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The Friday Five

Ringtones We're gonna mix things up a little this week instead of doing our usual iPod shuffle.  My friend Lindsay got me thinking about an interesting question - which songs make good cell phone ringers?  Selecting a song that doesn't make you sound like a total lame-o every time your phone rings is harder than it sounds.  You want it to say something about you, but not TOO MUCH.  You want it to be a cool song, but not TOO COOL.  Silly, but not TOO SILLY.  You have to like it enough to hear it over and over again.  And no matter what, never EVER be the guy with the Maroon 5 ringer.

Here are five that I came up with (all chosen from the options available to me through my cellphone service):

"Hard Fo' a Pimp" by DJay - This is probably the greatest ringtone in the history of the form.  I have it as my ringtone and you should too.  No, wait.
"Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye - Classic, timeless, and just a little sleazy.  Everything a ringtone should be.
"Hate It or Love It" by The Game - Use this catchy tune in leiu of being the bajillionth person to have "In Da Club".
"Loser" by Beck - This is a very meta choice in that the song is about a being a loser and having this song for your ringtone is a little loser-ish, thereby fulfilling the song's own message as it's playing.  Wrap your brain around THAT.
"Surround Me" by Scott Stapp - Having this as your ringtone shows people that you're tough and not afraid to fight.

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"Move In My Direction" - Bananarama (Yes from last years 2005 Drama CD it rocks great ringtone)

"I'm With Stupid" - PetShopBoys (yes the new single) hmmmm have to pick and choose this ringer carefully as to not offend who the rington is associated with. :)

"Bad Things" - Jace Everett (The Chorus is excellent about doing bad things to you! ... sounds like Chris Isaak)

P!NK - "Cuz I Can" (new pink song off her new cd) great lyrics! :)

Well here is a start for some great ringtones without lookin like a dork :)

Posted by: keeganskylar | Mar 31, 2006 4:13:37 PM

1. Highway to Hell- ACDC
2. Hell's Bells- ACDC
3. I ain't the one- Lynyrd Skynyrd
4.Imigrant Song- Led Zeppelin
5. LaGrange- ZZ Top

Posted by: Donna | Mar 31, 2006 4:15:43 PM

Real Love - David Gray
Several Arrows Later - Matt Pond PA
storm - Jose Gonzalez
People Watching - Jack Johnson
One Chance - Modest Mouse

Posted by: Lauren | Mar 31, 2006 4:21:25 PM

"Telephone Line" ELO

I have only one, because that's all you need.

Posted by: Steve | Mar 31, 2006 4:33:37 PM

The Jesus Lizard - "Blue Shot"
Monocle - "That Day"
The Thremals - "A Stare Like Yours"
Xiu Xiu - "Fabulous Muscles"
Bjork - "Big Time Sensuality"

Posted by: april5k | Mar 31, 2006 4:43:09 PM

Belle & Sebastian - "Simple Things"
The Who - "Pure And Easy"
Bill Withers - "Lonely Town, Lonely Street
Pulp - "I'm A Man"
Phil Collins - "Dance Into The Light"

Posted by: bob | Mar 31, 2006 4:47:10 PM

In memoriam of Arrested Development and Gob my ringtone is Europe's The Final Countdown. I thought ya'll might appreciate this; although, my friends, not so much.

Posted by: BlaineR | Mar 31, 2006 5:06:17 PM

Lipps Inc. - Funkytown

Posted by: me | Apr 1, 2006 2:09:30 AM

SCORE! I have Loser as a ringtone. I feel so validated ;).

acctually though, its an awsome ringtone for all the reasons mentioned above, but it sucks ass in a practical sense. i find it too mellow to get my attention when my phone rings.

Other Ring Tones:

Black and White Town-Doves
Let's Dance-David Bowie
This Fire-Franz Ferdinand
Light My Fire-The Doors

Posted by: Darbi | Apr 1, 2006 11:11:29 PM

I missed this on Friday before I left work... so here are my 5:

Move Along - All American Rejects.

Glycerine - Bush

Everything Zen - Bush (yes, I used to really like them!!!)

Dirt off your Shoulder - Jay-Z

Sugar We're Goin Down - Fall Out Boy

And my ringtone is currently Goldberg's WCW theme... yes, pathetic I know, but such great entrance music! I would have had "The Game: by Motorhead, HHH's theme, but I couldn't find it!

Posted by: Dane's Silly Bitch | Apr 3, 2006 11:08:23 AM

my current (& most often used) ringtone is 'everlong' by the foo fighters--loud, high energy, gets ya pumped. but some others i have...

~gwen stefani/cool & mariah carey/fourth of july--both a little more mellow, but girly in a good way.

~dont cha/pussycat dolls & soldier/destiny's child--just cuz they're fun & you can sing along to them before you answer.

~lastly 'cold' by crossfade, which i would file with everlong...damn i have a lot of these!!

Posted by: akd5 | Apr 3, 2006 12:32:11 PM

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