Sunday, December 27, 2009

1001 Albums You Must Hear....most appearances

Do I hear you ask which artists have appeared the most in the list?

It probably doesn't surprise you that Dylan and the Beatles are at the top of the list - with seven appearances each. Surprising and gratifying, Bowie and Neil Young also make seven appearances. I'm liking this list. If you had to chose four artists for the proverbial desert island this would be a pretty good selection.

The Stones follow closely with six appearances. But you'll never guess who also makes six appearances. Elvis. Costello not Presley! I've always meant to listen to more Elvis Costello.

Now things start to get really interesting. Springsteen, Zeppelin, The Who and The Byrds each appear five times. Fair enough. Also appearing five times are Brian Eno (!), Radiohead, Sonic Youth and Tom Waits. That's fourteen in total, so far.

This a pretty cool list.

With four entries are Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Metallica, Miles Davis, Morrissey, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd, REM, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Talking heads, Kinks, U2 take the total to twenty-eight. At last we've got some black music!

With three entries, things spread out further - Aerosmith, Beastie Boys, Black Sabbath, Blur, Bob Marley, Creedence, Deep Purple, Dexys Midnight Runners (I always thought of them as a kind of novelty band for "Goodnight Eilene"), Echo & The Bunnymen, Elvis (Presley), Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk, Madonna, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Nick Drake, Nirvana, Paul Simon, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel, Prince, Public Enemy, Queen, Roxy Music, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Cure, The Doors, The Fall, Hendrix, Pixies, Smiths, Velvet Underground, Tim Buckley, Van Morrison, Yes. Something for everyone. Sixty-five artists - and a pretty good overview of the canon of anglophone popular music.

This is certainly a more interesting list than the JJJ greatest songs of all time.

It has highlighted a few gaps in my listening - Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, Tom Waits, Nick Drake, The Fall, Pixies, Tim Buckley, Dexys are all artists that I've had little or no exposure to. I'm looking forward to addressing that. Stay tuned for reviews.

Artists appearing 7 times

Bob Dylan
David Bowie
Neil Young
The Beatles

Artists appearing 6 times

Elvis Costello
The Rolling Stones

Artists appearing 5 times
Brian Eno
Bruce Springsteen
Led Zeppelin
Sonic Youth
The Byrds
The Rolling Stones
The Who
Tom Waits

Artists appearing 4 times

Iggy Pop
Joni Mitchell
Leonard Cohen
Miles Davis
Nick Cave
Pink Floyd
Steely Dan
Stevie Wonder
Talking heads

Artists appearing 3 times

Beastie Boys
Black Sabbath
Bob Marley
Deep Purple
Dexys Midnight Runners
Echo & The Bunnymen
Elvis Presley
Johnny Cash
Kate Bush
Marvin Gaye
Michael Jackson
Nick Drake
Paul Simon
Pet Shop Boys
Peter Gabriel
Public Enemy
Roxy Music
Simon & Garfunkel
The Beach Boys
The Cure
The Doors
The Fall
Velvet Underground
Tim Buckley
Van Morrison

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