Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

“Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” by The Beatles (from Past Masters, Volume One, 2009)

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” in German, you say? Damn if those lads didn’t do their best shoehorn a lovely bit of pop fluff into one of the least romantic languages on this planet.

“When Doves Cry” by Prince & The Revolution (from Noon Rendezvous Rehersal, 2008)

This particular bootleg is significant for the inclusion of “I’ve Gotta Shake This Feeling Baby,” which is the “Purple Rain.” This version of “When Doves Cry” is pretty damn awesome, too.

“Holiday” by Madonna (from Celebration (disc 1), 2009)

The Mrs. and I had a really in-depth conversation about Madonna in the days after the Grammy Awards which, if I had more time, I would definitely share. The net of the conversation is my assertion that Madge has long outlived her sell-by date.

“See a Little Light” by Bob Mould (from Workbook, 1989)

With the “year of Bob Mould” coming to a close—seriously, if you hadn’t noticed, Bob’s kind of been everywhere for the last 12 months—it’s worth recommending that everyone go and listen to his latest record.

“When I Dream” by Ra Ra Riot (from Beta Love, 2013)

I’ve found myself taking mental stock of things like, “my favorite acts of the aughts,” and this band is definitely on that list.

What’s on your shuffle today?