Song Obsessed

Total songs: 464

Latest Obsession:
Cover of album that contains The Wheel

Welcome to Song Obsessed. This is a site for me to share my favorite songs and write about them. Since early 2009 I've been using a variety of sites to keep track of one song a day, a week or a month. Sometimes I've written about them, sometimes not. But trying to find a way to retain that list and remember them over time has been a challenge. First The61 closed. Then ThisIsMyJam. Now I use Obsessions, but it doesn't work exactly how I'd like.

So this site will hopefully work and, even if it isn't the best option, I'm running it, so I won't lose those songs and I'll always have a stable place to share them with others.

Select your preferred player

The audio player on this site supports each of these player types. Not all songs may be available in your preferred player type. If it is only available in another player type then the player will use that type. YouTube is the default.

Heads up: This site assumes that if you click on a song, you want to listen to it. So it will start playing automatically or be added to your playlist. If you don't want that it to work like that, there's an autoplay switch in the top right.

What is this site for?

Right now Song Obsessed serves two goals, a lab for me to experiment with technology where a single site owner like myself can leverage all the places audio and video can be hosted to create something a little like their own mixtape, one that's dependent on the variety of media hosting tools out there, but not on any single one of them, as a sort of hedge against something happening to any of them.

I say a mixtape, but it isn't quite a mixtape and it isn't quite a blog. It's something that I hope takes advantage of the best qualities of the web to share a listening experience that's a little curated and a little self-directed.

There are three main technologies that back this. The site is generated with 11ty. The underlying technology behind how navigation through the site works is HTMX. The third is a piece of code I'm working on, not just for myself, but to make it easy for others to do the same things this site does. It's called XPlayer (as in HTMX Player). I'll have more about it later, I'm sure.

But the main thing this is for, is to share the songs I find interesting in a way that you can easily listen to them. So check those out!




This site is very much a work-in-progress and I'm hoping you'll give me feedback. Maybe you'll even be interested in participating, or using this technology for your own site. This site is entirely open-source (though not exactly clean and ready for contributors... yet). If you spot a bug, or maybe want me to check out a song, please report it on GitHub. If you have some ideas for improving my code, please submit a pull request and I'll make sure to credit you somewhere on this site!

One day, I hope to make it easier for others to have their own playlists or mixtapes on this site as well. If you're interested, let me know. I'll keep track and inform people where I have something ready.

Yeah, I know the console logs are excessive. Another thing on the list to fix, once I get the code working a little more smoothly.

The V1 of this site incorporates feedback from reviewers: Alex Petros and Jordan Gass-Poore'. Thanks!

You can read more about how this site was made in my changelog reflections.

Notes on content on this site

Where I use images or audio files from other sites, they're used for the purpose of reviewing the audio and sometimes because there are simply no other options for sharing the audio. I will always try to link to the original source. If you'd like me to remove something, please file an issue on GitHub.

Most of the tags are generated by people other than myself. The rich metadata and album information that populates this site is mostly generated by MusicBrainz, with a lot of help from (which is an invaluable source for finding linked YouTube videos), and--the current home of all my playlists--Spotify.

The default image of a glass horn is used under Creative Commons from the Met's collection. YouTube icon by Icons8