The ‘A before Abba’ challenge

Problem: iTunes lists artists alphabetically. For my playlist, this makes Abba “Gold” the first thing listed. And while I do enjoy Abba very occasionally (as do you!), it’s not the first thing I want people to see when they glance at my music collection.

Solution: Find an artist with a name that comes before Abba. This pretty much limits the options to guys named Aaron and a few other names. I thought I solved the problem with Aaron Copland, but classical CDs are listed by conductor.

So who’s an artist worth listening to and whose name would knock Abba off the top of my list? I’m open to suggestions.

(I know I could change the names or sort by a different field, but that would be cheating.)

Update 3/26/07: Some good suggestions so far. Numbers and punctuation marks are the key. Thanks, guys!

Update 3/29/07: Success! Er, partially. One of my favorite music blogs, I Guess I’m Floating, posted an .mp3 today of !!! covering the Magnetic Fields’ “Take Ecstasy With Me.” It’s a pretty good track, but more importantly it shows up before Abba on my iTunes playlist. It’s only one song, but it’s a start!

The IGIF post also includes the Arcade Fire covering the Magnetic Fields, so check it out here.


  1. Jay says:

    4 Non Blondes! 4 Non Blondes!!

  2. Jacob says:

    Numbers… good call. Didn’t think of that.

  3. lee says:

    I say – forget about trying to find something to put before abba -leave abba there and be an utter dork and have aha following abba. That’s what I would do ;) :).

  4. cassandra says:

    who would want to take abba out of the spotlight while there’s this in the world:

  5. Mike says:

    There’s a band called !!! that I guarantee would be first on just about anybody’s list.

  6. Barzelay says:

    I don’t have iTunes on this computer, but I can think of several on mine that come before where Abba would be.

    10,000 Maniacs
    13 & God
    A Tribe Called Quest

    And, it isn’t on my iTunes, but Aaliyah, although I would say that has the same problem of misrepresentation as Abba. Aaliyah, followed by Abba would be even worse than just Abba.

  7. Juls says:

    It’s time for you to enter the rap genre Jacob:

    2 Live Crew
    50 Cent
    A Tribe Called Quest

    Or, in the spirit of Abba:

  8. Jeff says:

    .38 Special leads off my list…

  9. Jay says:

    There’s also The (International) Noise Conspiracy. ( comes before A.

  10. Ula says:

    I also have abba on my itunes. Before Abba, I’ve got 2Pac, a perfect circle (not sure why but i guess the space after a puts it above), a.c. newman, and aaliyah. not all rap, but a little.

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