Today and yesterday I've been listening to my "Top 25 Played" songs on my iPod, as recorded by iTunes on my computer. And I've discovered that this list is still mostly representative of the summer before I left for college.
Now, I listen to music frequently, and I do occasionally get stuck on a song and listen to it over and over again. (Most recently, Electric Six's "I Buy the Drugs" made it onto the list, about a week after I first heard it.)
However, I usually listen to music over my iPod, while walking places or waiting for things. iTunes only racks up the play count for songs played on my computer. So, even though I listened to Sufjan Steven's "For The Windows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti" constantly for a week, it doesn't show up.
My music-listening habits were different during the summer of 2005, however. I was really, incredibly bored that summer. I didn't really get out that much. After I returned from Thailand at the end of June, I really just sat around feeling sorry for myself, a lot. And my misery had a soundtrack that still resides on my "Top 25 Played" list on iTunes.
The songs, in order of playcount (I've marked those from summer '05 or earlier):
Decatur, or a Round of Applaus for your Step-Mother! - Sufjan Stevens
*Love and War (11/11/46) - Rilo Kiley
*Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
Flamboyant - Pet Shop Boys (I actually don't know why this one is on here)
Manoir de mes reves - Django Reinhardt
*Cells - The Servant
*Walking With a Ghost - Tegan and Sara
*With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley
*All Points North - Beulah
I Buy the Drugs - Electric Six
*I'd Rather Dance with You - Kings of Convenience
*Does He Love You? - Rilo Kiley
*Pink Bullets - The Shins
Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
*Caring is Creepy - The Shins
Ooh La La - The Faces
*The Ballad of Barry Allen - Jim Infantino
*Young Pilgrims - The Shins
*Experimental Film - They Might Be Giants
Futz Said Julie - Pain
Snowball in Hell - They Might Be Giants
*The Good that Won't Come Out - Rilo Kiley
Adagio for Strings (choral version) - Samual Barber (I don't know where this one came from, either)
*Staring at the Sun - Simple Kid
*The Execution of all Things - Rilo Kiley
16/25 of my top-played songs are from before I left for college.