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Your Top 10 Songs

Ever checked out your top ten songs? I don’t mean the ones you sit back and think up a list of, but I mean the ten songs that get the most play in your collection.

I just sorted my iTunes collection by Plays, giving me a listing of my music sorted by the number of times they’ve been played. Granted this is just going to be over the time I’ve had my iPod, but it still spans almost four years. I’d say that’s a good enough sample for my purposes.

Here, then, are my actual top 10 songs, counting down to #1 in true Billboard fashion:

10) “California Über Alles”, The Dead Kennedys
Old school punk for the win.

9) “Astronomy”, Metallica
Love this Blue Öyster Cult cover. These days I think Garage, Inc. is one of the best Metallica albums, despite it being a collection of covers.

8) “Caress Me Down”, Sublime
Mucho gusto, me llamo Mikey…

7) “Mother”, Danzig
So many reasons I dig this song. I also remember it really hitting its stride on the radio several years after its first release.

6) “Cowboys from Hell”, Pantera
This is my get-pumped-and-break-shit track. It was my Power Song on Nike+ when running, the song I’d play on the last lap to get me back home. It almost killed me twice.

5) “Wake Up”, Pepper
This, on the other hand, is my chill song. I first heard it on Sirius and was hooked.

4) “Smooth Criminal”, Alien Ant Farm
I dig this cover more than the original. While I do list it without shame, it appears high on the list because Little Bird loves this song and requests it in the car all the time. She calls it “Smooth Criminals” no matter how many times her big brothers correct her.

Yeah. I just watched the video all the way through before finishing this post.

3) “Electric Worry”, Clutch
“You can have your riches, all the gold you save, ain’t room for one thing in everybody’s grave.” Word. I was thrilled to see this song take off when it got used in the Left 4 Dead commercials. Selling out? Hell no. That’s called spreading the gospel, son.

2) “Waiting Room”, Fugazi
I was hooked on the bassline for a while. I’m kind of surprised I got it cranked to the top this way, but at the same time, when it shows up on shuffle, I don’t think I’ve ever skipped it. It was also part of my running playlist.

1) “Rock & Roll Outlaw”, Clutch
Clutch brings home two of the top three? Hells yes they do! One of the best live acts I’ve ever seen. Nonsense lyrics and a killer jam for the win. The Squirt picks this one a lot, and I’m always happy to play it with him. We sing it together. Hell, I’ve even caught him sitting alone in his room singing “Ee-aw, ee-aw, ee-aw, I’m a rock & roll outlaw!” Crank up your speakers and throw up the horns for the almighty Clutch:

So how ’bout it? What does your top 10 look like? Post in the comments, or post to your own blog and link back in the comments. No cheating!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Hawai’i Dreaming

The cold is just beginning in the Midwest, and the Wife and I are already dreading it. Spending just a week in Hawai’i over the summer was enough to make us fall in the love with the place, and we’ve been thinking about it ever since.

This morning I had Pepper’s “Wake Up” stuck in my head, and in doing some research I found the band is from Kona on the Big Island, the same town the Wife and I spent that week.

This led me to browse the climate statistics for Kona (technically Kailua, Hawai’i County, Hawai’i). Roughly 75-85 degrees during the day year-round. Down into the sixties at night. No more putting up the bike for the winter (and there’s even a Harley dealership on the island). No more shoveling snow. No more freezing our asses off because this house needs new upstairs windows.

I used to like the seasons, but I hate being hot more than I hate being cold. Escaping the damn Midwestern humidity would be great, and the Wife would love to ditch the occasional cold snaps that nearly freeze the air in your lungs. Kona is still small enough to have that small-town feel, yet has plenty to see and do. I still doubt I could become a beach bum, but just walking along the shore and listening to the waves was very calming and relaxing. It’s a huge difference from seeing nothing but corn or beans in the summer, and endless fields of dirt the rest of the time.

I understand Hawai’i is desperate for teachers. One year in they offer you tenure. I wonder how tough it would be to finish my Bachelor’s Degree…

Or better yet, finish these damn books so Evileye can make me rich. (Hey, dreaming is dreaming, right?)

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.