One of the interesting things about using a tool like iTunes for a long time (over 5 years for me) is that you can build up a lot of metadata around your use of that tool. In iTunes there are really two pieces of metadata that are interesting to me - the number of times that I have skipped a song and the number of times that I have played a song. I’ve used the smart playlists feature for several years to surface intreating songs that have not been played in a while or other such neat stuff.

Today I wanted to find something - what were my most played songs? Well, there were a few in there that were not my favorite songs for sure. So I went ahead and added in a new search criteria - most played song that I had not skipped.

And here is the list of songs, artists and number of plays recorded:

  • Hometown Glory (Radio Edit) by ADELE, 56 Plays
  • Factory Girls by Flogging Molly & Lucinda Williams, 51 Plays
  • Error 404 by Skold Vs. KMFDM, 41 Plays
  • Magpie by The Mountain Goats, 39 Plays
  • Beautiful Gas Mask by The Mountain Goats, 34 Plays
  • Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod by The Mountain Goats, 33 Plays
  • Ever After by KGC, 32 Plays
  • Lawyers, Guns And Money by Warren Zevon, 32 Plays
  • Antigeist by Skold Vs. KMFDM, 31 Plays
  • Stare At The Sun by MDFMK, 31 Plays
  • Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz, 30 Plays
  • Heaven by The Talking Heads, 29 Plays
  • Hall of the Mountain King by Apocalyptica, 28 Plays
  • Firestarter by Prodigy, 25 Plays
  • This Year by The Mountain Goats, 25 Plays
  • Floating Angels by Kidneythieves, 24 Plays
  • Heretic Pride by The Mountain Goats, 24 Plays
  • San Bernardino by The Mountain Goats, 24 Plays
  • The Worst Day Since Yesterday by Flogging Molly, 24 Plays
  • When Worlds Collide by Powerman 5000, 23 Plays
  • Autoclave by The Mountain Goats, 22 Plays
  • Damn These Vampires by The Mountain Goats, 22 Plays
  • Fear by Lucia, 22 Plays
  • From Out of Nowhere by Apocalyptica, 22 Plays
  • None Shall Pass by Aesop Rock, 22 Plays

I find it really interesting that a band that I only found a year and a half ago absolutely dominates this list. Several of my “favorite” groups are missing, and what the hell, Adele is the top listened song? How did that happen?