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Today is Post Your Top Ten Most Played iTunes Day. OK, not really, but it could be. We could make it that. It's one of our inherent rights: life, liberty, and the permission to create obscure seemingly pointless holidays. You think the person who created International Talk Like A Pirate Day cared what people thought or that no one seemed to be observing or wearing a patch over their eye? Arrrgh! I think not, ye mateys.
There was a bit of sad news musically in the world of Bone recently. The Format broke up. I know what you're saying, "Bone, who is The Format?" Well, they were a band.
So in honor of The Format, and also to mark this newly created holiday, I present Bone's Ten Most Played iTunes.
1. She Doesn't Get It - The Format (57 plays)
Looking back now, the odds were enormously long that our paths would ever cross. I was flipping channels one night and for some reason, or more likely no reason at all, stopped on Carson Daly, which I never watch. And there they were.
To say the song they sang was catchy would be like saying Steve Jobs has done OK for himself. I dare you to listen to it and not have it stuck in your head. If you've not heard of The Format, don't worry. Not a single person I ever mentioned them to had heard of them previously.
Their relative anonymity combined with their recent breakup left me feeling a bit like a line in the song: "It never caught on. I was the only one who got burned."
2. A Long December - Counting Crows (42 plays)
I was a little late to the Counting Crows party, as Mister Jones came out while I was still in my skin-tight-Wrangler-wearing-heavy-country-music phase of the early nineties. (No, there will not be pictures.) But I'm here now. I've always been lyrically inclined, and these are amazing. One of my all-time favorite songs.
And some good news: They have a new album coming out March 25th.
3. Just Like Heaven - The Cure (41 plays)
The Cure always had great melodies. Here, the lyrics rise like a mountain to meet the friendly musical clouds, resulting in a wondrous skyscape of sonic perfection. A little aside: I had the cassette single for "Love Song." And by had, I mean, have.
4. All Your Reasons - Matchbox Twenty (40 plays)
You might think that when the new album came out, I did nothing but listen to it nonstop, over and over and over. Hmm... I forgot my point.
5. Loss, Strain, and Butterflies - Tabitha's Secret (37 plays)
This song has the distinction of having the single best line I've ever heard that I have no idea the meaning of: "Did you know with the rain in your pockets you can change the weather."
I ponder it for hours sometimes. So far, I've come up with 36 possible meanings. I think it may have its origins in one of the five houses of Zen.
6. Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms (36 plays)
So for like ten years I thought they were saying "Hate Jealousy." So what?
7. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (36 plays)
This would be much higher if you combined the number of plays with the number of times I watched the video online when it came out. Or no higher if you multiplied the number of plays by the number of people my age at their concert, which I roughly estimate to have been one.
8. Valerie - Steve Winwood (36 plays)
"Valerie, call on me. Call on me, Valerie." Brilliant.
9. American Girls - Counting Crows (35 plays)
I once sang this song at karaoke.
No, wait. That wasn't me. Come to think of it, it wasn't even this song.
10. You Could Be Happy - Snow Patrol (34 plays)
Here's a little known fact: They are #1 on my list of Favorite Bands or Artists with "snow" in their name. Just ahead of the guy who sang "Informer."
"I am reminded why I don't do this. I fall in love far too quickly. I never want her to forget me. When you're gone, will you call? Will you write?"