And Your Number One Song This Week Is…

October 3, 2009

I used to have a top ten chart I listened to every week.
In my head.
When I was a kid, I used to have a “chart” in my head of my favourite songs, just like the one I listened to every weekend on the radio. I would lie in bed at night and go through it in my head, like I was counting down the hits just like Casey Kasem. I can even still remember some of the songs that reigned over my countdown, like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” which was always at number one. I’m not entirely sure why, but maybe much like the real charts, it would be the band’s only foray into the number one spot in the top songs of the day (including mine). It also represented a pattern in my chart which was for some reason very ballad focused. Lonestar’s “Amazed” was up there, and one hit wonder Shawn Mullins’ “Lullabye”. I guess I was kind of a wussy kid.
It wasn’t all heartfelt ballads though. Bands like New Radicals and Fastball had some big chart time as well, along with that fun time when Chumbawumba was cool. I think I had a thing for one hit wonders, or maybe there was just a high ratio of them those days in the late 90’s. Shit went crazy when Smashmouth came out with “All Star” too, and that rocketed up the charts, though never knocking off the ever present Aerosmith from the top spot.
Now you may ask, why the hell am I rambling about this? Well, besides just sharing a weird habit I had as a kid, it’s also kind of an exploration of something that I think I could never have again. Point is, there is a time when I could name my top ten favourite songs. I even had a “favourite” song, which was pretty much set in stone as far as I was concerned. Now, I can’t even name my top ten favourite 80’s hardcore songs. Despite the fact that nowadays I am virtually a musical encyclopedia on most music, I can’t even name my favourite songs any more. I became so over saturated with the stuff that I could never even begin to pick out my “favourite song ever”.
I find this kind of depressing. Yes I still enjoy music, and I might have some favourite songs or albums if you can break down your list into sub-sub-genres. I think though, that I will never have that initial certainty again, over what I know is my favourite thing in the world.
Like I said, there isn’t really a point to this, other than to ruminate on something I no longer can connect with, but I thought it would make for an interesting discussion. Can you name, with absolute certainty, your top ten favourite songs? Did you ever have a weekly countdown of your favourite songs? Did you know I used to think Eric Clapton was black? Plenty of hard pressing questions here, and if you’re nice enough, please respond with a comment.
– D

I used to have a top ten chart I listened to every week.

In my head.

When I was a kid, I used to have a “chart” in my head of my favourite songs, just like the one I listened to every weekend on the radio. I would lie in bed at night and go through it in my head, like I was counting down the hits just like Casey Kasem. I can even still remember some of the songs that reigned over my countdown, like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” which was always at number one. I’m not entirely sure why, but maybe much like the real charts, it would be the band’s only foray into the number one spot in the top songs of the day (including mine). It also represented a pattern in my chart which was for some reason very ballad focused. Lonestar’s “Amazed” was up there, and one hit wonder Shawn Mullins’ “Lullaby”. I guess I was kind of a wussy kid.

This album was my life.

This album was my life.

It wasn’t all heartfelt ballads though. Bands like New Radicals and Fastball had some big chart time as well, along with that fun time when Chumbawumba was cool. I think I had a thing for one hit wonders, or maybe there was just a high ratio of them those days in the late 90’s. Shit went crazy when Smashmouth came out with “All Star” too, and that rocketed up the charts, though never knocking off the ever present Aerosmith from the top spot.

This was beyond cool.

This was beyond cool.

Now you may ask, why the hell am I rambling about this? Well, besides just sharing a weird habit I had as a kid, it’s also kind of an exploration of something that I think I could never have again. Point is, there is a time when I could name my top ten favourite songs. I even had a “favourite” song, which was pretty much set in stone as far as I was concerned. Now, I can’t even name my top ten favourite 80’s hardcore songs. Despite the fact that nowadays I am virtually a musical encyclopedia on most music, I can’t even name my favourite songs any more. I became so over saturated with the stuff that I could never even begin to pick out my “favourite song ever”.

I find this kind of depressing. Yes I still enjoy music, and I might have some favourite songs or albums if you can break down your list into sub-sub-genres. I think though, that I will never have that initial certainty again, over what I know is my favourite thing in the world.

Like I said, there isn’t really a point to this, other than to ruminate on something I no longer can connect with, but I thought it would make for an interesting discussion. Can you name, with absolute certainty, your top ten favourite songs? Did you ever have a weekly countdown of your favourite songs? Did you know I used to think Eric Clapton was black? Plenty of hard pressing questions here, and if you’re nice enough, please respond with a comment.

– D

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