I decided to go see which songs I've most recently bought from iTunes. But I will begin with a brain-munchingly bad, synapse-consumingly addictive, cornballishly horrific tune I wallow in every year at this time of year, composed in 1948 and still all over the airwaves (and I own the whole album it comes from):
1. Sleigh Ride, by Leroy Anderson. Go on, admit it. You're crazy about it! I am. Sweet as candy canes.I'm supposed to tag seven more people. I should think after this kind of abuse, you'd thank me if I didn't tag you. Tag yourself. You're It!
2. Comfortably Numb, by Pink Floyd. This had something to do with a televised benefit concert, where the reunited group's performance was talked over by show commentators, essentially blanking them out. I had to buy the song to listen to it in its entirety.
3. Time Warp, from Rocky Horror Picture Show. I don't know why. Forgive me. Well, actually, I didn't buy it; I just downloaded a snippet.
4. It's My Life, by Talk Talk. Because it bothered me that No Doubt and its big fat ego, Gwen Stefani, did a lousy cover of that song when such a good original already exists. So I bought the original.
5. Life's Been Good, by The Eagles. C'mon. They did a concert I watched on TV. That song's a hoot. I love to air-guitar along with it.
6. (I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass, by Nick Lowe. Um, I've been in an 80's mood. Because of song number 4. I will not confess to buying anything by A Flock of Seagulls, even if I have. I'm just sayin'.
7. Oh, very well, then. Hungry Like the Wolf, by Duran Duran. Just take me out back and flay me. Thank goodness this list ends at number seven.
8. But it's torture time! Jingle Bell Rock, by Bobby Helms (1957), not by Hillary Duff (2002).
9. Oh, heck, one more. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, by Brenda Lee (1960).
10. Update: There's another seasonal composition I absolutely love, and depending on your source of music-listening (malls, elevators, radio), you may not be getting enough of this one. The Troika Song from the Lieutenant Kije Suite, by Sergei Prokofiev. I like it so much I just went and bought it at iTunes. OK, that makes it an even ten.