About This Project

What Is Going On Here?

Every few days or weeks, I pick a music artist or band, compile a chronological playlist of all of their singles (based on Wikipedia, Discogs.com and a few other sources as appopriate) and then try to arrange that playlist in such a way that I like each song more than the previous song. Rearranging the songs is a never ending process so once I’m at a point where I think I’m pretty close to how I feel, I share the results with you 10 or so songs at a time. I’ve come to define “singles” in a pretty broad way so that it includes any song that was used to promote an album (via video or single) or any song that charted in a significant way. Generally speaking, I don’t include remixes or live versions of songs that were previously released as singles.

Sometimes, I rank other things, too.

“According to Doyle?” Whoa, Full of Yourself Much?

My friend Mookie suggested the title as a play on “According to Hoyle.”

What’s Up With The Appalling MS Paint Images?

I like having images with the articles but wanted them to be free and wanted them to be easy to make, so I make them in MS Paint. But they take me forever because I’m a terrible artist. Also, because I’m using MS Paint with a mouse. But mostly because I’m a terrible artist.

What Makes You So Special That You Think You Can Rank Stuff?

Hmmm. Nothing, really. You can do it too! Its easy! I don’t think my opinions are any more right or wrong. The whole idea of ranking things is subjective. In fact, as I’ve been loading up some of my lists from March and April of 2017, I’m already wondering what I was thinking. Maybe I’ll revisit them later.

What Other Bands’ Singles Will Fall Victim to This Fel Project?

I am prepared to start David Bowie, Bjork, Garbage, Fiona Apple in the immediate future. I currently have playlists on my iPod of all of the singles by Arcade Fire, Big Audio Dynamite, Blur, Depeche Mode, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Kevin Rowland, Elvis Costello, INXS, Matthew Sweet, Nine Inch Nails, Pavement, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Ramones, Roxy Music, Scissors Sisters, Sparks, The Clash, The Hives, The Jam, The Pogues, The White Stripes, Thompson Twins, Wilco and X. There’s a ton of others (Prince, Kanye West, The Pretenders, Beyonce, Grace Jones, etc) who I’ll get to eventually as I complete my singles collection of their work.

Why can’t I Leave Comments on Some of the Entries?

I originally wrote about all of the artists up through Madonna on my Facebook page using Facebook notes. You’re welcome to leave a comment on the original Facebook note. I’ve linked them from those entries and they’re open to the public. My friends tend to prefer to comment on Facebook to this day.

Can I Pet Your Cat?

She will bite you. I’m not kidding.