Remember when ringtones were these little polyphonic ditties that sounded like something out of an old Nintendo game? As phone games evolved beyond snake, ringtones became little snippets of the actual songs you either loved, hated or raised an eyebrow at. Where as you could only buy whatever your phone company offered a few years ago, web sites now exist where you can make your own ringtones. This week NVMP presents our favorite ringtones that we’ve had heard since we got our first cell phones.
TNT’s Top 5:
5. “All Along the Watch Tower” by Bob Dylan
4. “Rank N’ File” by Anti-Flag
3. “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan
2. “Sickness” by Disturbed
1. “Party Hard” by Andrew W.K.
Klone’s Top 5:
I’m sitting this Top 5 list out, and I’ll tell you why. I’ve never been a big cell phone guy. I’ve openly resisted and somewhat rejected the idea of a cell phone being anything other than a phone. I have an iPod, I have a PS3, I have an iMac, so my initial logic is if I already have all of these things, why do I need yet another piece of equipment. Enter iPhones and Smartphones…okay, I get it, but still, do you mean to tell me that listening to a song on a cell phone or watching a movie in HD on a screen 7″ across is going to be anywhere near the experience of watching the movie on a 55″ LED TV or listening to the song on a kick-ass Bose Surround-Sound system? Some of you will say yes, and will honestly believe in what you are saying, but for me, the answer is a resounding NO! Excuse me for enjoying quality of experience far more than the convenience of being able to watch/listen anywhere. AND, if I were so into a song that I needed it to be EVERYWHERE in all aspects of my life, having to choose 20 seconds or so that would indicate to me when my best-friend is calling is doing a major disservice to the work I’m selecting to distinguish my caller. I feel the most it does is make the selected 20 seconds become an annoyance over time, more so than enhancing your enjoyment of the song. You know that the first inappropriate moment that the phone rings, when you’re at the movies or in a job interview or the densist’s office, will be traumatic enough that you’ll not only wind up changing the ringtone, you may decide to keep it on silent forever after that, and the song will now be a scar, a reminder of the time that should not have been. Enjoy those ringtones! 😉
Dan’s Top 5:
5. “Backstabber” by Ke$ha
4. “Earthquakes and Sharks” by Brandtson
3. “The Church of Hot Addiction” by Cobra Starship
2. Theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
1. “She’s Got Me Dancing” by Tommy Sparks
Angela’s Top 5:
5. “Trying to Find A Balance” by Atmosphere
4. “Telephone” by Lady GaGa featuring Beyonce
3. “Bad Romance” by Lady GaGa
2. “I Can Transform Ya” by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz
1. “Turnin’ Me On” by Keri Hilson
Mark’s Top 5:
5. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics – Remember the days of Monophonic ring tones way back when (1998)? Well this cheesy, blippy muzak version of the popular New Wave hit was one of the first custom tones that I had ever acquired, and the fact that it made me laugh at it’s awfulness gives me fond memories of it.
4. “Dusted” by Leftfield – The first ring tone that I had edited myself, thus proving that earning that college degree had not been in vain.
3. Theme from Indiana Jones by John Williams – Song used in movie about a renowned, womanizing world-traveller, used as a ring tone for a well-known, promiscuous, city scouring bar traveller… coincidence?
2. “Somnambulist” by Bt– In an effort to secure status as Bt Superfan #1, I acquired this tune as my first custom edited Polyphonic ring tone (courtesy of my friend Kantu). It was the beginning of one of my favorite songs from my all time favorite artist Bt.
1. Theme from Star Trek: TNG by Dennis McCarthy – One of my current main ring tones. If you didn’t know that I was a complete geek before, you certainly do now. Bye bye, women.
Alex’s Top 5:
5. “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown – Yea, that’s right, I’m that funky.
4. “Queen of Pain” by Alkaline Trio
3. “Dancing, I Got The Pills” by Erick Morillo – Best part of the song when the chick says, “Go ahead and keep on dancing, cuz i got the pills.”
2. Jimi Hendrix solo in “All Along the Watchtower”
1. Tyler Durden’s rant from Fight Club – “You are not your bank account, you are not the contents of your wallet, you are not your fuckin khakis”