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As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain;
and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

Albert Einstein

Musically Numbered

Song Titles, CD Titles, Band Names

The other day, while driving, a friend commented that the most common word in song titles was 'Love', and that the second most common was not 'you' as you might hope, but 'I'...

Far be it for me to speculate what this tells us about human nature, I'd rather just present you with the data! I ransacked the freecddb database for this information. The database contains information about 511,912 CDROMs (as of Jan 2002). I counted the words in all of 'em.

As you can see below, my friend was right, more or less. There certainly is a disturbing dominance of first-person personal pronouns. Pithy or Piteous?

CD Titles/Artist names

100 Most Popular Words
511,912 CDs Counted

99232	The
71371	Various
32256	of
30056	Artists
24623	the
19909	Of
14201	and
13533	Hits
12623	A
12449	Best
12210	Disc
10745	CD
9724	In
9534	Music
8648	Live
8156	in
8033	Vol.
7678	Volume
7365	Love
7219	Collection
6870	Greatest
6852	I
6248	de
6242	To
5538	And
5531	Rock
5508	You
5359	John
5219	Orchestra
5026	Band
4836	Blues
4828	Dance
4746	New
4641	On
4598	a
4554	to
4479	For
4461	Jazz
4453	for
4377	Songs
4325	Symphony
4238	Christmas
3924	One
3806	My
3742	II
3684	Die
3666	All
3645	World
3601	Piano
3555	Vol
3523	From
3413	Time
3408	La
3271	CD2
3245	Me
3205	De
3184	Disk
3156	Classics
3109	CD1
3091	Blue
3013	No
2983	Soul
2970	Big
2932	Country
2878	No.
2795	Mozart
2711	Black
2621	It
2618	Bach
2596	At
2492	Is
2479	Night
2454	David
2432	Your
2413	on
2382	at
2364	King
2312	Soundtrack
2293	With
2287	various
2284	Album
2279	Life
2270	Sampler
2268	Michael
2266	Great
2257	from
2248	Bob
2241	Beethoven
2238	Sound
2153	Original
2142	Years
2124	James
2123	Complete
2120	DJ
2112	This
2064	Paul
2063	Party
2033	Compilation
2024	Club
1991	Peter

Track Titles

100 Most Popular Words
6,346,404 Tracks Counted

613475	The
226413	I
220551	You
216090	the
180603	A
164846	Love
158250	in
157586	of
143308	Me
140983	In
139886	Of
130589	My
121653	To
89801	a
87492	On
78857	and
75882	It
71780	to
66716	Your
61000	For
56607	de
56098	Is
56050	And
55045	Don't
53614	La
53410	All
52227	No
52179	Allegro
50869	Be
49648	No.
46207	Mix)
45929	Blues
45048	for
44798	One
44721	Time
42841	Man
39520	Song
39482	on
39155	you
39047	I'm
38866	Little
38716	Night
38009	Do
37381	Up
35364	me
35205	With
34606	What
33688	Down
33613	Concerto
32703	Baby
31831	Heart
31610	Blue
31605	This
31357	Get
31222	Go
30186	World
30074	We
29847	is
29535	Out
29080	Like
28647	That
28569	Day
28227	Come
28180	When
27932	It's
27862	De
27733	Life
26669	Dance
26367	Good
26110	So
25955	Back
25869	Girl
25835	Got
25631	Way
25590	From
24884	Just
24632	love
24596	my
24416	New
24080	Let
23667	If
23162	Can't
23031	Rock
23014	Take
22715	la
22263	O
22015	Op.
21966	Home
21842	from
21708	Are
21333	Never
21089	Die
20811	Black
20668	Christmas
20164	Can
20085	El
19948	Want
19857	Away
19666	Know
19621	Have