Friday, February 03, 2006

Because I Can Never Resist a Music Meme...

Open ITunes, or whatever you happen to use, and answer the following questions:

Number of songs: 5126

Sort by song:

First Song: "'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel" by the Cowboy Junkies.

Last Song: "Zorak's Horrorscopes: Scorpio" from Space Ghost's Surf & Turf. Which isn't technically a song, so if we're rejecting it on those grounds, the last song is "Zorak's Blues," in which the bug actually sings. Sort of.

Sort by time:

Shortest song: Well, the shortest track is called "Mutant Enemy Closing" (aka "Grr, Aargh!") and is all of three seconds long. The shortest actual song (which I had to skip through a whole bunch of dialog snippets and stuff to find) appears to be "Miracle Cure" by The Who, from Tommy, clocking in at 12 whole seconds.

Longest song: The longest track is "The Original, Uncut Dramatization of The War of the Worlds." The longest musical track is "La Zebramix Special John Lennon," an interesting remix-mashup thing featuring a bunch of Lennon tunes. It's a smidge over 29 minutes long. If we disqualify that as counting as more than one "song," then the crown is instead held by Pink Floyd's "Echoes," at 23:28.

Sort by artist:

First Artist: The's ("Whoo Hoo")

Last Artist: Zolar X ("Silver Shapes") (That's ignoring the tracks that don't have an artist listed.)

Sort by album:

First Album: 20 Years of Jethro Tull

Last Album: Zooropa by U2. Again, ignoring the tracks with no album title listed.

Top Five Most Played Songs: Well, here they are, but bear in mind that I've only had the iPod for a few weeks so, statistically, these mean nothing:

1) "Clocks" by Coldplay
2) "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua
3) "eBay" by Weird Al Yankovic
4) "Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Remix)" by Alabama 3
5) "Time" by the Alan Parsons Project

Though, actually, only the first three have been played more than twice.


"Sex": How many songs come up? Only two, which kind of surprises me. "All He Wants Is Sex" from one of the Lexx soundtracks, and "Sex Farm" by Spinal Tap.

"Death": How Many Songs come up? Six.

"Love": How many songs come up? Two hundred and thirty-two! Wow, you'd think that was a popular emotion or something.

"You": How many songs come up? 372. Of course, that includes "your" and "you're" and "yourself" as well. Also "youth," "young" and other such things. If there's a way to search iTunes for "you" as a standalone word, I don't know what it is.

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