The Top Results on Spotify when I type in one letter.

Many days while I am doing research, I end up trying to choose music to enjoy while studying. I noticed that if I only type one letter, let’s use ‘A’, Avicii always comes up as the “Top Hit”.

I have never listened to Avicii and I probably never will. However, there he remains as the first suggestion as soon as I type the letter ‘A’. So, obviously Spotify does not have an algorithm that tracks my plays and puts them into my Top Hits, otherwise ‘A’ would bring up Appleseed Cast, A.A. Bondy, or Alkaline Trio.

What governs the “Top Hits” then? Overall search results across a wide body of listeners? Are people who type ‘A’ more likely to want Avicii? I know he is a popular musician, but with over 40 Million Users on Spotify, I can’t believe that Avicii is the first choice for the majority of those users.

There must be something else governing it. Is Avicii paying for the right to be #1 for the ‘A’ search? I doubt it is a pay scheme, because when we get to H, I can’t believe Hans Zimmer would front the money to be ahead of even Huey Lewis.

I’m not sure what decides this, but I thought the list to be interesting nonetheless.

A - Avicii
B - Bob Marley & The Wailers
C - Chris Brown
D - Drake
E - Elvis Presley
F - Frank Sinatra
G - Gucci Mane
H - Hans Zimmer
I - Iggy Azalea
J - Jay-Z
K - Kanye West
L - Lil Wayne
M - Maroon 5
N - Nicki Minaj
O - OneRepublic
P - Pitbull
Q - Queen
R - Rick Ross
S - Snoop Dogg
T - T.I.
U - Usher
V - Vybz Kartel
W - Wiz Khalifa
X - X (Ed Sheeran album)
Y - YG (Young Gangsta)
Z - Zedd

And here is a percentage breakdown by genre:


I have not much else to rant about, I just thought it was interesting enough to share.

- Steve R.

In honor of Derek Jeter’s retirement: A Top 5 list of people named Derek.

As Derek Jeter retires, we can all look back on this glorious baseball player with fond memories of the last time the Yankees were good.

We here at the BOHF are big baseball fans. Well…at least two of us love it (Steve and Steve), one likes to argue about it (Trevor), and the other two are indifferent (John and Mike).

And though we have different feelings on Derek Jeter’s career, we can all agree that he should be in the HOF someday. However, the HOF better ignore the calls to bend the rules so he can be induced with Mo a year earlier.

And now, my top 5 people named Derek.

1. Derek Zoolander


2. Derek Zoolander

3. Bo Derek

4. Derek Zoolander

5. Derek Zoolander

-Steve R.

Top 5 Songs about Space that aren’t by David Bowie or Elton John.

Here at the Board of Hi-Five, we try to come up with lists that aren’t what you would find elsewhere. I know there are tons of lists dedicated to Space Songs, in fact, came up with an extensive list

However, most of these lists have the same songs: “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, even “Planet of Sound” by the Pixies is mentioned again and again.

So, I decided to focus on some songs which aren’t as known, but deserve recognition.

1. Hum - Stars

This song has one of the most epic intros in rock music. 

She thinks she missed the train to Mars. She’s out back counting stars.

2. Modest Mouse - 3rd Planet

Possibly one of the greatest track one/side one’s in recorded music.

The universe is shaped exactly like the earth if you go straight long enough you’ll end up where you were.

3. No Knife - Mission Control

A lesser known band from San Diego who put out some great albums in the early 2000’s. I still rock out to these guys to this day.

A great song which reminds me of this story about Vladimir Komarov, a Russian astronaut who went into space knowing that he will die. He did so in order to protect his friend Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, from certain death.

4. M83 - Moonchild

I am putting this song on here mainly because the song feels like space. For some reason, I always imagine myself floating upwards into the sky and as that first drumfill comes in, I break through the mesopause and enter the outer layers of the atmosphere. From there on, I break from Earth’s gravity, and just float into space.

Maybe I’m crazy. I just like to think I have a good imagination.

5. Nada Surf - The Moon is Calling

The moon is calling the seas are calling
Now I cannot sleep
They’re saying something projecting something
Signals from the deep

- Steve R

Top 5 Bruce’s

Since I am bored at work, waiting for automated test signals to be taken, I figured I’d write a new post. It has been a long time since I have written anything new, but with newfound boredom, comes stupid lists.

1. Bruce Springsteen


He’s The Boss. I mean, c’mon. How do you top that. His first album was released in 1973, and his latest was released this past Tuesday. At this point, his major label career is 39 years…and he is as relevant as he was when he began. We’ll just ignore those two albums in the early 90’s though….

2. Bruce McCulloch


Comic genius. His work with The Kids In The Hall still astounds me to this day. His odd sense of humor is right up my alley.

3. Bruce Willis


The fact that his is the star of my favorite action films, coupled with his role in the new Wes Anderson film, makes him awesome in my book.

4. Bruce Wayne


The only fictional Bruce on the list, but a damn good one. After all, he is a multi-millionaire who fights crime.

5. Bruce Campbell

Here is Mr. Campbell as Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep. Great movie. Oh yeah, he also made Evil Dead. 

-Steve R.


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We, the members of the Board of Hi-Five decided to forego our hosting by Wordpress and move over to Tumblr. In the coming days and weeks, we hope to bring some new material, but please be patient as we catalog our posts from the past.

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Top 5 Unintentional Movie Sequels:

There are movies that exist that when you see the trailer you cannot help but think, “Is this a sequel to the other movie?  Common elements exist that you cannot possibly fathom are coincidental.  Whether it be the characters or actors are the same, or if the plots are just too similar to ignore, these movies must be sequels.      

1.  The movie that inspired this list is Take Me Home Tonight.

When the star of your ‘not to be ignored-80’s themed’ movie, is only really recognizable because he starred in a ‘not to be ignored-70s themed’ movie, one does not have to be reach very far to think, is this what happens after Eric Foreman graduates college, and is working through the 1980s?  I’m going to go ahead and assume that it is.  

2.  The Replacements

In the movie The Replacements, a players strike causes the NFL teams to hire replacement players to play the season.  They reach out to ex college players, and of course we know from watching Point Break, that before he was an FBI agent, Keanu Reeves was the quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes.  These plot points fit together a little too well for me to stop from asking, is the Replacements a sequel to Point Break?

3.  Steel Dawn

In Red Dawn, after the Soviet Army invades Patrick Swayze’s midwestern town, we see that Swayze and Co. fought them off, and that everything is okay.  However, based on the movie that came out 3 years later, Steel Dawn, this must have not been the case in the rest of the world, because there now exists a post-nuclear war, post-apocalyptic world, that Patrick Swayze roams as the man with no name. Its amazing to think these were not sequels, but Steel Dawn was not billed as a sequel. 

4.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Even though this is a prequel to allllll of the Planet of the Apes movies, I think that the true prequel here is Project X.  Project X is about the US Air Force performing tests on chimps. The result: The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and then Planet of the Apes again.  Also, the trailer below for Project X is terrible, and in no way depicts the sadness of the film. 

5.  Family Matters

This is what happens when you move the focus of a sequel from the main character to a secondary character because he makes such a good impression with the audience.  A little known fact is after helping thwart a terrorist attack at Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, Carl Winslow moved his family and took a transfer to Chicago, as the scare of retaliation and health risks from pollution got to be too much.

 -Steve L.

Top 5 Movie Quotes that Predict The End of The World

As we prepare for the end of the world tomorrow, I figured it would be a good topic to discuss here on BOHF, and something to bring us back for the summer.

With regards our lull in posts as of late, well, we apologize. The past few months have been quite busy for all of us, however, not in a bad way. I am planning on doing a major overhaul of the site, in between my summer studies and research.

Ok, onward and downward.

As stated in the title, I’m not going to list movies that tell of the end of the world, but more-so just a doomsday prophecy. I could easily fill this list with movies like Terminator, Deep Impact, and 2012. But, I wanted to be clever instead of obvious.

1. Ghostbusters 2:

Elaine: According to my source, the end of the world will be on February 14, in the year 2016.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Valentine’s Day. Bummer.

I plan on celebrating this date. I’ll throw a party.

2. Donnie Darko

Frank: 28 days 6 hours 42 minutes 12 seconds,that is when the world…will end.

Around Halloween, 1988. I think we all survived.

3. Wargames


A quote from the W.O.P.R. machine is as valid as a quote from a giant evil bunny.

4. Omen III: The Final Conflict

Synopsis, not a quote:

An alignment of the stars in the Cassiopeia constellation causes the generation of a ‘superstar’, described as a second Star of Bethlehem. Thorn realizes it is a sign of the Second Coming of Christ and orders all boys in England born on the morning of March 24, 1982. I could find no direct quote for this one, but it is still worth noting. Sam Neill as the Anti-christ? Of course I have to include it on the list.

5. The X-Files: The Truth (TV Show, not movie)

Mulder: Ten centuries ago the Mayans were so afraid that their calendar stopped on the exact date that my story begins. December 22, the year 2012. The date of the final alien invasion. Mulder can confirm the date. He saw it at Mount Weather… where our own “Secret Government” will be hiding when it all comes down. There we have it. The Mayans and the X-Files confirmed Dec. 21 & 22 of next year….so, I declare tomorrow a wash…..

-Steve R and Steve L. 

Steve L’s Top albums of 2010:

This list is forced.  No album that came out in 2010 got me so excited that I felt the need to write about it in a web log.  None of these albums have been a ‘can’t take out of my cd player’ obsession.  

I’m not sure if this is a reflection on music in 2010 (doubt it) or simply my attitute towards new music/lack of enthusiasm for anything new at all.  This year more than any of the last several year, I found myself  listening to mainly older music that I was more familiar/comfortable with.

That being said:  numbered lists are fun, end of the year lists are fun, and if anything, maybe me wanting to create this list is just an attempt at drumming up some interest.  With that in mind, here are my top 10 favorite albums of 2010…

1.  Superchunk - Majestry Shredding

I have always had a weak spot for Superchunk…..but that has nothing to do with why its my favorite album of 2010.  It is one of their catchiest records to date, which is saying a lot.

2.  Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - III/IV  

This is slightly controversial, only in that these songs were recorded in 2006 in the sessions that created Easy Tiger.  However, these songs sound nothing at all like Easy Tiger.  These are some of the most fun and poppy songs he has released, and even though the album literally just came out a few days ago, all it took was 1 stream to make the list at #2.  I anticipate this may end up being my favorite of 2010. 

3.  The National - High Violet          

This is probably deserving of being higher, but its just not as fun as the previous 2…still, its the most-enjoyable-to-me The National album that they have.

4.  Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts    

I’m somewhat pleased with myself that I at least have a few energetic albums in my top 5…I have recently been afraid that I just want to listen to old sad bastard music, or at least something I can ignore, but these inclusions say otherwise.  These are songs that I want to listen to on a porch on a friday night in the summer. [youtube 2xQXFWxJ8fQ]

5.  Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises        

Each time I listen to this record, I like it more, and more, and more, and more, and more, and more.  Please keep making music forever Mark Kozelek.

6.  LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening  

Very solid album, that I don’t really listen to often.

7.  Titus Andronicus - The Monitor          

Really really good New Jersey punk rock, it took a couple listens to get into it, but this is another album that I get more into every time I listen.  I’m not always big on concept albums, or politics with my music, but I can deal with it here.  Although I guess there is a reason I put Male Bonding above this.

8.  Girls - Broken Dreams Club EP 

Yes this is an EP and it made my list.  I really like this band a lot. I love picking out all the different band influences in their songs, and they come across to me as so honest and unpretentious that it just makes me like them more.

9.  The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt

This is an artist that I am trying to get into more…the album is still growing on me a bit, but this song below is really good, and makes me want more. [youtube 0qdM8WdTfH4]

10.  Strand of Oaks - Pope Killdragon          

I stumbled across this album in late summer, and gave it quite a few listens before putting it away and not touching it until today…it doesn’t have the same effect on me, but still stands up for the most part.

HM. Sam Amidon - I See the Sign

Apparently this is an R. Kelly song, but its such a good version.

HM. Japandroids - Younger Us 7”  

OK this is pushing it, not an album at all, not an EP, but just a single…..but the song is so good and I like it so much, that if it were on a record, the record would be my #1. 

-Steve L

Top 5 songs in 5/4 time.

The other day, I was itching for some music that wasn’t in 4/4 time. I go through this phase every so often. Counting to 4 is so repetetive after a while, and the body just needs something to kill the mindless reaction to 4/4 time.

There is something about 5/4 time. That extra beat allows the rhythm to flow perfectly if the correct feel is applied. The songs listed below are not the only ones around. There are countless prog-rock bands that use 5/4 time quite well, but I have never been a fan of prog-rock, save for early Genesis.

Granted, not all of these songs stay in 5/4 time throughout, but I feel they are all memorable and worth noting.

1. The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five

The quintessential song in 5/4 time. If you have never heard this song, then you live in a cave, or don’t have electricity. I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Brubeck play this at Lincoln Center last fall. Even in his ripe old age, he still rocked the piano.

2. Faraquet - The Missing Piece

Such a beautiful song, and honestly one of the best closing tracks of any album. When the drums kick in, they are so smoothly and musically played, that it barely feels like you are in 5/4 time. It feels so natural.

3. Nine Inch Nails - Just Like You Imagined

Probably the best song on The Fragile. Anyone know where I can get the vinyl of this for less than $200?

4. The Dismemberment Plan - Memory Machine

The first song on this list with vocals. How odd. However, this song is mixed meter, but the main theme is in 5/4. And it features amazing lyrics.

5. Drive Like Jehu - Here Come the Rome Plows

The thing I love about this song, is that towards the middle, the guitars remain in 5/4, while the drums move over them in 4/4. My old band, League, also employed this technique….which we stole from this song.

-Steve R.