2018 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 10 played artists, based on individual song play counts

  1. Pet Shop Boys (411)
  2. Genesis (323)
  3. Porcupine Tree (320)
  4. Steven Wilson (286)
  5. Anthony Phillips (198)
  6. Steve Hackett (180)
  7. Yes (142)
  8. BABYMETAL (123)
  9. Shinkichi Mitsumune (122)
  10. Peter Gabriel (116)

Top 10 played-from albums*, based on individual song play counts

  1. Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (91)
  2. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Original Soundtrack (48)
  3. Kou Ootani – Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 1 OST (42)
  4. Steven Wilson – Last Day of June Original Soundtrack (41)
  5. Joe Hisaishi – Princess Mononoke Original Soundtrack (30)
  6. Yukari Hashimoto – Yurikuma Arashi Original Soundtrack (30)
  7. Koji Kondo – Super Mario World OST & Arrange Album (30)
  8. Tomoki Kikuya – Hidamari Sketch Original Soundtrack (29)
  9. Exposé – Exposure (28)
  10. Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II (28)
  11. Yasunori Mitsuda – Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack (28)

*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 playlist or listening to the album all the way through, with each play of a song counting once. Or to put it another way, it’s easier for an album with fifteen short tracks to climb this chart than one with five long ones, for example.

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 2016 or 2017.

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