Every year, I try to share the top 25 songs on my iTunes. I then reset it for the next year.
I gotta tell ya, this has been a boring year for me musically. Only 2 artists made the list: Guster and Dispatch (Chadwick Stokes is a spin off from Dispatch, so I’m not counting him).
It’s not a shock that Guster has come in taking up the top 4 spots. Guster is great music for playing while at work or putting the headphones on while working on the computer. I was introduced to Guster by a friend of mine, Paul (PJ). We caught common ground when I was playing State Radio the first time we met and he bought me “Guster on Ice“. I was hooked. I have since bought the entire catalog. They remain the last of the bands that I like that I need to see live. I have a “Best of Guster” (link goes to Spotify) playlist that I made up and it’s my go-to when I don’t want to search for music. The Guster station on Pandora is also a regular play for me.
They own this year’s Top 25, taking 13 of the spots. I think what I like best about Guster is that they don’t have one particular sound. So while I look like I need to branch out and listen to other kinds of music, they have such a diverse sound that I feel like I’m listening to different groups.
Ahhhh, Dispatch. Taking up the other 12 spots on my Top 25 is Dispatch. Chad, Pete & Bradigan did me the courtesy of going back out on tour together this past year. I was able to see them in Millenium Park this past June. If you don’t know the history of Dispatch, Wikipedia tells all. Mark put me onto Dispatch a few years back, but alas, they had already broken up. They have been Top 25 regulars for the past few years. Great band, great harmonies, great live show.
Dispatch is one of bands that you hope will go on forever. They can do all their solo projects, then come back together every couple of years and throw an EP or new music on us. I’m cool with that. They are hinting at another album for 2012, so we will see.
There you have it, the top 25 songs played in my iTunes for 2011. The full list is below in all it’s glory. I have reset the playlist count and 2012 is a fresh slate. (FYI, the first other artist was Led Zepplin’s D’Yer Mak’er at #26)
|1||Keep It Together||Guster||Keep It Together||67|
|2||Lightning Rod||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||51|
|3||One Man Wrecking Machine||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||51|
|4||Jesus & Mary||Guster||Easy Wonderful (Deluxe Edition)||48|
|5||Flying Horses||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||47|
|6||Satellite||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||47|
|7||Hercules||Guster||Easy Wonderful (Deluxe Edition)||42|
|8||Jesus On The Radio||Guster||Keep It Together||41|
|9||Hey, Hey||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||40|
|10||Questioned Apocalypse||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||40|
|11||Manifest Destiny||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||40|
|12||Broken American||Dispatch||Dispatch – EP||39|
|13||The Captain||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||37|
|14||New Underground||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||36|
|15||Two At A Time||Guster||Keep It Together||36|
|16||Con Man||Dispatch||Dispatch – EP||35|
|17||Homecoming King||Guster||Keep It Together||35|
|19||Hang On||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||34|
|20||Water Stop||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||33|
|22||Melon Bend||Dispatch||Dispatch – EP||32|
|23||Coffee and Wine (Bonus Track)||Chadwick Stokes||Simmerkane II (Bonus Track Version)||30|
|24||Past the Falls||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||30|