Friday Playlist: On Repeat

Our most-played songs, humiliating as they may be.

For OBSESSION month, we asked all our staffers to check what their MOST PLAYED song is on iTunes or what have you, and send it to us. We thought this was gonna be a selection of Sooper Kool Toonz, because we are such Kool Kidz, but it turns out to be soooooo embarrassing and hilarious. SO MUCH PJ HARVEY (who is awesome, but omg, there would have been a lot more on here if 8tracks let us upload more than two tracks by one artist), and, I mean, SPACE HOG?!? And WTF is that a cappella “Africa” cover? Holy shucks. We are not cool at all! Please enjoy, and mock us at will.

Illustration by Minna


  • kittenmix February 3rd, 2012 11:07 PM

    Ohmygod gaslight anthem, I am embarrassed for you (but mad props for prince <3)

  • queserasera February 3rd, 2012 11:29 PM

    so many animal collective & pj harvey yayyyyy this greatly improved my friday

  • littleDani February 3rd, 2012 11:40 PM

    I just checked, and my most played song is a tie between Life’s a Happy Song from The Muppets soundtrack and Disorder by Joy Division. I don’t even.

    • Tyknos93 February 4th, 2012 12:58 AM

      I saw “Control” and have been on a Warsaw/Joy Division/Ian Curtis binge. It’s not healthy.

    • taste test February 5th, 2012 2:16 AM

      hahahaha. best contrast ever. actually, I think of Disorder as happy for a Joy Division song, so maybe not quite as much of a contrast…? but it’s still funny.

  • grete-samsa February 3rd, 2012 11:55 PM

    AN EMILIE AUTUMN SONG! I love her! She is truly amazing, everyone needs to check her out.

  • tinytractor February 4th, 2012 12:28 AM


  • Brit February 4th, 2012 12:44 AM

    So good to see Flight Facilities on this Playlist!

  • SpencerBowie February 4th, 2012 12:54 AM

    Countdown, FREAKIN Little Red Corvette (which I hear at work all the time and rock out when I do), Brian Eno, A LITTLE LESS COVERSATION (Go Elvis!), Annnnnnnd Rude Boy…..Awesome.

    Rude Boy is amazeing okay? C’MON Y’ALL!

    Sorry I meant Rude Boy Boy!

    Is you big enough? ;)


  • weetzie February 4th, 2012 12:58 AM


  • ivoire February 4th, 2012 1:28 AM

    this article is hehehehehe

  • onehandclaps February 4th, 2012 2:59 AM

    I don’t know if its just happening to me, but it stays it’s in private mode?

  • KayKay February 4th, 2012 3:12 AM

    I can’t listen to the playlist, it says it’s in private mode :(
    My most played song is “Little Numbers” from a swiss duo called BOY. Huh, that’s unexpected.

    • Anaheed February 4th, 2012 3:32 AM

      Sorry guys — try again? It should work now.

      • onehandclaps February 4th, 2012 4:10 AM

        It works now (for me at least) thank you!

      • Cosmo Beatrix February 5th, 2012 8:24 AM

        Not me ? it’s killing me.
        yet it’s probably fault of my laptop so i will just search them one by one into youtube.

  • mimihbrgn February 4th, 2012 3:59 AM

    So I was upset I couldn’t listen and I made a Spotify playlist… now it works but I’m still proud of it so here

    ps I love it here!

  • Tallulah February 4th, 2012 4:57 AM

    OMG prince <3

  • Narita February 4th, 2012 5:05 AM

    Ahhh lovely! Why didn’t you guys tell us who sumbitted which song? I’m curious.

    My most played song is Sky Ferreira – One.

  • AnguaMarten February 4th, 2012 7:16 AM

    i love the variety here! you’ve got your magnetic fields, your rihanna, your elvis… this is awesome. i love that rookie isn’t all, “HEY LISTEN TO THIS IT’S COOL KIDS THESE DAYS WITH THEIR POP MUSIC SO HERE’S THAT UBIQUITOUS SONG THAT’S BEEN PLAYED AT EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE IN THE COUNTRY” but also not all, “oh, you haven’t heard of it? hmm. well, it’s really obscure. and pretentious. and pitchfork told me to like it. i guess i’m so much cooler than you. oh you like beyonce? mmm.

  • MissKnowItAll February 4th, 2012 7:55 AM

    Love the playlist but wheres the cute piece of notebook paper with the playlist written in it?

    • Izzy February 4th, 2012 10:30 AM

      I agree! Where is it?!

      • Anaheed February 4th, 2012 5:03 PM

        Coming! A little late this week (and last week).

  • Eleanor February 4th, 2012 8:04 AM

    i so want to know who’s most played is did you see the words!!! anco love 4ever <3

    • ThePuNkR0ckeR February 5th, 2012 4:52 PM

      oh god. so embarassed. that was me.

      • ThePuNkR0ckeR February 5th, 2012 4:53 PM

        wait. that was hazel? oh well. yourock hazel. it was on mine too

    • Pixie February 6th, 2012 1:09 PM

      That one was mine!

  • Emma S. February 4th, 2012 8:26 AM

    Wait, ANOTHER NIGHT? I will pay one million dollars to know whose song that is.

  • allyishere February 4th, 2012 8:39 AM

    flight facilities! <3

  • Lieke01 February 4th, 2012 9:02 AM

    Lovee it! Why don’t you upload your playlists on Spotify? That would make them even greater!

  • tomfoolery February 4th, 2012 10:13 AM

    fiona apple yes yes yes

  • Susann February 4th, 2012 10:29 AM

    Great playlist! Love that you have Elvis on there!
    My most played song is “Spend a Lifetime” by The Rifles :)

  • Kate February 4th, 2012 10:53 AM

    Every week I write down my most played songs instead of keeping a diary. I think it’s a pretty good way of recording how I’m feeling, and then when I look back at a week I can instantly say ‘ah yes, that was my stage where i hated everyone,’ or, ‘that was the week I came out.’ I think the music I listen to tells a story.

    • toridori69 February 4th, 2012 5:31 PM

      if you were to get a account it tracks your most played songs that week for you so you don’t have to write them down!

  • mirabelle February 4th, 2012 11:32 AM

    how good to find so many of my all time favs in here :D

  • Jamie February 4th, 2012 11:47 AM

    i wanna know who belongs to which song

  • DEATH101 February 4th, 2012 12:44 PM

    Will you guys ever consider making a “Hanging Out With Tank Girl” Friday Playlist? I will be internally grateful…

  • missblack February 4th, 2012 1:20 PM

    A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION that is the best song ever!!! whoever has that as their most-played is automatically the coolest person in this galaxy (in my book, anyway)


  • emile February 4th, 2012 1:22 PM

    Why?, Devendra Banhart, Elliott Smith, ELVIS…! God. If you aren’t kool kids, I don’t know who is.

    My top tracks are dominated by Why?, Patrick Wolf and VAST. But I’m not afraid to admit Outkast’s “Hey Ya” still slams through fairly often.

  • burn-your-flesh February 4th, 2012 1:29 PM

    Fuck yeah, PJ! Also Fiona Apple.

  • saltwater February 4th, 2012 1:47 PM

    anco, magnetic fields and elliott smith YES ROOKIE.

  • Laia February 4th, 2012 2:22 PM

    extraordinary machine is mine!

    it is MY ANTHEM.

    • Anaheed February 5th, 2012 5:02 AM

      Mine too! I love her so much.

  • Tavi February 4th, 2012 4:51 PM


  • maddy417 February 4th, 2012 4:55 PM

    oh my gosh this is so great. the most-played track on my itunes is “my manic and i” by laura marling, which is one of my favorite songs…. but i do have my fair share of awesome/embarassing music on there (ahem, jesse mccartney, one direction, destiny’s child). but that’s what makes putting my ipod on shuffle EXCITING! haha.

  • Dylan February 4th, 2012 6:28 PM

    boyoyeyyeee OOH killing me SOOOFTLY and I’m still FAALLLLLINGGG

    • Xo February 6th, 2012 1:43 PM

      YESSS! Thank you I am so obsessed with this song. I just pressed play without reading the playlist and hearing this song was the best surprise

  • kellyjoy February 4th, 2012 10:30 PM

    My top played are cath… by death cab, and skinny love by bon iver. Sweet Jesus do I feel like a stereotype…

  • taste test February 5th, 2012 2:08 AM

    this is an awesome playlist! I fail to see anything wrong with it. and I think In the Meantime is an awesome song. so there. I’m agree that I really want to know whose song is whose… especially Divine Hammer. awesome, awesome twisted song.

    since everyone seems to be sharing, the most played song in my itunes was Never Say Never by That Dog the last time I checked. hooray for obscure 90s alternative!

  • Cosmo Beatrix February 5th, 2012 8:22 AM

    Rookie general knowledge quiz; What ”Most Played Song” Belongs To Which Staff Member?

  • February 5th, 2012 9:09 AM

    who did the Fiona apple song?????????

  • Emmy February 5th, 2012 9:52 AM

    I love PJ Harvey so much, but I haven’t put any of her songs on my iPod until now–thanks for reminding me to, Rookie.

    Right now my most played song is “Itchin’ on a Photograph” by Grouplove. It’s so catchy, every time I hear it I replay it 10+ more times and then it is stuck in my head for a week, so I have to keep on playing it. It’s a vicious cycle.

  • Bean February 5th, 2012 10:34 AM

    My top three apparently are:
    Bitter by The Leeves, a delightful local band in Greensboro, N.C.
    Drain the Blood by The Distillers.
    And, Dismantle Me also by The Distillers.
    Apparently in the top ten I have seven Distillers songs. Clearly, you can tell how much of my favorite band they are. And I can’t even listen to them because I transferred my stupid itunes music onto my external hard drive. This sucks.

  • Tavi February 5th, 2012 11:13 AM

    i was really happy to be the only withholder of this knowledge but HERE:

    little red corvette is marie’s
    another night is hazel’s
    extraordinary machine is laia’s
    why? is joe’s
    what would i want? sky is eleanor’s
    hologram is emily g’s
    countdown is dylan’s
    golden hours is jenny’s
    new monkey is jamie’s
    alex chilton is amy rose’s
    4 o’clock is rachael’s
    16th & valencia roxy music is illustrator emma’s
    the words that maketh murder is sady’s
    answer to yourself is lesley’s
    did you see the words is pixie’s
    a little less conversations is ruby’s
    divine hammer is mine~
    crave you is arabelle’s
    beginner’s mind is kelly’s
    let it last is emily c’s
    all i want to know is emma s’
    one line (the pj harvey 8tracks made us take out) is sonja’s


    • Dylan February 5th, 2012 2:00 PM

      JOE why? is my favorite band.

      • Naomi Morris February 5th, 2012 5:29 PM

        thumbs up for countdown dylan

    • Anaheed February 5th, 2012 4:04 PM


      I QUIT


  • MissKnowItAll February 5th, 2012 11:35 AM

    my repeat song is ‘Getting Better’ by the beatles.

  • tinygnome February 5th, 2012 12:09 PM

    my 1st most played is “clair de lune” and then “reverie”, both by debussy, but only because i listen to them before i go to bed and sometimes i leave them on repeat by accident. both xcellent songs, however.

    my REAL most played song would probs be a tie between “in my eyes” by robyn or “venus” by bananarama.

    • emile February 5th, 2012 4:28 PM

      Debussy. yes. ♥ Arabesque is forever on repeat, at least in my head, when the day grows quiet.

  • Gretchyn February 5th, 2012 12:29 PM

    I wanna know who the Animal Collective song belongs to + hug them

  • macipisi123 February 5th, 2012 3:00 PM

    GOLDEN HOURS <33333

    my plays of that one are split between the another green world version and the 801 recording, which is even sweeter aaaah <3

  • isabellehungryghost February 5th, 2012 3:40 PM

    waaah! fiona apple!

  • unefillecommetoi February 5th, 2012 3:57 PM

    devendra banhart!!
    my most played song is the rat within the grain by damien rice

  • insteadofanelephant February 6th, 2012 1:00 PM

    what would i want? sky. <3 <3

    instead of an elephant

  • koolkat February 6th, 2012 3:29 PM

    oh my most played is chasing pavements by adele from this really depressed period i went through in 2008. Apparently I’ve played it 78 times but i swear i haven’t so i think my itunes is just a bit fucked up!

  • MissKnowItAll February 7th, 2012 4:27 PM

    ooooh pj harvey!!!

  • KidsWithGuns February 9th, 2012 12:12 AM

    “Blowing kisses to disinterested bitches” is the best line ever and when I saw that Why?’s Good Friday was on the tracklist I would have sworn I shat myself.

    Kudos to whoever’s iPod this is.

  • emine March 4th, 2012 4:40 PM

    The big bang – rock mafia
    play count: 544
    talk about embarrassing but i still can’t manage to skip when it comes on shuffle….

  • rivahgirl April 10th, 2013 4:13 PM

    Apparently, my most played song is Smile (Pictures or It Didn’t Happen) by Amanda F**king Palmer :) Actually, she’s my top 4 most played, over a thousand each :/ I actually didn’t realize I’d heard those songs that much. Seriously, my play count on my phone goes 1557, 1520, 1397, 1147, 80. IDK. I’m thinking it got left on repeat?

    • rivahgirl April 10th, 2013 4:15 PM

      def. something up with my iphone’s play count, b/c it says i’ve only listened to Melody Dean 1 time, which is completely not true.