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    100 Most Listened Songs For The Last 10 Years.

    Ten years ago I signed up for a service called Last.fm that tracks what I listen to and I thought I would commemorate that by putting together a countdown of my 100 most played (scrobbled) tracks from that 10 years. Due to a tie for 100 it ended up being a bit more than 100 songs but I guess that is just more bang for your buck.

    I've been doing this over on Twitter for the last week or so but thought it could be cool to do it over here to, feel free to chip in if you have any thoughts, obviously there are songs and artist I very much enjoy so I would love to have a chat about them. Here is what I've done so far and I'll keep updating the thread as I go.

    100. (tie) The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told), 38 plays.
    The closest thing Jack White ever wrote to a pop song. Instantly catchy but still very much a Stripes song. Also has a good message amongst the jangle.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLmI...ature=youtu.be

    100. (tie) The Rubens - Lay It Down, 38 plays
    The first single by one of my fav modern Aussie bands. Sets a very cool atmosphere with its reverb guitar & organ combo. Great vocal performance from Sam Magin, the lead singer too.
    https://youtu.be/eKrVHMTcEuc

    100. (tie) The Mountain Goats - No Children, 38 plays
    One of the most darkly humorous songs I've ever heard. Off, Tallahassee, an album that tells the tale of a failed relationship & operates as the pinnacle of the couples hate. Genius songwriting.
    https://youtu.be/Vm-NW1RwPY8

    100. (tie) Sovereign Grace Music - Behold Our God, 38 plays
    This one is probably on here from my time leading music at Bathurst Presbyterian Church. At the time this was one of my fav songs to play and sing. Has a very fun guys & girls split at the end.
    https://youtu.be/Gqrli3Lkf58

    100. (tie) Pete Murray - Opportunity, 38 plays
    Another one probably making the list from when I was learning to play it on guitar. Very simple acoustic piece & is all the better for it, sometimes it is nice when a song doesn't overplay their own hand.
    https://youtu.be/u9TlDXSQfs0

    100. (tie) Muse - Uprising, 38 plays
    This one is pure energy. From the chugging rhythm, to the synth line, to the clapped beats, to the soaring, defiant chorus, it is all almost singularly designed to make you want to punch the air. Brilliant live.
    https://youtu.be/w8KQmps-Sog

    100. (tie) Gang of Youths - Let Me Down Easy, 38 plays
    It is the relentless rhythm that makes this song, it chugs at a pace that propels the song forward but also makes you want to stop and dance. The first song that stood out off their amazing 2017 album.
    https://youtu.be/eeBf79q90js

    100. (tie) Foals - Mountain At My Gates, 38 plays
    There is just something so epic about this title.
    Aside from that I really love the vocal performance on this and how 30 seconds in there is half a seconds silence before they launch into the full band.
    https://youtu.be/l_EIE5f2t6M

    90. (tie) - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Make You Feel Better, 39 plays
    A complete burst of joy and positivity. Try and listen to this song and not smile. One of RHCP's many gems that never made it as a single (there will be a few in this countdown).
    https://youtu.be/-vMxNFBHrVw

    90. (tie) Paul Kelly - Careless, 39 plays
    One of Australia's best ever song writers bar none. This is such a deceptively simple three chord song that has quite a tender story behind it.
    https://youtu.be/Lpy9Tp31enA

    90. (tie) Mumford & Sons - I Gave You All, 39 plays
    Despite the criticism they get I will stand by Sigh No More as one of my favourite albums of the late 00s. A stripped back approach that always crescendoed in a dramatic way.
    https://youtu.be/00dcKqc5H-A

    90. (tie) M83 - Outro, 39 plays
    I don't know if I've ever heard a more cinematic song. Seems to tell an entire story with nothing more than a few words. I'm surprised this hasn't been used more in trailers for TV, movies or video games. Such an epic feel.
    https://youtu.be/Eyjj8BgsBGU

    90. (tie) Frank Turner - 1933, 39 plays
    "Be suspicious of simple answers
    That shit's for fascists and maybe teenagers
    You can't fix the world if all you have is a hammer"

    Frank Tuner just has a brilliant way of putting things.
    https://youtu.be/QWmnBcNijvo

    90. (tie) Coldplay - Cemeteries of London, 39 plays
    I haven't listened to it for a while but when it came out I was really into the album Viva La Vida & this song kicked it off in such a good way. I remember breaking many guitar strings playing this one.
    https://youtu.be/FduVpVO0gMQ

    90. (tie) Bob Dylan - Ballad of a Thin Man, 39 plays
    I still call this the best diss track ever. The way Dylan spits every line just emphasises the disdain he holds for his critics. Pure lyrical evisceration.
    https://youtu.be/we37yX3zpKA

    90. (tie) Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears, 39 plays
    Bragg's delivery is so jarring but somehow so fitting as the voice of downtrodden people like Levi Stubbs. Off one of my fav albums titles ever, Talking To the Taxman About Poetry.
    https://youtu.be/wbdJ8OGYtzM

    90. (tie) Angus & Julia Stone - Devil's Tears, 39 plays
    This is one of the softest and most intimate albums I've every listened to, Down The Way and it may not get more delicate and beautiful on the album than this particular song.
    https://youtu.be/BngLU2OAV1A

    86. (tie) The War on Drugs - Pain, 40 plays
    Like so many songs on The War on Drugs 2017 album Pain starts out simple & builds up so many sonic layers. The end result is just such a dense song, even today I hear new parts in it when I listen.
    https://youtu.be/J9LgHNf2Qy0

    86. (tie) Sufjan Stevens - Fourth of July, 40 plays
    An utterly heartbreaking lyrics that stem from the writer's experience sitting beside his mother's body after she succumbed to cancer. Ethereal barely even begins to describe this song.
    https://youtu.be/vq5NvJvr55Q

    86. (tie) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Wet Sand, 40 plays
    RHCP are the first band with two songs in the countdown!
    I just adore the final two min of this song. John Frusciante at his creative peak, building and building until slaying it with a guitar solo.
    https://youtu.be/sSWzDfx1JX4

    86. (tie) Kanye West - POWER
    This song just oozes swagger. From the beat, to the lyrics to the incredible film clip it is Kanye distilled into one song.
    Great workout song too (probably on here from being in the gym playlist).
    https://youtu.be/L53gjP-TtGE

    81. (tie) The White Stripes - Icky Thump, 41 plays
    This song should not work, it is too disjointed, too erratic and too janky. Lucky it has a certified guitar god Jack White stitching it together.
    https://youtu.be/1OjTspCqvk8

    81. (tie) Red Hot Chili Peppers - She Looks To Me, 41 plays
    The third song from RHCP's Stadium Arcadium. I will defend that album forever and songs like She Looks To Me are why. One of Kiedis' best ever vocals, Flea & Chad are rock sold & Froosh is liquid.
    https://youtu.be/1_yirYhYLDU

    81. (tie) MGMT - Kids, 41 plays
    There was a time in 2008 when I couldn't escape this song be it this, the original, or the acoustic version being done at pubs. It is still catchy as hell and the fact it is over ten years old blows my mind.
    https://youtu.be/fe4EK4HSPkI

    81. (tie) Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man
    I went through a BIG Dylan phase in my early 20s & still love him as a song writers & singer. This is one that I have grown less fond of over the years but I still really enjoy the harmonica solo & dreamy words.
    https://youtu.be/oecX_1pqxk0

    81. (tie) AC/DC - Back in Black, 41 plays
    Is there a better guitar riff?
    https://youtu.be/pAgnJDJN4VA

    80. Kings Kaleidoscope - Defender, 42 plays
    Kings are one of the Christian bands that is truly pushing the envelope creatively and lyrically. This song is so powerful & always pumps me up.
    I adore when Chad screams "YOUR VICTORY IS MINE FOR ALL MY DAYS!"
    https://youtu.be/aN2IrW8dRO4

    76. (tie) Tall Ships - Home, 43 plays
    I adore the chord progression that underpins this song. The singer manages to capture a broody feel but it also triumphant in its own way. I wish more people knew this band.
    https://youtu.be/0yk6N1e4VvA

    76. (tie) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Zephyr Song, 43 plays
    I think I read somewhere that this song was the closest thing anyone has done to conjuring summer in the form of a song and I honestly couldn't put it better myself. Just so bright.
    https://youtu.be/0fcRa5Z6LmU

    76. (tie) Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy, 43 plays
    One of the most unique and awesome Christmas songs ever
    Also has a recipe for gravy in it: just add flour, salt, a little red wine and don't forget a dollop of tomato sauce for sweetness & that extra tang.
    https://youtu.be/fh79619xxk8

    76. (tie) Matt Weddle - Hey Ya, 43 plays
    Sometimes a cover can completely transform the meaning of a song and this took one of the best songs of the 00s and bought a new layer to it. A tribute to the original but something great by itself too.
    https://youtu.be/edsbS_SCADE

    72. (tie) The Killers - Rut, 44 plays.
    Anyone who has been touched by mental illness will feel the weight of this song. So vulnerable, so exposed but also triumphant when Flowers enters the bridge & epic final chorus.
    https://youtu.be/D7JorwX31CQ

    72. (tie) Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart, 44 plays.
    Apparently the bass line for this was inspired by the diesel engine chugging along and boy does it make for a great base to a truly powerful song.
    https://youtu.be/16bFBzx7I_0

    72. (tie) Boy & Bear - Big Man, 44 plays
    The final (and best) song on a really underrated album. It seems build out of nowhere to such a beautiful crescendo. Great way to end a great album.
    https://youtu.be/sDcvnUo7bmk

    72. Bon Iver - Wolves (Act I & II), 44 plays
    'Ethereal' is what springs to mind when I think of the album Wolves is off & perhaps no song on it demonstrates that quality more than this. Iver's vocal tracks are haunting & his musicianship so intimate.
    https://youtu.be/mebt2holvps

    68. (tie) The Strokes - You Only Live Once, 45 plays
    This is still my favourite song by The Strokes, has the low-fi garage qualities that made them famous but I think has an element of flair that no other song to that point quite captured.
    https://youtu.be/pT68FS3YbQ4

    68. (tie) M83 - Midnight City, 45 plays
    No song pushes me to keep going further when it comes to cardio than this song. Has accompanied me on many a bike ride or run.
    https://youtu.be/dX3k_QDnzHE

    68. (tie) Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah, 45 plays
    What more can you say about this song? Delicate, intimate, beautiful, transformative, almost meditative.
    https://youtu.be/WIF4_Sm-rgQ

    68. (tie) Ball Park Music - Coming Down, 45 plays
    I really love the way this song flows and interjects its backing vocals to build things up. The drum line is fantastic too, really helps lend emphasis when needed.
    https://youtu.be/4wtv_k1StW4

    65. (tie) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop, 46 plays
    There are very few songs or video clips that are more fun than Can't Stop. It is the RHCP all working together as only they can - popping bass, catchy guitar, big drums and danceable vocals.
    https://youtu.be/BfOdWSiyWoc

    65. (tie) Mumford & Sons - After The Storm, 46 plays
    This is something of a perfect closer to Sigh No More. Brings the mood down very nicely and is the only song that doesn't build to some kind of loud climax. Gives the album a proper outro.
    https://youtu.be/SWYG7lZBc6U

    65. (tie) Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run, 46 plays
    A song that always inspires me to do more. The Boss knows exactly how to channel his energy through the speakers, when he yells out "1,2,3,4" after the breakdown it always gets me.
    https://youtu.be/f3t9SfrfDZM

    60. (tie) The War on Drugs - Strangest Thing, 47 plays
    As with all the songs on A Deeper Understanding, this is so lush sonicaly. The highlight for me though is the solos between verses, a beautiful way to build the song. It's all very easy to get lost in.
    https://youtu.be/bvmEYgFsgyg

    60. (tie) The National - About Today, 47 plays
    Possibly the most National song that The National ever wrote. Just so completely beautiful and melancholy in tone.
    https://youtu.be/Ef1nJWtkprU

    60. (tie) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge, 47 plays
    Probably the RHCP's most iconic song. The guitar and vocal interplay are so perfectly done and the lyrics are so raw you can't help but connect with them.
    https://youtu.be/GLvohMXgcBo

    60. (tie) Foo Fighters - Rope, 47 plays
    Was the lead single on their 2011 album Wasting Light, an album I actually think was their most consistently excellent & this was a high point for me, just such a solid rock song. Real fun film clip too.
    https://youtu.be/kbpqZT_56Ns

    60. (tie) Augie March - Pennywhistle, 47 plays
    This is quite a simple song, only a few chords, a guitar and a tin whistle but just like so many Augie March songs it belies its own depth.
    https://youtu.be/VQJ_UoWW_Aw

    53. (tie) Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
    I actually don't like the verses in this song much at all however they are worth it for the chorus which just soars. The synth in the background is amazing and is what makes this song.
    https://youtu.be/wycjnCCgUes

    53. (tie) Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine, 48 plays
    Just pure unadulterated righteous fury for the working men and women who are used and abused by multi-national companies and then discarded when they are done with them. And what is left after it all ends?
    https://youtu.be/Ofrqm6-LCqs

    53. (tie) John Frusciante - The Past Recedes, 48 plays
    My favourite of the former RHCP guitarist's solo work. Such a simple but perfect chord progression, of course the harmonies are on point and the twelve string guitar solo is just the icing on the cake.
    https://youtu.be/4v9CfE90Sts

    53. (tie) Imagine Dragons - Radioactive, 48 plays
    This is a 'get up and go' song. Explodes with that electronic beat mixing with traditional rock music, feels almost industrial. Energy for days.
    https://youtu.be/iO_WxYC34eM

    53. (tie) Foo Fighters - I Am A River, 48 plays
    For some reason this song seems to get overlooked by Fooy fans. To me it is one of the more beautiful songs the band has done. From the almost delicate guitar starting it off through to the stings at the end.
    https://youtu.be/9cqHAgnub_M

    53. (tie) Coldplay - Fix You, 48 plays
    Speaking of beautiful.... so delicate and tonally perfect it has become a cliche. Just a sparkling song, Coldplay at their anthem producing best.
    https://youtu.be/k4V3Mo61fJM

    53. (tie) Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin', 48 plays
    Could have been written yesterday and would be equally as relevant as it was 50 years ago. There are very few political songs that will ever touch this masterpiece.
    https://youtu.be/TlPV4wtZ6HE

    49. (tie) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue, 49 plays
    Somehow number 49 on my list ended with 49 plays, coulnd't have planned it.
    Anyway, not much more to say about Scar Tissue than just how perfectly balanced it is. At the time was a revelation for RHCP
    https://youtu.be/mzJj5-lubeM

    49. (tie) Hans Zimmer - Earth, 49 plays
    The highlight on the amazing Gladiator soundtrack. Ridiculously haunting in the beginning but when it gets to the main motif it is just heartbreaking.
    https://youtu.be/6AMnOFmwMSs

    49. (tie) Coldplay - Viva La Vida, 49 plays
    Fist pumping, jump enducing, bell chmming, completely korny and earnest joy.
    The lyrics are strangely nostalgic for such a happy and upbeat song.
    https://youtu.be/dvgZkm1xWPE

    49. (tie) Augie March - Bottle Baby, 49 plays
    Like many Augie March songs the meaning of this song is as ambiguous as it is beautiful. Has a great acoustic guitar line that runs throughout.
    https://youtu.be/kac20Ti2cxM

    47. (tie) Matt Corby - Brother, 50 plays
    This song is underpinned by an incredible vocal performance from Matt Corby. I love some of the chord choices too.
    Very much worth tracking down the acoustic version which only enhances the power of the song.
    https://youtu.be/gpFG7DdjTbo
    https://youtu.be/tSL9wPHFSts?t=84 (acoustic version)

    47. (tie) Kings of Leon - Fans, 50 plays
    Unpopular opinion here, this foot stomping tribute to their UK fan base is Kings of Leon's best song. I just love the interplay between all facets of the band. Trounces all their more popular songs.
    https://youtu.be/H1hgRDRc3ug

    46. Paul Kelly - From Little Things Big Things Grow, 51 plays
    One of the greatest, most powerful Ausssie songs ever penned. The story of Vincent Lingiari & the struggle of his people that gave birth to the land rights movement. Brilliant in its simplicity.
    https://youtu.be/6_ndC07C2qw

    45. Jars of Clay - All My Tears, 52 plays
    This one has to be on the list of songs I want played at my funeral.
    "It don't matter where you bury me
    I'll be home and I'll be free
    It don't matter where I lay
    All my tears, be washed away"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y9PhJlPbSM
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    RHCP, Bob Dylan, and the Strokes particularly bring a smile to my face on this list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    RHCP, Bob Dylan, and the Strokes particularly bring a smile to my face on this list!
    Plenty more RHCP & Dylan to come. I don’t think The Strokes though, I have since discovered a love for their first two albums but First Impressions of Earth was their first album that properly connected with me.

    Any particular stand outs for Dylan or RHCP on your front Mizzie?

    I’ll have to update again tonight. On twitter I’ve done a few more that I’ll pop up here.

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    Great column, but how can you not have anything from Mother's Milk, the Pepper's best album, on your list? Unless they are all in the top 50.

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    For RHCP it's mainly their more melodic body of work, never got into their fast paced almost-rap stuff. Under the radar picks would be Especially In Michigan and Tearjerker. Love RHCP deep cut stuff though, could come up with way more favorites if I thought about it more I'm sure.

    Dylan I'm more of a surface guy but I feel in love with The Times They Are A'Changing the first time I heard it and never really looked back.

    My top for the Strokes is Someday, no doubt. I'm not good at separating bands by album but that's one that stuck with me in a deep way, still gets me every time.

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    There is a lot of stuff in your lower 50 that is Not my cup of tea, but that is ok. I await your top 50.

    Mizzie: Higher Ground is one of the best covers of all time.
    Taste the Pain and Knock Me Down and Good Time Boys...all great songs.

    After Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Peppers became a commercial friendly, mass market pop band with Punk and ska roots, just like No Doubt did. Some of their songs are call backs to their roots, but when they came out with songs like: Californication, By the Way, The Zephyr Song, Scar Tissue, I had to let them go. They are a a far cry from the band they were, and they completely turned me off.
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    Not enough Britney or Jay-Z for my liking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powder View Post
    After Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Peppers became a commercial friendly, mass market pop band with Punk and ska roots, just like No Doubt did. Some of their songs are call backs to their roots, but when they came out with songs like: Californication, By the Way, The Zephyr Song, Scar Tissue, I had to let them go. They are a a far cry from the band they were, and they completely turned me off.
    Haha, pretty much the only RHCP I care to listen to comes after Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Different tastes, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powder View Post
    After Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Peppers became a commercial friendly, mass market pop band with...
    You say that like itís a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    For RHCP it's mainly their more melodic body of work, never got into their fast paced almost-rap stuff. Under the radar picks would be Especially In Michigan and Tearjerker. Love RHCP deep cut stuff though, could come up with way more favorites if I thought about it more I'm sure.

    Dylan I'm more of a surface guy but I feel in love with The Times They Are A'Changing the first time I heard it and never really looked back.

    My top for the Strokes is Someday, no doubt. I'm not good at separating bands by album but that's one that stuck with me in a deep way, still gets me every time.
    If you are into the more melodic stuff I have no doubt that stuff off Stadium Arcadium & By The Way are up your alley. When I'm thinking melodic Don't Forget Me, Dosed, Hey, Snow (Hey Yo) and Wet Sand immediately come to mind.

    As for pre-Blood Sugar like you were talking about Powder, unfortunately to my ears a lot of it is really trashy sounding, I love the energy of some of their early stuff but just can't get on board with a lot of it. That said the ones you mentioned from Mothers Milk are excellent, I'd add on Fight Like A Brave, Behind The Sun, If You Want Me To Stay, Fire, Police Helicopters, True Men Don't Kill Cyotes and Out in LA are a few of the exceptions.

    Overall while I love the funk rock version I much prefer the BSSM onwards more melodic driven vibe. For a deep cut of amazingness if you Youtube just the guitar tracks for BSSM & Stadium Arcadium you can get some pretty amazing results where some smarty pants people have isolated the guitar tracks and put them on Youtube.

    I did notice that sadly more RHCP didn't make it which honestly surprised me as they are my second my scrobbled artist by some distance (only just behind the Foo Fighters), I guess my tastes in them are so broad that when I listen to them I listen to a wide range.

    Oh and sorry TO I don't think this is gona get any better for you.

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    Onwards with the countdown though,glad you are all enjoying it.

    44. Foo Fighteres - Run, 53 plays
    Another modern day Foo Fighters banger that I don't think gets enough attention. Great guitar riff and the drums and lyrics match them perfectly. Would you expect anything else from Dave Grohl though?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifwc...ature=youtu.be

    41. (tie) The Rubens - My Gun, 54 plays
    Almost a western themed murder ballad (just missing the murder). A rock solid beat that the organ & guitars interplay with in such a fun way particularly during the solo. Another gem off The Rubens first album.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJk-...ature=youtu.be

    41. (tie) Gang of Youths - What Can I Do When The Fire Goes Out, 54 plays
    If the album Go Father In The Lightness is inspired by Bruce Springsteen then this song is Born To Run. Music that makes you want to run through a brick wall.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM2SBJxHW9I

    41. (tie) Augie March - The Cold Acre, 54 plays
    Just like everything on their fantastic 2006 album Moo, You Bloody Choir this song just listens so pleasantly, the harmonies, piano and guitar drift in and out so beautifully. Wonderous lyrics too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkkKFuW0nDU

    39. SKATERS - Miss Teen Massachusetts, 55 plays
    A modern punk pop masterpiece. Has a great melody, a bubbling bass line and drums that just explode with energy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSaPHFsZTZo

    39. (tie) Kings Kaleidoscope - A Prayer, 55 plays
    The most raw, honest and uplifting christian song I know of.
    The lyrics rip you in two with their vulnerability, the silence kills you and the final moment makes you soar.
    My fav song about God
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axmk5-55iuY

    37. (tie) Elbow - Open Arms, 56 plays
    I first saw this as the backing track for a Cadel Evans Tour De France win tribute and it has always struck me as such a fun celebratory song. Bit of a funny one really but it always makes me smile.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJV71cW40OQ

    37. (tie) Angus & Julia Stone - Yellow Brick Road, 56 plays
    Angus Stone channels his best Neil Young in this beautiful ballad that just oozes sunshine and laid back rock from the 70s. Really awesome guitar solo too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHKSqUtrNfw

    35. (tie) The Mountain Goats - Old College Try, 57 plays
    The emotional climax of the awesome concept album Tallahasse (seriously listen to it) where the couple accept their doomed relationship but can feel the bittersweet memory of when it was once great.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnLol5gJWj4

    35. (tie) Muse - Knights of Cydonia, 57 plays
    This song is set on such epic scale, everything about it is so huge, the soaring vocals, the driving rhythm, to the horns, oh those horns!
    Layers of sonic energy upon layers of sonic energy. Muse at his best.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_sBOsh-vyI

    33. (tie) The Whitlams - Beauty In Me, 58 plays
    This is a song just about anyone can relate to, feeling dejected and off track but just repeating the mantra 'they'll see the beauty in me'.
    There is a beautiful version with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uZyYhgCOM0

    33. (tie) Mumford & Sons - The Cave, 58 plays
    Mumford at their best, lyrics that read like a turn of the century poem backed by dynamic and explosive acoustic tracks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgDNCmGr-Q4

    31. (tie) The Black Keys - Lonely Boy, 59 plays
    It's the Black Keys so of course it is tight as hell drums and the bluesiest of bluesy guitars. Tight blues rock. The kicker for Lonely Boy is a video clip that came outta nowhere and truly endears.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_426RiwST8
    Last edited by SirSam; 06-04-2019 at 07:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meandi View Post
    You say that like itís a bad thing.
    It is not a bad thing when bands come together and form to BE a pop band, not a counter culture, punk/ska-core band, like they were. Be true to yourselves, your music, and your fans. No one says that you cannot evolve, but completely changing your sound, your style of dress and your target audience simply to make a buck is the 100% definition of selling out.

    I will never forget the interview with Jason Newsted from Metallica during the Behind the Music documentary on VH1 after the band cut their hair and made Load and Re-Load (both albums were not well received by their fans in 1994). Load and Re-Load were not well received because both albums were Pop-music orientated and was a long way off from The Black Album, which crossed over into Pop music, but was still hard and heavy and Metallica. Newsted said and I am quoting, "Yes, we sell out...every seat in the house, every time we play, anywhere we play." That is the most cop out answer to a band that sold out. Hell even Mike Inez from Alice in Chains wrote on his guitar during their Unplugged MTV special "Friends don't let friends get Friends' haircuts" towards Metallica who were sitting in the front row, voicing his opinion about how Metallica sold out. You can watch the clip for yourself here, and skipping to 40:20 to watch the full minute or two segment if it doesn't go immediately there.

    AND Metallica is my all time favorite band. It took me over 10-15 years to appreciate Load and Re-Load, yet I still will always think of those records as the sell out phase. St. Anger is the biggest piece of shit around, yet at least that was bad becasue of all of the band's turmoil and just making bad music at the time, not a conscious effort to make Pop music. Once they got their shit together and released Death Magnetic, which was a call back to their roots, all was right again with the Band.

    So I do not have a problem with pop music or musicians that deliberately make pop music. I have a problem with a counter culture musician or band making a choice to sell out to make a buck.

    The most ironic example of this is the Ska Band Reel Big Fish. Their second album Turn The Radio Off, with the song Sell Out. The entire song is about how bands sell out just to make a buck. The song was an attack on how bands sell out and RBF were touring on the Warped Tour in the counter culture festivals etc, and then the song hit on the pop music stations, and then the band went and did exactly what they were singing against. They were all over MTV, commercials, etc...My friends and I immediately dropped them from our musical rotation because of the hypocritical nature of the band. Writing a song (and album) against selling out only to go and sell out. Pathetic.

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    Finally, most people do not know the true meaning of the song Good Riddance by Green Day. Most everyone believes that this song is about a graduation or moving on/up ceremony as it was made extremely popular by the use in the closing shot of Seinfeld's finale. BUT this song is about, which was said in an interview with Billie Joe Armstrong, about how their original fans who supported them when they were nobodies, and were pissed off at them for selling out, leaving their true punk roots and making more of pop music and less of the punk music where they got their start. Billie Joe said that the song was about telling those fans good bye because the band chose to "move on and make popular music". I find it ironic again, that a Punk band, leaves its roots to make pop music, and then writes one of the most iconic pop songs used in graduations every year, but the song is NOT about graduations, its an FU to those original fans telling them to get over it an move on.
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    You definitely have a much bigger problem with "selling out" than I do, powder. All I really care about is if I like the song or not!

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    I do. It completely negates everything a band or artist stood for. It would be akin to the Ramones or The Clash all of a sudden becoming a pop band to make money instead of keeping to their roots of being Punk.

    I understand that 5e appeal of money influences a lot of the decision, but if you are in a band to make money, then admit it. If you were a punk band, be that punk band.

    I read the Beastie Boys’ book and they never forgot who they were. They completely changed their music with every album, and they reinvented themselves all the time, but they never let them selves be driven by money or selling out. They at times sacrificed some money to stay true to who they were.

    Again, I do not have a problem with pop artists, just do not claim to not be one when you are.
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    Beastie Boys are a terrible example seeing as how they toured with Madonna. Doesnít get much more pop than that.

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    They toured with Madonna, but did not change their music to suit/appease her fans. if they did, then I would agree.

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    Sam, loved the shoutout for Dosed. Another one of my RHCP favorites. Not too familiar with the latest batch but I'll bear it in mind whenever I get a chance to expand my playlist.

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    I've gotta say I'm much more in the Mizfan camp of 'is it a good song?'

    I actually like that Greenday story behind Good Riddance, makes me like the song even more and after all what is more punk than giving the finger to the expectations that you will always stay in your lane. In my mind what they did afterwards is infinity better, give me American Idiot over Dookie any day.

    To elaborate a little I do think it is a little entitled for fans to expect a band to slavishly cater to just them simply because they happened to find them and enjoy them before others did, it is natural for any creative person to learn and change and that is actually a good thing. I understand why you cringe at a band that at one time decried others chasing the money then went and did it themselves but as someone who looks back at my own teenage/early 20s idealism I can sympathise and forgive the pragmatism of a band wanting to earn a little money with the time and effort they are putting in.

    On to the count down though. No sell outs here.

    31. (tie) Chris Tomlin - Our God, 59 plays
    Another song that gets a bump because I played it so many times at church. I love the way it builds lyrically & musically to the explosive bridge: "And if our God is for us, then who can ever stop us."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=01Yj7H-eSjM

    28. (tie) The War on Drugs - Holding On, 60 plays
    Layers on layers of sound, distant, ambiguous lyrics, a killer guitar solo. It's another War on Drugs song on this list. I could listen to this band all day, everything just flows together so well.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-oHBkikDBg

    28. (tie) Gotye - Heart's A Mess, 60 plays
    The second most famous but easily the best Gotye song. Such good dynamics, mixing softer and more powerful bits and an incredible vocal performance. I love how he just leans into the chorus so hard.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu-Tp2sxhMI

    28. (tie) A.C. Newman - Prophets, 60 plays
    I first heard this on the season four finale for How I Met Your Mother and have loved it ever since. It's energy always makes me want to get up and figuratively jump off a balcony.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfs6_CTcj2Q

    26. (tie) The Panics - Don't Fight It, 62 plays
    Great Aussie song, sets such a great tone from the start and the chorus builds so well out of it. Really meant a lot to me personally in the early 2010s.
    Oh and there is that awesome trumpet refrain too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_cK_cIydHY

    26. (tie) Mumford & Sons - Dustbowl Dance, 62 plays
    An apocalyptic story of a farmer and his son and all the melodrama that Marcus Mumford could build into it. Yet another great song from Sigh No More.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z2yY5GhDto

    25. Foo Fighters - Wheels, 63 plays
    Just a damn great rock song. Not a whole lot of lyrical depth but a killer guitar riff and great drums will do a lot in the right place.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jTkIDuseyM

    24. Augie March, Paul Kelly & Missy Higgins - Droving Woman, 64 plays
    If there was one song from this list I would like people to listen to it is this one.
    Over 21 verses this tells the most heartbreaking, haunting tale. A genuine Australian masterpiece.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=xSLdcc7jf3I

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    Lot of new stuff to check out in this list!

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    Of course I'd love any feedback on something new you have heard but I'd be really interested in finding out if Droving Woman resonates with you PT, it is a really Australian in terms of the things it references but as I said I rate it incredibly highly as a work of pure folk songwriting art.

    Banged a few more out of these last night.

    22. (tie) The White Stripes - Blue Orchid, 67 plays
    For a long time I didn't enjoy this song, after Elephant it felt different & I really didn't enjoy the vocal in particular. Obviously this has changed. Fantastic guitar tone and I now love the vocals.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW8UlrtcEac

    22. (tie) Bon Iver - Skinny Love, 67 plays
    The crown jewel of the amazing album For Emma Forever Ago. Is so raw and vulnerable in its production, there isn't a thing about this song I don't adore, it is just serene.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssdgFoHLwnk

    21. The White Stripes - The Denial Twist, 69 plays
    Very playful song for Jack White but still undeniably him. I actually prefer the guitar driven live version to the piano but there is still no denying how catchy the riff for this song is.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=737Jj9gNvGg

    20. Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man, 70 plays
    There is banjo, a stomped kick drum, syncopated acoustic guitar & they scream, "I really FUCKED it up this time" in the chorus. What's not to love?
    These guys really hooked me in early 2010.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLJf9qJHR3E

    19. Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine, 71 plays
    The Monkey's 2013 album AM blew my mind, after what felt like two albums of duds they were back with this absolute banger. Incredible energy from the guitar & drums.
    Saw them live in 2014 and it was even better then.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQH8ZTgna3Q

    18. Ludovico Einaudi - I Giorni, 73 plays
    I find it a lot harder to describe instrumental songs but this is probably my favourite orchestral piece ever.
    Builds layer upon layer of this beautiful piano line. There are so many great versions of it too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjD7q2m9Rgs

    17. Frank Turner - Get Better, 74 plays
    A pure burst of positive rock energy that acknowledges the bad but relentlessly pushes you in the right direction. Oh and boy I did buy the shirt with "NOT DEAD YET" written on it. A pure burst of positive rock energy that acknowledges the bad but relentlessly pushes you in the right direction. Oh and boy I did buy the shirt with "NOT DEAD YET" written on it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB4Avdlz3lk

    14. (tie) Pearl Jam - I Am Mine, 76 plays
    Another of the songs that benefits from my love of playing my own guitar along with it. Has a simple but very fun chord progression and of course the vocal is incredible, it is Eddie Vedder after all.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkgv3LoQY2o

    14. (tie) Foo Fighters - The Pretender, 76 plays
    Just an incredible rock song. The quiet moments and beautiful guitar riff give the heavier parts an even bigger exclamation mark. Incredible drumming too and a really fun film clip as a bonus.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjQ9tuuTJQ

    14. (tie) Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone, 76 plays
    One of my fav sets of lyrics ever, so fun and playful but so much depth. I love the idea this is Dylan writing this for himself having betrayed his earlier principles and now laughing 'how does it feel?'
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwOfCgkyEj0

    13. Foo Fighters - Best of You, 79 plays
    This song and film clip was what drew me to my now favourite band. The rawness of Dave's voice and angst of the lyrics caught my ear, what teenager could resist this kind of call to arms? Great duelling guitars too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_L4Rixya64

    12. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven, 84 plays
    When it is all said and done I feel we will look back on Stairway as the greatest rock song ever. Does everything that makes rock great from the serene intro to the balls out solo and final verse. Perfection.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9ioyEvdggk

    11. The Cat Empire - No Longer There, 85 plays
    I honestly have no idea how this song got this high. Still it has a very melancholy message and is a very disciplined effort from a band that is used to going all out with up tempo jazziness.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvqtNQdmXRQ

    Up to the top 10 now. Any guesses what is number 1 without going to my last.fm profile?
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    "Voices" by Rev Theory

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    Needs more Frank turner. From what Iíve seen while skimming through, youíve come nowhere near his best stuff yet.

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    Ah, love Little Lion Man! No clue on the top 10 but I'll be coming back to find out.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, glad you are enjoying the countdown.

    @T.O. While that is one of the better wrestling songs out there it sadly didn't make the countdown. For its true greatness though check out the acoustic version of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnVETq_ZrYM I always thought he should walk out to this while he was in Wyatt's stable.

    @meandi I agree, Frank Turner is excellent. Unfortuatnely he got a bit Red Hot Chili Peppered in that I have lots of listens to him as an artist but not specific songs as much. Get Better was the song that got me into him which is why that is so high. I think my favourite of his is I Knew Profruk Before He Was Famous, when they hit the bridge I always want to punch the air.

    @mizfan yeah I love the whole Sigh No More album it was easily my most played album of 2010.

    Onto a few songs in my top 10.

    9. (tie) The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army, 89 plays
    One of the greatest rock songs ever. Gets stuck right in your ear but also manages to grow and eventually explode into a solo as White plays around his simple but absolutely iconic riff.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J2QdDbelmY

    9. (tie) The Shins - Simple Song, 89 plays
    The last tie in my countdown.
    I love the energy in this song, right from the guitar and bass busting the door down in the intro to James Mercer's vocal in the chorus.
    The lyrics also really hit me back in 2014.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoLTPcD1S4Q

    8. Kings Kaleidoscope - Alive, 90 Plays.
    From 1 minute 30 on this song is perfect. The lyrics and music work so well to create one of the most uplifting songs I know.
    The newest song in my top 10, only came out in late 2017.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpasllUcjK8

    7. The War on Drugs - Red Eyes, 95 plays
    The song that introduced me to one of my favourite bands. As with all their songs it is the build up of musical layers that I love. They way The War on Drug's songs just flow together is such a pleasure.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LmX5c7HoUw

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    Not too familiar with these but I'll try to remember to loop back and give them a listen when I have time!

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    Second last post in the list. Would love to know what you make of the songs when you have a listen Mizzie.

    6. Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know, 102 plays
    In 2013 I thought the Arctic Monkeys were passed it, I hadn't enjoyed an album by them since their second one 5 years before. Then I heard this guitar riff & they blew my mind open. Spectacular simplicity.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM

    5. Foo Fighters - My Hero, 103 plays
    I defy anyone that loves rock music to not smile when a song kicks of with this kind of Bonham-esq drumming. The guitar fits perfectly with them too. Just to add the cherry on top it is equally great acoustic.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqWRaAF6_WY

    4. Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower, 104 plays.
    I once punched the air in public when I heart this song, that is how much I love it. My favourite song to play on guitar too though although I veer far closer to the Dylan original.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY

    What will be in numbers 3-1? Here are some hints, one of the bands hasn't featured at all in my countdown but was a huge rock band on the global stage from the 80s through to the 00s and are still touring today, their song is only one three letter word, one is an obscure Australian band I doubt anyone here has heard of beyond this list and the other has featured heavily on this list already and the song is probably their signature song. I think the third one I've hinted is very guessable and the first is possibly too.

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    "Burn in My Light" by Mercy Drive.

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    Ah, All Along The Watchtower! Hell of a classic! I'm very bad at listening to music suggestions but if I do get around to any of these, you'll be the first to know.

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    Heading into the top 3 and sorry TO, as good as that song is, it doesn't feature her.

    3. U2 - One, 111 plays.
    The lyrics for this song are so intense. It starts out pretty good but by the time it gets to "did you come to play Jesus, to the lepers in your head" it I will nearly always have goosebumps.
    Incredible live version at Slane Castle.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjEcrrf7r0

    2. Augie March - One Crowded Hour, 121 plays.
    Every time I think I've worked out the meaning of this song it changes. A beautiful blend of Aussie indie rock and lyrics that mix melancholy, nostalgia and romanticism. I could listen to it on loop for hours.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LejMbZjZUvk

    1. Foo Fighters - Everlong, 182 plays
    There is so much to love about this song. One of the best drum tracks in rock ever, incredible use of two guitars and Dave's vocals are rock perfection. Who knew the drummer could actually write the best rock song ever
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBG7P-K-r1Y


    Before I finish I will add a few interesting facts.
    - Across the top 100 the total plays is 5967 which makes up 13% of my total plays over the ten years.
    - Everlong, my most played track is 0.41% of the total plays.
    - While I chose to go with most times played because that is what Last.fm tracks if I had gone with total time played for, then Everlong would have still come in first with total play time of 12:38.20, however Stairway to Heaven would have jumped up to second. While it was only played 84 times its 8 minute play time would have give it a total of 11:48.42. One Crowded Hour would have come in third on 9:42.49 and Droving Woman, which didn't even make the top 20 most played, would go all the way up to fourth with 9:20.00 bumping U2 to 5th. I haven't calculated any further than that in terms of play time because I had to do it manually but it would be interesting to see how that would further have effected the standings.

    So there you have it, my top 100 most listened to song. What did you think of them?

    Thanks to everyone who commented. Hopefully you found at least one song you loved and one new song in the list.
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    Again... needs more Frank Turner. I demand a re-count.

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    Been silently following this, been fascinating to follow. I actually am into completely different type of music but nevertheless it's interesting to see some songs that span across genres and become bigger than the sum of it's parts.

    "One" is such a feat in songwriting and yet still doesn't get the attention it deserves (at least that's what it feels like). My preferred version is the Mary J Blige and U2 re-release, but purely because my tastes veer more into that direction.

    Cool list dude!


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