Anyhoo, I've been whiling away some free time by - shock, horror - putting together a list.
At the excellent Gallifrey Base we have for a while had a thread where people post a random selection of 10 songs from their mp3 player of choice, as is common in many places. Sometime in March 2011, someone had the bright idea of picking their favourite song(s) from the previous poster's list, before then posting their own.
What I've been doing is collecting those picks and keeping a record of picks per artist. Where more than one person has picked from any particular list, I've allowed all those picks, except where they are duplicated - i.e. a song can be picked from one list once and once only (though it can certainly be picked again if it later comes up on another list.) Similarly, though admittedly a little more abitrarily, I'm only allowing an artist to be picked once per list, so if poster A includes 8 Radical Cleric tracks in their list, and the next poster is also a Radical Cleric fan, I'll only count one pick for Radical Cleric off that list.Where duets or collaborations are picked, I've used common sense (?!?) in determining whether to credit each artist separately(Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot) or as a pair (Hall and Oates, Oakey and Moroder.)
Anyway, as of November 2011, over 930 artists have been represented. The top 50 (and ties) stood like this:
|Manic Street Preachers||16|
|Tears for Fears||13|
|Adam & The Ants||11|
I'll try to post updates after every couple of months' worth of posts, until I get up to date, at which point if I still have the will to live, I'll update it a little more frequently. Next post will see how things have developed by Christmas 2011...