- Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt.
- Angels, Robbie Williams
- I've Had the Time of My Life, Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
- Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
- Pie Jesu, Requiem
- Candle in the Wind, Elton John
- With or Without You, U2
- Tears from Heaven, Eric Clapton
- Every Breath You Take, The Police
- Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers
Frequently covered favourites, including the traditional song Danny Boy and Bob Dylan's Knocking on Heaven's Door, were among the top 20.
Other somewhat surprising entries on the list included the rollicking rock track I'll Sleep When I am Dead by Bon Jovi and Fame (I Want to Live Forever), the Oscar-winning theme to the 1980 movie and subsequent TV series Fame.
That's me at the Apple Store in Walnut Creek yesterday afternoon, right before Antoine at the Genius Bar turned to me and broke down the meaning of that clicking noise my five-week-old Gori's Seagate Momentus 60-gig hard drive started making earlier in the day.
It came with a year warranty. I'd popped for AppleCare as well. A replacement's ordered. But a metric fuckload of last weekend's pictures are gone. That is, unless I care to spend at least $500 for five-to-seven-days' turnaround at DriveSavers.
And a 500-gigabyte Firewire drive sits on my desk at home, nigh well useless, for as often as I'd been in the habit of backing up my PowerBooks' contents, who, I ask, expects failure five weeks into an uncrated item's life?