A list. The twenty most played songs on my iPod. What can it mean?
1. The Late Greats – Wilco
2. Stupid and Shallow – The Futureheads
3. Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
4. You're No Rock N’ Roll Fun – Sleater-Kinney
5. Holiday – Green Day
6. Talk Talk Talk – The Ordinary Boys
7. Come Back Little Sheba (Outtake) – Patti Smith
8. Hittin' On Nothing – The Detroit Cobras
9. Be Mine – REM
10. My Sherona Formed a Band – Art Brut feat. Spoiler Boy
11. Tiny Spark – Brendan Benson
12. All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
13. Waiter at the Station – Willy Mason
14. Home – Zero 7
15. Woman's Realm – Belle and Sebastian
16. Heavy Metal – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
17. Constant Sorrow Hollaback Girl – DJ Erb
18. American Idiot – Green Day
19. A Little Soul – Pulp
20. Fire In My Heart – Super Furry Animals
I've listened to the Wilco song a whopping 27 times. That reminds me. There was a task on Big Brother about a month back in which the housemates were each given an MP3 player with three songs. They were blindfolded and each had to dance on the spot with their headphones on while the songs played on repeat. The winner of the task was the one who danced on the spot the longest.
Welsh 18-year-old Glyn managed to dance to the same three songs for a total of NINE AND A HALF HOURS. If we take each song to be five minutes long (though they were probably shorter), he listened to each around 40 times. Even more shocking: one of those songs was MC Hammer's Can't Touch This. Hammer says the words 'can't touch this' around 25 times in that song. You do the math.