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Dave Matthews Band Studio (Only!) Songs Ranked

3 May

Here is another ranking list.  You can check out my methodology here (I’ve done them all the same way):

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=11721&action=final

I want to really emphasize that I judged the list purely on the merits of the studio version, to the exclusion of any live version, or knowledge of the live version.  They are ranked as if these versions are the only ones that exist–because I KNOW the live versions are so much better/more exciting/longer jams/medleys/etc!  But it would take a lifetime to listen to every version of every live.  So the album songs are ranked as-is.

Also, I’m trying something new with the formatting.  I took each post it and posted them as they were written, which is best song in that particular category to worst song in that group.  And like Memento, I did the big reveal by putting the post it categories worst to best.  Got it?  Groups are worst at the top of this post to best at the bottom.  But within each category/group the songs are listed best to worst.

So here we go:

SKIPs  (best to worst)
Let You Down (C) =M
Christmas Song (RTT)=M
Say Goodbye (C) =S
That Girl is You (CT) =S (terrible singing)
Dreaming Tree (BtCS) =S (long & boring)
Cry Freedom (C) =S
Captain (BS) =S
Pay for What You Get (UtTaD) =S
#34 (UtTaD) =S
Pantala Naga Pampa (BtCS) =S
Grux (BW) = S (very short)
#35 (BW) =S

MEH (Best to worst)
Dreams of Our Fathers (E) =M
Lying in the Hands of God-live (BW) =M
When I’m Weary (CT) =M
Out of My Hands (SU) =M
Busted Stuff (BS) =M
Belly Full (AftW) =M (short)

Kit Kat Jam (BS) =M
Dreamgirl (SU) =M
The Song that Jane Likes (RTT) =M
The Song that Jane Likes-acoustic (UtTaD) =M
Pay for What You Get (RTT)=N
Baby Blue (BW) =M

OK/NEUTRAL 3rd group (best to worst)
Here On Out (CT) =N
Virginia in the Rain (CT) =N
Sleep to Dream Her (E) =N
American Baby (SU) =N
Lover Lay Down (UtTaD) =N
Black and Blue Bird (CT) =G
Old Dirt Hill (Bring that Beat Back) (SU) =N
I’ll Back You Up (RTT)=N
bkdbdkd (CT) =N
Stay (Wasting Time) (BtCS) = N (Lovely Ladies turned me off the band)

OK/NEUTRAL 2nd/middle grouping (best to worst)
Idea of You (CT) =N
Come On Come On (CT) =N
Lying in the Hands of God (BW) =N
Granny (UtTaD) =N
Proudest Monkey (C) =N
Beach Ball-Live (BW) =N
Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd (SU) =N
Steady as We Go (SU) =N
Fool to Think (E) =N
What You Are (E) =N

OK/NEUTRAL 1st/top of list (best to worst)
Mercy-Live (AftW) =N
Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) (CT) =N
The Riff AftW) =N
One Sweet World (RTT) =N
Smooth Rider (SU) =N
Dancing Nancies-acoustic (UtTaD) =N
Seek Up (RTT)=N
Gaucho (AftW) =N (awesome, but hate the kids singing)
Minarets (RTT)=N
So Right (E) =N
Sweet-live (AftW) =Gr
If I Had It All (E) =N

low good (2nd half of good list, best to worst)
Typical Situation (RTT)=G
Mercy (AftW) =Gr
You Might Die Trying (SU) =Gr
Everybody Wake Up (SU) =G
Raven (BS) =G
Satellite (RTT) =G
Snow Outside (AftW) =Gr
Where Are You Going (BS) =G
The Space Between (E) =G
Typical Situtation (UtTaD) =G
Digging a Ditch (BS) =G
Pig (BtCS) =G
Stand Up (For It) (SU) =G
Dive In (BW) =G
#41 (C) =G
You Never Know (BS) =G

Med Good (middle list of the goods, best to worst)
Drunken Soldier (AftW) =G
Satellite (UtTaD) =G
If Only (AftW) =G
Sweet (AftW) =A
The Best of What’s Around (UtTaD) =G
Grey Street (BS) =G
Broken Things (AftW) =G
Spoon (BtCS) =Gr (bango!)
Angel (E) =G
Again and Again (CT) =Gr
Can’t Stop (CT) =G

High Good (top of Good list, best to worst)
Ants Marching (RTT) =G
Time Bomb (BW) =Gr (singing passionately!)
Squirm (BW) =G
Funny the Way It Is (BW) =G
Grace is Gone (BS) =G
So Much to Say (C) =Gr
Shake Me Like a Monkey (BW) = G
Drive in Drive Out (C) =Gr
When the World Ends (E) =Gr
Shake Me Like a Monkey-live (BW) =Gr
Gaucho-Live (AftW) =G (the baseline!)
She (CT) =G (sounds like Lifehouse)
Rhyme & Reason (UtTaD) =G
Halloween (BtCS) =G (I’m too concerned about wrecked voice to enjoy this song)
Rooftop (AftW) =G
Belly Belly Nice (AftW) =G
Everyday (E) =Gr

Lower Awesome (bottom of Awesome list, best to worst)
Don’t Drink the Water (BtCS) =A
Too Much (C) =A (funky guitar, fast guitar, overindugence)
Time Bomb-Live (BW) =A (guitar solo! Passionate singing!)
Lie in Our Graves (C) =A (violin-centric)
Louisana Bayou (SU) =A
Jimi Thing (UtTaD) =A
You and Me-live (BW) =A
Hunger for the Great Light (SU) =A
I Did It (E) =A
Hello Again (SU) =A
Bartender (BS) =A
The Last Stop (BtCS) =A
What Would You Say (UtTaD) =A (Blues Traveler!)
Come Tomorrow (CT) =A (Brandi)
Recently (RTT) (interlude) =A (good hoe-down)
Mother Father (E) =A (guitar!)
Tripping Billies (RTT) =A
Spaceman (BW) =A
Seven (BW) =A
Crash into Me (C) =A
Do You Remember (CT) =A

Top AWESOME (these are the best of the STUDIO songs, best to worst)
Two Step (C) =A
Ants Marching (UtTaD) =A
The Stone (BtCS) =A (Epic!)
Crush (BtCS) =A (this is my all-time favorite, but the live versions, not this studio one)
Alligator Pie-Live (BW) =A
Alligator Pie (BW) =A
Warehouse (UtTaD) =A
Big Eyed Fish (BS) =A
Tripping Billies (C) =A
Repunzel (BtCS) =A
Dancing Nancies (UtTaD) =A
Why I Am (BW) =A
You and Me (BW) =A

Entire Indigo Girls Album Catalogue Ranked

25 Apr

I actually started this catalogue-ranking prior to my Taylor Swift ranking. It just took much longer, because the Indigo Girls have an enormous body of work! I started around December off and on, then January-March, all of first quarter. Then, formatted the list for almost a whole month. So I’ll link the methodology I used for Taylor Swift (and every ranking project) here:

As for the categories, enjoy them if that’s your thing, ignore them if it’s not. The list is from my least favorite song to my very favorite song. Oh, and I included most of the legit albums, including lives and repeated songs, except a very redundant live (Retrospective) and a short EP (I think, those are the ones I skipped, I’m too lazy after all this work to Google).

Here’s what the letters stand for:

(C)ATCHY
(I)NSTRUMENTALS-extra
(L)YRICS
(N)OTES-super high or low or complex
(P)OLITICAL MESSAGE
(S)ENTIMENTAL
(U)NIQUE

Without further adieu: Here is the catalogue of my long-term favorite music group–The Indigo Girls!

Skips:

Skip-dislike; skip-boring

Skip:  Last place song:

-Fare Thee Well (SO):

Skip-dislike

-History of Us (ST):  L, N

-Left Me a Fool (SF):  L

Skip

-Sister (CoNS):  C, L

Skip-Boring

-Birthday (BQS):  N

Best skip:

-Feed & Water the Horses (BQS):

Meh:

Last meh:  -Mystery (1200):  L, N

-When We Were Writers (LL):  N

-Andy (CoNS):  L, N

-Power of Two (1200):  L, N

-Power of Two (LwtUoCSO):  I, L, N

-Cedar Tree (RoP):  I, N, U (bag pipe sounding)

-There’s Still My Joy (HHD):  L, N

-Peace Child (HHD):  C, L, N

-John (BQS):  L, N, P

-Mistletoe (HHD):  C, L

-Cordova (AtWLI):  C, L, N, P

-Neuvose Senorita (BY):  L, P

-Mystery (LwtUoCSO): I, N

-Able to Sing (BQS):  C, N

-Dead Man’s Hill (1200):  N, P

-Come On Home (AtWLI):  C, L

Best meh:  -Strange Fire (1200):  C, I, L, P

IG OK = neutral songs

A = top of OK [1 =higher part of OK-A; 2 = lower part of OK-A]

B = exactly OK

C = lower OK [1 = higher part of OK-C; 2 = lower part of OK-C]

IG OK:

OC-3rd rank of the OK group

2-bottom of the OK-C group

Worst OK2:  –Findly, Ohio 1968 (OLD);  L, P = OC2 (slow & depressisng)

-Texas was Clean (OLD):  L = oc2 

-Closer to Fine (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, P  = OC2 (Emily sounds out of breath; slow)

-Mystery (SO):  L, N = OC2

-Love Will Come to You-live (RoP):  L = OC2

Best OK2:  -Language or the Kiss (SO);  L, U (bike bell) = OC2

IG OK:

OC-3rd ranked of OK group

1-top of OC group

Worst OK-C-1:  -Language or the Kiss (1200):  L, N = OC1

-Look Long (LL):  C, L, N, P = OB2

-Hey Kind Friend (SotS):  I, L = OC2

-If I Don’t Leave Here Now (OLD):  N = OC1 (more in depth)

-All That We Let In (AtWLI):  C, L = OC1

-Power of Two (SO);  L = OC1

Best OK-C-1:  -Fly Away (DOD):  C, L, N, P = OC1

IG OK 

OB-2nd ranked of OK group

2-bottom of OB group

Last OK-B-2:  -Virginia Woolf (RoP):  C, L = OB2

-Soon be to Nothing (CoNS);  C, L =ob2

-Fishtails (OLD):  L, N, P = OB2

-Cordova (SDtBD):  C, L = OB2

-I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD);  N, S = OB1

-Ghost-live (1200):  L, N = OB2

-Everything in it’s Own Time (SotS):  C, I, L, P = OB2

-Come On Home (SDtBD):  C, L = ob2

Best OK-B-2:  -Center Stage-live (ST):  C, L, P = OB2 (little off-key)

IG OK

OB-2nd ranked in OK group

1-top of OK-B group

Last OK-B-1:  -Digging for Your Dream-acoustic (PatBB):  C, L, P = OB1

-Virginia Woolf (1200);  C, L, N = OB1

-Fly Away-acoustic (DOD):  L, N =OB1

-Dirt and Dead Ends (PatBB):  L, N, P =ob1

-Sister (CoNS):  L = (too quiet) = OB1

-Crazy Game (SF):  C, N = oa2 (kinda bluesy & has flute?)

Best OK-B-1:  -Sugar Tongue-acoustic (PatBB):  C, L = OB1

IG OK

OA-top of OK group

2-bottom of OK-A group

Last OK-A-2:  -Share the Moon (BQS):  C, I, L = OA2 (pretty strings)

-Come On Home (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N = OA2

-She’s Saving Me (BY);  L, N, S = OA2

-Caramia (SotS):  C, I, L, N = OA2

-Don’t Give that Girl a Gun (SotS):  C, L, N, P = OA2

-In the Bleak Midwinter (HHD):  I, N = OA1 (original; harmonies!)

-Ghost  (LwtUoCSO): I, L, N = OA1

-Driver Education-acoustic (PatBB);  C, L, P = OB1

Best of OK-A-2:  -Fleet of Hope (PatBB):  C, L = OA2 (harmonies even stronger than usual)

IG OK

OA-best of the OK group

1-top of the OK-A group

Last OK-A-1:  -We Get to Feel it All (BQS);  C, I, L, N = OA1

-Ghost of the Gang (PatBB);  C, L, P = OA1

-Three County Highway (DOD):  L, S = OA1

-Bitterroot (BY): C =OA1

-Rise Up (AtWLI):  C = OA1

-Virginia Woolf (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N = OA1 (some of the singing a bit iffy, instruments good!)

-Pendulum Swinger-live (DOD):  C, L, P = OA1

-What are You Like (SDtBD);  C, I, L = OA1 (end!)

-War Rugs (BQS):  C, I, L, P = OA1 (instruments!)

-Three Hits-live (RoP):  C, I, L, P = OA1

-Compromise (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P = OA1

Best of OK-A-1:  -Prince of Darkness (SDtBD):  C, N, P, S = OA1

IG Goods:

A = almost awesome, top of good

[1 = higher part of Good-A; 

i = top half Good-A-1; ii = bottom half Good-A-1

2 = lower part of Good-A]

B = exactly Good 

[1 = higher part of Good-B; 2 = middle of Good-B; 3 = lowest part of Good-B]

C = almost OK, lowest good list 

[1 = higher part of Good-C; 2 = lower part of Good-C]

Good- C= almost OK

2 = bottom of category

Last Good-C-2: -Alberta (OLD):  C, L = c2

-Everybody’s Waiting for Someone to Come Home (SF):  C, N = c2

-Back Together Again (1200):  C = c2

-Gone (BQS):  C, N = c2

-Country RAdio (LL): L, N, P = c2

-Ghost (RoP);  C, I, L, N, P = c2

-Thin Line (1200):  c2

Best Good-C-2:  –Love’s Recovery (1200):  C, L = c2 (too much brass)

Good

c= almost OK

1 = top of category 

Good-C-1 bottom song:  -Walk Away (SF):  C, I, N = c1

-Love Will Come to You (RoP):  C, L, N = c1

-Come a Long Way (OLD):  L = c1

-I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD):  I, N = c1

-It Really is (A Wonderful Life) (HHD):  C, N = c1

-Something Real (AtWLI):  C, L, N = c1

-Feel this WAy Again (LL):  C, L = c1

-Spread the Pain Around (OLD):  C, I, L = c (CAJUN SOUNDS)

-Dirt and Dead Ends (DOD):  L, P = C1 (BLEAK)

-Salty South-acoustic (PatBB):  C, I, L, P = c1

Best Good-C-1:  -Digging for Your Dream (SDtBD):  C, L, P = C1

Good

b= exactly good

3 = bottom of category 

Last Good-B-3:  -Get Together (SF) = C, L, P = b2 (NICE HARMONY)

-Dead Man’s Hill (SO):  C, L, P = B2

-Southern California is Your Girlfriend (OLD):  C, L = b2

-Sorrow and Joy (LL);  N, P = b2 (WTF is this song about? I like the sentiment of the chorus)

-Wild Horses (SDtBD);  C, N = b2

-We are Together (CoNS):  C, N = b2

-Peace Tonight (CoNS):  C, L = b2

-Ghost of the Gang-acoustic (PatBB):  L, P = b2 (substancial story)

-The Wood Song (SO):  C, L, N = b2

-Nashville (RoP):  C, L, P = b2

-Digging for Your Dream (PatBB) = C, L, P = b2

-Perfect World (AtWLI):  C, L, P = b2

-War Rugs (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = b2

-True Romantic-acoustic (PatBB):  C, L, N = b2 (the yearning!)

-I’ll Change-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, S =  b2

-Come a Long Way (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N = b2 (Uneven singing; ending!)

Best Good-b-3:  -Fly Away (SDtBD):  C, L, N = b2

Good

b= exactly good

2 = middle of category

Last Good-b-2:  -Mariner Moonlighting (BQS):  L = b1

-Change My Heart (LL);  I, N, P = b1 (kinda weird lyrics)

-Elizabeth (OLD):  L, N = B1 (DETAILED STORY)

-Muster (LL):  L, P = b1

-Your Holiday Song (HHD);  C, I, L, N = b1

-The Wood Song (SDtBD):  C, N = b1

-What Are You Like-acoustic (PatBB):  C = B1

Best Good-b-2:  -Fleet of Hope-acoustic (PatBB);  C, L = b1

Good

b= exactly good

1 = top of category 

Bottom Good-b-1: -K.C. Girl (LL):  C, L, = b1

-Run (DOD):  C, N = b1

-The Girl w/the Weight of the World in Her Hands (NIS);  L, P, S = B1

-Jonas and Ezekiel (1200): C, L, N, P = b1

-Jonas and Ezekiel (RoP):  C, I, L, P = b1

-Ozilline (CoNS):  C, I, L, U (old lady talking) = b1

-Reunion (SO):  C, I, L, N = b1

-Ozilline (SDtBD):  I, L, N = b1

-Love of Our Lives (SDtBD):  C, L, N = b1

-True Romantic (PatBB):  C, L, N = b1

-Down by the River (1200):  C, I, N = b1

-Woodsong (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, N = b1

Best Good-b-1:  -Keeper of My Heart (NIS):  C, L, P, S = b1

Good

a= almost awesome

Last Good-almost awesome:  -Crazy Game (SF):  N = a2ii (great harmonies, bluesy)

-What Are You Like (PatBB):  C = A2ii

-Romeo and Juliet (RoP);  C, L, N, P = a2ii

-Three Hits (RoP):  C, I, N, P = A2ii

-Let it be Me (RoP): C, N, P = a2ii

-Leeds (SotS):  C, L, P, U (Indian chanting) = a2ii

-Free in You (AtWLI):  C, N = A2i

-This Train Revised (SO);  C, I, L, N, P = a2i

-Trouble (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P = a2ii

Best Good-Almost Awesome:  -They Won’t Have Me (DOD):  C, I, L, P = a2ii

 Awesome 

A = Elite Awesomes

B = Average-Awesomes

Platinum [1 = top of platinum; 2 = bottom of platinum]

Gold

Silver [1 = top of silver; 2 = bottom of silver]

Bronze

C = Just Awesome [1 = higher part of Just Awesome; C-2 = lower part of Just Awesome]

Awesome-C-2 

Last A-C-2:  -Damo (BQS):  C, I, L, N = a2i

-Watershed (SDtBD):  = C, I, L, N, S = a2i (5d, live singing = less)

-Making Promises (BQS);  C, L = a2i

-Love of Our Lives-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, N = a2ii (stronger singing)

-Three County Highway (SDtBD):  C, L, N = a2i

-Strange Fire (SF):  C, I, L, N = a2i

-Gone Again (CoNS):  C, I, L, P = a2i

-Pendulum Swinger (DOD):  C, L, N, P = a2i

-Southland in the Springtime (NIS):  C, L, S = a2i

-Starkville (BY);  C, I, L, S = a2i

-Shed Your Skin (SofS):  I, L, N, P, U (native american backing) = a2i

-Sugar Tongue (PatBB):  C, L, P, S = a2i

-Able to Sing (LwtUoCSO):  C, I!, L, N = a2i

-Tether (AtWLI):  C, I, L, N, P = a2i

-Galileo (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = AIi (good, but I like original better)

First A-C-2:  -Welcome Me (NIS):  C, I, L, P, S = a2i

Awesome-C-1

Last A-C-1:  -Angels We Have Heard On High (HHD):  C, N, S = a1ii

-Little Perennials-live (DOD):  C, I, N = a1ii

-Airplane (RoP):  C, L, N = a1ii

-Lay My Head Down (DOD);  C, L, N, P = a1ii

-Damo (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = a1ii

-Three County Highway-live (DOD): C, L, N, P =  a1ii

-You’ve Got to Show (BY):  C, L, S = a1ii

-Cut it OUt (SotS):  C, I, L, P = a1ii

-Happy in the Sorrow Key (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = A1ii

-Tried to be True (ST);  C, L, S = a1ii

-Fugitive (SO) = C, L, N, P = a1ii

-Faye Tucker (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P = a1ii

-Secure Yourself (ST): C, L, N, P, S = a1ii

-World Falls (NIS):  C, L, N, P, S = a1ii

First A-C-1:  -Closer to Fine (SDtBD):  C, I, L, N, P, S = a1ii

Average-Awesomes:

Platinum [1 = top of platinum; 2 = bottom of platinum]

Gold

Silver [1 = top of silver; 2 = bottom of silver]

Bronze

Last Avg-Awesome-Bronze:  -Beauty Queen Sister (BQS):  C, I, L, P = a1i

-Least Complicated (SO):  C, L, N, P, S = 2a

-Last Tears-acoustic (DOD): C, L, N, S = a1i

-Chickenman (RoP):  C, L, P, U (harmonica?) = 2b

-Run (DOD):  C = 2b

-I Don’t Wanna Know (SF):  C, I, N, U (harmonica?) = 2b

-I Believe in Love (DOD):  C, L!, S = 2b

-I Don’t Wanna Know (1200);  C, I, L, N = a1i (more lively version, “I don’t care either!”)

First Avg-Awesome-Bronze:  –Touch Me Fall (SO):  I (really rocks at end) = 2b

Last Silver Avg-Awesome-2:  –This Train Revised (1200-live):  C, I, N = 2b

-Love of Our Lives (LwtUoCSO):  C, I!, L, N = a1i

-Little Perennials (DOD):  C, L = 1C

-Favorite Flavor (LL):  C, L = 3  

-Learned It On Me (OLD):  C, L, N (harmonies) = 2b (yes!  a burn-song)

-Olympia Inn (OLD):  C, P = 2B

Top Silver Avg-Awesome-2:  –Dairy Queen (AtWLI):  C, I, S! = 2b

Last Silver Avg-Awesome-1:  –Love’s Recovery (ST):  C, L, N, S = (don’t like Emily’s deep singing) = 3

-Land of Cannan-radio single (ST):  C, I, L, N, P, S = a1i

-Burn All the Letters (SotS):  C, I, L, N, P, U (powwow chant) = a1i

-Believe in Love (SDtBD):  C, I, L, N = a1i

-I’ll Change (PatBB):  C, L, S = 2b

Top Silver Avg-Awesome-1:  -All the Way(DOD):  C, L, S! = 2a (strong vocab, meaningful to me)

Last Gold Avg-Awesome:  –Center Stage (ST):  I, L, N, P = a1i (ending)

-Faye Tucker (CoNS):  C, L, N, P, U (laugh, chanting) = 2b

-Fill It Up Again (SDtBD);  C, L, S = 2a ( a bit different from my fave version, audience sings)

-Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (DOD):  C, L, N, P = a1i

-Our Deliverance (BY);  C, L, N, P, S = a1i

-O Holy Night (HHD):  C, I, N, S = a1i (high difficulty notes)

-Sugar Tongue (SDtBD); C, N = 2a

-Midnight Train to Georgia (1200):  C, L, N, P = a1i (Emily really sings!)

-Kid Fears (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = a1i (crowd singing)

-Get Out the Map (SotS):  C, L, N, P, U (banjo?) = 2b

-It’s Alright (SotS):  C, L, P, S = 2b

Top Gold Avg-Awesome:  -Heartache for Everyone (SDtBD):  C, L = 2b

Last Platinum Avg-awesome-2:  –Fugitive (SDtBD):  C, L, N, Pa= 1i

-Philosophy of Loss (CoNS):  C, L, P, S = a1

-Collecting You (BY):  C, L, N, S! = a1i

-Joking (RoP):  C, L, P, S, U (false ending) = 2a

-Cold Beer & Remote Control (CoNS):  C, L, P, S! = 2a

-Driver Education (PatBB): C, L, S = 2a

-Hand Me Downs (NIS):  C, I, L, S = 2b

Top Platinum Avg-awesome-2:  –You and Me of the 10,000 Wars (NIS):  C, L, P, S = a1i

Last Platinum Avg-awesome-1:  –Yoke (LwtUoCSO);  C, I, L, N, P = a1i (wow-low register!)

-Sugar Tongue (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, P = a1i

-Tether (SDtBD): C, I, L, P = a1i (Amy belts. it. out!)

-Chickenman (LwUoCSO):  C, I!, L, N!, P = 2a

-Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200):  C, I, L, P = 2a (a cause near to my heart)

-Blood & Fire (ST):  C, L, N, P, S = a1i

Top Platinum Avg-awesome-1:  -1,2,3 (NIS):  C, N, S = 2a

Awesome Elites:

A = Top-Elites

B = Exactly Awesome-Elite

1 = higher part of Awesome B; 2 = lower part of Awesome B

C = Better than your Average Awesome

AWESOME-ELITE

1C (better than your avg awesome) 

Last awesome-1C:  -Money Made You Mean (DOD):  C, I, L, P = 1c

-Shame On You (SDtBD):  C, I, P, U (cajun instrument) =1c2 (different tempo from orig bothers me)

-Second Time Around (PatBB-acoustic):  C, L, P 1C

-The Wonder Song (HHD):  C, L, N, U (country) = 1C

-Make It Easier (SF):  C, I, L, N, P = 1c

-Land of Cannan (SF): C, L, N, S, U (harmonica) = 1c

-Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (SDtBD):  C, L, N, P =1C

-Salty South (SDoBD):  C, I, S = 1c

-Get Out the Map (SDtBD):  C, L, N, P = 1c

-Howl at the Moon (LL):  C, I, L, N, U (tribal) = 1c

-Go (SDtBD):  C, I, L, N, P = 1C

-Shit Kickin (LL):  C, I, L, P, U (choral backing) = 1c

-Scooter Boys (SotS):  C, I (jengling) L, P, U (wail) = 1c

-Shame On You (SotS):  C, L, N, P, S, U (road block trippin’ break-down) = 1c1

-Heartache for Everyone (AtWLI):  C, I, L, S = 1c

-Philosophy of Loss (CoNS):  C, I, L, P, S = 1c

-Last Tears (DOD:  C, L, N, S = 1c

Top awesome 1C:  -Hope Alone (BY):  C, L, N, S =1c

AWESOME-ELITE 

1B (exactly elite)

bottom exactly elite = ii 

Last Awesome-elite-1Bii:  -Fugitive  (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1bii

-Joking (1200):  C, I, (bass @ end) L, N, P, S, U (false ending) = 1bii

-Love of Our Lives (PatBB):  C, L, N, S = 1bii

-Cold Beer & Remote Control (SDtBD):  C, L, N, P = 1

-Money Made You Mean (DOD-live):  C, I (banjo-wow!), L, P = 1bii (don’t like plosives)

-Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200-live @ atwood):  C, L, N, P, U (feat artists, drumming) = 1bii

-Deconstruction (BY):  C, L!, N, S! = 1bii

-Least Complicated (1200):  C, L, N, P, S = 1bii

-Land of Cannan (ST):  C, I, L, S = 1bii

-World Falls (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N!, P = 1bii (sounds just different enough; the singing!)

-Go (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P, U (talking about activism in background, chanting) = 1Bii

-Second Time Around (PatBB):  C, I, L, P, S, U (harmonica?) = 1Bii

-Pushing the Needle Too Far (1200):  C, L, P, S = 1bii

First awesome-elite-1Bii:  -Tangled Up In Blue (1200);  C, I, L, N, P = 1bii (Emily sings her ASS off!)

AWESOME-ELITE 

1B (exactly elite)

top exactly elite = i 

Last awesome-elite-1B-i:  -I Feel the Christmas Spirit (HHD):  C, I, L, N, U (blue grass) = 1bii

-Devotion (SDtBD):  C, L, N = 1bi

-Happy Joyous Hanukkah (HHD):  C, I (BASS!), L, P, U (mandolin?) = 1Bi

-Happy in the Sorrow Key (OLD):  C, I, L, N = 2Bii (ENDING!)

-World Falls (1200-live):  C, L, N, S = 1bi

-Moment of Forgiveness (BY):  C, L, N, S =1bi

-Yoke (BQS):  C, I, L, P, S = 1bi

-Become You (SDtBD);  C, L, P, S, U (accordian?) = 1bi

-Chickenman (1200):  C, I, L, N, P, U (harmonica= 1bi (best version?

-Hammer and a Nail (NIS):  C, L, N, P, S! = 1bi

-Yield (BY):  C, I, L, N, S = 1bi

-Moment of Forgiveness (SDtBD):  C, L, N, S = 1bi

-Kid Fears (SDtBD):  C, L, S, U (feat Shreena Mead sounds good) = 1bi

Top Awesome-Elite-1-B-i:  -Galileo (1200):  C, L, P, S = 1bi

IG AWESOME-ELITE 1

 1A top of the top 

Last awesome-elite-1A:  -Compromise (LwUoCSO):  C, I, N = 1a

-Become You (BY):  C, I, L, P, S = 1a

-Second Time Around (SDtBD):  C, I, L, P, S, U (live = more emotional) 1A

-Prince of Darkness (ST):  C, L, N, P, S =1a

-Pushing the Needle Too Far (NIS):  C, L, P, S = 1a

-Closer to Fine (ST);  C, L, N, S = 1a (I felt like I was somehow betraying these staple-favorites ranking any song higher)

-Kid Fears (ST):  C, L, N, S, U (feat Michael Stipe) =1a

-Fill It Up Again (AtWLI);  C, L, N, S = 1a

-Galileo (RoP):  C, L, P, S = 1a (same with this old friend-felt guilt out-ranking it)

-The Rise of the Black Messiah (OLD):  C, I, L, N, P, U (strong & haunting) =1a

-Go (LwUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = 1A (Amy belts it out!)

-Watershed (NIS):  C, L, N, S(!) = 1a

-Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (SDtBD): C, L, N (harmonies), S, U (Brandi!) = 1a (this song makes me super-enthusiastic!)

***Very top of all IG songs:  -Closer to Fine (1200):  C, L, N, S(!), U (pennywhistle?) = 1a (b/c you can hear how important/popular this song is w/the crowd = pure joy & a lesbian initiation)

Taylor Swift Album & Song Ranking Procedure (science behind the catalogue ranked last to first)

10 Mar

This is the result of ranking each album by song. What I mean is I ranked each song on the album awesome, good, OK, meh, or skip. The ranking is what I like! It’s not technical, it’s not based on song complexity or singing–just my opinion. But my consistent opinion. I listened and checked each of these lists until my opinion didn’t change, and the songs were locked into their ranking. For the album ranking, I counted up the number of songs in each group. The albums with the highest amount of awesome songs were ranked the highest.                 

awesome       good to ok             meh              skip

1989                      7                     5                           4                    0

speak now            7                      5                           4                    1

red                        5                      13                         0                    0

folklore                  6                      9                            1                   1

Evermore 6 8 0 1

reputation            5                       8                           2                   0

fearless                  5                       8                         4                   1

self-titled               5                       6                           3                    1

lover                       4                       7                           4                   3

P.S. I think the above chart might have changed a little after I ranked each individual song. I’ll have to update it after the catalogue ranking is posted.

Then I took it further. I wanted to rank every song in Taylor’s catalogue (album songs only). I started with the awesome, good, OK, meh, skip playlists from the album ranking, then narrowed those groups into smaller groups.

For example, I took the awesome list and ranked those songs into 3 groups within awesome: Elite, exactly awesome, and almost good.

I did this with all 5 of the original playlists.

At the same time, I marked the song characteristics.

(C)atchy

(D)etailed story

(G)aylor references

(I)nstrumentals

(L)yrical complexity

very high/low (N)otes

(P)roduction stands out in a good way

(S)entimental

Some of the lists were still overwhelmingly large, so I split them in half

like top of the elite-awesomes and bottom of elite-awesomes.

There’s more. Once the lists were manageable, I tried to put the songs in order on each list. This required a lot of listens. I would put the songs on each different group in order, then listen to each different section to make sure the list was accurate. If there was any changes on a section (at least one song moved), I’d mark the list to double-check.

I listened from the bottom to the top, each different group from skip all the way up to awesome, marking any sections with song changes.

If there was a change I would listen to that section again later. I listened over and over until no songs needed to be moved.

Well, I finally finished today! After the holiday music, I started this project so it’s been a long time coming. As soon as I format the lists, I’ll post it up. Hope you enjoy!

Taylor Swift: AWESOMEs (not final)

7 Mar

1 = awesome elite
2 = awesome solid
3 = awesome better than good
a = top of list
b = bottom of list

Awesome-1 ELITE
a = top of list
Don’t Blame Me (6): C, G, L, N, P = 1a
I Did Something Bad (6): C, N, P = 1a
I Know Places (5): C, G, L, N, P = 1a
Look What You Made Me Do (6): C, P = 1a
Lover (7): C, G, L, S = 1a
Mean (3): C, L, S =1a
Picture to Burn (1): C, I, S = 1a
…Ready for It? (6); C, G, N, P = 1a (sexy sounds)
Shake It Off (5): C, N = 1a (not much substance, but catchiest of ever!)
Shoulda Said No (1): C, I, N, S = 1a
The Story of Us (3): C, I, S = 1a
Style (5): C, G, I, L, N, P = 1a
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (4): C, I, P = 1a
You’re Not Sorry (2): C, N, S = 1a

Awesome-1 ELITE
b= bottom of list
Better Than Revenge (3): C, D, I, N, S = 1B
Dancing with Our Hands Tied (6): C, G, L, N, P = 1b
Enchanted (3): C, D, I, N, S = 1b
Exile (8): C, G, I, L, N = 1b
Long Story Short (9): C, G, L, P = 1b
Love Story (2): C, D, I, N = 1a
Love Story (2-TV): C, D, I, N = 1a (same except staccato reme-o & fa-ding
Marjorie (9); C, G, L, P, S = 1b (I love the sentiment more than the song)

Awesome-2 SOLID AWESOME
a = top of list
Back to December (3): C, D, S = 2a
Blank Space (5): C, G, L, N = 2a
Dear John (3); C, D, L, N = 2a
I Knew You Were Trouble (4); C, N, P = 2a
Invisible String (8); C, D, L = 2A
Mad Women (8): C, L, N = 2a
The Man (7): C, G, L = 2a
my tears riccochet (8): D, L, P = 2a
No Body, No Crime (9): C, D, L (pronoun/subject) = 2a
Out of the Woods (5): D (bridge), G, L = 2a
Speak Now (3); C, D, N, S = 2a
You Need to Calm Down (7): C, G, S = 2a

Awesome-2 SOLID AWESOME
b = bottom of list
The 1 (8): C, D, G, L = 2b
Closure (9); C, G, L, P = 2b
Girl at Home (4): C, N = 2b
I Forgot that You Existed (7); C = 2b
Ivy (9); C, G, L = 2b
Our Song (1): C, D, I =2b
Paper Rings (7): C, D, G, P = 2b
Wonderland (5); C, G, L, N, P = 2b
You Belong w/Me (2); C, D, I, N, S = 2b

Awesome- 3 BETTER THAN GOOD
All You had to do was Stay (5): C, N = 3
Bad Blood (6): C, N = 3
Evermore (9): C, L, N = 3
The Moment I Knew (4): D, N = 3
Ours (3); C, L, N = 3
Stay, Stay, Stay (4): C, D, S = 3

Indigo Girls: AWESOMEs (not final)

6 Mar

1= elite awesome
1a top ever songs
1b = exactly elite
1c = better than your avg awesome
2= solid awesome
2a = top of list
2b = bottom of list
3 = better than good
3a = top of list
3b = bottom of list

IG AWESOME-ELITE 1
1A top of the top

Become You (BY): C, I, L, P, S = 1a
Closer to Fine (ST); C, L, N, S = 1a
Closer to Fine (1200): C, L, N, S, U (pennywhistle?) = 1a
Compromise (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1a
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (SDtBD): C, L, N (harmonies), S, U (Brandi!) = 1a
Fill It Up Again (AtWLI); C, L, N, S = 1a
Galileo (RoP): C, L, P, S = 1a
Go (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = 1A
Kid Fears (ST): C, L, N, S, U (feat Michael Stipe) =1a
Prince of Darkness (ST): C, L, N, P, S =1a
Pushing the Needle Too Far (NIS): C, L, P, S = 1a
The Rise of the Black Messiah (OLD): C, I, L, N, P, U (haunting) =1a
Second Time Around (SDtBD): C, I, L, P, S, U (live = more emotional) 1A
Watershed (NIS): C, L, N, S = 1a

AWESOME-ELITE
1B (exactly elite)

Become You (SDtBD); C, L, P, S, U (accordian?) = 1b
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200-live @ atwood): C, L, N, P, U (feat artists, drumming) = 1b
Chickenman (1200): C, I, L, N, P, U (harmonica?) = 1b
Cold Beer & Remote Control (SDtBD): C, L, N, P = 1b
Deconstruction (BY): C, L, N, S = 1b
Devotion (SDtBD): C, L, N = 1b
Fugitive (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1b
Galileo (1200): C, L, P, S = 1b
Go (CoNS): C, I, L, N, P, U (talking about activism in background, chanting) = 1B
Hammer and a Nail (NIS): C, L, N, P, S = 1b
Happy in the Sorrow Key (OLD): C, I, L, N = 2B (ENDING!)
Happy Joyous Hanukkah (HHD): C, I (BASS!), L, P, U (mandolin?) = 1B
I Feel the Christmas Spirit (HHD): C, I, L, N, U (blue grass) = 1b
Joking (1200): C, I, (bass @ end) L, N, P, S, U (false ending) = 1b
Kid Fears (SDtBD): C, L, S, U (feat Shreena Mead sounds good) = 1b
Land of Cannan (ST): C, I, L, S = 1b
Least Complicated (1200): C, L, N, P, S = 1b
Love of Our Lives (PatBB): C, L, N, S = 1b
Moment of Forgiveness (BY): C, L, N, S =1b
Moment of Forgiveness (SDtBD): C, L, N, S = 1b
Money Made You Mean (DOD-live): C, I (banjo-wow!), L, P = 1b (don’t like plosives)
Pushing the Needle Too Far (1200): C, L, P, S = 1b
Second Time Around (PatBB): C, I, L, P, S, U (harmonica?) = 1B
Tangled Up In Blue (1200); C, I, L, N, P = 1b
World Falls (1200-live): C, L, N, S = 1b
World Falls (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = 1b
Yield (BY): C, I, L, N, S = 1b
Yoke (BQS): C, I, L, P, S = 1b

AWESOME-ELITE
1C (better than your avg awesome)

Get Out the Map (SDtBD): C, L, N, P = 1c
Go (SDtBD): C, I, L, N, P = 1C
Heartache for Everyone (AtWLI): C, I, L, S = 1c
Hope Alone (BY): C, L, N, S =1c
Howl at the Moon (LL): C, I, L, N, U (tribal) = 1c
Land of Cannan (SF): C, L, N, S, U (harmonica) = 1c
Last Tears (DOD: C, L, N, S = 1c
Little Perennials (DOD): C, L = 1C
Make It Easier (SF): C, I, L, N, P = 1c
Money Made You Mean (DOD): C, I, L, P = 1c
Philosophy of Loss (CoNS): C, I, L, P, S = 1c
Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (SDtBD): C, L, N, P =1C
Salty South (SDoBD): C, I, S = 1c
Scooter Boys (SotS): C, L, P, U (wail) = 1c
Second Time Around (PatBB-acoustic): C, L, P 1C
Shame On You (SotS): C, L, N, P, S, U (road block trippin’ break-down) = 1c1
Shame On You (SDtBD): C, I, P, U (cajin instrument) =1c2
Shit Kickin (LL): C, I, L, P, U (choral backing) = 1c
The Wonder Song (HHD): C, L, N, U (country) = 1C

AWESOME-SOLID
2A

1,2,3 (NIS): C, N, S = 2a
All the Way(DOD): C, L, S = 2a
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200): C, I, L, P = 2a
Chickenman (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = 2a
Cold Beer & Remote Control (CoNS): C, L, P, S = 2a
Driver Education (PatBB): C, L, S = 2a
Fill It Up Again (SDtBD); C, L, S = 2a
Joking (RoP): C, L, P, S, U (false ending) = 2a
Least Complicated (SO): C, L, N, P, S = 2a
Sugar Tongue (SDtBD); C, N = 2a

AWESOME-SOLID
2B

Chickenman (RoP): C, L, P, U (harmonica?) = 2b
Dairy Queen (AtWLI): C, I, S = 2b
Faye Tucker (CoNS): C, L, N, P, U (laugh, chanting) = 2b
Get Out the Map (SotS): C, L, N, P, U (banjo?) = 2b
Hand Me Downs (NIS): C, I, L, S = 2b
Heartache for Everyone (SDtBD): C, L = 2b
I Believe in Love (DOD): C, L, S = 2b
I Don’t Wanna Know (SF): C, I, N, U (harmonica?) = 2b
I’ll Change (PatBB): C, L, S = 2b
It’s Alright (SotS): C, L, P, S = 2b
Learned It On Me (OLD): C, L, N (harmonies) = 2b
Olympia Inn (OLD): C, P = 2B
Run (DOD): C = 2b
This Train Revised (1200-live): C, I, N = 2b
Touch Me Fall (SO): I (really rocks at end) = 2b

AWESOME-BETTER THAN GOOD
3

Favorite Flavor (LL): C, L = 3
Love’s Recovery (ST): C, L, N, S = (don’t like Emily’s deep singing) = 3

Taylor Swift GOODs (not final)

5 Mar

a= almost awesome
b= exactly good
c= almost OK
1 = top of category
2 = bottom of category

a= almost awesome
1 = top of category

Cruel Summer (7): C, G, L, N = A1b
Cowboy Like Me (9): C, D, G, I, L = A1
Death by a Thousand Cuts (7): C, D, G, L, = A1b
Dress (6): C, G, L = A1 (SEXY)
Getaway Car (6): C, D, G, P = A1
Gold Rush (9): C, G, L = A1b
Haunted (3): C, I (!), N, P = A1a
Haunted-acoustic (3): C, I, N, P = A1
Mine (3): C, D, I, N = A1
New Year’s Day (6): C, D, I, N =A1
Red (4): C, I, L, P = A1
Teardrops On My Guitar-POP (1): C, I, L, N = A1
Teardrops On My Guitar-RADIO (1): C, I, L, N = A1
tolerate it (9): G, I, L = A1
willow (9): C, G, L, N = A1

a= almost awesome
2 = bottom of category

Betty (8): C, D, I, G, L = A2a
Champagne Problems (9): C (bridge), D, G, L = A2a
Clean (5): C, G, L, P = A2
Delicate (6): C, D, G, L, P = A2
Me! (7): C, G, I, N = A2
Mine-pop (3): D, I, N = A2
So It Goes…(6): C, G, P, L, N = A2
This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (6): a2
Tim McGraw (1): C, D, G, I, N = A2
Welcome to New York (5): C, D, G, N, P = A2
Wildest Dreams (5): C, N, S = A2

The story and detailed writing really puts many of these this high on the list.

b= exactly good
1 = top of category

Afterglow (7): C, P = B1
Come Back…Be Here (4): C, N = B1
Daylight (7): C, G, L, N = b1
Everything has Changed (4); C, N = B1
Fifteen (2): C, D, I = B1
Forever & Always-piano (2): C, I, N = B1
Holy Ground (4): C, D, G, L = B1
I’m Only Me When I’m w/You (1): C, I(!) = b1
The Lucky One (4): C, D, N, = B1
P Mirrorball (8): C, G, L = B1
This is Me Trying (8): C, I, L(!) = B1
Treacherous (4): C, G(!), L =B1

b= exactly good
2 = bottom of category

Cardigan (8): C, D, G, L = B2
How You Get the Girl (5): C, D, G = B2
If this was a Movie (3): C, D, I, N = B2
The Last Great American Dynasty (8): C, D = B2
Never Grow Up (3): C, D, I, N = B2 (problematic sentiment)
Red-demo (4): C = B2
Stay Beautiful (1): C, I, N = B2
’tis the damn Season (9): C, D, L, B2
Treacherous-demo (4): C, G(!), L = B2
White Horse (2): D, I, N = B2
You are in Love (5): C, N = B2

All of these are so catchy!

c= almost OK
1 = top of category

22 (4): C = c1
All Too Well (4): D, I, L, N = C1 (almost a powwow beat)
Come in w/the Rain (2): C, I = C1
Sparks Fly (3); C, I = C1
Starlight (4); C, I = C1
Untouchable (2): C, I, N = C1

c= almost OK
2 = bottom of category

Begin Again (4): D, I, L = C2
Cold as You (1): I, N = C2
Hey Stephen (2): C, D = C2
The Last Time (4): C, I = C2 (weird collaboration)
State of Grace-acoustic (4): C, L = C2
Tied Together w/a Smile (1): C, D, I, N = C2

Indigo Girls: GOODs (not final)

4 Mar

ig good
a= almost awesome
b= exactly good
c= almost OK
1 = top of category
2 = bottom of category
i = top of almost awesome
ii = bottom of almost awesome

The groups were too big so I had to narrow them down to a, b, and c almost awesome, exactly good, and almost OK respectively.  Than those groups were too big so I did 1 as top of their category and 2 as the lower part.  And still, some of those groups were too large so I split those into top and bottom (i and ii). 

 

a= almost awesome
1 = top of category
Philosophy of Loss (CoNS): a1 ugh–this song.  It’s a secret song only.  And the song it’s attached to is on a different ranking list, so it’s always harder to rank…  I did it after I published this post.

a= almost awesome
1 = top of category
i = top of almost awesome
Beauty Queen Sister (BQS): a1i
Believe in Love (SDtBD): a1i
Blood & Fire (ST): a1i
Burn All the Letters (SotS): a1i
Center Stage (ST): a1i (ending)
Collecting You (BY): a1i
Fugative (SDtBD): a1i
I Don’t Wanna Know (1200); a1i
Kid Fears (LwtUoCSO): a1i
Land of Cannan-radio single (ST): a1i
Last Tears-acoustic (DOD): a1i
Love of Our Lives (LwtUoCSO): a1i
Midnight Train to Georgia (1200): a1i
O Holy Night (HHD): a1i (high difficulty notes)
Our Deliverance (BY); a1i
Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (DOD): a1i
Sugar Tongue (LwtUoCSO): a1i
Tether (SDtBD): a1i
You and Me of the 10,000 Wars (NIS): a1i
Yoke (LwtUoCSO); a1i

a= almost awesome
1 = top of category
ii = bottom of almost awesome
Airplane (RoP): a1ii
Angels We Have Heard On High (HHD): a1ii
Closer to Fine (SDtBD): a1ii
Cut it OUt (SotS): a1ii
Damo (LwtUoCSO): a1ii
Faye Tucker (CoNS): a1ii
Fugative (SO) = a1ii
Happy in the Sorrow Key (LwtUoCSO): a1ii
Lay My Head Down (DOD); a1ii
Little Perennials-live (DOD): a1ii
Secure Yourself (ST): a1ii
Three County Highway-live (DOD): a1ii
Tried to be True (ST); a1ii
World Falls (NIS): a1ii
You’ve Got to Show (BY): a1ii

a= almost awesome
2 = bottom of category
Able to Sing (LwtUoCSO): a2
Crazy Game (SF): a2
Free in You (AtWLI): A2
Damo (BQS): a2
Galileo (LwtUoCSO): a2 (good, but I like original better)
Gone Again (CoNS): a2
Leeds (SotS): a2
Let it be Me (RoP): a2
Love of Our Lives-acoustic (PatBB): a2 (stronger singing)
Making Promises (BQS); a2
Pendulum Swinger (DOD): a2
Romeo and Juliet (RoP); a2
Shed Your Skin (SofS): a2
Southland in the Springtime (NIS): a2
Starkville (BY); a2
Strange Fire (SF): a2
Sugar Tongue (PatBB): a2
Tether (AtWLI): a2
They Won’t Have Me (DOD): a2
This Train Revised (SO); a2
Three County Highway (SDtBD): a2
Three Hits (RoP): A2
Trouble (CoNS): a2
Watershed (SDtBD):a2 (5d, live singing = less)
Welcome Me (NIS): a2
What Are You Like (PatBB): A2

A lot of the songs in this section remind me of Seattle ZooTunes.  Whatever year I went it seemed like they played most of these.

b= exactly good
1 = top of category
Change My Heart (LL); b1
Down by the River (1200): b1
Elizabeth (OLD): B1 (DETAILED STORY)
Fleet of Hope-acoustic (PatBB); b1
The Girl w/the Weight of the World in Her Hands (NIS); B1
Jonas and Ezekiel (1200): b1
Jonas and Ezekiel (RoP): b1
K.C. Girl (LL): b1
Keeper of My Heart (NIS): b1
Love of Our Lives (SDtBD): b1
Mariner Moonlighting (BQS): b1
Muster (LL): b1
Ozilline (CoNS): b1
Ozilline (SDtBD): b1
Reunion (SO): b1
Run (DOD): b1
True Romantic (PatBB): b1
What Are You Like-acoustic (PatBB): B1
The Wood Song (SDtBD): b1
Woodsong (LwtUoCSO): b1
Your Holiday Song (HHD); b1

b= exactly good
2 = bottom of category
Come a Long Way (LwtUoCSO): b2 (ending!)
Dead Man’s Hill (SO): B2
Digging for Your Dream (PatBB) = b2
Fly Away (SDtBD): b2
Get Together (SF) = b2
Ghost of the Gang-acoustic (PatBB): b2
I’ll Change-acoustic (PatBB): b2
Nashville (RoP): b2
Peace Tonight (CoNS): b2
Perfect World (AtWLI): b2
Sorrow and Joy (LL); b2 (WTF is this song about?)
Southern California is Your Girlffriend (OLD): b2
True Romantic-acoustic (PatBB): b2
War Rugs (LwtUoCSO): b2
We are Together (CoNS): b2
Wild Horses (SDtBD); b2
The Wood Song (SO): b2

c= almost OK
1 = top of category
Come a Long Way (OLD): c1
Digging for Your Dream (SDtBD): C1
Dirt and Dead Ends (DOD): C1 (BLEAK)
Feel this WAy Again (LL): c1
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD): c1
It Really is (A Wonderful Life) (HHD): c1
Love Will Come to You (RoP); c1
Salty South-acoustic (PatBB): c1
Something Real (AtWLI): c1
Spread the Pain Around (OLD): c1
Walk Away (SF): c1

I suspect these songs are ranked relatively low bc they’re a bummer.  They all have serious, heavy (very important) topics, but the bleakness just gets to me.  In all this ranking, I learned I prefer upbeat and fast songs.

c= almost OK
2 = bottom of category
Alberta (OLD): c2
Back Together Again (1200): c2
Country RAdio (LL): c2
Everybody’s Waiting for Someone to Come Home (SF): c2
Ghost (RoP); c2
Gone (BQS): c2
Love’s Recovery (1200): c2 (too much brass)
Thin Line (1200): c2

Ironically, Spotify and Lastfm will probably say I listened to this section most.  But only bc I’d either tune out, or it wasn’t clear where they should be ranked on the list…

Indigo Girls: SKIPS

25 Feb

I’m ranking the entire catalogue, which is a big project.  But I thought I would start releasing the rankings in pieces.  Here are the few songs from the Indigo Girls I don’t care for.

Skip

-Sister (CoNS):  C, L

This version is after the Faye Tucker track as a short interlude before the secret song, Philosophy of Loss.  I usually like the song, but this one is too short and too quiet.  Note–don’t have secret songs anymore.  And now that there’s streaming, release the secret songs as their own track.  It’s been hell trying to rank Philosophy… when it’s tied to another song.  I think it’s the only track in their entire catalog that was never re-released on another album, put on a live album, or it’s own song.  This needs to change.

Skip-Boring

-Feed & Water the Horses (BQS):

-Birthday (BQS):  N

Emily was too happy and content when she was writing for Beauty Queen Sister, and as a result her songs are bland vanilla.

Skip-dislike

-Left Me a Fool (SF):  L

-History of Us (ST):  L, N

-Fare Thee Well (SO):

There are very few IG songs I genuinely dislike (pretty much these 3) and it’s mostly bc of the singing style. It may be the proper way to sing, but it isn’t my thing.

Taylor Swift Album Ranking Based On Song Ranking

24 Feb

1989

50% Awesome; 31.3% Good; 18.8% OK; Meh; Skip out of 16

Speak Now

40% Awesome; 35% Good; 20% OK; Meh; 5% Skip out of 20

Evermore

35.3% Awesome; 35.3% Good; 17.6% OK; 11.8% Meh; Skip out of 17

Reputation

33.3% Awesome; 40% Good; 20% OK; 6.7% Meh; Skip out of 15

folklore

29.4% Awesome; 29.4% Good; 29.4% OK; 5.9% Meh; 5.9% Skip out of 17

Lover

27.8% Awesome; 27.8% Good; 27.8% OK; 11.1% Meh; 5.6% Skip out of 18

Red

20.8% Awesome; 58.3% Good; 8.3% OK; 4.2% Meh; Skip out of 24

self-titled

20% Awesome; 46.7% Good; 20% OK; 13.3% Meh; Skip out of 15

Fearless

16.7% Awesome; 33.3% Good; 50% OK; Meh; Skip out of 18

I Ranked All 19 Albums in the Indigo Girls’ Catalogue

4 Feb

And I’m shocked how the list came out!

The Logistics: How I compiled the list

I listened to each album, ranking the songs. Then I listened to something entirely different to cleanse the palate, so to speak. Then I listened to the album a second time to see if the rankings were the same as the first listen (because mood and energy can impact your feeling about music). If the tracks were ranked the same, that’s where they stayed. If there were discrepancies between the first and the second listen, I listened a third time to rank them.

Finally, I counted the number of songs in each ranking category, and made a percentage over the entire album. Highest awesome percent was ranked highest, and lowest awesome percent was last. If there was an equal percent of awesome, I went to the good percent. In one case both awesome and good were tied, so I went to OK to tie break.

I decided to include every new song as 1 album.  Any Acoustic will be considered its own album.  Live tracks and acoustics that don’t make up an entire album might be listed in the ranking, but do not count towards the percentages.

Fanning Out:

Wow! What a catalogue. 19 albums in a 33 year (mainstream) career?! I often wish Indigo Girls were given more mainstream opportunities. But I’m certain that’s not what they want, as they are decidedly anti-establishment. They want fairness and equality, and cow-towing to the big-boys for centered-fame is NOT that. And lack of mainstream accolades does not mean lack of respect. Amy and Emily were instrumental in Lilith Fair–anyone who was there will tell you about the comradery the two fostered. They tour all over the country (I’m not sure about the world) and can command any audience, being the engaging professionals they are–believe me, I was at Seattle Zoo-Tunes, I know. Aside, from being musically talented and inspiring, they work for charity and hustle for many political causes. They are amazing people, not just talented artists (they’re that too, obviously). As you can tell by this ranking, and the last paragraph, I am proud to call myself a lifelong fan of the Indigo Girls, and I can’t wait to see what they do in the future!

19.

Beauty Queen Sister (2011)

(7.7% awesome, 38.5% good, 23.1% OK, 15.4% meh, 15.4% skip out of 13)

18.

poisidan and the bitter bug bonus Acoustic (2009)

(9.1% awesome, 63.6% good, 27.3% OK, meh, skip out of 11)

17.

Swamp Ophelia (1994)

(18.2% awesome, 45.5% good, 27.3% OK, meh, 9.1% skip out of 11)

16.

Live w/U of CO Orchestra (2018)

22.7% Awesome; 50% Good; 18.2% OK; 9.1% Meh; Skip out of 22

15.

Holly Happy Days (2010)

23.1% awesome; 38.5% good; 15.4% 23.1% OK; meh; skip out of 13

14.

All that We Let In (2004)

(27.3% awesome, 36.4% good, 18.2% OK, 18.2% meh, skip out of 11)

13.

Look Long (2020)

(27.3% awesome, 54.5% good, 9.1% OK, 9.1 % meh, skip out of 11)

12.

Come On Now Social

(28.6% awesome, 50% good, 21.4% OK, 7.1% meh, 7.1% skip out of 12 and 14 w/hidden tracks that count)

11.

One Lost DAy (2015)

(30.8% awesome, 38.5% good, 30.8% OK, meh, skip out of 13)

10.

Rites of Passage (1992)

(30.8% awesome, 53.8% good, 15.4% OK, 7.7% meh, skip out of 13 and 15 counting bonus tracks)

9.

Shaming of the Sun (1997)

(33% awesome, 33% good, 33% OK, meh, skip out of 12)

8.

Strange Fire (1987)

(40% awesome, 40% good, 10% OK, meh, 10% skip out of 10 w/1 bonus tracks)

7.

poisidan and the bitter bug [1st disc] (2009)

(40% awesome, 40% good, 20% OK, meh, skip out of 10)

6.

Become You (2002)

(41.7% awesome, 33.4% good, 16.7% OK, 8.3% meh, skip out of 12)

5.

Nomads Indians and Saints (1990)

(45.5% awesome, 54.5% good, OK, meh, skip out of 11 

and an interview and 2 live bonus tracks)

4.

Despite Our Differences (2006)

(46.2% awesome, 46.2% good, 23.1% OK, meh, skip out of 13 and 19 counting deluxe)

3.

1200 Curfews

48.1% Awesome; 25.9% Good; 11.1% OK; 14.8% Meh; Skip out of 27

2.

Staring Down the Brillant Dream (2010)

48.4% awesome; 38.7% good; 12.9% ok; meh; skip out of 31

1.

Self-Titled (2989) 

(50% awesome, 40% good, OK, meh, 10% skip out of 10 and 12 counting deluxe)