Most Played of 2010

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2. Jan. 2011, 2:07

To keep with the tradition of logging my listening habits in a given calendar, here are my most played artists, songs and albums of 2010:

10 Most Played Artists:
1. The Dillinger Escape Plan - 292 (292 overall, #46)
2. Sleigh Bells - 242 (247 overall, #58)
T-3. Gorillaz - 178 (597 overall, #13)
T-3. Flying Lotus - 178 (178 overall, #83)
T-3. Crystal Castles - 178 (388 overall, #26)
T-6. Brand New - 177 (239 overall, #60)
T-6. Vampire Weekend - 177 (430 overall, #22)
8. The xx - 163 (270 overall, #55)
9. Wavves - 157 (358 overall, #32)
T-10. LCD Soundsystem - 149 (374 overall, #29)
T-10. Deerhunter - 149 (304 overall, T-#41)

As usual, most of the artists also had an album released in 2010 (except for Brand New and The xx, whom I gave plenty of carryover love to their 2009 albums.) I downloaded Dillinger's discography in early January and haven't looked back since, as I am now obsessed with their highly technical mathcore. The only holdover from last year's Top 10 is, surprisingly, Wavves, who somehow logged 201 plays and ranked #4 last year. DEP has the fewest plays for a #1 artist in the four years I've kept track (Radiohead in '07 had 386, Beck in '08 had 441, Animal Collective last year had the highest with 628.) This is the first year Radiohead did not crack the Top 10, instead placing at #36 with 71 plays. One last note: The clustering of play counts. This is more evident with the Top 20 songs...

20 Most Played Tracks:
T-1. Intro - 37 (44 overall)
T-1. Post Acid - 37
T-1. Tell 'Em - 37
4. I Can Change - 36
T-5. Madder Red - 35
T-5. WTF? - 35
T-7. Norway - 34
T-7. Good Neighbor - 34
9. Feel It All Around - 33 (42 overall)
10. Helicopter - 32
T-11. White Sky - 31
T-11. Percussion Gun - 31
13. Milk Lizard - 30
T-14. Crystalised - 29 (51 overall)
T-14. At The Bottom - 29
T-14. Odessa - 29
17. Infinity Guitars - 28
T-18. Crown on the Ground - 27 (32 overall)
T-18. Riot Rhythm - 27
T-20. Baptism - 26
T-20. Stylo - 26
T-20. Ambling Alp - 26
T-20. Rome - 26
T-20. Love Cry - 26
T-20. Pickled! - 26
All songs were first scrobbled in 2010, unless a higher overall play count is indicated.

A first-time three-way tie atop the list, including an intro of all things from 2009 (although it is one of the best intros I've ever heard.) Almost all 2010 songs, and a few 2009 songs that I neglected in 2009. The exception is "Milk Lizard", a 2007 cut from Ire Works that I downloaded in 2010. As I mentioned briefly with the artists, there is a massive clustering of play counts. In fact, there is a perfect incremental decrease in plays from 37 on down, with no number being skipped. It's tough to say if I listened to less music or not or if I'm just spreading the love more (probably more of the latter.) For comparison's sake, the most played song last year, My Girls, had 68 plays, so the #1s this year have almost half of that. That six-way tie at #20 and four Sleigh Bells songs (including three in a row) in the Top 20 are both pretty ridiculous and noteworthy, as well.

10 Most Played Albums:
1. Treats - 229
2. Cosmogramma - 178
3. Contra - 155
4. Plastic Beach - 154
5. King Of The Beach -147
6. The Suburbs - 144
7. Odd Blood - 143
8. xx - 136 (243 overall)
9. Halcyon Digest - 133
10. Eyelid Movies - 132

9 of my favorite albums of 2010, and my 3rd favorite album of 2009 (The xx). My actual favorite album of the year, This Is Happening, came in at a close #11. Last year's #1 album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, notched a whopping 303 plays.

Last year, Animal Collective swept across the board as my actual favorite album and song, and my most played artist, song, and album. This year, it is a bit more scattered. All I Want was my favorite song but didn't crack the Top 20, and This Is Happening was my favorite album but was #11. Based off of plays, Sleigh Bells had the closest sweep: #2 for artists, tied for #1 for songs, and #1 for albums. Not bad. Can't argue, loved the shit out of that album and band.

I begin 2011 with 60,372 overall plays, so by this time next year, I'll be able to see how many songs I played in 2011. Because stats are important.

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