I have a huge collection of music, comprising all genres except opera, rap, and hip hop, and split into classical and non-classical. I listen to the non-classical collection in chronological order, and it used to take me about six months to listen to it. I say “used to” because that was when I had television. I quit the television world in September 2013, which has given me more time to listen to more music.
Julian quite often challenged me on just exactly how much digital music I have and how long it takes me to listen to it. Thus, on October 16, as I started a new round of chronological listening, I decided to create another Excel spreadsheet documenting my non-classical music collection. I still have some fine-tuning to do because I am eliminating songs that I don’t like, even if they are part of an album. In some cases, I’m deleting whole albums. I also still have a few albums on my 2014 “to buy” list.
My initial spreadsheet indicates that I have 1,650 hours, 17 minutes, and 42 seconds of non-classical music, and this is how long it would take me to listen to it:
At my current average of 11:11:19 per day: 147 days
At 10 hours per day: 165 days
9 hours per day: 184 days
8 hours per day: 206 days
7 hours per day: 235 days
6 hours per day: 275 days
5 hours per day: 330 days
4 hours per day: 412 days
As I was finishing my initial spreadsheet catalog, I also was finishing listening to the year 1988 (remember that I listen to my music in chronological order). That made me wonder what the #1 song for 1988 was. I Googled it and found that it was “Faith” by George Michael.” Until a few days ago, I had Michael’s “Faith” album, released in October 1987. I had it because at one time I was collecting all of the #1 singles and #1 albums from the rock ‘n’ roll era, generally conceded to have begun in 1955, the same year I was born. After listening to the album twice, I decided that I didn’t like it and summarily deleted it.
So, you might ask, what is my favorite song from 1988, the one 1988 song that I would put on my mp3 player after being told that I was going to be exiled to an island in the Pacific Ocean for the rest of my life? I believe I’m going to have to go with “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys.
“Kokomo” was originally released on the soundtrack to the movie “Cocktail,” starring Tom Cruise, released in August 1988. Eventually “Kokomo” also showed up on The Beach Boys’ album “Still Cruisin'” which was released in August 1989.
“Kokomo” reached #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 chart, garnering for The Beach Boys a record of the longest time between #1 singles, 21 years and 2 months between “Good Vibrations” in 1966 and “Kokomo” in 1988. Cher holds the current record of 24 years and 11 months between #1 singles.
Although “Kokomo” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Original Song, Motion Picture,” it lost to “Two Hearts” by Phil Collins. Sadly, “Kokomo” shows up on VH1’s “40 Most Awesomely Bad #1 Songs” and Blender magazine’s “50 Worst Songs Ever.” Ah, well. I love it. Makes me wanna get up and dance, and I usually do!