Over the summer, my friend set a challenge to listen to all of her iPod’s music collection alphabetically. A through Z; every song. Every. Last. Song.
I recall admiring her dedication and I also recall thinking it must have been easy enough since she had less than 1,500 songs and I assumed they were all music of her choosing. I recall smiling as I realised that she was truly enjoying the challenge—and enjoying re-discovering her music. She made several comments about how others should do the same, and I was mildly interested in trying it, but not enough to actually take on the challenge.
Until September 30, 2010.
Yep, that morning I got to the office, plugged in my iPod, and instead of selecting ‘shuffle’ I chose to play every song I had in alphabetical order. A through Z; every song.*
That was 130 days, 4,868 songs, and 313+ hours of play time ago.**
It was fun.
It was boring.
It was mind-numbingly boring at times.
It was exciting.
And it was educational.
So, here are some fun little facts, figures, and musical musings for you to ponder:
- Letter with the most song titles: “S” with 540 songs
- Letter with the least song titles: “Z” with 3 songs
- Number of songs starting with numerals (so, “1” but not One): 21
- Number of artists: 452
- Number of albums: 555
- Number of genres: 34
- Song I have the most versions or copies of: “N17” by The Saw Doctors (Six copies)
Would I do it again? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe? But I’m not willing to make a promise at this point!
Would I recommend that you do it? Absolutely! It really is interesting and entertaining—especially when you hear long-lost tunes.
* Actually, A-Z plus 0-9, because some started with numerals.
** To save myself from complete madness, I opted to only attempt the challenge whilst at work which means that it took a bit longer to make my way through the collection than it would have otherwise.