Girls On Top … in Social Media Music

The end-of-year and end-of-decade lists are pouring in, like glittering snowflakes of joy. Set aside any prejudices you may have about musical styles and enjoy the moment – girls are on top of the charts again.

Regular readers will know we love Last.FM (and also Pandora) for the excellent way they stream music to suit all tastes. You can fine-tune the song selections at will, so the Top 10 lists from large Social Media sites give a positive result. In contrast, the old radio Top 10 playlists tended to be influenced by music bias and marketing demands rather than popularity.

The Best of 2009 for Last.FM users is based on the number of tracks ‘scrobbled’ and the published results include the number of listeners. The list shows, again, the popularity of modern girls over the wimp metrosexual guys. The Top 15 reveal:

  • 5 girls
  • 4 rock bands
  • 4 indie bands
  • 1 mixed band
  • 1 guy

with Lady GaGa at No.1 and a large margin to No.2.

Our exclusive chart shows the Top 6 as they have the most significant numbers:

Lady GaGa tops LastFM chart

The only other stand-out number is the 1 million listeners for Muse (at No.14) but they only received 5.3m scrobbles.

Films of the Decade – Social Aggregation unravels Top 10 lists

The web is a marvelous tool for research and information gathering. It is also, now, a way to collect and compare. If you have a passion for music, say, or film, you no longer need to buy dozens of newspapers or magazines to see an overview of Top 10 lists.

There Will Be BloodOne rather clever example of list comparison was undertaken by Gawker.com to compile a summary of the Best Films of the Decade. Hundreds of films were collated from dozens of sources, including industry magazines, international newspapers and lifestyle websites and magazines.

The results of the survey reveal some surprises, not least that the critics failed to agree. Other highlights:

  • Pixar was the most successful studio
  • Lord of the Rings impressed mightily
  • Harry Potter failed to feature
  • comedy failed to impress
  • few films gained more than a half dozen mentions

The aggregated results list of the Top 30 Films of the Decade:

Lord of the Rings trilogy

Lord of the Rings trilogy

appeared on 12 lists
There Will Be Blood

11 lists
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ::
Lord of the Rings trilogy

10 lists
No Country For Old Men

8 lists
Momento

7 lists
Brokeback Mountain :: The Dark Knight

6 lists
Almost Famous :: Catch Me If You Can :: Children of Men :: Pan’s Labyrinth :: Wall-E

No Country For Old Men5 lists
City of God :: The Departed :: Finding Nemo ::
The Incredibles

4 lists
Cache :: Gladiator :: Kill Bill :: The Lives of Others ::
Lost in Translation :: Royal Tennenbaums

3 lists
The 40 Year Old Virgin :: Amelie :: Anchorman ::
The Bourne series :: Mullholland Drive :: Sideways ::
Slumdog Millionaire :: The White Ribbon ::
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