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    Your Song Count by Artist

    After trying without much luck a number of MP3 apps for windows I finally settled on good ole Windows Media Player. Sure it's a no frills app, but it gets the job done.

    One thing I noticed as I was playing with sorting my library was that the app displays the number of songs I have by artist. Here are my top artists/composers by song count:

    Note - I have 24 Various Artist albums accounting for 606 songs and 6 Original Soundtrack albums accounting for 100 songs, those are not included in the list. I've removed film score composers as they skew the results due to cue lengths, but of those Jerry Goldsmith is tops with 204 songs.

    1. Dream Theater - 109 songs
    2. Ayreon - 108 songs
    2. The Flower Kings - 108 songs
    4. Danny Elfman - 99 songs
    4. Spock's Beard - 99 songs
    6. Pain of Salvation - 98 songs
    7. Sigh - 95 songs
    8. Akercocke - 93 songs
    9. Opeth - 87 songs
    10. Between the Buried and Me - 86 songs
    11. Evergrey - 83 songs
    11. Solefald - 83 songs
    13. Yes - 80 songs
    14. Brave Combo - 76 songs
    14. Mastodon - 76 songs
    16. The Mars Volta - 75 songs
    17. Gojira - 73 songs
    18. Estradasphere - 69 songs

    then a huge bunch at 66 songs, including ELO, Riverside, Symphony X, Scar Symmetry and System of a Down.

    Fun exercise.
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    My music library ( Logitech Media Server ) does some statistics.
    This are the tracks by the top 50 Artists ( minus Various ), so there may be some dupes due to collections and live/alt take/demo etc:
    Mike Keneally 335
    Emmylou Harris 326
    Art Zoyd 320
    Bill Frisell 278
    Bob Dylan 274
    Stereolab 227
    Beatles 226
    The Flower Kings 221
    Lyle Lovett 190
    Andy Partridge 172
    Todd Rundgren 172
    Ozric Tentacles 156
    Motorpsycho 151
    XTC 143
    Miles Davis 140
    Van Morrison 125
    Miriodor 121
    Nataile Merchant 118
    Focus 117
    Peter Gabriel 117
    Steve Tibbetts 114
    Nels Cline 113
    Allan Holdsworth 108
    U2 108
    Travis Larsen Band 106
    Riverside 101
    Steely Dan 98
    Bruce Springsteen 97
    Bonnie Raitt 90
    Diana Krall 87
    George Winston 86
    Barry Manilow 83
    David Bowie 83
    Brand X 82
    Bent Knee 81
    Marbin 80
    Phil Manzanera 78
    Paul Simon 77
    Porcupine Tree 77
    Caravan 75
    Simple Minds 75
    Pink Floyd 72
    Sky 71
    Yes 71
    Billy Joel 70
    Cardiacs 70
    Sarah McLachlan 70
    Eagles 67
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    Big fan of MediaMonkey both on my laptop (Windows) and phone (Android). Handles very large collections really well.

    To that end, I didn't do an exhaustive search across my entire library, but picked a couple that I figured would be near the top.

    Tangerine Dream: 2051
    King Crimson: 1848
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    Lots of dupes here due to alts/demos/best of/live albums/etc.

    1. Beatles - 2312
    2. Marillion - 630
    3. Genesis - 425
    4. Oasis - 315
    5. Chicago - 302
    6. Heart - 248
    7. Yes - 237
    8. Spock's Beard - 231
    9. The Flower Kings - 226
    10. Glass Hammer 218
    11. Beastie Boys - 184
    12. Matthew Sweet - 174
    13. Rush - 173
    14. John Lennon/Pain of Salvation - 162
    15. Porcupine Tree/Public Image Ltd. - 138

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Big fan of MediaMonkey both on my laptop (Windows) and phone (Android). Handles very large collections really well.

    To that end, I didn't do an exhaustive search across my entire library, but picked a couple that I figured would be near the top.

    Tangerine Dream: 2051
    King Crimson: 1848
    I had Media Monkey for years but wasn't satisfied with the formatting for ripped files. Surprisingly WMP seems to be doing the trick, so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by julioscissors View Post
    Lots of dupes here due to alts/demos/best of/live albums/etc.

    1. Beatles - 2312...
    How is that even possible? That's an average of 10 versions of each song they ever recorded.
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    My top 10:

    1. Frank Zappa (246)
    2. Todd Rundgren (221)
    3. Genesis (165)
    4. The Beach Boys (136)
    5. (tie) Amon Düül II (128)
    5. (tie) XTC (128)
    7. Electric Light Orchestra (122)
    8. Yes (121)
    9. Barclay James Harvest (116)
    10. 10cc (112)
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    King Crimson - 432
    Art Zoyd - 326
    Pink Floyd - 223
    Henry Cow - 207
    Mike Oldfield - 206
    Gong - 206
    Jethro Tull - 187
    Radiohead - 149
    Hawkwind - 139
    Miriodor - 131
    Univers Zero - 111
    Soft Machine - 111
    Uz Jsme Doma - 109
    Van Der Graaf Generator - 100
    Steve Roach - 94
    Magma - 91
    Black Sabbath - 90
    Led Zeppelin - 89
    Tangerine Dream - 87
    Bent Knee - 86
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    Zappa (1838, this doesn't count other bands covering Zappa like ZPZ)
    Phish (893)
    Grateful Dead (871)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Eric View Post
    I had Media Monkey for years but wasn't satisfied with the formatting for ripped files. Surprisingly WMP seems to be doing the trick, so far.
    I used WMP as my primary library/player for years without issue so no eyerolling from me And when it comes to ripping, I still use WMP.

    There was a "breaking point" with WMP once my collection got sufficiently large, where newly added albums caused other albums/metadata to disappear. MediaMonkey has been much more stable for me (although the Android version has some irritating bugs).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    My top 10:

    1. Frank Zappa (246)
    2. Todd Rundgren (221)
    3. Genesis (165)
    4. The Beach Boys (136)
    5. (tie) Amon Düül II (128)
    5. (tie) XTC (128)
    7. Electric Light Orchestra (122)
    8. Yes (121)
    9. Barclay James Harvest (116)
    10. 10cc (112)
    Beach Boys, nice. If I had done this 35 years ago, ELO would've been in my top, but I am only now rebuilding my appreciation and collection of them.
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    I don't have itunes or similar anymore (and if I ever do get something like this again it's going to be hell to reload all of my albums), but if I had to guess my most popular artist would probably be John Zorn. (Zappa and KC would be my guess for the next two)

    Sorry to inject speculation into a field of data. :P
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    I don’t collect songs. I do collect albums, but for non mobile listening, it’s always physical media. Way better sound! Of course I’m 65, but I do uses Amazon Music Unlimited and with that app, I have close to 200,000 songs!
    So much music....so little time....

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    Pink Floyd: 74
    King Crimson: 72
    The Psychedelic Ensemble: 64
    Lost World: 57
    After Crying: 56
    OHEAD: 56
    Shpongle: 56

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    I have now started to play by artist each time I sit at the computer for work. It's cool to shuffle through an artist in your collection, find long lost gems, hear patterns, and keep a variety without pure shuffle.

    The best one so far is VA of which I have 600 songs ranging from Gregorian Chanting to Spirituals to Broadway Musical to Film Scores to Hip-Hop to Avant-garde to Metal to just about everything else, except New Country, the one Genre to be found nowhere in my collection, whew.
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