Midnight Rambler (in_thy_bounty) wrote,
Midnight Rambler
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The Musical Mindscape

It's time for the third year of this thoroughly pointless exercise... listing the top 100 tracks by play count in itunes. Has much changed? Does any of this say anything about anything? Let's see.

(last year's position in brackets)
100 (67) Accept - Thunder And Lightning
99 (66) Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Poison Apple
98 (-) T.Rex - Summer Deep
97 (-) The Stooges - Penetration
96 (95) Stiff Little Fingers - Wasted Life
95 (64) The Skids - Into The Valley
94 (94) Silver Sun - Gossip
93 (91) Sex Pistols - Bodies
92 (61) Ramones - I Don't Wanna Go Down In The Basement
91 (60) Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
90 (59) Purson - Spiderwood Farm
89 (58) Primal Scream - Long Life
88 (-) Placebo - Days Before You Came
87 (89) My Dying Bride - Cry Of Mankind
86 (57) Julian Cope - Torch
85 (-) Jonny Hardie - The Buzzard
84 (-) Jackal - How The Time Has Flown
83 (86) Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'
82 (56) Hinds - Castigadas En El Granero
81 (85) Guns N' Roses - It's So Easy
80 (84) Groundhogs - Cherry Red
79 (54) Fidlar - Paycheck
78 (53) Ex Hex - Waste Your Time
77 (52) Ex Hex - Beast
76 (77) Dr Feelgood - Back In The Night
75 (51) Darkthrone - Witch Ghetto
74 (-) The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
73 (50) The Clash - Wrong 'Em Boyo
72 (75) Chuck Berry - Maybelline
71 (49) Can - Mushroom
70 (-) The Boo Radleys - Everything Is Sorrow (Grantby Remix)
69 (-) The Boo Radleys - Fortunate Sons
68 (-) Bo Hansson - Lothlorien
67 (-) Blur - Far Out
66 (47) Aphex Twin - Flim
65 (45) Accept - China Lady
64 (-) The White Stripes - Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
63 (97) T.Rex - Jeepster
62 (63) Sex Pistols - EMI
61 (62) Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun
60 (43) Public Image Ltd - Deeper Water
59 (42) Motorhead - I'll Be Your Sister
58 (-) Manic Street Preachers - Rock And Roll Music
57 (-) Julian Cope - Doomed
56 (-) The Jesus And Mary Chain - You Trip Me Up
55 (-) Iron Maiden - Prowler
54 (87) Iggy Pop - Sixteen
53 (41) Fidlar - LDA
52 (40) Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
51 (71) The Boo Radleys - C'Mon Kids
50 (46) Alternative TV - Why Don't You Do Me Right
49 (44) Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
48 (35) Myrkur - Nattens Barn
47 (-) The Jesus And Mary Chain - In A Hole
46 (-) Guns N' Roses - Right Next Door To Hell
45 (55) Generation X - Ready Steady Go
44 (32) Fidlar - Cheap Beer
43 (29) Buzzcocks - Love Battery
42 (72) The Boo Radleys - Annie And Marnie
41 (48) The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
40 (38) Ash - Lose Control
39 (28) World Party - Is It Like Today?
38 (-) The March Violets - Walk Into The Sun
37 (34) Ken Boothe - Artibella
36 (-) The Jesus And Mary Chain - My Little Underground
35 (31) Ex Hex - Radio On
34 (37) T.Rex - Childe
33 (27) The Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso
32 (26) Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks
31 (22) Hollywood Brats - Sick On You
30 (21) Fidlar - Max Can't Surf
29 (30) The Clash - I'm So Bored With The USA
28 (20) The Castaways - Liar Liar
27 (19) Brian Eno - Golden Hours
26 (36) Sex Pistols - No Feelings
25 (23) Nu-Matic - Hard Times
24 (-) The Jesus And Mary Chain - Taste The Floor
23 (16) Guns N' Roses - Down On The Farm
22 (25) Guns N' Roses - You're Crazy
21 (12) Purson - Leaning On A Bear
20 (10) Fidlar - Gimme Something
19 (9) Buzzcocks - Everybody's Happy Nowadays
18 (18) The Velvet Underground - I Heard Her Call My Name
17 (14) The Stooges - Search And Destroy
16 (65) The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
15 (7) Sex Pistols - Submission
14 (8) Buzzcocks - Love You More
13 (11) Motorhead - Limb From Limb
12 (33) The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
11 (24) Ex Hex - Waterfall
10 (5) Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind
9 (15) The Boo Radleys - Get On The Bus
8 (13) Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device
7 (6) Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
6 (3) Accept - I'm A Rebel
5 (17) Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
4 (4) T.Rex - Diamond Meadows
3 (-) The Jesus And Mary Chain - Taste Of Cindy
2 (2) Sham 69 - Borstal Breakout
1 (1) Eddie & The Hot Rods - Do Anything You Wanna Do

It's getting harder to break into the list, with only 21 tracks appearing that weren't on the list last year, compared to 38 making an appearance last year. The top 30 or so feels particularly stuck - the play numbers there are high enough to make it a formidable barrier for any new song to catch up.

Number of plays of top track
2014: 22
2015: 25
2016: 27

Number of plays needed to reach top 100
2014: 8
2015: 10
2016: 11

Total songs
2014: 4879 (12.9 days)
2015: 9677 (27.5 days)
2016: 18,989 (55.2 days)

Number of songs played at least once
2014: 2236 (6 days)
2015: 3937 (10 days)
2016: 4803 (13 days)

Number of songs never played
2014: 2643 (6.8 days)
2015: 5740 (16 days)
2016: 14,186 (42.2 days)

All of which suggests that I need to calm down on the music acquisition front and get around to actually listening to it. Reaching the storage limit of my ipod should level that out in the year ahead...
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