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The Most Popular Musical Artists in the World of the Past Decade (Alex Biles)

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Read it and weep. This is a list compiled by yours truly based on the number of last.fm listeners for specific artists, based on the actions of the site’s 40 million users through this week.

Obviously things like one hit wonders can skew the number of listeners for an artist relative to their total popularity. In the next week, I will release statistics with an average rank of artist listens and listeners, to try to compensate for that potential bias. There’s not much I can do regarding the lack information on listening statistics in Malawi, but last.fm does have a presence in dozens of countries. Nevertheless, this should be a pretty accurate list of the listening habits for those of us ages 15-30, or so, ranging from last.fm’s inception in 2002.

Any interesting trends or surprises on the list? Old people: how many of these artists have you never heard of? Make your voice heard in the comments.

Artist // Number of last.fm Listeners

1. Coldplay — 4,026,249
2. Radiohead — 3,691,571
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers — 3,550,645
4. The Killers — 3,464,564
5. Eminem — 3,273,183
6. Nirvana — 3,248,368
7. Rihanna — 3,223,450
8. Kanye West — 3,167,431
9. Foo Fighters — 3,119,073
10. Muse — 3,117,132
11. Linkin Park — 2,960,166
12. Queen — 2,903,559
13. Lady Gaga — 2,860,741
14. Green Day — 2,847,877
15. The Rolling Stones — 2,829,358
16. System of a Down — 2,780,344
17. The Beatles — 2,761,191
18. Oasis — 2,759,030
19. U2 — 2,701,822
20. Black Eyed Peas — 2,701,628
21. Gorillaz — 2,660,438
22. Michael Jackson — 2,560,570
23. Kings of Leon — 2,556,670
24. Katy Perry — 2,546,196
25. Daft Punk – 2,539,257
26. Franz Ferdinand – 2,525,060
27. Beyonce — 2,505,591
28. Guns N’ Roses — 2,467,628
29. Britney Spears — 2,465,720
30. The Strokes — 2,449,364
31. The Doors — 2,448,646
32. Lil’ Wayne — 2,419,605
33. Snow Patrol – 2,395,267
34. David Bowie – 2,364,717
35. Weezer — 2,356,018
36. Madonna — 2,347,991
37. Arctic Monkeys — 2,307,793
38. Jay-Z — 2,295,528
39. blink-182 — 2,271,630
40. Death Cab for Cutie — 2,263,389
41. Nickelback — 2,244,542
42. Maroon 5 — 2,239,763
43. Rage Against the Machine — 2,237,372
44. R.E.M. — 2,208,902
45. Beck — 2,208,115
46. The Offspring — 2,199,027
47. The Cure — 2,185,322
48. Placebo — 2,180,583
49. Aerosmith — 2,178,582
50. Smashing Pumpkins — 2,166,154

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51. Pink Floyd — 2,147,732
52. The White Stripes — 2,137,909
53. Blur — 2,130,128
54. Led Zeppelin — 2,110,972
55. Metallica — 2,103,979

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