iTunes Album Counts

Yesterday's post about the Top 25 most played songs on my iPod is really only half the story. Those are single songs; but which albums am I most likely to listen to all the way through? To find the answer to this question, I looked at the play counts for each album, with the lowest one on the album as the number for that album's count. And there always is a lowest number; there may be a song you'd rather skip past, or perhaps your attention span doesn't last for a whole album and you want to move on to something else.

There won't be a lot of surprises here if you read yesterday's post. You'll see the expected artists in the highest spots. My cutoff for inclusion on this list is at least 3 full plays of that album.

1. Susanna Hoffs - When You're A Boy (1991) - 20 - This one has a very balanced play profile: All of the songs have been played between 20 and 24 times. Currently, it takes 26 plays to crack the Top 25 most played songs. So, ironically, none of the songs on the most-played album are in the Top 25 most-played songs. This was Susanna Hoffs' first solo album after the Bangles broke up.

2. Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs - Under The Covers, Vol. 1 (2006) - 14 - I wrote all about this one yesterday. It was my favorite CD from last year.

3. The Bangles - Everything (1988) - 10 - Do you sense a pattern here?

4. The Bangles - Different Light (1986) - 9 - Well, do you?

5. LeAnn Rimes - Blue (1996) - 8 - Again, I wrote about this CD yesterday. I got it for less than $10, including shipping. Such a deal!

6. (tie) The Bangles - All Over The Place (1984), The Bangles - Doll Revolution (2003) - 7 - Well, that's the rest of the Susanna Hoffs-related material. I also have her self-titled CD from 1996, but I didn't really like it, so it's not on the iPod these days.

8. (tie) Cracker - Countrysides (2003), Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (1991), Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966) - 5 - Well, that's an eclectic grouping, isn't it?

11. (tie) Nancy Sinatra - Greatest Hits, Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (2006), Warren Zevon - Transverse City (1989) - 4 - The Nancy Sinatra songs are all from the late '60s and are mostly duets with Lee Hazlewood, although she also sings with Dean Martin and with her father, Ol' Blue Eyes himself. I like most of the late Warren Zevon's music, but this is my favorite CD of his.

The Rest (All 3) - The Cars - Candy-O (1979), Cracker - Cracker (1992), Devo - Total Devo (1988), Electric Light Orchestra - Time (1981), Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II (1991), Guns N' Roses - The Spaghetti Incident (1993), Hooters - Nervous Night (1985), Kansas - Monolith (1979), Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party (1985), Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene (1987).