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Songs of 2006

As I’ve done at the end of both 2004 and 2005, I present my list of my most frequently listened to songs across 2006. As always, since I use my central iTunes library to keep track of my statistics, the playcount of a song is only increased if I listen to it in its entirety.

For the second year in a row, “The Boxer” by Carbon Leaf is the top played in my library, at 36 recorded plays over the past year. “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service slipped to 2nd place for all-time plays, falling one play short of “Life Less Ordinary” by Carbon Leaf at 134 plays, the new leader.

iTunes Library Growth Over Time:

YearTotal TracksTotal PlaysTracks Played >0

This year’s stats (and my listening habits) might have suffered from a few more repeats than previous years since I put playlists on my iPod representing the Songs of 2005 and Overlooked Songs of 2005. These were often my “goto” playlists when I wanted to listen to something familiar and comfortable. This meant I was shuffling my entire library less frequently, meaning playcounts were concentrated on previous top placers. Also, podcasts really came around this year, so a good deal of my time was spent listening to non-music.

Bold items were added to the library in 2006

The BoxerCarbon Leaf
Mary MacCarbon Leaf
Trees1Marty Casey & Lovehammers
Life Less OrdinaryCarbon Leaf
PalomaCarbon Leaf
What About Everything?Carbon Leaf
Orange SkyAlexi Murdoch
Code Monkey2Jonathan Coulton
Such Great HeightsThe Postal Service
Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix)3Bing Crosby
Meg Ryan (Every Valentines)Self
Bang for the Buck4Ugly Duckling
Still Making BabiesSomething To Do
Short Skirt/Long JacketCake
Rollin’ With Saget (Explicit Version)5Jamie Kennedy & Stu Stone
Left Behind4Ugly Duckling
Banjo BoyRyan Shupe & The Rubberband
Good ThingsThe BoDeans
BloomingtonOld 97’s
Baby Got Back2Jonathan Coulton
Slow the Flow4Ugly Duckling
Love Loss Hope Repeat6Carbon Leaf
Could Well Be InThe Streets
Money FolderMadvillain
SlowlyMax Sedgley
Ikea2Jonathan Coulton
Carolyn’s Booty7The Presidents Of The United States Of America
Weapon of ChoiceFatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins
Black Horse & The Cherry Tree (Radio Version)KT Tunstall
Learn To Fly6Carbon Leaf
Under The Wire6Carbon Leaf
Re Your Brains2Jonathan Coulton
The District Sleeps Alone TonightThe Postal Service
A Girl And Her Horse6Carbon Leaf
Pimpin’ All Over the WorldLudacris & Bobby V.
Deck the Halls3The Roches
Nice Day8Persephone’s Bees
City Of Love8Persephone’s Bees
Way To Your Heart8Persephone’s Bees
Cobrastyle (Featuring Mad Cobra)Teddybears
The GamblerMike Doughty
Stranded in the Jungle (Alternate Version)The New York Dolls
Let Your Troubles Roll ByCarbon Leaf
Life, In A NutshellBarenaked Ladies
In the Waiting LineZero 7
Mao Tse Tung Said9Alabama 3
Hip Hop Thighs #1710Ike Reilly
Multi-Family Garage Sale (Bargain-Bin Mix)Land of the Loops
Climbing8Persephone’s Bees
Popular Mechanics For LoversBeulah
Recycled AirThe Postal Service
Tupelo HoneyVan Morrison
No ChildrenThe Mountain Goats
Baby It’s Cold Outside3Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
Against All OddsThe Postal Service
Let It Out4Ugly Duckling
Yudee!4Ugly Duckling
Heaven Is For Easy Girls69The Awkward Stage
Morning BroadwayKeith Mansfield
Gary3MC Lars
Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)Eels
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-We Three Kings (with Sarah McLachlan)3Barenaked Ladies
I Saw Three Ships3Barenaked Ladies
The War Was In Color6Carbon Leaf
Ms. New BootyYing Yang Twins
Lazy Sunday (The Chronic-WHAT-nils of Narnia)Saturday Night Live

1 What in the heck is this doing so near the top of the list? Somehow I managed to squeeze in 33 plays of this song since March, making it the highest playcount of any title I added in 2006. I mean, it is a fun, poppy song, but 33 times?

2 Jonathon Coulton deserves your admiration and support. The Thing A Week concept is great and has produced a few gems, most of which are featured in the list above.

3 Christmas songs are only on my iPod (and available for shuffling) from Thanksgiving to New Years. Takes quite a bit of plays during that time to make their way onto this list, for sure.

4 I had never been exposed to Ugly Duckling before this year. Late one night I’m up late working, when I hear “Left Behind” on 89.3 The Current. I’ve always been a sucker for rhymes paired with samples, UD pulled me in and hasn’t let go, as you can see from their representation on the list.

5 I wanna roll with Sagat, too.

6 It is no surprise that Carbon Leaf is all over my list, they make great music (and can perform it live just as well!) However, considering their new album came out on September 12th, one might be surprised just how well tracks from it are represented on this list. There’s a reason for this, and it isn’t because I fell asleep while listening to it on repeat…

7 I just have to say, Carolyn’s booty deserved it more than “Lump”.

8 I had chance to visit San Francisco on business this year…while I was in the local Virgin Megastore I saw this band featued in the “local artist” section. I can see why their career took off soon thereafter.

9 If you’ve pissed me off, after I leave your presence odds are this is the song I’ll be listening to as I get over your stupidity.

10 This song is for all the BBW’s out there.

69 It really is, “So say the Lord”.

Comments (1)


I meant to say this earlier, but I'm impressed to see self on the list. And the Awkward Stage! How much does that song rule?


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