last.fm, for those who don’t yet know it, is an awesome service that keeps track of what music you listen to on your computer (via a little utility called “the Scrobbler”) and then allows you to share that listening history with your friends and family. After you’ve used it for a bit, it will also give you recommendations on what other bands you might enjoy and show you gigs your favorite bands are playing in your vicinity. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately, for example.
Ever once in a while, of course, everyone listens to songs that are just too embarrassing for others to see. That damn catchy pop tune you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try, that inexplicable late-night yearning for some Elvis or that time when you needed a Backstreet Boys song for you and your friends to sing Karaoke to (the song to which, strangely, everyone knew the lyrics from beginning to end).
And so last.fm let you remove such songs manually. But not before logging which songs were removed and then compiling a list of most unwanted scrobbles, the crowd’s Hall of Shame if you will.
Most of these songs are exactly what you would expect. There’s your Britney, your Rihana, My Chemical Romance and the like. But I’m not ashamed to admit that among the Top 50 on the list, there’s probably about 10 tracks I continue to scrobble unashamedly.