The 800TH Hit

‘Saturday Night Retro’ used to be a regular series on this blog. Now it’s the name of the blog. It was inspired by a popular series on my former hit music-based web site (‘MASSIVESMASH.COM’) known as ‘The Major’s MASSIVE Memories’.

Yesterday I added the 800TH hit to my iTunes collection. This past week I quietly celebrated my 5TH anniversary with iTunes. (The date actually came and went without me even realizing it until just now.) So that’s 800 hits in 5 years – or an average of 160 hits per year – less than one every two days. I’m very meticulous as to which hits get added to my iTunes collection. Each one is added for a reason. Mainly that reason is that it’s one of the greatest hits ever made according to me. My iTunes collection is essentially ‘The Music Of My Life’. It spans six decades from the 1960s to the 2010s. 617 of the 800 hits (over 77%) are from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. My admiration of classic hit music – particularly classic rock – from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s is fairly new, and it’s slowly building within my collection.

521 of the 800 hits were purchased directly from the iTunes Store at $0.99 or $1.29 a pop. The remainder were imported from my CDs of the 1990s and 2000s. If only there was a way to somehow import all of the great music that I still have on cassette singles of the 1980s !

Listening to all 800 hits one right after another would take approximately 3,200 minutes (based on an average length of four minutes per hit). That’s over 53 hours of non-stop hits with no repeats. Of course that’s impractical. I’ve actually got a special smart playlist known as my ‘HOT 275’. It’s the best of the best – the cream of the crop – the best 275 hits of them all – and it’s on one of my four iPod Shuffles – the one that goes to work with me. It’s my workplace jukebox. It’s my own personal hit music station that I control. Hit after hit. No radio station can match my ‘HOT 275’.

By Chris M. Day

I'm 55 years old. I've been online for the past 29 years - starting with my own dial-up bulletin board system in 1993 - and continuing with AOL, my own web site, Myspace, Wordpress, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook.