People always ask “what’s your favorite music”—a harder question to answer than it might seem. Rather than try to stab in the dark, I resort to data analytics. Obviously.
Everyone likely has their list of greatest albums. But what I’ve always been obsessed with is the perfect album. We’re all probably familiar with buying the new album from our favourite band and being thrilled. Except for that one song. Or two songs.
I define a perfect album as:
An album you can listen to from beginning to end, at a medium to high volume, and you never feel like skipping a song.
Photo: David Byrne at Coachella, 2018
I created a playlist of David Byrne songs spanning his career and you can jump to the end if you’re not interested in my ramblings. I could talk endlessly about him.
At the beginning of 1983, I was listening to a steady diet of artists like this:
- Hall and Oates
- Human League
- John Cougar
- The Cars
- Men at Work
- REO Speedwagon
Not that these bands are terrible or anything, but they have one thing in common: I haven’t intentionally listened to any of them since then.…
When someone asks me this, I can always rattle off a few I’ve always loved, but then everything else is this giant soup and I can’t really rank them. So, I like to take a scientific approach.
I looked at songs I’ve liked in Spotify and found the artists with the most likes and this is the list I came up with for my Top 10:
- Ludovico Einaudi
- David Byrne
- Brett Dennen
In a country where there are no newspapers or news organizations left that do real journalism and where there are only a small handful of real journalists left, it’s nice to see AP take a principled stand. However, it’s also sad that taking a stand like this is considered newsworthy in the first place!…