The public's favourite artist (based on number of entries in the 1001 favourite albums as voted at Rate Your Music) by a mile is...
with 21 (!) entries.
In second position with 16 entries is John Coltrane. Followed by Dylan on 13 entries.
Ok - so is the RYM user base a bunch of bearded, cardigan wearing old fogies?
But equal on 11 entries are Frank Zappa and Neil Young.
Mingus is next with 10 entries.
Then The Beatles and Thelonious Monk with 9 each.
Hendrix and Zeppelin score 8 each to round out the top ten. Hmm - where did all those Hendrix Albums come from? The Public know their Hendrix and are up on the more obscure concert albums, in addition to the four classic studio albums, that the Public rates highly.
King Crimson pop in with 7 entries.
With 6 entries each are:
The Rolling Stones
Iron Maiden and Morricone?! This is a diverse list.
With 5 each are:
The Velvet Underground
Now things really start to open out. With four entries:
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
The Allman Brothers Band
Van der Graaf Generator
And with 3 appearances things get really interesting:
A Tribe Called Quest
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fabrizio De André
Townes Van Zandt
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Straight away its clear that the Public list is blacker, jazzier, heavier and generally more diverse than the Critics' list. Not bad things.
The table compares the two lists for artists with 3 or more entries.