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This is an idea I had after Dave derogatorily and rightly used the expression music by numbers for pop-tart Jessica Simpson. I like the expression and though it'd be even nicer if it could be used in a positive way. So I thought making a compilation CD with number-related songs might be interesting.

Sifting through my iTunes Library I came up with 77 songs that have numbers in their titles, certain numbers accumulating many songs for themselves. This would be a starting point for such a CD and many hard choices remain to be made in trimming things down to CD lengths.

One
  • One – Johnny Cash
  • One Note – Ikara Colt
  • Obstacle 1 – Interpol
  • One Of Three – James
Two
  • Transmission 2 – DJ Shadow
  • 2/4 – Clinic
  • D.2. Boyfriend – The Moldy Peaches
  • Song 2 – Blur
  • The 2 Of Us – Suede
  • 2+2=5 – Radiohead
  • La Vie A 2 – Manu Chao
  • 2nd Foot Stomp – Clinic
  • Divided By Two – Joie/Dead Blonde Girlfriend
  • Dirty Dream Number Two – Belle and Sebastian
  • Zwei Sekunden – Spillsbury
Three
  • 3 Speed – Eels
  • 3am Eternal – KLF
  • The Big Three Killed My Baby – The White Stripes
  • Drei Schritte vom Abgrund entfernt – Tocotronic
  • Sunday 3.52 – Aerogramme
Four
  • Gak 4 – Gak
  • Wir tanzen im 4-Eck – Stereo Total
  • 0-4 – The Notwist
  • 4 st, 7 lbs – Manic Street Preachers
  • Four Skinny Indie Kids – Half Man Half Biscuit
  • Friend Is A Four Letter Word – Cake
  • Alle Vier Minuten – Element Of Crime
  • Kurz vor vier – Spillsbury
  • Vier Geschichten von Dir – Tocotronic
  • Viertel Nach Vier – Angelika Express
Five
  • 5-4 = Unity – Pavement
  • Five Years – David Bowie
  • Five-O – James
  • 5 AM – Kenickie
  • High 5 (Rock The Catskills) – Beck
  • Take The Fifth – Spoon
Six
  • 6am Jullandar Shere – Cornershop
  • Six Barrel Shotgun – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Seven
  • 7 Tag 7 Nächte – Sportfreunde Stiller
  • Day 7 – The Notwist
  • Nationale 7 – Stereo Total
  • Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Eight
  • Eight Line Poem – David Bowie
  • Eight flew over, one was destroyed – Mew
Nine
  • Lucky Number Nine – The Moldy Peaches
Ten
  • Ten Years Gone – Led Zeppelin
  • Die 10 Uhr Show – Tocotronic
  • 10:1 – Sportfreunde Stiller
  • Ten Places To Die – Six By Seven
Twelve
  • 12 – The Notwist
  • 12:51 – The Strokes
Large Numbers
  • No. 13 Baby – Pixies
  • Für immer 16 – Stereo Total
  • 18 Sekúndur Fyrir Sólarupprás (18 Seconds before Sunrise) – Sigur Rós
  • Monkey 23 – The Kills
  • Ich habe 23 Jahre mit mir verbracht – Tocotronic
  • Twenty Four Hour Garage People – Half Man Half Biscuit
  • 30 Seconds Over Tokyo – Pere Ubu
  • 36 Degrees – Placebo
  • Opus 40 – Mercury Rev
  • 50% Regenwahrscheinlichkeit – Raketenjungs
  • 51st State – New Model Army
  • Ex fan de 60ties – Stereo Total
  • Foot And Mouth 68 – Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
  • Star 69 – R.E.M.
  • 88-92-96 – Six By Seven
  • '94 (Novanta Quattro) – Sportfreunde Stiller
  • 97 Lovers – Pulp
  • 99 Luftballons (New Version) – Nena
  • 100 & Something Foxhall Road – Six By Seven
  • 100 Weight – Easyworld
  • 156 – Mew
  • A.M. 180 – Grandaddy
  • 1020 AM – Spoon
  • 1990 Nightmare – Idlewild
  • 2000 Light Years From Home – The Rolling Stones
  • Disco 2000 – Pulp
  • One More Robot / Sympathy 3000-21 – The Flaming Lips

As this list is sourced from my iTunes library only, I will have missed good songs. Suggestions for additions or indications of your preferences are welcome.

Ah the joys of iTunes. And in this case even the joy of AppleScript working as neatly as you'd always want it to work, making the generation of the list a charme.

October 13, 2003, 10:15

Comments

Comment by Anonymous: User icon

Zero is often considered a number, too. Why didn’t you include it in your survey?

October 20, 2003, 12:36

Comment by ssp: User icon

I don’t have any tracks with ‘zero’ or ‘null’ in their titles.

I am fully in favour of treating zero as a (natural) number.

October 21, 2003, 20:50

Comment by d.w.: User icon

I thought you’d appreciate this Jessica Simpson tidbit.

October 22, 2003, 5:14

Comment by ssp: User icon

Quite amusing. She seems to see the funny side of it.

I haven’t heard of ‘Chicken of the sea’ yet, either…

and, considering the quality of cheap tuna or chicken, they may actually be hard to tell apart when drowned in sufficient amounts of sauces.

I have seen Adam Green’s Jessica Simpson video a couple of times now. Not too exciting. But still a nice song.

October 22, 2003, 10:52

Comment by d.w.: User icon

The funny thing to me was the buffalo wings comment. “Chicken of the Sea” is a truly stupid product name, but it’s a really old brand here in the U.S., and most people know what it is. Buffalo wings, on the other hand, are a really common snack food (here, I’m not sure if they are known in Europe), and an American would have almost have to have been raised inside of a jar not to know what they were— just more evidence of the disconnect between celebrities and everyone else.

October 22, 2003, 12:23

Comment by ssp: User icon

I just looked up the ‘Buffalo Wings’ thing. Never heard of it before, though. And it seems to be a bit regional in the U.S.

Re. Celebrities - you would have thought that people grow up being normal and knowing about such things before becoming celebrities.

October 22, 2003, 17:26

Comment by Virginia: User icon

Broadcast has a song called ‘Minus One’ , and another called ‘Minus Two’…

March 8, 2004, 9:29

Comment by Alice: User icon

Hi, SSP! I know two songs with Zero in their title. Joan Armatrading has a very good one - “Down To Zero” and Jane Birkin {french singer and actress} an old one - “Zero Point”.

September 30, 2005, 15:33

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