I find myself often wondering, what band have I listened to most in my life?
Was it Green Day? – The first band I got into. Was it Slipknot? – The band all my friends talked about and which was the cultural zeitgeist when I was in high school. Was it Napalm Death – a band with over 20 albums and albums with often nearly 20 songs on them? Was it Arctic Monkeys or Libertines who I was utterly obsessed with around the time of their first two albums.
Was it someone newer? Jethro Tull have and Pink Floyd have a great many albums and I played them absolutely to death between 2007-2010.
What I can tell however, is who all I have listened to since 2011, since that’s when I joined Last FM and it tracks it for me.
Since then I can tell you who I listened to most. Queensryche. By some distance. If I had to guess, I would guess the numeber two spot was Corrosion Of Conformity and number 3 was Helloween. Turns out I was wrong. Perception is interesting. Maybe Green Day while they felt very exposed in my perception, actually got relatively few listens as maybe I didn’t listen as much at that time in my life. And time back then felt longer. One year in highschool feels like about 5 years in your 20s. In the same way 1 year in primary school feels about the same as 3 years of primary school [That’s elementary school for my international readers].
Time is weird, I mean Anthrax told me that on their excellent Persistence Of Time album. Pink Floyd told me that on their iconic track ‘Time.’ I feel like the longer you live, the shorter each year feels. I still think of Helloween and Queensryche as one of my ‘new’ bands, even thoguh I got into them in like 2011, so what, like..8 years ago? I was only ever in highschool for 5 years. I got into Slipknot in the 1st year of high school, and by the time their 3rd album came out in like my 3rd or 4th year of highschool, I felt like I had been listening to them forever and ever.
Time. What a weird thing.
Anyway. I find it very surprising that I have listened to some things more than others. Devildriver are way higher than some others like Creeper and Ratt who I feel like I listen to all of the time and can scarecley remember the last time I listened to Devildriver.
To that end, since 2011, here are all the bands I have listened to more than 4,000 songs from:
Bands I have listened to more than 3,000 songs from:
Helloween, Saxon, Judas Priest, Arctic Monkeys, Corrsion Of Conformity.
Bands I have listened to more than 2,000 songs from:
Machine Head, Clutch, Manowar, Slipknot, Metallica, Megadeth, Gamma Ray, Volbeat (already, and I only got into them at Download Festival this summer!!), Motorhead, Parkway Drive, Anthrax, Protest The Hero, Coheed & Cambria, Monster Magnet, Ac/DC, Black Label Society, Motley Crue
Bands I have listened to more than 1,000 songs from:
Sepultura, The Fratellis, Jethro Tull, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Slayer, Kiss, Prong, Soundgarden, Accept, Iron Maiden, Bullet For My Valentine, Ozzy Osbourne, Fear Factory, Pantera, Deep Purple, Exodus, Architects, Bring Me The Horizon, Queen, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Savatage, WASP, Devildriver, Rishloo, Hatebreed, Green Day, Iced Earth, Dream Theater, The Libertines, Marilyn Manson, Kreator, Thin Lizzy, Stratovarius, Blind Guardian, Testament, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Dio, Overkill, Twisted Sister, Van Halen, Edguy.
Now the thing is, some of those numbers are completely accurate. Queensryche, Saxon, Edguy and Blind Guardian for example. I got into them after Last FM, so it has tracked every time I’ve listened to them. Some of the numbers are not. I got into Maston way before, and I can’t tell you how many hundreds of times I listened to their first 4 albums back in the day. Deep Purple are on the borderline, as I got into them slightly before Last FM, but they were my number one band around the time I started, so I am only maybe 500 listens shy of accurate. But the oldest bands, the ones I was into in highschool like Slipknot, Green Day, Kiss and Iron Maiden…who knows how severely higher they should be. I mean, Led Zeppelin aren’t even on this list, and I feel like I was Mr. Led Zeppelin at one point, lending biographies to classmates and endlessly jamming them into my schoolwork whereever possible and playing cover songs. How much higher would they be?
Who knows. All I know is, for basically the last decade, Queensryche have been champions. And there are almost 850 plays between them and the next highest artist. Long live the Ryche.