Many years go, when I was living in a shared house, we had a number of discussions regarding the placement of the best song on an album. There was much debate about whether it was the first track, the third, the fifth or the seventh (oddly, there were no even numbers mentioned).
So, using the magickal powers of iTunes, I have created a bunch of playlists – First Tracks, Third Tracks, and et-cetera. They all check my ‘No Risk Pop’ playlist (all pop music that’s not from the SXSW showcase). I’ve decided to include compilations as I believe the art of building an album is transferable.
So far, it looks like the first tracks are winning. The thirds are not doing as well as I had expected. I’ve not yet had a chance to really listen to the fifths and sevenths, but I will shortly.
I’d love to hear your take on this – so why not give it a try.