So here’s my top listened artists for 2011. Some of these entries are a surprise and others are expected. I can’t wait to see how many of these artists are on this list next year. Well, let’s take a look.
1. The Beatles (492) – No surprises here; the ancestors of nearly all pop and rock in America has been on top every quarter. So of course they’d top this list.
2. Girl Talk (363) – A pretty impressive showing for Girl Talk. If my CD player listens were counted, he’d be at the top of the list. I’ve listened to it a lot at work and in the car.
3. Doctor Octoroc (281) – For how quickly I tired of this music, I can’t believe how highly it scored for this year!
4. Relient K (210) – Another no-brainer. I have all their albums and they have a lot of tracks out there to show up over and over.
5. Anberlin (180) – Pretty much the same as above
6. I Fight Dragons (178) – I discovered I Fight Dragons within the last year to year and a half and I really love the sound they’ve got. A regular rock band with backup instruments from 8-bit Nintendo systems. They definitely deserve a place on here and would have been higher if I’d gotten around to buying their first full length album.
7. Sambo Master (145) – Great Japanese rock. So great I don’t care that I can’t understand them.
8. Anamanaguchi (142) – I’ve spoken a lot about them in the past few entries. They’re like the inverse of I Fight Dragons, but I still love the music.
9. “Weird Al” Yankovic (138) – The master of Parody
10. Fire Iron Frenzy (122) – Love them, as I’ve said before
11. Yasunori Mitsuda (107) – I didn’t realize how much I’d listened to the Chrono Trigger Soundtrack!
12. Thousand Foot Krutch (89) – Again, a great rock group
13. Fantastic Plastic Machine (88) – FPM is great mood music. I enjoy it best when I listen to it sparingly
13. Childish Gambino (88) – Discovered Donald Glover’s alter-ego this year and I like most of the songs for their great puns.
15. Lostprophets (87) – Again, a great group that I’m glad made it to this list.