10 Years of Scrobbling: The Top Artists


If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that Last.fm is celebrating 10 years of scrobbling. So how about the artists and tracks that have got the most people scrobbling over the past decade? Soon we’ll be looking in-depth at the top tracks, but here’s the view on the top artists from the first decade of dedicated scrobbling.

Only Girl (In the Top 10)
Rihanna is no slouch: the seven albums she’s released since 2005 have ensured her a spot as the only female musician in the top 10 artists, at #5. Lady Gaga edges in at #14, with Black Eyed Peas (and Fergie) at #21: proof that Last.fm users prefer a pop slant for female artists? Check out the female vocalists tag filter to find out.

Kanye Touches the Sky
Mr. Kanye West arrives at #8 with 118,524,985 scrobbles from 3,466,155 listeners, the highest-placed rapper in our 10 year chart. Lil’ Wayne gets the #30 spot worldwide, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you try out the location filter for our United States listeners. Play around to find out who’s big in Japan and making it in Mexico…

Dearly Departed
The largest proportion of bands at the top of our 10 year chart are still releasing music, but first up in the no-longer-with-us category is Nirvana. In at #7, their music lives on despite being released in its entirety before scrobbling was invented. 160,499,944 scrobbles from 3,498,740 listeners makes you wonder how popular they would have been had they been around today: check out who’s on top for even older tunes with our 80s and 60s tag filters.

…And It Was All Yellow
Coldplay rule the roost for our 10 year chart: formed in 1999 the English four piece soon grew from mild-mannered indie chaps to a band with a knack for choruses that fill stadiums. “Clocks” from second album A Rush of Blood to the Head remains a firm favourite with Last.fm users, gaining 9,471,002 scrobbles from 1,358,128 listeners. However, despite the most Last.fm users scrobbling them, second-placed Radiohead seem to be more addictive: the average Radiohead listener has scrobbled them an impressive 90 times, with 59 scrobbles the Coldplay average.

Check out the whole top artists chart at Last.fm and join us in celebrating 10 years by following the hashtag #10yearsofscrobbling on Twitter.