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Imperfectly perfect

23 July 2019

Grace VanderWaal weighs in with some of her contemporary favorites:

Throw the voice this way

18 June 2019

The World’s Greatest and No Longer Pint-sized Ventriloquist would like you to know what she’s listening to:

Maybe someday Petunia will try some of these.

Eminently danceable

6 December 2018

From Game Changer Indonesia comes this nominally 47-minute mix:

It should keep you moving for, oh, at least half an hour, before things grind suddenly to a halt.

Not one to keep a secret

6 February 2018

At least, not a minor one:

What would have been funny, I guess, would be picking a couple dozen of her own tracks. She didn’t do that, though I thought it was hilarious to start the playlist with a song with the same title as one of hers. Let’s face it: if I’m going to be trolled by a gorgeous woman who’s probably a whole lot smarter than I am, first choice has got to be Taylor Swift.

Urgently down the stream

6 August 2017

Spotify has been compiling a list of the Top 100 Most Streamed Songs of All Time, and updating it on a monthly basis. Here’s the August 2017 list, which will take about 20 minutes of your life:

Even the least popular of these has been streamed over 400 million times.

Not to be seen

9 April 2017

“Songs for the invisible girl” is a YouTube playlist of 12 songs. (Well, some have been pulled for Stateside consumption.) It begins, almost inevitably, with the Zombies’ immortal “She’s Not There.”

Sheerest Hamiltonia

26 November 2016

Inevitably, there is a Hamilton “mixtape” already being hawked at the iTunes Store, though formal release will not be until Friday, December 2. A few tracks are already being sold. $14.99 for the whole thing.

Playlist in action

27 February 2016

Now this seems ingenious. Rebecca Black (yes, that Rebecca Black) has regularly released her Spotify playlists to her not-inconsiderable fanbase; this week, she’s actually put together a video in which she features some of her faves.

The complete playlist, if you’re a Spotify user, is here.

Accounting for much

15 January 2016

This exercise sounds familiar:

Lots of songs have numbers in their titles: from “5-4-3-2-1” to “99 Luftballons.” But what makes a great “number song”? Music journalist and self-appointed rock numerologist David Klein has spent years researching this very question for his new book If 6 was 9.

It’s a perfectly reasonable list. You may, or may not, want to compare it to the two compilations I’ve already done.

Neil before all

23 December 2015

The Lost Ogle, an obscure local social blog in Oklahoma City with approximately 376,000 times as many readers as this place, has put up some ideas for The Ultimate Neil Diamond Mixtape. We of course approve, because (1) we’re Neil Diamond fans of long standing and (2) they didn’t mention “Sweet Caroline.”

That said, we put up a Diamond mix of our own about eight years ago, and we even put “Sweet Caroline” on it, for reasons perhaps best left buried.

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