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    by » Sat March 9th, 2019, 21:12


    I haven't done a countdown like this in ages and wanted to do it to celebrate my 30th birthday a little while ago but didn't have the time. This countdown takes into account all my recorded charts from 2011-2018 (however there are some huge gaps in the first year or two) so I wouldn't call it an all-time list technically but the best recorded overview I could make.

    Going through the list, I noticed how much of a mess it is some artists charting solely on one song or one year of charting songs but it is what it is considering my records are incomplete, nothing particularly surprising nearer the top. I plan to do something like this again in a couple of years once the effects of the missing data evens out a bit and is less noticeable. I will share an extra 50 artists, Top 100 will get a bit of a presentation if I have time/energy.

    Well here goes

    150 Marianne Faithfull (Why'd D'ya Do It?)
    Don't know much about her but she has made some great and experimental records, love her husky voice and rough around the edges style. Explicit sexual lyrics in the song linked.

    149 Steve Hackett (Hands of The Priestess)
    Genesis member made music of his own and I love some of them, this instrumental is so beautiful and the melody sounds so similar to one of the songs in the Legend of Zelda video game series which I also love.

    148 Valerie June (The Hour)
    Bluesy country songstress, need to check her more recent stuff, kinda forgot about her but I think she is good.

    147 Afterglow (Riding Home Again)
    Late 60s band, sweet psychedelic pop/rock sound with some dashes of the experimental. The linked song might sound familiar to some, it's sweet and uplifting.

    146 The Amazing World of Arthur Brown (Love is the Spirit)
    Arthur Brown seems to have quite a few monikers, I think this is one of his more recent ones, he is further up under another name. His voice is so thick these days but still powerful.
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    by » Sat March 9th, 2019, 23:26





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    She is a relatively recent discovery for me, heard about her on some random interview of Natalie Cole who said Nyro was one of her favourites so that's when I went to listen, she has a really soulful and emotional sound. Need to explore lots more from her, she actually only has two top 20 hits so far but Brown Earth has been hitting my chart for a couple of years.

    My top hits:

    When I Was a Freeport and You Were the Main Drag


    Tomorrow we have a 50s rockabilly legend.
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    by » Sun March 10th, 2019, 17:52



    I grew up listening to Buddy, my dad was a big fan so I heard his songs all of the time and Buddy's singing style definitely influenced my dads voice, I still really enjoy the romanticism and innocence of the songs and feel good nature of them.

    My top hits:

    Everyday
    Oh Boy!
    Heartbeat
    True Love Ways
    Not Fade Away
    Peggy Sue
    Fool's Paradise
    Raining In My Heart

    Up next one of my favourite hippy voices.
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    by » Mon March 11th, 2019, 21:21






    The hippy trippy voice I was talking about is Gilli Smyth the space whisperer herself, from Gong fame (who are still to come), her seductive voice was a key ingredient to Gongs' sound and she was pushed to the forefront with Mother Gong to our ears delight! Most of their music is spoken word with magical music to accompany it, more ambient and spacey than anything catchy.

    My top hits:

    Wassilissa
    Water
    Four Horseman
    Time
    Faces (With Tom the Poet)
    Simple 1
    She Made the World


    Tonight Matthew I'm going to be....up next is the famous skater girl.

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    by » Tue March 12th, 2019, 22:13






    There's no denying AvLav has had so many catchy songs over the years, even some lovely ballads, still like listening to her songs to this day, she was big news way back in the early 2000s where her songs were inescapable, wonder if she'll ever get a glimmer of that fame again? Complicated in particular is so nostalgic and I remember hearing it on the radio for the first time.

    My top hits:

    Hot
    My Happy Ending
    Smile
    Complicated
    Everybody Hurts


    Next up is a seriously fun electronic French band that I reckon nobody knows about sadly!
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    by » Tue March 12th, 2019, 22:20

    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCrazy View Post
    Next up is a seriously fun electronic French band that I reckon nobody knows about sadly!

    Maybe knows but not cares
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    by » Thu March 14th, 2019, 01:22






    Love all the songs I've heard from them, I really ought to listen to their full albums more, I randomly stumbled upon them through suggested artists on Lastfm. Click and see what you think, I think they make really fun songs and there is something sexy about the vocals. They give me a French Gorillaz vibe, kinda.

    My top hits:

    Magic Powder
    Continue


    Up next a UK band that were very popular in the early 00s and Lily Allen had a #1 hit with one of their songs a few years ago...actually it was 6 years ago! Wow that went fast.
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    by » Fri March 15th, 2019, 01:51






    I've always liked Keane and thought their songs were very melodic and Tom's voice was always a highlight on the radio and added a nice emotional touch. I remember hearing "Spiralling" for the first time and not liking it one bit and thought it sounded quite different to their previous stuff but that soon changed, not really been into their more recent stuff but that might change.

    My top hits:

    Spiralling
    Is It Any Wonder?
    The Lovers Are Losing
    Nothing In My Way
    This Is the Last Time
    Better Than This
    Untitled 1
    Perfect Symmetry
    You Don't See Me
    You Haven't Told Me Anything
    Can't Stop Now
    Back In Time

    Up next is a velvety voiced British female who has been compared to the late Karen Carpenter.
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    by » Fri March 15th, 2019, 05:22

    Avril is definitely a talent. "Head Above Water" is one of the best songs she's done, but she was definitely one of the premier faces of pop/rock with gems superior to that one.
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    by » Fri March 15th, 2019, 21:30

    Keane had some great songs, 'Spiralling', 'Crystal Ball' and 'Sovereign Light Café' are among my favourites.

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    by » Fri March 15th, 2019, 21:35

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan View Post
    Avril is definitely a talent. "Head Above Water" is one of the best songs she's done, but she was definitely one of the premier faces of pop/rock with gems superior to that one.
    Aw Akini, haven't seen you in a while, we feel like universes apart these days music taste wise. Yes Av is really good, she has so many feel good songs, are you not really into What The Hell? Thought that'd be up your alley as it's very catchy. Only heard HAW once and it sounded nice but didn't grab me, will try her album soon as it's on my "to listen to later" list along with about 1 million other albums.

    Please follow and perhaps try some new songs/artists. Tell me what you think of Keane's "Bedshaped" when you have time buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Benny View Post
    Keane had some great songs, 'Spiralling', 'Crystal Ball' and 'Sovereign Light Café' are among my favourites.
    Ooh another comment, yes I like those especially Spiralling, Keane had some great singles, will give those others more spins.







    Her ode to Aretha Frankin really sold me, so gentle and emotive, the lyrics tell of how listening to Aretha got her through school and some tough times as a kid. I resonated with the way she connected with music in that personal way, her voice is so smooth and her music is very easy listening. Thumbs up.

    My top hits:

    Slow
    Reach Out
    Saving Grace
    Dangerous

    Up next is an obscure singer-songwriter from the 60s, folk rock fans may enjoy.
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    by » Tue March 19th, 2019, 10:47

    Hot is my favourite Avril song, her maiden (and last) # 1 in my chart.

    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCrazy View Post
    Up next is an obscure singer-songwriter from the 60s, folk rock fans may enjoy.
    Joni Mitchell ?
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    by » Fri March 22nd, 2019, 00:11

    Quote Originally Posted by LastDreamer View Post
    Hot is my favourite Avril song, her maiden (and last) # 1 in my chart.


    Joni Mitchell ?
    Hot is very catchy indeed, thank you for the comment, Hmm I hardly think Joni Mitchell would be classed as obscure.

    145 Rihanna (Kiss It Better)
    Yes I'm surprised to see her here too, back in the old days I used to hate on her something bad (in fact most of my posts from that period are so cringe for me now) I wouldn't call myself a fan of her but there's no denying I like a few of her songs particularly from her last album.

    144 Beacon Street Union (The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens)
    Obscure band from the 60s, great sound.

    143 Arca (Anoche)
    Relatively recent for me, his last album was very good, unusual sound, not sure what I think of his image but I mean, I'm open-minded enough for it anyway.

    142 Madonna (Body Shop)
    Always like Madge's songs, wouldn't really call myself a fan of her as a person etc but no denying she has had some great songs, her last album is why she appears here though to be honest, perhaps I should invest in more of her albums at some point.

    141 Justin Hayward & John Lodge (Who Are You Now?)
    Love Justin's voice and this collab album from these two was great, this track in particular is a meaningful and beautiful song.


    Will post #93-#90 tomorrow or Saturday.

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    by » Wed March 27th, 2019, 15:19

    ^

    So I will wait!




    btw. I like one Rihanna song

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    by » Fri March 29th, 2019, 23:31

    Aww Sonia, my one true fan x

    I almost forgot about this! Will continue tomorrow, way too tired tonight.

    Which Rihanna song?
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    by » Sat March 30th, 2019, 18:50

    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCrazy View Post
    Aw Akini, haven't seen you in a while, we feel like universes apart these days music taste wise. Yes Av is really good, she has so many feel good songs, are you not really into What The Hell? Thought that'd be up your alley as it's very catchy. Only heard HAW once and it sounded nice but didn't grab me, will try her album soon as it's on my "to listen to later" list along with about 1 million other albums.

    Please follow and perhaps try some new songs/artists. Tell me what you think of Keane's "Bedshaped" when you have time buddy.
    I actually do like "What the Hell" quite a bit! It topped my chart back in 2011.

    I checked out "Bedshaped", and it wasn't bad. I'll definitely follow this and try to do some deeper exploration when I have time.

    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCrazy View Post
    Hot is very catchy indeed, thank you for the comment, Hmm I hardly think Joni Mitchell would be classed as obscure.

    145 Rihanna (Kiss It Better)
    Yes I'm surprised to see her here too, back in the old days I used to hate on her something bad (in fact most of my posts from that period are so cringe for me now) I wouldn't call myself a fan of her but there's no denying I like a few of her songs particularly from her last album.

    142 Madonna (Body Shop)
    Always like Madge's songs, wouldn't really call myself a fan of her as a person etc but no denying she has had some great songs, her last album is why she appears here though to be honest, perhaps I should invest in more of her albums at some point.
    I wasn't a huge fan of RiRi's last LP, but she'll always have a special place in my heart and music library. She's the greatest new act of the new millennium for me. "Kiss It Better" is a bop! Phuck yo pride!

    "Body Shop" for Madge? That is such a peculiar choice!
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    by » Sat April 13th, 2019, 15:49

    Akini - Yes, "Bodyshop" is Madge's biggest hit for me so far, random but I like the sound of it!

    Sonia - interesting, that's not a bad one!






    Hamilton Camp is another recent-ish discovery, he has a lovely delicate sound somewhere between folk and rock, quite like a few artists of the time I guess but he has some quality songs and a strong voice to emote the lyrics.

    My top hits:

    Lonely Place
    Pride of Man
    For My Loved Ones
    Travelin' In the Dark
    A Lot Can happen In a Day
    I Shall Be Released

    Up next is a songstress from the 80s, she's been dubbed as the Adele of the 80s by some but I don't really agree...

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    by » Sat April 13th, 2019, 20:00

    I only know Avril and Keane! Thanks for this, it will surely introduce me to so many artists!

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    by » Mon June 10th, 2019, 02:57

    I just listened to Hamilton Camp's "Lonely Place" and I liked it!
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    by » Mon June 10th, 2019, 16:46

    Nearly forgot about this, been too busy to update, thank you for both commenting guys and Akini, that's wonderful that you like "Lonely Place", it's a great song, thanks for having a listen!

    I have redone the chart and have decided to prop up artists that have at least 3 top 20 hits on my chart, any artist with less (regardless of whether they have more points or not) I've dropped down the ranking to accommodate.

    I will now only be focusing on the top 40 and will update if I have time, a top 100 is always too ambitious for me because I'm too lazy.


    41-100

    41 Björk
    42 10cc
    43 Annette Peacock
    44 Van Dyke Parks
    45 Sheryl Crow
    46 Scott Walker
    47 Jem
    48 Buffy Sainte-Marie
    49 David Wise
    50 Rex Holman

    51 The Feeling
    52 Tim Buckley
    53 Linda Perhacs
    54 Melody Gardot
    55 Loretta Lynn
    56 PJ Harvey
    57 Nina Hagen
    58 Róisín Murphy
    59 Colin Blunstone
    60 Darren Hayes

    61 Gong
    62 Arthur Brown
    63 Saint Etienne
    64 Emma Bunton
    65 Exuma
    66 Gotye
    67 Art Garfunkel
    68 Chaka Khan
    69 Corinne Bailey Rae
    70 Tracey Thorn

    71 The Incredible String Band
    72 Free
    73 Green Day
    74 Moby
    75 Shania Twain
    76 CeeLo Green
    77 John Grant
    78 Juliette Lewis
    79 Lady Gaga
    80 Azealia Banks

    81 Ritchie Valens
    82 Perfume Genius
    83 Fryars
    84 Jens Lekman
    85 Poe
    86 Patrick Wolf
    87 Alison Moyet
    88 Hamilton Camp
    89 Rumer
    90 Keane

    91 Minitel Rose
    92 Avril Lavigne
    93 Mother Gong
    94 Buddy Holly
    95 Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
    96 Dio
    97 UB40
    98 Shoji Meguro
    99 Steely Dan
    100 Owen Pallett
    101-140

    101 Daevid Allen
    102 Emilíana Torrini
    103 Tim Hardin
    104 Bill Fay
    105 Jazmine Sullivan
    106 Gossip
    107 Klaus Nomi
    108 Kelis
    109 The Czars
    110 Cibo Matto
    111 Young Fathers
    112 Justin Hayward & John Lodge
    113 Madonna
    114 Arca
    115 Beacon Street Union
    116 Rihanna
    117 Valerie June
    118 Marianne Faithfull
    119 Tori Amos
    120 Bobbie Gentry
    121 Ray LaMontagne
    122 Stacie Orrico
    123 Laura Nyro
    124 Macy Gray
    125 Meg Myers
    126 Melanie C
    127 Peter Gabriel
    128 Oasis
    129 Classics IV
    130 Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    131 Electric Light Orchestra
    132 Smash Mouth
    133 John Cale
    134 Space
    135 Afterglow
    136 Steve Hackett
    137 Joe Bonamassa
    138 José González
    139 Blossom Dearie
    140 The Blasters
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    Just discovered Carpenters last December due to the release of 'With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' and I am so in love with them.

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