Numbers Don't Lie: What's The Most Played Song On Your Computer?

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Not that we like Bon Iver or anything, but "Skinny Love" just happens to be the most commonly played song on a certain mope's iPod. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

Not that we like Bon Iver or anything, but "Skinny Love" just happens to be the most commonly played song on a certain mope's iPod.

courtesy of the artist

A while back, I asked readers to consider the dustiest far reaches of their CD collections to name the artists they'd abandoned: musicians whose works were once purchased with painstaking loyalty, only to languish for years, owned but abandoned.

A few wisenheimers popped up to pose the question, "What's a CD?" — which is to say, "Who still bothers to maintain a music collection in any sort of physical form that doesn't involve a USB connection?" Leaving that issue aside (though I still collect CDs, as do most but not all of my NPR Music peers), I figured it'd make sense to throw the digiphiles a bone. So here goes: What song have you played on your computer more than any other?

If you're an iTunes user like me, the answer can't be fudged: There's a column marked "Plays" that'll tell you how many times a song has been played through. Naturally, it doesn't cover the times you might have streamed it online, or the times you played it on a CD in the car, or the songs you played and deleted and re-ripped. But I figured it might be a useful indication of what your obsessions have been since you started listening to music on your computer.

I've talked to plenty of folks who've seized on a given song and listened to it many hundreds of times, whether on iTunes or through a service such as Last.fm or Pandora. For me, it's trickier to build up that kind of repetition, just because of the amount of time I spend previewing new music for work (or "work," depending on your perspective).

Regardless, the result — the No. 1 song, measured by number of plays on iTunes — should come as no surprise to those who've endured our All Songs Considered roundtable shows: Bon Iver's "Skinny Love," to the tune of 98 plays since late 2007. (Throw a quarter in the Iver Jar! Sorry, folks!)

So what's your most played song — and how many times have you played it? Please leave your answers in the comments section below. I'll compile a bunch of answers in a follow-up post next week.

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