4 years ago, we last counted down the Top 200 songs in my iTunes library. Since my iTunes stats are still intact, across multiple PCs, iPods, iPads, and iPhones, I figured it was time to take another look at my most listened to songs, based on number of plays as of January 1, 2020.
Today, we wrap things up with the two songs that are tied for the top spot, each with 224 plays since my stats began in late 2007. While on their face, the two songs have nothing in common, they have been linked together on the south side of Chicago for many years.
#1: Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers – Let’s Go-Go-Go White Sox
iTunes stats: 224 plays, most recently on 9/29/2019
Previous ranking: #1
On June 18, 2005, the White Sox were hosting the Dodgers in inter-league play, the first time the two teams had faced each other in Chicago since the 1959 World Series. The Saturday night tilt celebrated the occasion, with the Go-Go White Sox celebrated prior to the game and both teams wearing 1959 throwbacks. During the game, the stadium crew dusted off a fight song that hadn’t been heard in nearly 50 years, creating a video montage with the words as part of the night’s festivities. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the White Sox rallied for 4 runs, capped off by A.J. Pierzynski’s two run shot to end the game, and a new tradition at US Cellular Field was born.
The song was written by former White Sox minor leaguer Al Trace and his friend Walter “Li’l Wally” Jagiello during the 1959 season as the White Sox battled for their first pennant since throwing the World Series in 1919. They brought the song to Tom Fouts, leader of Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers, a popular local band best known for performing on WLS Prairie Farmer Radio and writing and performing advertising jingles. The song and the team were both a success, as the White Sox did indeed win the pennant, but lost the World Series to the Dodgers in 6 games.
Following that June night, the song became a rallying point for the remainder of the 2005 season. It received national exposure, as Fox included clips of it in their coverage of the team’s trek through the post-season. WGN utilized it during their coverage of the World Series victory parade, over clips of highlights of both the 1959 and 2005 teams. While not as ubiquitous today, the song does still show up on occasion at the ballpark, when the White Sox go on a big rally.
I managed to download an MP3 of the tune at some point, and it has had a place on every White Sox victory playlist I’ve created ever since. A distinction it shares with our next entry.
#1: AC/DC – Thunderstruck
iTunes stats: 224 plays, most recently on 10/25/2019
Previous ranking: #3
The 12th studio album from AC/DC, The Razor’s Edge, was released in September of 1990, with Thunderstruck released as the first single. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The White Sox started taking the field to the song during the 2004 season, and it has been used off and on ever since. Because of that, it has held a place on every version of my victory playlist since.