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.

You know what’s weird? Absolutely NOTHING happened to my buddy Barack “The Obaminator” Obama. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

No book was thrown at him. He didn’t start an argument on a talk show. He didn’t fall off a platform. He didn’t punch a 12-year old kid. He didn’t wear anything weird.


Well, he did do a lot of presidential stuff, but aside from THAT… nothing. Except eat pizza. One thing I’ve noticed is how angry he looks when he eats pizza. Take a look at Obama and pizza when compared to a moment where he appeared to be pretty pissed off:

I mean, dude… if you don’t want to eat pizza THAT much, don’t eat it.

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

Mouth Full of Diamonds – Phantogram

“Mouthful of Diamonds” is off one my favorite albums of the year, Phantogram‘s amazingly amazing Eyelid Movies. This record is still in my regular rotation and I hope it stays there for a while because it’s just that good.

There are so many excellent lines in this song: “The world is not around because of you,” and “You tell the truth when you could have lied,” are two that always stand out to me. The second is such a simple line but I think it’s something we’ve all thought about sometime in our lives.

Anyhow, Eyelid Movies should be on your “must hear” list for 2010 and beyond. I’ll say that again… Eyelid Movies should not be named Eyelid Boogers because it doesn’t sound as cool or as deep. I’ll say that one more time… Eyelid Movies should not be used as a child’s name because it would sound incredibly strange for people to shout out, “Hey, Eyelid! C’mere!”

I played “Mouthful of Diamonds” a stunning 19 times this week. It was on repeat and I just dug it and dug it until I got to China.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Mouthful of Diamonds

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You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples

I had been looking forward to Mavis Staples‘s new album, You Are Not Alone, to come out because A) I dig on Mavis, and B) Jeff Tweedy of Wilco produced it.

It was one of those unexpected collaborations for me, and the results were quite good. I can’t say that ever track off You Are Not Alone was a home run, but it serves as an excellent gospel record… and the title track was just what I needed this last week.

“You Are Not Alone” is one of those songs that fit perfectly for a rainy day, when there’s gloom everywhere… when all you see outside is grey. Everyone needs to be reminded that they’re not alone, and it doesn’t matter who they’re not alone with, as long as they’re not alone. Did that make sense?

I’ll be curious to see if You Are Not Alone is the last time Staples and Tweedy work together. It’s one of those albums that, when played, will undoubtedly give you a lift… and sometimes that’s all you can ask for from music.

Click here to watch Staples perform on Letterman.

I played “You Are Not Alone” 15 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: You Are Not Alone


Kings & Queens – 30 Seconds to Mars

Ever since watching that commercial that featured the 30 Seconds to Mars song, “Kings & Queens,” for the first time, I knew I needed to have that song in my music collection.

I can’t even remember what the commercial was for. All I know is that it was for some soft drink… there was a lot of people running around on a beach, acting like they just cured cancer with their enthusiastic drinking of the soft drink. Was it Orange Crush? Squirt? Mountain Dew? I can’t remember. I’m going to YouTube it… hold on…

A-HA! Sunkist.

Did you know that actor Jared Leto is a member of 30 Seconds to Mars? Don’t know what Leto has done? He’s acted in movies like Fight Club; Girl, Interrupted, and Panic Room… and he’s the main songwriter for the band. Pretty talented guy, indeed.

“Kings & Queens” is off 30 Seconds to Mars‘ 2009 album, This is War… the song’s another instant pick-me-up, and it picked me up 12 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Kings & Queens

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The Northwest States – Secret Knives

I checked out “The Northwest States” because it appeared to be one of those “buzz” songs, and after listening to it a few times, I can understand why it’s getting some attention.

Secret Knives are from New Zealand, and someone needs to tell them that their MySpace page is extremely difficult to look at. I wonder if they even look at it… click here and check it out… it’s black text on a dark/near black background. Who designed this, and why would they think this looks good?

This page is like one of those horrendous outfits celebrities wear on the red carpet that has everyone asking, “Didn’t you look in the mirror before walking out the door?” or, “How much are you getting paid to wear this?” or, “You lost a bet, didn’t you?”

It is my hope that Secret Knives fixes this problem soon because I didn’t even bother to try to read about them there.

Luckily for them, I dug on “The Northwestern States” 7 times this week. Good song.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Northwest States


Arena – Suuns

The first thing I noticed on SuunsMySpace page is that they were once called Zeroes but had to change it to Suuns due to “American legal reasons.”

That kind of stinks, especially if you’re attached to your name. I bet you Zeroes had a special meaning to the members… I’ve been trying to find the connection between “Suuns” and “Zeroes,” and I can’t except that they’re both round. Can you think of anything?

Maybe an “S” is kind of like a backwards “Z” or something?

In any case, I sat here digging on their track, “Arena,” for about 15 minutes. Totally love the opening, and I think I would have been satisfied if the entire song were just that loop going over and over again… but it turns out that there are vocals and those vocals add some good stuff.

Vocals don’t come in until about halfway through the song.

“Arena” comes from their current EP, Zeroes, and although I haven’t checked it out yet, I hope this song is a good indication of what’s to be heard. Hmmm… the EP is called Zeroes… they used to be CALLED Zeroes… I wonder if the original name of the EP was “Suuns?”

It’s possible. It’s possible.

I played “Arena” 4 times this week to thunderous applause.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Arena

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

  1. Totally agree re: Phantogram.

    I haven’t spent a lot of time with Mavis’ album, but I totally dig gospel, and you just reminded me to throw it on my ipod. Gracias! 🙂

    And dude, I had NO idea Jared Leto was in 30 Seconds to Mars. I had to google just now to make sure you weren’t shittin’ us. LOL. Interesting!

    That Secret Knives myspace page IS hard to look at. Not doing themselves any favors, that’s for sure! And your info on the Suuns… (er I mean Zeroes… or Seroes? Zunns?) made my head spin! ;P

    All great tracks this week! If I had to rank ’em by how much I dug ’em, I’d probably have the same order as your play count, but with the last two swapped.

  2. Yeah, Leto seems to be a pretty talented fellow. That song always gets me when I see the Sunkist commercial. I don’t want to drink Sunkist, but I do want to hear the whole song LOL

    And yeah, Secret Knives needs to change their myspace page. how can they NOT notice something like that?

  3. Secret Knives must have heard your rant because I just checked out their MySpace page and I don’t see dark text on a dark background? Hmm, maybe my super-duper computer just displays the page differently ; )

    Normally I don’t care for gospel style music but You Are Not Alone is a damn good song which would have gone un-noticed by me if it wasn’t for your recommendation, so thank you. I can be very ignorant and stubborn on my selection of music and I have to admit I never even heard of Mavis Staples (I don’t think?) till right now at this very moment!

    Did you ever watch the TV series My So Called Life? I had a major crush on Jared Leto who played the character Jordan. There is just something about a pretty boy that makes my knees weak *sigh*

  4. I’m glad you dig on the Mavis Staples song. I bet you’d like that whole album… it’s not as “gospel-y” as you might think. The only time I’ve seen Jared Leto is in Panic Room (as far as I know). He did a great job in that film, so I just might have to check out his other work. Thanks for the suggestion I’ll look to rent that!

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