Smith Family Top Forty: 2010 Edition

Mother’s Day weekend is when I annually reset the play counts on our iTunes account. This account serves my car and gym iPod, Marcia’s car iPod, Marcia’s gym iPod, and the Fambly iPod that Marcia, Katelin and I listen to when we’re hanging out weekend mornings or playing Scrabble or whatever. There are 7,886 songs on my computer right now, and for the last 365 days, these are the 40 songs that we collectively have listened to the most. Some explanations of the genres of the songs included, if you’d like to investigate further. I’ve previously featured some of these in prior “Five Songs You Need to Hear” posts, and have picked five more cuts to spotlight in links below, if you’d like to hear them immediately. And now . . . RESET!!!

1. “Dadje Von O Von Non” by Gnonnas Pedro et ses Dadjes (R&B from Benin)

2. “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You” by The Bee Gees (Weird pop)

3. “A Certain Kind of Fool” by The Eagles (Country rock featuring the two good ex-Eagles: Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner)

4. “Dusk” by Genesis (Early Peter Gabriel era acoustic prog)

5. “Workers Comp” by Mos Def (Hip hop inflected skankin’ R&B)

6. “Dance Tonight” by Paul McCartney (Rock)

7. “Seventeen” by Jethro Tull (Relatively rare early blooze prog B-side)

8. “Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme” by Edan (Hip hop)

9. “New Killer Star” by David Bowie (Rock)

10. “Temporary Secretary” by Paul McCartney (Weird early synth rock)

11. “Chuma Che Nledi Nkwigaila” by Ngaina Nolo and Mtonya Bota (Traditional Gogo music from Tanzania)

12. “Atom” by British Sea Power (Anthemic pomp rock)

13. “Assaramessugu” by Hamza El Din (Traditional Nubian music from Egypt)

14. “Life and Limb” by Napalm Death (Grindy metal)

15. “Magneto and Titanium Man” by Paul McCartney and Wings (Rock)

16. “Mr. Bee’s Bumble” by The Residents (Bubbly synth pop)

17. “Sing The Changes” by The Fireman (Paul McCartney playing pop under another name)

18. “Shrink Wrap” by This Heat (Clattering post-rock)

19. “Tiny Demons” by Todd Rundgren (Dark pop)

20. “Inkulu Into Ezakwenzeke” by Nontwintwi (Traditional Xhosa music from South Africa)

21. “Rock and Roll” by Edan (Hip hop)

22. “Crackerbox Palace” by George Harrison (Rock)

23. “Junk Rock (Million Monkeys)” by Utopia (Prog pop)

24. “Quiet Dog” by Mos Def (Hip hop)

25. “Hot Burrito #2” by The Flying Burrito Brothers (Country rock)

26. “Procrastination Of The Empty Vessel” by Napalm Death (Metally grind)

27. “No Hay Nada Mas” by Mos Def (Hip hop)

28. “Biological Speculation” by Funkadelic (Classic soulful funk)

29. “On the Way (To Oklahoma)” by The Residents (Avant Weird)

30. “Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn” by The White Stripes (Madrigal rock)

31. “Sun/C79” by Cat Stevens (Pretty pop)

32. “Blessed” by Simon and Garfunkel (Pretty nihilism)

33. “Join Together” by The Who (Rock)

34. “Carpet Crawlers” by Genesis (Stately prog)

35. “Let Me Roll It” by Paul McCartney and Wings (Rock)

36. “Inconvenience” by Super Furry Animals (Welsh proggy rock)

37. “Saint Veronica” by Sybris (Anthemic indie)

38. “Pulse” by Todd Rundgren (Pop fugue)

39. “The Very Best of Neil Diamond” by Super Furry Animals (Rocky Welsh prog)

40. “Mama Josephina” by Ilunga Patrice and Misomba Victor (Traditional music from Congo)

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