Last week C.M. Wilcox of Country California posted his “chaos theory” playlist for 2011. In essence, he mixed all the music he purchased in 2011 into one playlist on iTunes and hit shuffle. The first 20 entries comprised the list.
A couple of commenters did the same, adding their lists to the conversation. I thought it might be fun to see what 20 songs iTunes would pick if I used the same method. My list is below:
1. Alone – Kelly Clarkson
2. Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
3. NASCAR Party – Julie Roberts
4. The Dreaming Fields – Matraca Berg
5. My Opening Farewell – Alison Krauss and Union Station
6. Honestly – Kelly Clarkson
7. Baggage Claim – Miranda Lambert
8. Away In A Manger – Joey+Rory
9. Love’s Looking Good On You – Randy Travis featuring Kristin Chenoweth
10. Wildwood Flower – Suzy Bogguss
11. Modern Love – Matt Nathanson
12. You Don’t Have To Be A Baby – Del McCory Band and The Prevention Hall Jazz Club
13. Stronger – Julie Roberts
14. Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson
15. It Wrecks Me – Sunny Sweeney
16. Blue Velvet – Tony Bennett and k.d. Lang
17. My Name is Emmett Till – Emmylou Harris
18. Kept – Matt Nathanson
19. Don’t Throw It Away – Foster & Lloyd
20. Guitar Slinger – Vince Gill
There is some extremely well-crafted music here from some very talented individuals who released new records in 2011. The Emmylou Harris and Suzy Bogguss entires were much better than almost anything getting mainstream exposure and my appreciation for Vince Gill knows no bounds.
While I do wish there was a bit more diversity, whatever popped up is what I went with. In any event it makes for a fun exercise and I enjoyed seeing what iTunes spit back at me on random shuffle.