Neglected Favorites

I found myself humming “Lovely Rita” this morning in the shower and thought to myself, “Now there’s a song I love but haven’t listened to in a long time.” Checking iTunes later in the day confirmed it: the last time I listened to it was on April 13, 2006 at 3:39 PM.

Other songs on Sgt. Pepper’s had been neglected even longer.

Song Title Last Played
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 8/14/2006 9:42 AM
With A LIttle Help from My Friends 9/13/2005 10:02 AM
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 3/18/2005 10:26 AM
Getting Better 5/1/2006 9:15 AM
Fixing a Hole 4/10/2006 2:30 PM
She’s Leaving Home 10/19/2006 4:46 PM
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite 4/25/2005 10:00 AM
Within You, Without You 11/15/2005 8:02 AM
When I’m 64 6/9/2005 3:39 PM
Lovely Rita 4/13/2006 3:39 PM
Good Morning, Good Morning 1/4/2006 1:42 PM
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 11/28/2006 9:06 AM
A Day In The Life 1/18/2006 6:06 PM

“Good Morning, Good Morning” is, in fact, just one of the 161 songs (out of 6245 total) that I’ve given a 5 star rating. How could I have neglected a favorite for so long? It’s a crime against humanity, I say.

In an effort to solve this “problem” I created a Smart Playlist called “Neglected Favorites” that automatically selects songs I like but haven’t listened to in some time.

To qualify as a neglected favorite a song must have a rating greater than three stars, above average, and not have been listened to in 180 days. I limit the list to 200 songs and then automatically have it synch’d to my iPod for listening in the car or while on a run.

Neglected Favorites Smart Playlist

I’ve been using this playlist for a few months now (and even convinced some friends to try it) and can’t imagine my iPod without it. I’m constantly saying, “Man, I haven’t heard this in forever!” and then getting my groove on.

I tell you, iTunes is like magic. Go use it.

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