Songs I Have Been Obsessed With, Chronologically

  1. Pete Seeger, "Abiyoyo" (1984)
    I didn't know what this was until I looked it up moments ago. When I was very young I had a record player in my room and my parents put me to sleep with the same side of the same record every night.
  2. Madonna, "Like a Prayer" (1989)
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: anyone who can make a music video of herself singing in a field of burning crosses - and get it played in its entirety on network television during a Pepsi-sponsored Super Bowl ad in the 1980s - deserves a hell of a lot of credit. But let's not let this record-setting level of distraction distract us: this is a great song.
  3. Paula Abdul, "Straight Up" (1990)
    Great video. Great song.
  4. Notorious B.I.G., "Hypnotize" (1997)
    I had the cassette single of this song, and played it continuously on a two-hour drive to and from New Hampshire, wearing it out.
  5. Handsome Boy Modeling School, "The Truth" (2000)
    The sample makes the song.
  6. Soko, "I'll Kill Her" (2007)
    The one-take YouTube video is one of the most phenomenal feats of artistry on the internet I've ever seen.
  7. Azaelia Banks, "212" (2011)
    Never been more obsessed with a song. Also a great video.
  8. Kreayshawn, "Gucci Gucci" (2012)
    This is definitely a good song, but my obsession with it may have been more right-place-right-time. I was in the mood for something spooky and aggressive that winter.
  9. Kitty Pryde feat. Riff Raff, "Orion's Belt" (2013)
    Great, great song. Led to online friendships with both of them as well as the talented beat maker, Beautiful Lou.