A Third Year of Last.fm

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Posted on April 20, 2009 9:48 PM in Music
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

Just like I did in 2007 and in 2008, since today marks the third anniversary of my joining Last.fm, I figured I'd post yet another overview of how my music listening habits changed (or didn't) over the past year. Following the same formula as before, here's a look at the artists I listened to the most in the past year:

  1. Death Cab for Cutie (565 listens)
  2. Coldplay (486 listens)
  3. Radiohead (270 listens)
  4. Beck (191 listens)
  5. Snow Patrol (183 listens)
  6. Supergrass (161 listens)
  7. Pearl Jam (159 listens)
  8. Kings of Leon (143 listens)
  9. The Killers (132 listens)
  10. Nine Inch Nails (128 listens)

Overall, the list doesn't surprise me much given the releases of Narrow Stairs and Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends last summer. The release of A Hundred Million Suns in the fall and my discovery of Only By The Night around that time likely boosted the plight of Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon, respectively, as well.

One interesting takeaway from the numbers is that the top ten artists I listened to in 2007 accounted for 4,351 total listens. In 2008, they accounted for 3,559 listens. This year, they only accounted for 2,418 listens. Since the amount of time I listen to music hasn't decreased, at least dramatically, I take that to mean I'm actually listening to a broader range of music now than I have in the past.

Another takeaway from this year's numbers is that I focused my attention on a lot more rock this year. Nine Inch Nails is the closest I came, at least in the top ten artists, to breaking out of that genre. In years past, artists like The Chemical Brothers and Snoop Dogg mixed things up a bit. I obviously haven't moved exclusively to rock, though, given that the next list of ten artists consists of names like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas, Ludacris and Moby.

The only artist that managed to get more than one album into my top ten listened to albums last year was Death Cab for Cutie, whose Narrow Stairs and Plans I had on heavy rotation.

As far as individual tracks are concerned, the top 20 tracks I listened to over the past year were all from either Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay or Kings of Leon. Surprisingly, Coldplay's Violet Hill edged out Death Cab for Cutie's Cath... for most listens overall. I listened to the former 49 times and the latter 48.

Finally, I'd be remiss not to remind Zim that he should check his stats tomorrow. :)


Zim on April 21, 2009 at 2:47 AM:

You had an interesting year!
It's nice to see how you recognize your own changes.
After reading your post and your last.fm profile, I don't understand why the "musical compatibillity" between us is "low". I like at least five of your top artists. It would be nice if we -users- had the chance to pick artists we like and add a "plus" to them.
For example, I like a lot Coldplay, but I don't use to listen to their music many times.
Like I said the last year, happy anniversay!!!
Thanks for your reminder! (I absolutely forgot that this was today!)
I've just finished my two-years post. This year I wrote a lot about my musical trends, and even I used a couple of tools to make pretty (and interesting) graphs.
I've tried an automatically translated version and it's pretty legible (a couple of lines are no-sense), if you are interested in reading it.


Bernie Zimmermann on April 21, 2009 at 7:09 AM:

I just read your two-years post, Zim. Those visuals definitely add a lot to the analysis. Happy anniversary to you, too.


ubvytiux on May 15, 2017 at 5:22 AM:

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