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Groundhog Day: Our favorite "on repeat" songs

R kellyR. Kelly, over and over. (By Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Today is Groundhog Day, best known for some sort of Pagan ritual involving a large rodent and sundial. At least that's what I've been able to piece together through the years. But when someone says "Groundhog Day" you're more likely to think of the Bill Murray movie in which he's doomed to repeat the same day, over and over again. So that inspired us to think about songs that we like to listen to again and again and again. And again.

Chris Richards: R. Kelly's latest album was a disappointment, but it took me a week to realize it. That's because I wouldn't allow myself to listen past the second track, "Exit." It's Kells at his best -- making something insanely quirky and intricate sound casual and off-the-proverbial-cuff. One lonely weeknight I realized I had been listening to to "Exit" on repeat for over two hours. After that, I had to delete the song from my iPod and hide the CD in another room.

(George Michael, Kanye and Double Dagger, after the jump.)

Sarah Godfrey: These days, I don’t really get the chance to listen to the same songs over and over again until I completely wear them out (unless ringtones and commercial jingles count?). So, the songs forever stuck in my head are from back in the day. Two that just about tie for first place on my most played playlist: Run D.M.C’s “Peter Piper” and George Michael’s “One More Try.” In 1987, my father took me on my first music-buying expedition - we went to the G.W.U. Tower Records in D.C and I was allowed to purchase two records. I picked “Raising Hell” and “Faith.” Both were stuck on repeat for about a year and the songs still run through my head, for better (“Peter Piper”) or worse (“One More Try”).

Allison Stewart: I have both Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" and Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A." on repeat play on my iPod at the gym. I have to play them both Every. Single. Day. I'm not even embarrassed about this - it should be a rule that as long as you're working out, you should be able to listen to whatever you want and no one can judge.

David Malitz: "Luxury Condos for the Poor" by Baltimore superheroes Double Dagger is probably my ultimate repetitive listening song. And not just because it's ferociously awesome. Which it is, of course. (It's No. 6 on my unreleased "Best Songs of the '00s" list.) But it has a very important trait that's crucial to always needing to revisit immediately after listening - it leaves you wanting more, but not in a frustrating manner. The song slowly builds to a bone-rattling chorus that never comes back for a second go-round. They tease it at the end but in order to get another fix, you must listen to the whole song again. I'm always happy to oblige.

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Double Dagger, George Michael, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, R.Kelly, Run-DMC  
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