Back in 2006 I started sending my music listening activity to a web service called AudioScrobbler, now known as Last.fm. Over eight years or so it has been silently and dutifully recording all the songs I listen to on my computer and building a database of my musical tastes. I think it’s pretty representative of my full listening history, despite it not including things listened to in the car or elsewhere.
It’s compiled a pretty amazing list which today reached the major milestone of 100,000 songs by scrobbling “Gone” by The Head and the Heart.
Last.fm is probably still my favorite web service. While the radio features and other functionality have varied, the collection of my listening data adds a whole new dimension to my love of music. I can see who and what I listen to most frequently, when I first or last listened to a song, and with the API and add ons I can view all sorts of data and visualizations like this one which breaks down my listening habits and the diversity of my library.
Here’s a link to my profile if you’re interested in taking a deeper look at the data.
So it’s April 2014 which seems as good a time as any to share my 2013 music listening charts. I use the wonderful last.fm web site and service to track my listening. It is probably pretty accurate as the bulk of my listening is done through my computer and thus recorded. What is lacking would be the stuff I listen to in the car but honestly I think that represents such a small amount of my listening time that it wouldn’t impact this in any substantial fashion.
So here are my top 20 most listened to artists for 2013
And also at the individual track level
Obviously it was a big year for me and The Head and the Heart. I discovered their self titled debut album early in the year which immediately got put in to very heavy rotation, and then their follow up Let’s Be Still was released in October. Both albums are outstanding and are well worth a listen (or you know, repeated listens)
Also notable I think is the inclusion of The Honorary Title on the artist list. Their Anything Else But The Truth release is just astounding.
Otherwise, I don’t see many surprises on my list. If you want to keep up with my listening in real time you can do so by visiting my last.fm profile.
According to last.fm – here are my top tracks, albums and artists as listened to on my computer over the last 12 months.