2021 Playlist Year in Review

It’s time once again to check out my yearly totals from last.fm. A large part of my listening is shuffle play as I sit at my computer, but starting in 2016, offline albums are included. About the only things not included in these tallies are streaming internet radio and whatever I listen to in the car. Enough explanation; on to the numbers!

Top 20 played artists, based on individual song play counts

  1. Genesis (366)
  2. Pet Shop Boys (270)
  3. Steven Wilson (239)
  4. Porcupine Tree (236)
  5. Anthony Phillips (209)
  6. Steve Hackett (179)
  7. Dream Theater (176)
  8. Joe Hisaishi (175)
  9. Peter Gabriel (155)
  10. Pink Floyd (136)
  11. Tony Banks (102)
  12. Satoru Kousaki (95)
  13. Yes (91)
  14. J.A. Seazer (90)
  15. Thy Catafalque (87)
  16. BABYMETAL (81)
  17. Yasunori Mitsuda (79)
  18. Nobuo Uematsu (75)
  19. Shinkichi Mitsumune (73)
  20. Michiru Oshima (73)

Top 20 played-from albums*, based on individual song play counts

*this is not the same as most-played albums! For this list, every time a song plays is a “vote” for the album it is from, whether in shuffle mode of my entire library or listening to the album all the way through, with each play of a song counting once. Or to put it another way, the more songs an album has on it, the easier it is to climb this list.

  1. Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (57)
  2. Hydelic – Tetris Effect Soundtrack (50)
  3. Michiru Oshima – Little Witch Academia Original Sound Track Archive (45)
  4. Kou Otani – Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 1 Soundtrack (38)
  5. Kensuke Ushio – Boogiepop and Others Soundtrack (35)
  6. Tony Banks – A Curious Feeling (32)
  7. Hiromi Mizutani – Non Non Biyori Soundtrack (31)
  8. Kenichiro Suehiro – SPACE PATROL LULUCO Appended Disc: Original Soundtracks & Audio Dramas (30)
  9. Genesis – We Can’t Dance (28)
  10. Peter Gabriel – Flotsam and Jetsam (27)
  11. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (25)
  12. George Michael – Faith (25)
  13. Mabanua – BNA Complete album Soundtrack (25)
  14. Hiromi Mizutani – Non Non Biyori Vacation Soundtrack (24)
  15. Hiroyuki Sawano – KILL la KILL COMPLETE SOUNDTRACK (24)
  16. Joe Hisaishi – Children of the Sea Soundtrack (24)
  17. Yasunori Mitsuda – Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack (24)
  18. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing….. (23)
  19. Hideakira Kimura – Gundam Build Divers Series Original Soundtrack (23)
  20. Kevin Penkin – Made in Abyss Soundtrack (23)
  21. Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (23)
  22. Takahiro Obata – The Promised Neverland Soundtrack (23)

There is no top songs list because there is too large of a sample size of individual songs for such a list to have any real meaning. My shuffle playlist is designed to avoid overplaying any particular song, so I have many songs with the same number of play counts over any particular time span. If you’re really interested in these numbers though, see my last.fm library.

Also, you can compare this list to 2018, 2019, or 2020. Summaries for years prior to that are on my now-closed tumblr, though I have them archived locally for posterity.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.