iPod Hustle: “Top 50/2009” Smart Playlist

Everybody that knows me knows that I’m really into Hip-Hop and that I’m attached to my iPod Touch. I’m also pretty addicted to iTunes Smart Playlist. Actually, I have over 30 of those on my iTunes and iPods. Some are artist based (“Jay-Z”, “Phonte”, “Nas”, “Kanye”, “Jay Electronica”, etc.), some are year based (“2000’s”, “90’s”, “2007”, “2006”, etc.), to even a little too precise (“50/R&B/15”: Last 50 R&B songs added in the last 15 days).

I bring up the thing about Smart Playlist because now I have a yearly ritual dealing with those. One is to empty my “Unrated” Playlist. These are mostly newer songs I haven’t given a good listen to yet to give a rating and until I do, they stay here. If they get lesser that a 4 Stars rating, it’s a great chance they getting deleted. On December 21st I had 425 songs in the “Unrated” Playlist. Now it’s at 20 songs. Not to bad.

The other thing I do is look at my yearly Top 50 Playlist (This year of course it’s called “Top 50/2009”). Of course this one contains all the songs with the year 2009 ranked by the numbers of play counts. It always surprises me what songs I played more than others. I may like Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit C” better than Drake’s “Little Bit”, but the Playlist says different (I like both songs a lot though).

A few notes:
*I’m not a huge Drake fan but he appears 11 times here
*People will continue calling me a Jay-Z stan. Hova appears 8 times.
*I honestly do listen to other music besides Hip-Hop. Doesn’t really show it here though: Only 8 other genres besides Hip-Hop here.

So, here’s my ”Top 50/2009” Playlist. Remember that this isn’t my 2009 rankings just the one from iTunes. Also, if you’re also Smart Playlist crazy like me, checkout SmartPlaylists.com or Lifehacker’s Top 10 iTunes Smart Playlists.

Sidenote: I didn’t include the play counts. You don’t even want to know.

1. Drake feat. Peter Bjorn And John – “Let’s Call It Off”
2. Drake feat. Trey Songz & Lil’ Wayne – “Successful”
3. Rick Ross – “Valley Of Death”
4. Drake – “Say What’s Real”
5. Fat Joe – “Hey Joe”
6. Asher Roth = “Lark On My Go-Kart”
7. Drake feat. Lykke Li – “Little Bit”
8. Jay-Z feat. Young Jeezy – “Real As It Gets”
9. Alicia Keys – “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”
10. Jay-Z – “Thank You”
11. Mike Posner feat. Clinton Sparks – “Close The Door”
12. Big Sean feat. Kanye West – “Glenwood”
13. Drake feat. Nipsey Hussle – “Killer”
14. Kanye West feat. T-Pain – “Flight School”
15. Kanye West – “I’m So Appalled”
16. Beanie Sigel – “Mac’s Back Freestyle”
17. Chester French feat. Janelle Monae – “Nerd Girl”
18. Drake – “Fear”
19. Jay-Z feat. Swizz Beatz – “On To The Next One”
20. Jay-Z – “Venus vs. Mars”
21. Joell Ortiz feat. Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, & Crooked I – “Move On”
22. Pill – “Hear Somebody Comin'”
23. Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”
24. Joe Budden – “Russian Roulette”
25. Kid Cudi – “In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)”
26. Mayer Hawthorne – “I Wish It Would Rain”
27. Musiq Souldchild – “Sweet Lady”
28. Rick Ross feat. Nas & Kevin Cossom – “Usual Suspects”
29. Slaughterhouse – “Suckoo”
30. Wale feat. UCB – “Sweatin’ Out Weaves”
31. Wu-Tang Clan feat. Inspectah Deck, U-God, & Masta Ace – “Kill Too Hard”
32. Brother Ali – “Us”
33. Charles Hamilton – “Neverland”
34. Dirty Money fear. Drake – “Hurt”
35. Drake – “November 18th”
36. Drake feat. Lloyd – “A Night Off”
37. Eminem – “Medicine Ball”
38. Fabolous feat. Lil’ Wayne – “Salute”
39. Jay-Z feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun – “What We Talkin’ About”
40. Jay-Z feat. J. Cole – “A Star Is Born”
41. Jay-Z feat. Kanye West – “Hate”
42. Jay-Z feat. Pharrell – “So Ambitious”
43. Slaughterhouse – “Sound Off”
44. Slaughterhouse feat. Kay Young – “Lyrical Murderers”
45. Wale feat. Curren$y & Tre – “Wordplay”
46. Wale feat. Joe Budden – “Tito Santana”
47. Drake – “Sooner Than Later”
48. Fabolous feat. Trey Songz – “Last Time (Gotta Go)”
49. Ghostface Killer feat. Lloyd – “Goner”
50. Killer Mike – “Man Up”