The iTunes shuffle.

by sam on 01/14/2005

This is fun: open up iTunes, hit shuffle, and list the top ten songs that appear:

  • Terrible Lie – Nine Inch Nails
  • Sunday Sun – Beck
  • Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting – Elton John
  • Where the Streets Have no Name – U2
  • Around the World – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • It Ain’t Me Babe – Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash
  • Gunshy – Liz Phair
  • Atonement – Lucinda Williams
  • Hey Baby – No Doubt
  • A Heart in New York – Simon and Garfunkel

So that was interesting, but not incredibly descriptive of my musical taste for some reason, so I hit refresh, and this is the new list that appears:

  • Wooden Heart – Elvis Presley
  • The Holiday Song – the Pixies
  • Birdhouse in Your Soul – They Might Be Giants
  • Angie – The Rolling Stones
  • Pinhead – The Ramones
  • Perpetual Blues Machine – Keb Mo’
  • Solitude – Billie Holiday
  • New Times – Violent Femmes
  • To Here Knows When – My Bloody Valentine
  • 3 the Hard Way – The Beastie Boys

Great. Well now it just looks like a mid-nineties power playlist from WDRE (the now-defuct, awsomest alternative rock station that ever existed in the NYC region, back when alternative rock was still, well, alternative).

I mean, I own every Eminem album, every White Stripes, almost every REM, every Barenaked Ladies, the entire Clash on Broadway box set, and a whole lot of Madonna, yet none of them had even one song on either of the lists. It’s just weird. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of this music, that’s why it’s all on my iPod. But my iPod clearly has a preference for the folk and blues-based rock.

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