Friday, December 18, 2015

2015 Week 50: Top 100 Tracks Streamed

Year in Music Total

Spotify's year in music is one of the great things about streaming. You can get a wrap up of at least some of your music habits in a way that would take way more obsessive nerdetry to do offline than I think even the most insane among us would never do. So, even though I do listen to vinyl and this year started using Google Play to stream my own collection, this number is pretty damn close to reality. 62 thousand minutes. Take that! But what was I listening to? Was it all the same band? Not quite. I don't think I can name 4, 526 artists, but that's what I listened to, at least once. I give everything a chance. How else would you find anything? Spotify also tells me I listened to 12,000 different tracks, mostly in the following genres.

Top Genres

But who gives a shit about genre? Not me, apparently. My top artists where:
  1. Tom Waits - 247 Streams
  2. Elvis Costello - 189 Streams
  3. Arctic Monkeys - 156 Streams
  4. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - 144 Streams
  5. Ana Tijoux - 121 Streams
So I guess, technically, Elvis Costello should be number 1, but that's how Spotify breaks it down. I'm not sure what they consider a stream though since I get the sense the individual numbers might be too small.  Anyway, next measure was albums and no surprises there either:
  1. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs - 117 Streams
  2. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones - 77 Streams
  3. Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie, etc. - 58 Streams
  4. Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors - 54 Streams
  5. Thunderbitch - Thunderbitch - 52 Streams
Which brings me to my top tracks. I won't get into the top 5 tracks and instead just direct you to this week's playlist, which is just my Top 100 for 2015, according to Spotify. I've been listening to it the past couple of days and while there really aren't any complete surprises, there are a few songs I hadn't actually heard in a while, but I guess I played them a lot at the beginning of the year. There are a lot of newer songs but mixed in with some of my old standbys. Shuffle this playlist and it's pretty much what riding around with me is like.

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