So I was just taking a look at my iLike’s most played artists chart and thought it’d make for an interesting post. So, without further ado here are my top ten most played artists according to iLike.com (keep in mind, these charts don’t take into account music I play on my iPhone or otherwise).
- The Dropkick Murphy’s
- Ronald Jenkees
- The Doors
- Modest Mouse
- The Who
I like the Dropkick Murphy’s but would not go as far as to say they’re my favorite band of all time. Still, since I’ve installed iLike on my iTunes, they’ve topped the charts. I’ve been using iLike for about a year so take these results as you will. Anyway the Dropkick Murphy’s are a kickass band and with the recent sports success around Boston it doesn’t surprise me I’ve been blasting their music. Their latest CD, The Meanest of Times, is quite good and I’d recommend giving it a listen if you haven’t already.
Well, I’ve written about Ronald plenty of times here, here, again here, another time here, countless other times, and I gave his debut album a very impressive review so by no means am I surprised he ranks highly in my personal charts. Ronald’s beats are so tight, I’ve used his Rocky Remix song as the main ringtone on my iPhone since I bought the phone.
When I was a little kid (less than ten), my mom took me to one of her friend’s home for a dinner party. After everyone ate the adults start conversing and doing boring adult stuff so I went and hung out with their son who was in his early 20′s (I think). Honestly, I don’t remember too much about him but I remember he was a huge fan of The Doors and had a very sick car that went very fast. At that time, I didn’t know that much about The Doors other than that they were apparently a great band that met an early end after Jim Morrison’s death.
Anyway, the kid took me for a ride in his car (my memory tells me it was a souped up Camaro but it was a while ago) and I was literally holding onto the seat belt in complete and utter fear and exhilaration as he drove around. We ended up back at the house safe and sound but while driving I was scared. Still, I remember sitting in my mom’s car on our drive back home thinking that guy was one of the coolest people I’ve ever met.
Unfortunately, like the career of Jim Morrison, this story does not end well. A few months after that dinner party, that guy ended up getting into an accident in his Camaro (again, I could be way off on the car being a Camaro) and he did not make it.
Over the years I’ve come to appreciate The Doors more and more but they’ll forever remain a band whose memory is intertwined with death, not just for me but for many of the band’s fans. Yet, the band still sells a million plus albums every year. Needless to say, The Doors are epic.
It seems every couple of months I go through a Modest Mouse phase and play their music a ton, and then grow a bit tired of it and don’t listen to it for a few months. Personally, I have to be in a very specific mood to fully enjoy Modest Mouse, otherwise the Isaac Brock’s voice starts to annoy me.
When I’m in the right mood, Modest Mouse rocks. Their unique sound coupled with Brock’s unique voice create an addictive sound that’s near impossible to find in other bands.
This band’s placement in my top five most listened to artists is the most surprising of the five. While the other four groups have a good chance at being in my top ten favorite artists of all time, The Who just don’t capture my passion the same way. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a great group and have released some great music but I was a bit shocked I’ve listened to them that much. Perhaps they were on a loop one night and picked up a lot of play counts.
Still, The Who have a huge discography of solid songs and have influenced many artists.
Considering that my iPhone is taking over as my most used medium for listening to music, I wonder how different this list would be if I tracked the songs I listen to on my iPhone. On the other hand, since my iPhone can only hold so many songs at once my choices are limited and some artists would surely receive a disproportionate amount of plays.