Wednesday, January 10, 2007

January's Music Stats - Songs 399 and 400

Photo taken a while back (since there's no snow) by my brother.

Songs 399 and 400 are accompanying this month's music stats - a day early. It's been a busy month with only a few surprises. Because Halleluja has been a popular choice I'll put a couple more versions up because it is a Halleluja moment to get 400 songs up and take care of them. Here are versions by Damien Rice and Alison Moorer. Damien's is live.

I think the stats are defintely showing patterns. The same favorites keep popping up every month. Here's December, November and October. You can go back further. They're usually posted on the 11th.

  • There are quite a few with zero plays this month. Kate Rusby's, Lonesome Road, People Get Ready by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Come Rain or Come Shine by Dr. John, Breathe by Sia, Nervous Tic by Andrew Bird, and Celebrate by Rare Earth.
  • With 20 plays there are a large number: Hard Times by Dutch Mason, Llave de Paso - Negra Luca, Haircut by the Waifs, Fairytale From New York by the Pogues, Sonny's Dream by The Wonderful Grand Band, The Body Breaks by Devendra Banheart, Climb by Ryan Auffenburg, Tom Wait's The Briar and the Rose, and An Occasional Man by Jeri Southern.
  • Tonight Will Be Fine by Teddy Thompson received 21 hits.
  • Leonard Cohen's Dance Me To The End of Love was popular again this month with 22 plays. Also with 22 was S'wonderful by Diana Krall, Hands by Jewel, Halleluja by Jeff Buckley, and my personal favorite find of 2006, Joy by Bettye LaVette.
  • I Shall be Released by Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan and Phish got played 23 times.
  • With 24 is Que Ondo Guero by Beck, Old Fashioned Morphine by Jolie Holland, Not Dark Yet by Greg Brown (I've probably played it that many times as well), and Rufus Wainwright's version of Halleluja.
  • Lyle Lovett's Church getting 26 plays was a surprise because it hadn't received over 20 on any other month. Buena Sera by Louis Prima got 26 as well. It placed somewhere up there the last couple of months
  • Leonard's own version of Halleluja got 28 hits as did Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Zoe and Alright Okay by Peggy Lee.
  • No surprises here as these two are popular month after month. Quisas, Quisas, Quisas by Lila Downs and La Larona by Chevala Vargas each were played 34 times.
  • Have you been waiting for it? Black Eyed Peas' Don't Lie got 166 hits.

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