iPod inspection: The five best songs you never play

Madge_lLast weekend, in the midst of putting together a dinner-party playlist, I noticed something surprising: There are several hundred songs that I’ve never played on my iPod (which I’ve had for a year and a half) or the iTunes on my computer (which I’ve had for more than two years). And these ignored tracks don’t just include album filler that I haven’t gotten around to deleting; dozens of favorites have been sitting dormant for the last 24 months, just waiting for me to press play. Here’s my top five:

Groove Armada’s "At the River"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s "Manic Depression"
Kelli Ali’s "Psychic Cat"
Madonna’s "Don’t Tell Me"
Sade’s "Like a Tattoo"

How about you guys? Give your music library a good, thorough once-over and then share with your fellow PopWatchers: What are the five best songs you never play?

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  • beb

    This is going to be a good one, Slezak…here goes!
    1) We Need a Resolution – Aaliyah
    2) Snow on the Sahara – Anggun
    3) Hunter – Dido
    4) I Will Love Again – Lara Fabian
    5) No Regrets – Robbie Williams

  • junior

    I maintain a very rigorous standards policy for my iPod. If I haven’t listened to it for a few months and it is rated low, it goes. There’s no point in wasting space when the CDs are in the cabinet if I really wanted to listen to something (which never happens).
    That being said, I do have a few good songs I’ve listened to like once:
    – “I Get Lonely” by Janet Jackson
    – “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls
    – “Mickey” by Toni Basil
    – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
    – “All You Want” by Dido
    And the fact that you don’t listen to “Don’t Tell Me” on a reg. basis saddens me…

  • Mike

    Good call on Manic Depression. Great song.
    – Bebel Gilberto – Aganju (Latin Project Remix)
    – Portal (Jonathan Coulton) – Still Alive
    – MIT Logarhythms – No Such Thing
    – Nails – 88 Lines About 44 Women
    – Ray Charles – Lonely Avenue

  • paige

    you dont listen to “dont tell me”??? its one of the best songs on that dissapointing album!!!

  • Mem

    Oh boy…
    1. Harlem’s Nocturne- Alicia Keys
    2. Before He Cheats- Carrie Underwood ( and any other good country song… it just doesn’t occur to me to listen to them)
    3. The Well and the Lighthouse- Arcade Fire
    4. Amsterdam- Guster
    5. Say it All- Sondre Lerche

  • Kirsten

    Oddly, ” Don’t Tell Me” is in the same position on my I-Pod. It’s been six months since I put it on, and I’ve listened to it twice.
    Another four-
    ” Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
    ” Walk Away Renee” The Left Banke
    ” Rock And Roll High School” The Ramones
    ” Hunger Strike” Temple Of The Dog
    Yet I cannot bear to delete them, even with the CDs sitting nearby.

  • Snarf

    Suede – Electricity
    Hole – Boys on the Radio
    Duran Duran – Come Undone
    Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon
    Wild Strawberries – Trampoline

  • Frank Black

    with over 12,000 songs, there are a ton I haven’t played. The trick is to create a Smart Playlist with the setting for play count to zero. I titled mine with the obvious Never Played. Forces your iPod to branch out and once it’s played that song, it drops off the list.

  • Dinosaur

    There’s lots of Groove Armada that’s way better than “At the River”.



  • Greg

    I almost exclusively listen to my iPod on shuffle, so it’s the randomness of fate that has consigned these tunes. And with 8K+ on there, it’s mathematically understandable that some get ignored. (Ironically 3 of the below were added three years ago today!)
    Green Day – Longview
    Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
    Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It
    OutKast – The Way You Move
    U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name

  • Greg

    Meanwhile, I’ve played “At the River” 9 times…

  • skye

    -Black Swan- Thom Yorke
    -Tainted Love- Soft Cell
    -Got 2 Be Down- Robin Thicke feat. Faith Evans
    -Tonight Not Again-Jason Mraz]
    Maybe not the best, but I like them, and like, never listen to tehm

  • skye

    -Black Swan- Thom Yorke
    -Tainted Love- Soft Cell
    -Got 2 Be Down- Robin Thicke feat. Faith Evans
    -Tonight Not Again-Jason Mraz]
    Maybe not the best, but I like them, and like, never listen to them

  • Tiffany

    I was noticing the other day that I haven’t played every single song on my ipod.
    I Try-Talib Kweli
    Ice Ice Baby-Vanilla Ice ( I know what y’all want to say and I’m not ashamed)
    Nice and Slow-Usher

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