3 years ago, we first counted down the then Top 100 songs in my iTunes library. Since that time, I’ve successfully managed to migrate my music collection to a new PC with the stats intact. So, I figured it was time to take another look, expanding out the field to the top 200 songs, based on number of plays as of January 1, 2016.
We near the end today, as we breach the top 20, which is nearly identical to when we first looked at the top 100 3 years ago. 9 of the 10 songs are the same, with the only difference being one that dropped out of the top 10. My White Sox victory playlists and school pride make up the majority of this entry.
#20: The Lonely Island – Lazy Sunday (ft. Chris Parnell)
iTunes stats: 42 plays, most recently on 6/18/2014
Previous ranking: #17
The original SNL digital short put the Lonely Island on the pop culture map and defined the phrase “viral video”.
#19: The Cast Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer – The Mustard
iTunes stats: 45 plays, most recently on 6/7/2015
Previous ranking: #19
A short ditty from the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer about the joys of dry cleaning.
#17: Purdue “All-American” Marching Band – Hail Purdue
iTunes stats: 49 plays, most recently on 12/18/2015
Previous ranking: #20
A more recent version of the Purdue fight song, including the now standard refrain of “Boiler Up!”
#17: Purdue “All-American” Marching Band – Hail, Purdue!
iTunes stats: 49 plays, most recently on 11/7/2015
Previous ranking: #18
An older version of the Purdue fight song, used during my time at the school.
#15: Metallica – Harvester Of Sorrow
iTunes stats: 53 plays, most recently on 7/4/2015
Previous ranking: #15
Released as the first single from the band’s fourth studio album, it was used as the at-bat music for former White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko for the majority of his career.
#15: The Lonely Island – Natalie’s Rap (ft. Natalie Portman & Chris Parnell)
iTunes stats: 53 plays, most recently on 1/22/2015
Previous ranking: #14
The second digital short from The Lonely Island featured Natalie Portman playing against type as a lewd gangsta.
#14: Nancy Faust – Take Me Out To The Ballgame
iTunes stats: 58 plays, most recently on 5/12/2015
Previous ranking: #16
The final 7th inning stretch performance of Nancy Faust’s career as White Sox organist.
#13: The Lonely Island – I’m On A Boat (ft. T-Pain)
iTunes stats: 66 plays, most recently on 9/7/2015
Previous ranking: #12
The song, which debuted as a digital short on Saturday Night Live, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
#12: P.O.D. – Boom
iTunes stats: 78 plays, most recently on 9/27/2015
Previous ranking: #10
The entrance song for former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks.
#11: The Outfield – Your Love
iTunes stats: 86 plays, most recently on 10/3/2015
Previous ranking: #13
The 80s hit was the main at-bat music for former White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham.