iPod Check: Playing Favorites

It’s been a long time since we’ve done one of these!

I think that the strongest feature of the iPod is the ability to create playlists.  I currently have over 16,000 songs, so playing it on pure shuffle is interesting but not likely to result in hearing a string of my favorite songs.

I have dozens of playlists, but the one that I visit the most is called “Repeat.” It’s an ever-shifting playlist of songs that I don’t tire of.  Currently, there are 131 songs on the list.

I’m sharing the first ten that play on shuffle from the list. Share your favorite playlist and ten of its tracks in the comments!

Ten Tracks from “Repeat”:

  • Miranda Lambert, “Kerosene”
  • Nickel Creek, “Helena”
  • Roxette, “Spending My Time”
  • Pam Tillis, “When You Walk in the Room”
  • John Conlee, “Rose Colored Glasses”
  • Madonna, “Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You”
  • Clint Black, “Burn One Down”
  • Dixie Chicks, “Bitter End”
  • Patty Loveless, “Keep Your Distance”
  • Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time”


  1. From my playlist called, oddly enough, “Favorites”

    George Strait – “Drinking Champagne”
    George Strait – “You’ll Be There”
    Terri Clark – “Three Mississippi”
    Garth Brooks – “If Tomorrow Never Comes”
    Dierks Bentley – “Every Mile A Memory”
    Johnny Cash – “Sunday Morning Coming Down”
    Shooter Jennings – “Walk of Life”
    Alabama – “Reckless”
    Trisha Yearwood – “How Do I Live”
    The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”

  2. I have a small playlist called “Recently discovered favorites”, which contains songs either completely new to my library or songs I didn’t discover I loved before, well, recently.

    First ten cuts:

    1. Going Out Tonight – Mary Chapin Carpenter
    2. Notes To The Coroner – Chely Wright
    3. By Her Side – Mindy McCready
    4. Heaven’s Just A Sin Away – John Fogerty
    5. I Say A Little Prayer – Dionne Warwick & Reba
    6. Creepin’ In – Norah Jones & Dolly Parton
    7. Lead The Way – Mariah Carey
    8. I Love New York – Madonna
    9. I’m Home – Jo Dee Messina
    10. Mirror – Monica

  3. Mine is just called “Favorites,” too.

    1) Trisha Yearwood, “Everybody Knows”
    2) Led Zeppelin, “Rock and Roll”
    3) Allison Moorer, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”
    4) Rodney Crowell, “After All This Time”
    5) ABBA, “When I Kissed the Teacher”
    6) Aerosmith, “Sick as a Dog”
    7) Mama Cass, “Make Your Own Kind of Music”
    8) Garth Brooks, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”
    9) Bruce Robison, “Angry All the Time”
    10) Hank Williams, “Lovesick Blues”

  4. I’ve tried making playlists before, but I just can’t do it… its too hard for me xD So this is the first 10 from all the music I own:

    1) Bucky Covington, “Carolina Blue”
    2) Martina McBride, “Wrong Again”
    3) Rascal Flatts, “Cool Thing”
    4) Reba McEntire, “Over You”
    5) Dixie Chicks, “Silent House”
    6) Lady Antebellum, “One Day You Will”
    7) Sugarland, “Time, Time, Time”
    8) Lady Antebellum, “Slow Down Sister”
    9) Martina McBride, “Wild Angels”
    10) Britney Spears, “The Beat Goes On”

  5. I have a playlist called “country favorites” which is stupid because 97% of the songs on my iPod are country so yea its pointless lol but here we go…

    1) If You’re Thinking You Want a Stranger (There’s one Coming Home) – George Strait
    2) That’s Where It Is – Carrie Underwood
    3) Every Time I See You – Luke Bryan
    4) Bramble and the Rose – Patty Loveless
    5) Long Trip Alone – Dierks Bentley
    6) Can’t Fight the Moonlight – Leann Rimes
    7) Outside My Window – Sarah Buxton
    8) Heaven, Heartache and The Power of Love – Trisha Yearwood
    9) Raining On Sunday – Keith Urban
    10) Hello World – Lady Antebellum

  6. I have a playlist called ‘Most played’, which is every song played more than X times in iTunes (it’s currently 10, but I change this as time goes on to manage the size of it, and that have three or more stars.

    Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
    Taylor Swift – Love Story
    Carrie Underwood – Change
    Chanee & N’Evergreen – In A Moment Like This
    Miranda Lambert – New Strings
    Miranda Lambert – Love Song
    Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
    Martina McBride – I Just Call You Mine
    Gisela – Casanova
    Ashton Shepherd – Sounds So Good

  7. Playlist: “Good, but . . .”


    Saint Teresa – Joan Osborne
    Pretty Little Adriana – Vince Gill
    Suspicious Minds – Elvis
    The Only Living Boy in New York – Everything But the Girl
    New Favorite – Alison Krauss and Union Station
    Kay – John Wesley Ryles
    Let Goodbye Hurt – Suzy Bogguss
    In Memory of a Memory – Johnny Paycheck
    The Great Beyond – REM
    Heaven Ain’t Ready For You Yet – Emmylou Harris

  8. My top ten are ever-changing, as most are. But currently they are:

    The Ballad of Love and Hate – Avett Brothers
    Courage – Glen Phillips
    Betrayal – Fiction Family
    Big Sam Thompson – Chris Thile
    Always Have My Love – Works Progress Administration
    I Go To Sleep – Works Progress Administration
    Killed Myself When I Was Young – A. A. Bondy
    More Like Her – Miranda Lambert
    I’ll Believe You When – Matchbox 20
    Murder In The City – Avett Brothers

  9. I don’t have a Favorites Playlist, because I’m addicted to pure shuffle, but I will skip songs that I don’t want to listen to. In iTunes, it won’t count the song in the playcount unless it’s played the entire way through. So, here’s the first ten of my top 25 most played songs in shuffle. These are ten songs that I do not skip when they come up.

    Steve Earle & Stacie Earle, “When I Fall”
    Patty Loveless, “Workin’ on a Building”
    Lee Ann Womack, “Lord, I Hope this Day is Good”
    Vince Gill, “Some Things Never Get Old”
    Bill Chambers, “Big Ass Garage Sale”
    Steve Martin, Vince Gill & Dolly Parton, “Pretty Flowers”
    Sweethearts of the Rodeo, “The Inn At Innisfree”
    Be Good Tanyas, “Don’t You Fall”
    Big & Rich, “Live this Life”
    Snoop Dog, “My Medicine”

  10. I also don’t have a favorites play list. These are some of the songs that I’ve been playing the last few days:

    The Marcels – Heartaches
    Patsy Cline – Heartaches
    Radney Foster – Half of My Mistakes
    Delbert McClinton – People Just Love to Talk
    Terri Clark with Johnny Reid – You Tell Me
    Zac Brown Band – It’s Not OK
    The Ink Spots – Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat
    John Denver – Matthew
    Chad Mitchell Trio – The John Birch Society
    Montgomery Gentry – Speed

  11. I am with Leeann – I tried to make playlists but I just go with pure shuffle but do end up skipping songs that I am just not in the mood for —

    Mama Dont Cry – Julie Roberts
    Just Like Her – Tracy Lawrence
    Good Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings
    The Storm – Garth Brooks
    Welcome to the Family – LBT
    Muddy Water – Sarah Johns
    Its the Song – Chely Wright
    Time, Time, Time – Sugarland
    Back of the Bottom Drawer – Chely Wright
    No Place for Me – Willie Nelson

  12. I love every song i put into my iPod,,,,here’s what it got when shuffled

    1. All My days- ALEXI MURDOCH

    2. I Don’t Wanna Know- PETER WOLF

    3. If Teardrops Were Pennies- CARL SMITH

    4. Frantic Static- UNDERCOVER GRASSHOPPERs (Filipino Roots Rock Band)

    5. COwboys and Angels- GARTH BROOKS

    6. I Raised My Cup To Him- ANAIS MITCHELL ft Ani DiFranco

    7. Pillar of Fire- ANDREW PETERSON

    8. The Buck Starts Here- ROBBIE FULKS

    9. Lead Me To The Cross- HILLSONG UNITED

    10. Lonesome Lovesick Man- JOEY ALLCORN

  13. KAY by John Wesley Ryles. Now there’s a song I never thought I’d see on any anybody’s iPod list (or if I did see it, it would be Daryle Singletary’s remake from 35 years later).

    Released in 1968 it was a bigger pop hit than a country hit (and it charted in Great Britain in 1969). I always thought it was a great song – fortunately my Kay (my wife of nearly 35 years) is nothing like the title character of this song !

    I don’t own an iPod – if I did it would be full of Haggard,Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow,Connie Smith etc with the occasional Brad Paisley

  14. Hey, I don’t know if any of you are into song history like I am.. but
    I found the original writer demo of “American Honey” and i love it!
    Its so cool to hear the songwriter sing it and to hear how the song
    originated. I think this company is starting to do that more, but
    “American Honey” is definitely the biggest song they’ve got so far.
    Check it out here: https://missinginkshop.com/majorbobmusic/store

  15. mine?

    I May Hate Myself in the Morning – LeeAnn Womack
    Fifteen – Taylor Swift
    You’ll Think of Me – Keith Urban
    Blue Sky – Emily West
    She’s the One – Robbie Williams
    Whiskey Lullaby – Brad Paisley
    This is Me You’re Talking to – Trisha Yearwood
    Welcome to the Future – Brad Paisley
    Pray for You – Jaron
    Famous in a Small Town – Miranda Lambert

  16. A little late, but….

    (From favorites)

    01. Keith Urban- “You Gonna Fly”

    02. Taylor Swift- “You Belong With Me”

    03. Thompson Square- “If I Didn’t Have You”

    04. Zac Brown Band- “Colder Weather”

    05. Dierks Bentley- “Am I The Only One”

    06. Taylor Swift- “Back To December (Acoustic)”

    07. Jessica Andrews- “Who I Am”

    08. Jason Aldean- “This Nothin’ Town”

    09. Dean Brody- “Canadian Girls”

    10. Shane Yellowbird- “I Remember The Music”

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