Last.fm 2017 Listening Trends

This year my music listening is under-counted because of a few factors. 1) Spotify scrobbling stopped working at work, 2) I listened to a lot of bandcamp at work (not scrobbled), and 3) for K-Pop I mostly just watch it on Youtube (not scrobbled). That said, I have been listening to music slightly more often. I’ve spent the last couple months listening to music that I’ve never listened to on my computer (as far as Amarok knows), so while that’s contributed to scrobbles, it’s going to mean that the scrobbles are going to be long-tail, ie they won’t make dents in the counts of top artists, songs, etc.

Artists

Interestingly, only The Beatles, Ramin Djawadi, and Chance were on this list last year.

1. The PDX Broadsides (350 listens) – When The Doubleclicks mentioned The PDX Broadsides in one of their Kickstarter updates, I checked them out on bandcamp. A few days later I ended up joining their Kickstarter for Trust Issues and buying their entire discography. They’re a fun little band that mostly tackle geek genres.
2. Jonathan Coulton (348 listens) – JoCo had a new album this year. I got addicted to All this Time and subsequently bought the album and accompanying graphic novel.
3. The Doubleclicks (186 listens) – I Kickstarted their latest album, Love Problems. Almost all the scrobbles come from listening to this one album.
4. Cast – Elena of Avalor (137 listens) – Scarlett wanted the soundtrack from Elena of Avalor. We listened to it a lot while driving around.
5. The Beatles (123 listens) – They’re always there.
6. Celia Cruz (97 listens) – I always love listening to Celia. AZUCAR!
7. Beny Moré (87 listens) – I rediscovered Beny Moré via Spotify, I started listening to him even more.
8. Marian Call (80 listens) – While on the bandcamp page for The PDX Broadsides, I was recommended Marian Call. Good call (pun not intended) by Bandcamp. I loved her muisc and bought many of her albums.
9. Mark Mancina (77 listens) – From the Moana soundtrack.
10. Willy Chirino (77 listens) – Reminds me of my childhood.
11. Anberlin (66 listens) – After remembering that they’d disbanded, got nostalgic for the music, especially the earlier stuff.
12. I Fight Dragons (66 listens) – I’d stopped listening for a bit and then the announced they were working on a new album and are releasing demo tracks via Patreon. Started listening to both the demo tracks and old stuff.
13. Anchor & Braille (58 listens) – On reddit, someone mentioned this group had some of the members from Anberlin, so I checked out Songs for the Late Night Drive Home. It was pretty good although the songs are a bit samey.
14. Lana Del Rey (57 listens) – Mostly from listening to her song from The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
15. Sleigh Bells (55 listens) – From listening to their latest album on Spotify as well as some of their older stuff.
16. Valerie June (55 listens) – just from listening to Pushin’ Against A Stone on Spotify.
17. Chance the Rapper (53 listens) – I finally started appreciating Coloring Book.
18. Ramin Djawadi (53 listens) – Westworld Soundtrack.
19. OK Go (50 listens) – I got back into their music videos which got me back into listening to their music.
20. Thelonious Monk (50 listens) – as always I love his take on Duke Ellington.

Albums

1. Jonathan Coulton — Solid State (163 listens)
2. Cast – Elena of Avalor — Elena of Avalor (Original Soundtrack) (137 listens)
3. The PDX Broadsides — Trust Issues (125 listens)
4. The Doubleclicks — Love Problems (98 listens)
5. Mark Mancina — Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (77 listens)
6. The PDX Broadsides — Something’s Rotten (69 listens)
7. The PDX Broadsides — Aim To Misbehave (58 listens)
8. Anchor & Braille — Songs for the Late Night Drive Home (58 listens)
9. Ramin Djawadi — Westworld: Season 1 (Music from the HBO® Series) (53 listens)
10. Valerie June — Pushin’ Against A Stone (51 listens)
11. Celia Cruz — The Absolute Collection Disc 1 (51 listens)
12. Willy Chirino — Asere (50 listens)
13. Thelonious Monk — Plays Duke Ellington (46 listens)
14. Chance the Rapper — Coloring Book (45 listens)
15. Celia Cruz — The Absolute Collection Disc 2 (45 listens)
16. Jonathan Coulton — Artificial Heart (44 listens)
17. Auliʻi Cravalho — Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (42 listens)
18. Jonathan Coulton — JoCo Looks Back (41 listens)
19. Beny Moré — Lo Mejor de Cuba, Vol. 2 (39 listens)
20. Marian Call — Standing Stones (38 listens)

Songs

1. Lana Del Rey — Young and Beautiful (29 listens)
2. Christopher Jackson, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, Auliʻi Cravalho & Louise Bush — Where You Are (23 listens)
3. Auliʻi Cravalho — How Far I’ll Go (22 listens)
4. Jemaine Clement — Shiny (21 listens)
5. Dwayne Johnson — You’re Welcome (21 listens)
6. Jonathan Coulton — All This Time (20 listens)
7. Auliʻi Cravalho — How Far I’ll Go (reprise) (20 listens)
8. Opetaia Foaʻi & Lin‐Manuel Miranda — We Know the Way (20 listens)
9. Vai Mahina, Sulata Foaʻi‐Amiatu & Matthew Ineleo — An Innocent Warrior (18 listens)
10. Olivia Foaʻi, Opetaia Foaʻi & Talaga Steve Sale — Logo Te Pate (17 listens)
11. Jonathan Coulton — Solid State (15 listens)
12. Cast – Elena of Avalor — Blow My Top (14 listens)
13. Rachel House & Auliʻi Cravalho — I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) (14 listens)
14. Olivia Foaʻi — Tulou Tagaloa (14 listens)
15. Cast – Elena of Avalor — Festival of Love (13 listens)
16. Cast – Elena of Avalor — My Time (13 listens)
17. Jonathan Coulton — Pictures of Cats (13 listens)
18. Jerry Rivera — Ese (12 listens)
19. Kristen Bell;Idina Menzel — For the First Time in Forever (reprise) (12 listens)
20. The PDX Broadsides — I Go Both Ways (12 listens)

All-Time Artists

It’s a testament to how entrenched these are that only Anberlin, The Beatles, Jonathan Coulton, and I Fight Dragons had enough listens to make the top artists and yet many of the artists that have been top artists for years now remain. JoCo has the possibility of moving up 1-2 slots in 2018 and if I really like the new IFD album, they could finally overtake Gnarls Barkley.

1. Fantastic Plastic Machine (3,606 listens)
2. Anberlin (2,834 listens)
3. Five Iron Frenzy (2,746 listens)
4. The Beatles (2,549 listens)
5. Relient K (1,938 listens)
6. “Weird Al” Yankovic (1,728 listens)
7. Fall Out Boy (1,318 listens)
8. Gnarls Barkley (1,124 listens)
9. I Fight Dragons (1,077 listens)
10. Gwen Stefani (908 listens)
11. Jonathan Coulton (901 listens)
12. DC Talk (896 listens)
13. Tom Lehrer (895 listens)
14. Andrea Echeverri (894 listens)
15. Lostprophets (845 listens)

All-Time Songs

No real changes here.

1.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — Over and Over Again (Lost and Found) (116 listens)
2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood (116 listens)
3. Jonathan Coulton — The Princess Who Saved Herself (111 listens)
4.Fantastic Plastic Machine — Take Me To The Disco [Malibu Mix] (104 listens)
5. Fantastic Plastic Machine — Steppin’ Out (102 listens)
6. Gnarls Barkley — Who Cares (99 listens)
7. Gnarls Barkley — Just a Thought (93 listens)
8. 4minute — Cut it Out (92 listens)
9. Anberlin — Audrey, Start The Revolution! (87 listens)
10. Gnarls Barkley — The Last Time (87 listens)
11. Andrea Echeverri — Quédate (85 listens)
12. Gnarls Barkley — St. Elsewhere (85 listens)
13. Fantastic Plastic Machine — Love Is Psychedelic (83 listens)
14. Gnarls Barkley — Smiley Faces (83 listens)
15. Gnarls Barkley — Crazy (82 listens)

Scrobbles at End of 2017: 106,549 (crossed that 100k!)

Scrobbles in 2017: 7003 – a little more than last year (about 800ish) which tracks with my feelings that I listened a bit more.

Author: Eric Mesa

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