needs a song on their iPod that will make you want to kill a butt load of Persians.
OLTIMMAFOTS: N/A

4. Jersey – Mayday Parade (74) Previously #15
[Springsteen Voice] This is a song called Jersey, and it’s about Jersey, and it made the biggest jump of the blog post, because it is about Jersey. As you can tell this is the Boss’ favorite song on my list
OLTIMMAFOTS: I’ll be fine I swear, I’m just gone beyond repair

3. Bittersweet – Radio Racer (79) Previously #2
OLTIMMAFOTS: You cut me off but you’ve got nothing to show for I took the fall but it wasn’t enough

2. Far Away – Nickelback (92) Previously #1
From most popular to seven plays in seven months. Doesn’t take Rocket science to figure out why. The 2007-08 Patriots you could call it perhaps?

1. Last Train Home – Ryan Star (61) NEW
A NEW number one song. Yes, it is from PS I Love You. But it is a good song. A great song really and I am not ashamed to have it as number one.
OLTIMMAFOTS: We were only kids, we ran like water, your father said “stay away from my daughter”

Songs to look out for:
Broken – Given (51)
The first music video of a Broken song speaks for itself. It is a great song even though Joyce is getting sick of our obsession.
OLTIMMAFOTS: If I made you smile, would you feel free. If I helped you cry, would you be happy

Find Your Fire – Given (11)
The second single off of Given’s first album is just as catchy. A rising star indeed
OLTIMMAFOTS: Find your fire. Maybe we can burn together

iTunes: Volume Two

Well, the time has come for everyone to mock my top 25 songs. Enjoy!

25. Pieces – Sum 41 (50) NEW
This is a stereotypical emo song with a good, but sad hook. Perfect for bad romance, but just as good for happy romance because you can say “hahahaha look at you sad emo kid, you are so sad and I am not. That is so funny”
One Line That Instantly Made Me A Fan Of The Song: I tried to be perfect, but nothing was worth it

24. Ladies and Gentlemen – Saliva (50) NEW
The theme of the 2007 Dew Tour and Team Winded episode 9. This is a great song to amp you up. If you are ever driving and this song comes on, your speed is guaranteed to go up by 15%
OLTIMMAFOTS: Can’t really point to a single line here, it is more how they are delivered that is the catch.

23. Love You ‘Til the End – The Pogues (50) NEW
Here is your first chance to make fun of me. And you will get a lot of fuel, so I will gloss over the details rather quickly:
ThissongwasinPSILoveYouwhichactuallywasn’tabadchickflickthatIsawwith Tara.HilarySwankisstillreallyuglythoughandthemoviewouldhavebeenalot betteriftheyhadanattractiveleadfemalecharacterespeciallybecausethereis
ascenewithSwankinherunderwear.
OLTIMMAFOTS:Ijustwanttobetherewhenthemorninglightexplodes,onyour
faceitradiatesIcan’tescapeIloveyoutilltheend

22. Giving Up On Love – The Ataris (50) NEW
See Pieces. Another fantastic break-up song. And anything The Ataris do is awesome. Random side note: Joe Rutko used to tell me I looked like the lead singer. Random Side Note 2: I am awarding Joe Rutko with the award for the person we used to associate with that was the least like us. How the hell did we ever get sucked into that trap…
OLTIMMAFOTS: You fall in love, then break your heart, then fall in love again, it’s never ending

21. I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone – The Ataris (50) Previously #13
The polar opposite of the previous Ataris song. That is what’s great about emo bands. They are bi-polar and have a song to fit all your moods
OLTIMMAFOTS:
The things you make me wanna do. I’d rob a quik-e-mart for you. I’d go to the pound and let all the cats go free. Just as long as you’d be with me.

20. Makedamnsure – Taking Back Sunday (50) Previously #25
OLTIMMAFOTS: You are everything I want, because you are everything I’m not

19. Amazed – Lonestar (51) Previously #24
OLTIMMAFOTS: Don’t know how you do what you do. I’m so in love with you. It just keeps getting better.

18. I Miss You – Incubus (51) Previously #23
OLTIMMAFOTS: To see you when I wake up. Is a gift I didn’t think could be real.

17. When I’m With You – Faber Drive (51) Previously #23
OLTIMMAFOTS: When I’m with you, I’ll make every second count, ’cause I miss you, whenever you’re not around

16. Song for a Mix Tape – The Ataris (51) NEW
Like John Cusack in High Fidelity would tell you, making a mix tape is an art form. TO be honest, I’m not very good at it, but I make a ton. But recording a song for a mix tape, is like making a movie where you receive an Oscar for making this movie…I think
OLTIMMAFOTS: Falling for you was the easy thing to do, If only somehow I could make you hang around

15. Jersey – Mayday Parade (52) NEW
Mayday Parade is awesome. I’m not even going to say anything else.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I’ll be fine I swear, I’m just gone beyond repair

14. If All Else Fails – Matchbook Romance (52) Previously #6
OLTIMMAFOTS: If all else fails, you can look up at the sky because it’s the same one that shines above you and I. And if all else fails you can close your eyes and I’ll be right besides you

13. Overrated – Jak Paris (53) Previously #7
OLTIMMAFOTS: Used to be so hesitant, now I am the president of the geek squad that kicked you ass to the curb

12. Definitely Maybe – FM Static (53) Previously #10
OLTIMMAFOTS:
I met a girl named Tara

11. Boston – Augustana (54) NEW
Some one must have told the lead singer of Augustana that Boston is nice in the summer. He was misinformed. Summer is Red Sox season, the Red Sox are insufrable, as are their fans. In fact, as I type this I am watching them lose in the ALCS and it is great.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset

10. I Can Wait Forever – Simple Plan (55) Previously #8
OLTIMMAFOTS: When you call my heart stops beating, when your gone it won’t stop bleeding.

9. All The Same – Sick Puppies (55) Previously #11
As I type THIS, the Red Sox fans are filing out of Fenway in the seventh inning
OLTIMMAFOTS: I don’t mind, I don’t care, as long as you’re here

8. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls (56) NEW
The theme of City of Angels is a great song. The boys named Goo have been a solid band since their debut in the 90s.
OLTIMMAFOTS: You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be

7. The Last Song I Will Ever Write About A Girl – The Ataris (56) NEW
Another song Ataris song about a reoccuring topic
OLTIMMAFOTS: Why don’t I ever seem to learn, that love is all wrong and girls are fucking evil

6. Jersey Rae – All Time Low (57) Previously #5
OLTIMMAFOTS:
I’ve never told a lie, and that makes me a liar, I’ve never made a bet, but we gamble with desire, I’ve never lit a match, with intent to start a fire, but recently the flames, are getting out of control.

5. And My Name is Dignan, So What – Day at the Fair (59)
OLTIMMAFOTS: They’ll wonder how good it can get… Much better than this.
I hear from your friends you’re still alive, I guess I wasted those wishes on nothing

4. Last Train Home – Ryan Star (61) NEW
The highest debut on the new list comesfromanothersongfromPSILoveYouso
Iwillquicklyglossoverthisexplainationagain.Justlistentothesongitisjust
fuckingsolid.I’mnotgoingtodefendmyselfforthissongselection.Andjustthink
ifIneversawthischickflickIwouldhaveneverfoundthistrack
OLTIMMAFOTS: We were only kids, we ran like water, your father said “stay away from my daughter”

3. Fever Dream – Tyler Bates (62) Previously #3
A pure instrumental song from the movie the 300. Will get you adequately pumped up and plus, everyone needs a song on their iPod that will make you want to kill a butt load of Persians.
OLTIMMAFOTS: N/A

2. Bittersweet – Radio Racer (66) Previously #2
OLTIMMAFOTS: You cut me off but you’ve got nothing to show for I took the fall but it wasn’t enough

1. Far Away – Nickelback (90) Previously #1

That does it for this edition of make fun of Rick’s song choice. That wasn’t as lame as last time, but there was a heavy dose of depressing emo songs.
Ed. Note: Lyrics are he words of the bands that speak them and do not represent the ideas and beliefs of the author of this blog
Shit…the disclaimer is supposed to come first right….

iTunes: Imitation is the Sincerest…..

Not too long ago, Ostrowe released his Top 25 most played songs on iTunes. I thought this was a cool idea, so I am stealing it. Now, I will not try to pretend I have Ostrowe’s musical prowess (my mom will be the first to tell you, I am musically retarded), regardless this will be a fun exercise. Feel free to mock me at every turn.

25. Makedamnsure – Taking Back Sunday (36)
I love emo music. I’m not going to lie. The songs are passionate, somewhat misguided and usually hilarious to me. This song has a great hook which will make you bob your head and reaches the borders of Screamo without crossing into the dark side.
One Line That Instantly Made Me A Fan Of The Song: You are everything I want, because you are everything I’m not

24. Amazed – Lonestar (36)
The first of a bunch of sappy love songs which I am not afraid to admit I like listening to. I first heard this song in high school and literally hoped and hoped that Valentine’s Day would come around and I would have someone to listen to the song with. After a few years, I decided to save the song for the right girl. Then Tara came along and the song become associated with her.
OLTIMMAFOTS: Don’t know how you do what you do. I’m so in love with you. It just keeps getting better.

23. I Can Barely Breathe – Just Surrender (36)
I first heard Just Surrender in January of 2007 when I discovered Pandora. It’s one of those songs that is catchy and is the opposite of how I feel so it is fun to listen to.
OLTIMMAFOTS: Stand on top of the rooftops wondering, is it really good for jumping

22. When I’m With You – Faber Drive (36)
I almost left this song of the list on purpose, but that would not have been very honest. I have never heard anyone talk about Faber Drive and I wanted to keep it that way since this is a great rock love song. Especially for long distance relationships
OLTIMMAFOTS: When I’m with you, I’ll make every second count, ’cause I miss you, whenever you’re not around

21. Dream is Over – Finding Westerly (36)
Another song that simply has a great hook. When I am driving and this song comes on, my speed goes up by 10 MPH. It’s about breaking up, but not every song is supposed to have a personal meaning.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I want this so badly, so much you’ll never even know. This is my last goodbye

20. How I Spent My Summer Vacation – The Ataris (36)
The Ataris would probably qualify as my favorite band, I’ve been listening to them since 2000. Even though they only have two songs in the top 25, they have 20 songs in the top 100. It a great song because it starts off and you think it’s about just going with the flow and loving life, but then it turns into a vengeful song about girls. Right in emo Nick’s wheelhouse.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I’m still waiting for the world to come crashing down again. I’m still waiting for some one, to call me up and tell me your dead.

19. Farewell to Friends – Matchbook Romance (37)
Hat-tip to Erik for giving me a Matchbook Romance CD for Christmas in 2003. Since then I have been hooked. This song is in the “Songs to Use in a Unwanted Break-up” pile
OLTIMMAFOTS: I’d walk a thousand miles I’d swim across the sea What do I have to do, please just tell me

18. I Miss You – Incubus (37)
Incubus is awesome. And this was another song I listened to waiting for the right person for it to apply to. Hat-Tip #2 to Tara.
OLTIMMAFOTS: To see you when I wake up. Is a gift I didn’t think could be real.

17. What It Is To Burn – Finch (37)
Another band I stumbled across accidentally. This song will also get you going. But to be honest I have never tried to understand the lyrics. I would listen to this song while snowboarding and instantly be amped up and mello’d out on the mountain at the same time.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I walk these lines of Blasphemy everyday. (Anyone who uses the word blasphemy in a song is ok in my book)

16. Good Morning Beautiful – Lonestar (38)
Now realizing that the only two Lonestar songs I have are in the top 25 is making me feel a little Macy’s. I heard this song for the first time while driving my mom down to Virginia and instantly thought of you know who. It has since become the way I start Tara’s day and the subject of ridicule.
OLTIMMAFOTS: Good morning beautiful, how was your night? Mine was wonderful with you by my side

15. Amazing Because It Is – The Almost (38)
Never would have thought this song would ever crack the top 25 let alone the top 500 the first time it ever came on in my car. The beginning lulls you into a false sense of security, the choir kicks in around 2:40. Then at the 3:00 mark it gets cranked up a notch and turns a church song into a pretty cool song.
OLTIMMAFOTS: Drums at the 3:00 Mark

14. Fascinating New Thing – Semisonic (39)
I was surprised to see this song in the top 25, but upon further review it has a lot going for it. It was featured in Ten Things I Hate About You, a chick flick, that guys won’t hesitate to say they love, which stars a recently deceased Hollywood star. It also reminds me of Tara since we saw the movie on TV 900 times one weekend.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I’m surprised that you’ve never been told before, that your lovely and your perfect and that somebody wants you.

13. I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone – The Ataris (39)
The Ataris return with this great high energy song about being in love with a girl. And when you have someone to sing it about it is great to sing along to.
OLTIMMAFOTS: The things you make me wanna do. I’d rob a quik-e-mart for you. I’d go to the pound and let all the cats go free. Just as long as you’d be with me.

12. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol (40)
Sorry, but this is another Tara song. She sent it to me after we had been dating a few months and it basically sums up what you want to do when college life gets a little hectic.
OLTIMMAFOTS: If I just lay here. Would you lie with me and just forget the world.

11. All The Same – Sick Puppies (40)
28MM views can’t be wrong. This song was featured in YouTubes most inspirational video of 2007. Just a great fucking song, and it must be since I cursed. Try not to smile during that video.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I don’t mind, I don’t care, as long as you’re here

10. Definitely Maybe – FM Static (40)
I listen to this song a lot because the first line is “I met a girl named Tara”
OLTIMMAFOTS: See above

9. Caught in the Sun – Course of Nature (40)
I first heard this song during the 2002 World Cup Promos on ESPN. Lyrics websites weren’t as solid as they are now, so when I finally found the song on Kazaa it was labeled as “What if I miss you – Artist” for 5 years.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I’d give anything just to hear your voice

8. I Can Wait Forever – Simple Plan (40)
This song ALSO reminds me of Tara. I love finding rock/punk/emo songs about being in love. The best is when I hear them at work and stop everything I am doing and just listen. I’d postpone lunch to listen to any song in this category.
OLTIMMAFOTS: When you call my heart stops beating, when your gone it won’t stop bleeding.

7. Overrated – Jak Paris (41)
If you hated the “popular” kids in high school, this song is for you.
OLTIMMAFOTS: Used to be so hesitant, now I am the president of the geek squad that kicked you ass to the curb

6. If All Else Fails – Matchbook Romance (42)
Another Tara song. There is not much to this song, except for the OLTIMMAFOTS, but it so perfect makes a long distance, feel like a short one. Also it reminds me of An American Tale and I loved that movie as a kid.
OLTIMMAFOTS: If all else fails, you can look up at the sky because it’s the same one that shines above you and I. And if all else fails you can close your eyes and I’ll be right besides you

5. Jersey Rae – All Time Low (44)
Great upbeat punk song with solid lyrics. I especially like the part that backs off a hair, before returning to normal. Any song that changes pace and tempo I am a big fan of. Please don’t watch this YouTube video I was forced to use. Very Lame.
OLTIMMAFOTS: I’ve never told a lie, and that makes me a liar, I’ve never made a bet, but we gamble with desire, I’ve never lit a match, with intent to start a fire, but recently the flames, are getting out of control.

4. And My Name is Dignan, So What – Day at the Fair (46)
Never heard of Day at the Fair. Good. That is how I like it. Also sneaks in subtle angry emo lyrics. That is hard to do.
OLTIMMAFOTS: (tie) They’ll wonder how good it can get… Much better than this.
I hear from your friends you’re still alive, I guess I wasted those wishes on nothing

3. Fever Dream – Tyler Bates (48)
A pure instrumental song from the movie the 300. Will get you adequately pumped up and plus, everyone needs a song on their iPod that will make you want to kill a butt load of Persians.
OLTIMMAFOTS: N/A

2. Bittersweet – Radio Racer (54)
Another product of the Pandora Music Genome Project. I love this song. And at this point I should probably go to bed so I could put more thought into why I love this song, but instead I will just ramble for a bit leading you to believe this is going somewhere. Being your own editor is cool.
OLTIMMAFOTS: You cut me off But you’ve got nothing to show for I took the fall But it wasn’t enough

1. Far Away – Nickelback (85)
During the summer of 2006 Tara and I both made CDs featuring songs that would hopefully drop subtle hints to the other person about our true feelings. We played the CDs for each other on the night of July 29, 2006, and this was the song (one Tara played) that was playing when we had our first kiss. Hence the run away victory.

There is the list and the final tally reveals that 13 of my top 25 played songs remind me of Tara. Yup, that sounds about right.
Commence ragging.