This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, folks! I would highly recommend that you do something nice for your significant other.

What’s that? You don’t have a significant other? That’s perfectly ok because now you can enjoy This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes without any interruption!

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Rearviewmirror (live on SNL 4-16-94) – Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam will undoubtedly go in the history books as one of the greatest bands ever assembled. They’ve survived the death of Grunge and have continued to release album after album of solid material. I’m always excited about new PJ music, but their first few albums will always be my favorites of their catalog.

Their sophomore album, Vs, sold a mind-numbing 950,378 copies in its first week of release. To give you some perspective on how huge that number is, I can only eat about three carne asada burritos from Roberto’s in San Diego. That’s 950,375 less burritos than copies of Vs sold.

“Rearviewmirror” is one of my favorite tracks off the album, primarily because it’s an awesome song and awesome songs are usually my favorites off any album. Here is their Saturday Night Live performance from 4-16-94.

They always play this song much faster than what was recorded on the album… VERY cool. I played this version sixteen times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Rearviewmirror (live on SNL 4-16-94)

Pearl Jam on Amazon
Pearl Jam on iTunes

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Good Enough – Sarah McLachlan

I first came across Sarah McLachlan through her album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. That record didn’t leave my stereo for months. It’s just one of those albums that can be played over and over again without getting old. McLachlan’s angelic voice definitely has something to do with the album’s re-playability… she still has one of the most distinct and gorgeous voices in music.

So when I came across her Freedom Sessions album, I knew I had to pick it up. This record contained alternate versions of songs from Fumbling, and is so well put together that a former bandmate of mine felt it necessary to take my copy without any compensation.

Steve, wherever you are, I want my copy back.

McLachlan’s music always puts me in just the right mood for studying, which is probably why I played “Good Enough” twelve times this week. I find it odd that I chose a song with the title of “Good Enough,” though, because “Good Enough” is NEVER good enough for academics!!!

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Good Enough

Sarah McLachlan on Amazon
Sarah McLachlan on iTunes

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The Boxer (live) – Simon & Garfunkel

Who here is not familiar with Simon & Garfunkel? If you fall into this category, then you need to drop whatever you are doing, head straight to the record store or music download site of your choice, and get Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Don’t ask me why THAT particular album… no questions, just do it.

I once read somewhere that Simon and Garfunkel were so detailed about their harmonies, that they would sing right in front of each other so that they could learn the other’s timing. I mean, they would literally watch each other’s tongues to see when it would touch the roof of their mouths. It’s that sort of dedication that helps one become one of the greatest groups in music history.

This 1969 live performance of “The Boxer” was played eleven times on my iTunes this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Boxer (live 1969)

Simon & Garfunkel on Amazon
Simon & Garfunkel on iTunes

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Tragedy – Emmylou Harris

“Tragedy” is off of Emmylou Harris‘ 2000 release, Red Dirt Girl. It’s one of the few Harris albums that contains songs actually written by Harris.

I love the lyrics in “Tragedy.” The line, “It’s just what the world don’t need / It’s another stinkin’ tragedy” always hits me when I hear it.

The background vocals to “Tragedy” come courtesy of a rather famous Rock N’ Roll couple. You won’t hear the male voice until the end of the song, so listen carefully! If anyone can name the singers, I’ll give you 28 Scooby Snacks. Why won’t I give you 29 Scooby Snacks? Because I only have 28.

“Tragedy” was played nine times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Tragedy

Emmylou Harris on Amazon
Emmylou Harris on iTunes

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Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles

Man, I always find myself coming back to this song whenever I need mellowness in my life. The Eagles nailed it right on the head when they recorded this one. They pulled a Mr. Miyagi and crushed the nail in just one shot. Remember that scene in Karate Kid II? Yeah, I didn’t believe Danielsan could do it, either…

This song always reminds me of another brilliant movie, The Big Lebowski. Any fans of that movie out there?

If you can tell me the scene in which “Peaceful Easy Feeling” appeared in The Big Lebowski, I’ll give you five Scooby Snacks.

“Waitaminute, Swap! Didn’t you JUST say that you only have 28 Scooby Snacks?”

Why, yes I did. How is it possible that I have five more? Well, when I said I only had 28, I lied.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Peaceful Easy Feeling

The Eagles on Amazon
The Eagles on iTunes

Wow. That’s a pretty mellow Top 5 list this week. Aside from the Pearl Jam, everything was MEH-LOW. Hmmm… I’ll be sure to put on my long-hair wig and do some head-bangin’ next week.

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6 thoughts on “This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

  1. I was gonna guess Rodney Crowell and Roseann Cash (but I think they were splitsville) when this was recording, and I’d think they are not known for “rock N roll so much”.

    But I knew as soon as I hard the male voice, it has to be Bruce and Patti.

    I’m not sure what value Scooby Snacks have, but I’ll take them 🙂

  2. I’ll be sure to put on my long-hair wig and do some head-bangin’ next week.


    I’m not complaining about the mellow choices this week, not at all! But when I study (and in, oh, say about 7 weeks here I’ll be doing ALOT of it) I like a good, loud, rockin’, pickmeupandgetmemovin’ song. Suppermassive Black Hole is always the first song I play in my playlist for studying, cleaning the house (ha!) and anything else I need to get motivated for.

    So, I have no point here except to say, yes, bring on the rock stuff. And take some pics of yourself (or Sherman) in that long haired wig, kay?

  3. Suggestions for your playlist next week: AC/DC, Metallica, Audioslave, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains. If you want something mellow, try Joe Cocker. Thanks, as always, for the downloads.

  4. ARGH. NOT that.
    Kudos to my nerdy, electrical engineer PhD, absent-minded professor uncle, for getting me into Simon and Garfunkel at age nano. He was ultra-into that album and after 10 consecutive listens, so was I. Had the whole thing memorized.
    And everyone’s still trying to imitate the Eagles in their heyday. Even the Eagles.
    Where’s your blog for unromantic Valentine’s Day songs for those who are not into the holiday?

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