I can very happily recall little of the night as well as the music! In no particular order we heard such classics as:
Estranged (Guns ‘n’ Roses),
The Flame (Cheap Trick),
Unskinny Bop (Poison),
I Was Only 19 (Redgum),
Drive Thru (Tenacious D),
Open Arms (Journey),
Dear God (XTC),
Digging The Grave (Faith No More),
Out Of The Ashes (Symphony X),
Hard Lovin’ Woman (Deep Purple),
The Hardest Part Is The Night (Bon Jovi),
Paranoid (Black Sabbath),
Time Stand Still (Rush),
One Summer (Darryl Braithwaite),
Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta (Geto Boys),
Cold Gin (KISS),
Echo (Joe Satriani),
Lie In Our Graves (Dave Matthews Band),
Asian Hooker (Steel Panther),
Gone For Good (Morphine),
Sweetness Follows (REM),
A Midlife’s Tale (My Friend The Chocolate Cake),
Rocket Man (Elton John),
Release Me (Oh Laura),
Hangar 18 (Megadeth),
Soldier Of Fortune (Whitesnake),
Make Me Lose Control (Eric Carmen),
and many many more…
There was even a recorded phone call in there which I put to music several years ago.
If you happened to use iTunes to listen to music on New Year’s Eve, you may find it entertaining to revisit what you listened to and consider how broad your tastes are. You could do this by clicking on your music library in iTunes and then sorting the list by the “Last Played” column. There’s probably a lot of variety in there! Unless you were keeping your interests locked away from guests at the party you were enjoying. But if so, why? Everyone’s tastes in music are different, one person’s Metallica is another person’s Eric Carmen.
I’ve actually jumped into iTunes in the cold light of day to see that between the hours of 5:52pm on 31/12/2010 and 1:29am on 01/01/2011 we listened to 75 songs. Vastly different to each other. Sure, there’s an overall rock flavour, but there’s a lot more to it that completes the picture.
If you’re a musician, have a think about this too. It’s likely that the typical listener you’ve pictured listening to your music has a much broader range on their mp3 player than you may have given them credit for. Genre classification for music enthusiasts is near impossible. Sure, you may not see people walking down the street with their Robert Palmer tour T-shirts proudly displayed in 2011, but in the comfort and security of their headphones or home stereo there is likely to be more than what you see in public. And it’s in that comfort and security that people are most connected with your music.
Happy New Year!