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Wednesday, September 14, 2005


The 40 biggest bands in the world



My obsession/collection with weird charts continues. What do you reckon about this?

1 Coldplay
2 Radiohead
3 Green Day
4 The Beatles
5 Death Cab for Cutie
6 System of a Down
7 Foo Fighters
8 Gorillaz
9 The White Stripes
10 Weezer
11 Red Hot Chili Peppers
12 Nirvana
13 The Killers
14 Metallica
15 Pink Floyd
16 Beck
17 U2
18 Franz Ferdinand
19 Oasis
20 Led Zeppelin
21 Nine Inch Nails
22 The Smashing Pumpkins
23 blink-182
24 The Cure
25 Queen
26 Muse
27 Kanye West
28 The Postal Service
29 Bloc Party
30 Modest Mouse
31 David Bowie
32 Bright Eyes
33 Incubus
34 Pixies
35 R.E.M.
36 Jimmy Eat World
37 Interpol
37 The Offspring
39 Linkin Park
40 The Shins

Taken from Audioscrobbler/last.fm's weekly artist reach - ie this chart is sorted by the most popular played artists over the last 7 days from Audioscrobbler's army of thousands of well-meaning nerds, of which I am one.

The Shins???

Now apparently if it was down to me, the top 40 would apparently look like this:

1 Sultans of Ping F.C.
2 Blur
3 Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
4 Radiohead
5 A
6 Art Brut
7 Kate Bush
7 Franz Ferdinand
9 frank and walters
10 Data Panik
11 ¬°Forward, Russia!
12 They Might Be Giants
13 XTC
14 My Life Story
15 Coldplay
15 The Cardigans
15 British Sea Power
15 Bloc Party
19 Republica
19 Salad
21 Pulp
22 Stereolab
22 Manic Street Preachers
22 Echobelly
22 Kenickie
22 The Darling Buds
27 Ben Folds Five
27 The Clash
27 bis
27 Gorillaz
27 The Stone Roses
27 Saint Etienne
27 Marion
27 A House
35 The Divine Comedy
35 Pop Will Eat Itself
35 Super Furry Animals
35 Barenaked Ladies
35 Menswear
35 The Pipettes

Be honest, which one's better?

Link to Audioscrobbler chart
My Audioscrobbler page



posted by Paul at 6:20 pm


27 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

This post was up for 7 minutes before it got referrer-spammed :-(

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 6:38:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhhh, where are the Stones?

Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:30:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

Below the Shins, it would seem

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yours is considerably better it has to be said, but Blur ahead of Carter? Tsk tsk...

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:10:00 am  
Blogger Paul said...

a mere glitch.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:29:00 am  
Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

interesting. i signed uo for audioscrobbler 3 days ago and am addicted to checking its stats.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 11:41:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, no Luxury of Feeling Fine?

Sunday, September 25, 2005 3:41:00 pm  
Blogger Parklife said...

Well your list looks a lot like my record collection.. :-)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:33:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, New Order/Joy Division? Half of those bands wouldn't even be on that list if it weren't for the longtime band!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:11:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how are Deathcab the fifth biggest band in the world? nobody knows them in Europe! The Beatles should be number 1 WITHOUT a doubt - based on the fact that they're the biggest band ever. Even though theyre not popular now,bands like Metallica or Kiss would still be a lot bigger than Coldplay. It seems to me you just wrote down a list of the trendiest bands in the world...

Saturday, November 05, 2005 1:54:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

... I don't think you bothered to read the article fully, my anonymous friend.

Saturday, November 05, 2005 2:26:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Oasis should be right up the top, and green day and blink they should not be in there.

Friday, December 09, 2005 4:17:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green Day deserves their spot up there, they climbed the charts faster than anyone else in the past years.

Sunday, December 11, 2005 9:40:00 pm  
Blogger oz said...

Franz Fwedinand rocks!!! They should be the best band!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006 6:04:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

??? U2 are the biggest band in the world everyone knows this.., im no music guru but ever i know that ;?

Thursday, May 24, 2007 1:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coldplay are probably bigger than U2 at the moment.

Saturday, June 30, 2007 10:28:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that first list. Led Fucking Zeppelin is 15 spaces below Death Cab? What fucking pack of wankers created that list? Coldplay above the Beatles?

And that last comment that Coldplay are bigger than U2? Maybe in your arse they are, but nowhere else, mate.

Friday, March 21, 2008 4:01:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm sure the second list is made after a lot of thinking, but since we are talking about the whole world, I'd like to say something. I live in the other side of the planet, far away from the rock n roll scene. You guys are open to a larger variety of bands, so you can choose better according to your tastes. But if reaching out to a small country counts at all, I'd say the first list makes sense, though I wouldn't agree with the order. The Beatles, no doubt, are no 1. And other bands big over here in general? Green Day and Metallica. They're huge here. Queen, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, RHCP, Pink Floyd, Linkin Park, U2, and recently Coldplay. They all inspire our people like hell, and thats saying something. The second list...I've never had the oppurtunity to even hear some their names till now. So if my opinion counts, as far as reaching out goes....list one.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 9:03:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Oasis and Coldplay announced a gig at Wembley Stadium at the same time Oasis would sell out much quicker. In England at least Oasis are still the biggest band, no one else comes close.

Monday, July 21, 2008 2:34:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing as this is the BIGGEST BAND list, I have to say the first one makes more sense. Most people don't even know the bands from the second list. I agree, Beatles should be number 1. since they ARE the biggest band ever. Led should be higher up, so should Pink Floyd, Oasis, Queen, U2, and Metallica. Green Day IS very big actually, everyone knows them, but still, they should be around the 10th mark or something.
P.S. Kanye West isn't really a band, is he?

Monday, August 04, 2008 8:24:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhum... where is Muse in your list... Best band ever!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 8:31:00 am  
Anonymous mushwherritt said...

MetallicA's album sales are second to the Beatles since the year 2000, i think that says something about how big they are!!

Monday, August 25, 2008 10:37:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about Nickelback

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:32:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! you gotta be kidding me...
Everyone knows U2 is the biggest band in the world. The Beatles don't count cos they're dead, Stones are not as "big" as the once were so they're out too. Blur?? get the fuck out!
the chili pepers, Oasis, Coldplay, Metallica, even Nickelback are the biggest bands out there right now. Green Day too, same with the Foo Fighters

Monday, October 27, 2008 3:22:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green Day bigger than The Beatles?? C'mon!!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 3:43:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BUNCH OF FUCKING IDIOTS

BIGGEST BANDS IS LIEK BEATLES N EAGLES N LED ZEPPELIN AND ALL THAT OLD SHIT AND THE ONLY NEW BAND THAT COMES CLOSE TO THEM IS LIKIN PARK!

DONT BELIVE ME? LOOK UP TOTAL ALBUM SALES U FUCKING DICKFUCKS?? GREENDAY LIKE FAILED AFTER DOOKIE AND ONLY GOT A LIL BIT OF RECOGNITION FOR AA BUT THERE STILL NOT SUPER POPULAR YET EVERYONE KNOWS LINKIN PARK. AND DUDE WHO WROTE THIS LIST - WHAT THE FUCK ARE THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS DOING IN IT??? IM NOT SAYING THERE BAD BUT THERE MORE EXPERIMENTAL AND THERES NO CHANCE THEY ARE MORE POPULAR THEN LINKIN PARK. ALSO U FORGOT A BAND CALLED SLIPKNOT EVERYONE KNOWS THEM ADN EVEN PINK FLOYDD UR FUCKED!!!!!! HAVE A NICE DAY EVERYONE AND GET SUM CHICKS N EAT A MC CHICKEN IF THEY HAVE THEM IN UR COUNTRY THEYRE THE BEST BURGER HEHE PEACE

Saturday, December 20, 2008 8:17:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck all of yea.....fuck the beatles too....who has time to listen to that type of shit anymore....fucking idiots like ed burke do, best band in the world, ask the muff, hes got all that answers, even if their lies their still true so believe it and take his words of wisdom with gratitude or feel the wrath of aherlow gaa club. fuckabitch. arse buiscuits rats....

Monday, March 02, 2009 1:26:00 am  
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