I’ve been playing around online tonight whilst half-watching crime documentary Mr Untouchable (a pile of shite that glamourises murderers if you want my considered opinion) and decided to check out my last.fm profile.
Whilst on their I noticed a new widget (which I’ve now added to the right-hand column) which lists the songs I’ve listened to the most since signing up back in 2006. And, because I’m a borderline OCD music-freak who loves a good list, I thought that I would share them with you.
- Iman – Who Was I Trying To Fool: Beautiful 21st Century Soul from Gilles Peterson’s first Brownswood Bubblers compilation
- Leroy Hutson – Cool Out: Epic instrumental soul from the man loved by Zero 7 amongst others
- John Martyn – Over The Hill: Beautiful bit of music from the man who made folk rock & roll
- Common – Go! feat Kanye West: Kanye’s new album has left me a bit cold, but this single he produced and rapped on for Common shows him at his best
- Common – Be: This was the title track of the album that also featured Go and, at less than 2.30 long is one of those songs that simply isn’t long enough
- Jamie Lidell – Another Day: Amazing modern soul that sounds like something from a 60s Stax artist, not a skinny white Englishman on Warp Records
- The Roots – Act Too (Love Of My Life): A musical history of hip-hop in which The Roots sing “when we perform, It’s just coffee shop chicks and white dudes” which is everyone else’s loss
- Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own: I really hope Back To Black doesn’t turn out to be Winehouse’s peak, as we need more tracks like this
- Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle: Amazing. Like a French Unfinished Sympathy.
- José James -blackeyedsusan: A lovely piece of modern jazz with a twist from James’ stunning début
I have to say that I was a little surprised by the Top 10, more for what it didn’t contain than what it did: no Oasis, no Weller, no Westbeech, although all 3 of those feature in my 10 most played artists, whilst Weller’s 22 Dreams is now my most listened to album depsite only coming out a few months ago.
What it does show is how some tracks soon become firm favourites, such as Another Day which I’ve only owned for a few months, whilst others are songs that I seemingly never tire of, such as Over The Hill which I first heard in about 2001. And that’s wha’s so great about music of course: you can hear something for the first time and feel like you’ve known it all your life, or hear something every day for a decade yet still love it like it’s the first time you ever heard it played.