2012 Year-End Stats

Johnny Cash is taking more time to evaluate than I expected. I didn’t know his career very well, and he has a lot of songs under consideration. Add in holiday festivities and a bit of project fatigue, and I couldn’t turn it around before the New Year. I should have the profile up within a week.

20 profiles will complete the initial phase of the artist countdown. I created 25 in 2012, so completing the project next year is within reach. These top artists have so many songs, but I am more familiar with many of these artists, so coming up with a final rating for songs should be easier for them. Some will be arduous, though; how do you decide what to keep of the Grateful Dead?

Ultimately, the plan is to select 48 more artists to profile, for a round total of 200. The extra 48 profiles would be shorter, but might still take a year or more. After spending some many evenings evaluating songs, I’m growing a bit weary of the process. I have little time or energy to find new music, outside of the profiled artists. After finishing the initial set of profiles, I will likely take a break, so I can return to my other writing project, a book about modern golf course architecture and maintenance.

As of August 27th, 2009, I finished rating all the songs in the original collection. Here is the original breakdown of song ratings:

8244 songs
97 five star songs: 1.2%
915 four star songs: 11.1%
2615 three star songs: 31.7%
3492 two star songs: 42.4%
1112 one star songs: 13.5%
12 zero star songs: 0.1%

Average Song Rating: 2.436 stars

One year ago, the collection looked like this:

9246 songs
98 five star songs: 1.1%
895 four star songs: 9.7%
2659 three star songs: 28.8%
4100 two star songs: 44.3%
1483 one star songs: 16.0%
11 zero star songs: 0.1%

Average Song Rating: 2.297 stars

Today, December 29th, 2012, the breakdown is as follows:

9465 songs
98 five star songs: 1.0%
843 four star songs: 8.9%
2534 three star songs: 26.8%
4106 two star songs: 43.4%
1832 one star songs: 19.4%
52 zero star songs: 0.5%

Average Song Rating: 2.221 stars

549 songs were added in 2012, so 330 songs were removed. I estimate there are about 100-125 songs that were replaced with versions that sound better. Of the 52 songs rated zero stars, about 40 are unrated songs that need to be rated or discarded. A additional 100 or so songs were purchased from iTunes for review and discarded to the “iTunes Songs That Failed To Make The Cut” folder.

The average rating per song continues to fall. I’m concerned that I grow more critical as the project evolves; it feels that way. There may be other factors. Song ratings were generally higher before the blog countdown started; many songs get downgraded when reviewing these great artists at the top of the list. Also, it would be fair to suggest that virtually all of my favorite songs are already included in the collection, so a large percentage of new songs get a one or two star rating.

I hope everyone has a happy, sober and productive 2013.

4 thoughts on “2012 Year-End Stats

  1. Richard Supan January 1, 2013 / 2:27 AM

    Good recap John. If you have not seen it yet, look up Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” on You Tube. Quite a story behind it,

  2. theperfectipodcollection January 1, 2013 / 3:55 AM

    Thanks, Richard. “Hurt” is currently a three star song. I listened to the Nine Inch Nails version a couple days ago, and decided to only keep the Cash version. Peace, brother Richard. I think next year is going to be a good one.

  3. Richard Supan January 4, 2013 / 3:35 PM

    I gave it a 3.2 I decided a while back to use a 50 point basis system for ratings, putting the number in the Comments section. A three star song for instance can rate between 2.5 and 3.4. Won’t do it for every song, but will as I listen to the collection. Interesting over time, I doubt my ratings would change much more than 2 or 3 basis points for any given song. Have a good 2013 as well John!

    • Mitch May 14, 2013 / 5:02 AM

      Clapton is great, but really… better than the contributions McCartney has made? Early Clapton is awesome—late Clapton is run-of-the-mill (as George Harrison suggested). And where is the recondite otherworldly contribution of Francis Vincent Zappa? He was a better composer, and a more articulate guitar player.
      —Yer Buddy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s