I Know It’s Over: 2012, According to iTunes

The-Queen-is-Dead-coverAt the end of the year, I like to look back at the music that bubbled up to the top of my iTunes playlists. Owing to a number of factors (leaving an office job for a home office, starting a DJ gig, buying an antique phonograph) I listened to a ton more music this year than in years past. Interestingly, this isn’t really reflected in my iTunes Most Played list.

Partially, it’s due to the fact that a lot more of my listening came via Rdio and Youtube. Also, I spent a lot more time this year listening to actual records—either standard LPs, or vintage 78s on the phonograph. In any case, here’s what iTunes had to say about who my favorite artists were in 2012:

1. The Smiths: Shocker! For probably the twenty-somethingeth year in a row, The Queen is Dead  has been at or near the top of my most-listened-to pile. This year, my most-played tune was “I Know It’s Over.” It beat out every other song in my library by a factor of two. That probably says something about my year, but moving on….

2. Toro Y Moi: Saw them/him live this year, plus their cover of “Saturday Love” was a contender for a DJ set, so they got lots of spins.

3. Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique is oft-heard ’round these parts. This year, it was “Shake Your Rump” in particular.

4. The xx: Their second album took a while to grow on me, but both were frequently-heard in 2012.

5. The Beautiful South & The Housemartins: I was on a bit of a kick this year. iTunes says that The Beautiful South’s “We Are Each Other” was their most popular track, and if Rdio had comprehensive stats, The Housemartins’ “Sheep” would have come out on top.

6. SWV: Late summer and early fall I was on a New Jack Swing bender, and SWV’s “I’m So Into You” was on constant repeat.

7. ABC: I’ve always been a sucker for the New Romantic bands from the 80’s. “Poison Arrow” was a 2012 favorite. I love the bass groove.

8. Beirut: The Rip Tide was one of my most-played LPs this year. It also managed to rise to the top amongst the 200 GBs of music in my iTunes library.

9. Cut Copy: “Take Me Over” is still one of my favorites.

10. Jens Lekman: One of my favorite singer/songwriters. I missed the tour this year, but I Know What Love Isn’t was one of my favorite “riding the train with headphones on” records.

Unfortunately, Rdio doesn’t offer comprehensive stats, but my top streaming albums were:

1. Tycho Dive

2. SBTRKT s/t

3. Mala Mala in Cuba

4. The xx Coexist

5. Gossip A Joyful Noise (In particular “Get a Job”)

6. Freelance Whales Diluvia

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