Today marks 10 years since I joined last.fm (or Audioscrobbler, as it was at the time). The idea of a site that collects all your music listening data and provides you with statistics was rather appealing to this music-loving geek. 10 years later I still love it. Here’s some of the geeky facts it’s allowed me to provide you with in regards to my music listening habits since 6th January 2005 (you’re welcome!):
I have scrobbled 91,699 plays of songs by 2,144 different artists.
I have played more songs by Suede than any other artist. I’m pretty sure that the number one spot has only ever been taken by Suede and Catatonia. Catatonia got boosted up there when I reached their CDs in my musical A-Z project. Suede gradually regained the top spot though and then kept on going. They are currently almost 500 plays out in front. And I’ve not even reached them in the A-Z yet (which I haven’t forgotten about by the way)!
There are 13 artists who have reached the milestone of at least 1,000 plays. Of those 13, 4 have also made it to 2,000 plays. No-one’s reached 3,000 yet, but Suede are doing their best (currently on 2,763).
An artist currently needs at least 286 plays to make it in to my top 50 and at least 33 plays to make it in to my top 500.
There are also, however, 388 artists who I’ve only played once.
64% of my top 50 artists are British (34% English, 28% Welsh and just 2% Scottish (aw – well done Dogs Die In Hot Cars)). 18% are American. The remaining 18% are a fairly even mixture of Irish, Canadian, Swedish and Australian.
My album statistics aren’t hugely accurate as it’s not something that used to be tracked, so I didn’t always bother including the album name when tagging my MP3s. However, it reckons that my most played album is ‘Here Come The Tears’, by The Tears, which is quite likely to be true, considering the time period it’s covering. I listened to that album a lot when it came out.
My most listened to song is ‘What Kind Of Man’ by Cerys Matthews (with 82 plays). For years it was ‘Striptease’ by Hawksley Workman, but that’s now down in 3rd position (with The Tears’ ‘Autograph’ in 2nd position). I first played ‘What Kind Of Man’ on 4th July 2006 and most recently played it on 13th October 2014. I played it most in 2006 though (30 plays, just from July onwards!).
Songs need at least 48 plays to make it in to my top 50 and 22 plays to make it in to my top 500.
Most of the songs in my top 50 are by artists who are also in my top 50. The only 2 that aren’t are:
Wilco – Say You Miss Me (though Wilco were briefly in my top 50 a few years back)
Marcy Playground – Sex And Candy (this is entirely down to a music video I watched during my period of being obsessed with Smallville and Michael Rosenbaum (which was seemingly in 2005, according to when I most listened to this song)).
The artists with the most songs in my top 50 are Cerys Matthews and Ooberman, with 6 songs each.
I don’t know what the first ever track I scrobbled was, sadly, as you can only track back as far as 14th Feb 2005. The first track I listened to then (on Valentine’s Day of all days) was ‘Problem’ by Remy Zero. Ha ha ha. 2 songs after that was ‘Loneliness’ by Ed Harcourt! Oh dear. I was single at the time (if that isn’t obvious), though I don’t think my song choices were meant to be reflective of the date. I wouldn’t rule it out though.
The most recent track I scrobbled was ‘Sister Anne’ by Dan Amor, which was the song that was playing on my phone as I arrived home from work today.
Should you be keen to dig out more stats from my past 10 years of music listening, pop over to my last.fm and go nuts! They’re changing all the time (or at least whenever I’m listening to music – which I’m not right now, just so it doesn’t mess with the stats I’m posting here! Otherwise I totally would be).
Here’s to the next 10 years!