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Old 02-17-2011, 10:18 AM   #5451 (permalink)
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I found this interesting. I have been a member of last.fm since November 2006, and have religiously scrobbled everything I listen to (and not more) since then, for a total of 119,726 tracks. I was just browsing my top played tracks for the past week, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and overall. With that much time and that many scrobbles, I'm pretty shocked at how low the play counts on my overall top played tracks are. And how recent many of them are, as well.

1 Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (27)
2 Violens – Acid Reign (23)
3 The Zombies – Time of the Season (22)
3 Violens – Violent Sensation Descends (22)
3 Grizzly Bear – About Face (22)
5 The Kinks – Sweet Lady Genevieve (21)
5 Violens – Spectator & Pupil (21)
8 Love – Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale (20)
8 Clark – Herr Bar (20)
8 The Shins – Phantom Limb (20)
8 Yeasayer – Madder Red (20)
8 Band of Horses – Blue Beard (20)
8 Band of Horses – Factory (20)
8 Band of Horses – For Annabelle (20)
15 Yes – Long Distance Runaround (19)

The fact that many come from 2-3 specific albums is just because I tend to listen to full albums, so naturally the songs are close in total plays. I think it's obvious that if I'd been able to scrobble during my teen years, I'd have much higher individual plays since there was no internet and we tended to focus our attention on fewer albums. It also shows that in the past few years, I've started to return to that practice of spending a lot of time with specific albums.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:22 AM   #5452 (permalink)
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I found this interesting. I have been a member of last.fm since November 2006, and have religiously scrobbled everything I listen to (and not more) since then, for a total of 119,726 tracks. I was just browsing my top played tracks for the past week, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and overall. With that much time and that many scrobbles, I'm pretty shocked at how low the play counts on my overall top played tracks are. And how recent many of them are, as well.

1 Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (27)
2 Violens – Acid Reign (23)
3 The Zombies – Time of the Season (22)
3 Violens – Violent Sensation Descends (22)
3 Grizzly Bear – About Face (22)
5 The Kinks – Sweet Lady Genevieve (21)
5 Violens – Spectator & Pupil (21)
8 Love – Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale (20)
8 Clark – Herr Bar (20)
8 The Shins – Phantom Limb (20)
8 Yeasayer – Madder Red (20)
8 Band of Horses – Blue Beard (20)
8 Band of Horses – Factory (20)
8 Band of Horses – For Annabelle (20)
15 Yes – Long Distance Runaround (19)

The fact that many come from 2-3 specific albums is just because I tend to listen to full albums, so naturally the songs are close in total plays. I think it's obvious that if I'd been able to scrobble during my teen years, I'd have much higher individual plays since there was no internet and we tended to focus our attention on fewer albums. It also shows that in the past few years, I've started to return to that practice of spending a lot of time with specific albums.
The way last.fm presents information can be a little misleading if you think about it. It's basically all skewed in favor of artists who write short songs. So it's always going look like, to pick an extreme example, you listen to Agoraphobic Nosebleed more than Sleep even if you listen to the two of them equally.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:43 AM   #5453 (permalink)
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While that's very true when speaking of artist plays, I don't think it has any impact when speaking of top-played songs. I'm not going to play a shorter track more often than a longer one simply because it's shorter. But an artist will get more total plays if their albums feature many short tracks versus a few long ones, I can't argue that. And the Normalisr (excuse the idiot's spelling) comes in handy for that.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:59 AM   #5454 (permalink)
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While that's very true when speaking of artist plays, I don't think it has any impact when speaking of top-played songs. I'm not going to play a shorter track more often than a longer one simply because it's shorter. But an artist will get more total plays if their albums feature many short tracks versus a few long ones, I can't argue that.
True. I guess that goes to show that last.fm is kind of set up more for individual track listeners instead of album listeners.

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That's interesting! I hadn't seen that before.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:41 PM   #5455 (permalink)
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Something I haven't done before...

Top Tracks Last 3 Months

Laura Stevenson and the Cans - Master Of Art (13)
Fences - My Girl The Horse (8)
Fences - Your Bones (7)
Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass - Deathstalker ll (6)
The Decemberists - Down By The Water (6)
Johnny Foreigner – Who Needs Comment Boxes When You've Got Knives?(6)
A Little Lissa Face - I Wish I Had Some Glittens (6)
Fences – Fires (5)
Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass - King Kong Vs. The U.S. Army (5)
Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass - Passing Through (5)

And then a bunch more MJTP songs after those 2.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:45 PM   #5456 (permalink)
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The White Stripes 1
Carissa's Wierd 1
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Whiteroom feat. Amy Cooper 1
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:52 PM   #5457 (permalink)
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Top Tracks (Last 3 Months)
1.) Renee Fleming - Endlessly [43]
2.) Phish - Rift [42]
3.) Trey Anastasio - Home [29]
4.) Sarah Brightman - Anytime, Anywhere [28]
5.) Sarah Brightman - Eden [21]
6.) Phish - Wading In the Velvet Sea [20]
7.) Elliott Smith - Shooting Star [18]
8.) Phish - Lengthwise [14]
8.) Joy Zipper - 1 [14]
8.) Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek [14]
11.) Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea [13]
11.) Marc Broussard - Gavin's Song [13]
11.) Bitchfist Bukowski - Fall 2005 [13]
14.) Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [12]
14.) Phish - Banter [12] (From live shows)
14.) Dude Of Life - Dahlia [12]
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:45 AM   #5458 (permalink)
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The Church – Under The Milky Way 15
Deftones – Back to School (Mini Maggit) 13
Kanye West – Runaway - Explicit Version 13
Guided by Voices – I Am A Scientist 11
The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin' 11
Alice in Chains – Would? 10
The Germs – Communist Eyes 10
Underworld – Born Slippy 9
The Beatles – Cry Baby Cry 9
Matthew Sweet – Holy War 9
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The Germs – Land Of Treason 9
The Germs – What We Do Is Secret 9
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:36 AM   #5459 (permalink)
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My top 8 of the last seven days:

John Zorn 203
Naked City 158
Gogol Bordello 121
Van der Graaf Generator 99
El-P 59
Beck 34
The Grouch & Eligh 33
Tool 24

A bit of a Zorn spree the other day. But he has a lot of minute-long songs, as well.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:13 AM   #5460 (permalink)
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So , I just started using Last fm. is there a way to listen to specific songs without typing in an artist's name and getting some random song of theirs?
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