Artist Rankings

Rank Artist Songs Avg. Rating Music Avg. Time/Song Stars
1 The Beatles 295 2.09 13:31 2:45.0 616
2 Van Morrison 193 1.90 16:21 5:04.8 367
3 Rolling Stones 156 2.00 10:12 3:55.3 312
4 Los Lobos 162 1.86 10:29 3:52.9 301
5 Bob Dylan 148 1.85 12:07 4:54.5 274
6 Paul Simon 90 1.90 5:25 3:37.0 171
7 Elvis Presley 81 2.05 3:29 2:35.0 166
8 Neil Young 83 1.84 6:30 4:42.0 153
9 Grateful Dead 83 1.82 8:48 6:21.8 151
10 Ray Charles 76 1.97 4:22 3:26.9 150
11 Lucinda Williams 68 2.04 4:42 4:08.9 139
12 The Who 72 1.92 4:29 3:44.4 138
13 Fleetwood Mac 71 1.90 4:47 4:03.4 135
14 Eric Clapton 68 1.88 5:49 5:08.8 128
15 Louis Armstrong 55 2.29 3:10 3:28.3 126
16 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 60 1.98 3:42 3:42.6 119
17 Jimi Hendrix 61 1.90 4:48 4:43.5 116
18 Johnny Cash 63 1.78 3:07 2:58.4 112
19 Chuck Berry 47 2.38 2:07 2:42.6 112
20 James Brown 58 1.91 3:41 3:49.3 111
21 Miles Davis 50 2.14 5:28 6:33.6 107
22 Alison Krauss & Union Station 52 2.02 3:08 3:37.7 105
23 Allman Brothers 44 2.36 4:47 6:31.5 104
24 Led Zeppelin 49 2.10 4:15 5:12.5 103
25 Creedence Clearwater Revival 45 2.27 2:48 3:45.3 102
26 Benny Goodman 56 1.80 3:07 3:20.5 101
27 Stevie Wonder 48 2.04 3:35 4:28.7 98
28 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 47 2.06 3:06 3:58.2 97
29 Billie Holiday 52 1.83 2:44 3:09.6 95
30 The Beach Boys 46 2.02 2:02 2:39.7 93
31 Frank Sinatra 43 2.09 2:18 3:13.7 90
32 Sidney Bechet 45 2.07 2:26 3:15.0 93
33 Bob Marley & The Wailers 50 1.82 3:06 3:43.6 91
34 Arthel “Doc” Watson 41 1.98 1:42 2:30.2 81
35 William “Count” Basie 39 2.08 2:06 3:15.2 81
36 Nat King Cole 37 2.16 1:52 3:02.2 80
37 Santana 41 1.93 3:26 5:01.9 79
38 Michael Jackson 33 2.39 2:18 4:12.1 79
39 Bruce Springsteen (& The E Street Band) 40 1.93 3:10 4:45.7 77
40 Elvis Costello 35 2.11 1:58 3:23.5 74
41 Django Reinhardt 32 2.31 1:36 3:00.7 74
42 Charlie “Yardbird” Parker 31 2.39 1:37 3:09.5 74
43 Muddy Waters 32 2.25 1:39 3:07.4 72
44 Aretha Franklin 31 2.26 1:44 3:23.1 70
45 Howlin’ Wolf 29 2.41 1:17 2:41.3 70
46 The Kinks 35 1.97 1:52 3:13.1 69
47 Steely Dan 33 2.09 2:45 5:00.2 69
48 David Byrne (Talking Heads) 32 2.06 2:14 4:12.2 66
49 John Coltrane 25 2.60 3:03 7:19.8 65
50 Artie Shaw 32 1.97 2:02 3:49.6 63
Rank Artist Songs Avg. Rating Music Avg. Time/Song Stars
51 Hank Williams 29 2.17 1:17 2:41.0 63
52 Elton John 32 1.94 2:35 4:51.1 62
53 The Doors 30 2.07 2:20 4:41.8 62
54 Sam Cooke 28 2.37 1:15 2:41.2 62
55 Thelonious Monk 27 2.30 2:06 4:40.6 62
56 David Grisman 31 1.97 2:02 3:57.2 61
57 Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys 32 1.84 1:25 2:40.8 59
58 Neil Diamond 28 2.07 1:36 3:26.1 58
59 Chris Isaak 28 2.07 1:33 3:19.6 58
60 U2 27 2.15 1:54 4:14.4 58
61 Willie Nelson 32 1.75 1:43 3:14.0 56
62 Pink Floyd 30 1.87 3:02 6:05.4 56
63 Randy Newman 30 1.87 1:34 3:08.9 56
64 Steve Winwood 27 2.04 2:12 4:54.7 55
65 B.B. King 27 2.00 1:40 3:42.9 54
66 Marvin Gaye 25 2.16 1:24 3:21.6 54
67 The Byrds 31 1.71 1:30 2:54.5 53
68 Sting (Gordon Sumner) 27 1.96 1:48 4:01.3 53
69 Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five 24 2.21 1:13 3:03.1 53
70 Ella Fitzgerald 27 1.93 1:41 3:45.8 52
71 Paul McCartney 28 1.82 1:36 3:27.5 51
72 Jonathan Richman 27 1.89 1:29 3:19.3 51
73 The Animals 24 2.13 1:22 3:25.7 51
74 Thomas “Fats” Waller 27 1.85 1:21 3:00.3 50
75 Sly & The Family Stone 24 2.08 1:30 3:47.3 50
76 The Yardbirds 26 1.85 1:10 2:42.4 48
77 Otis Redding 23 2.09 1:05 2:52.0 48
78 The Crusaders 21 2.29 2:12 6:18.1 48
79 John Lee Hooker 25 1.88 1:22 3:18.2 47
80 The Pretenders 21 2.24 1:19 3:46.8 47
81 Big Joe Turner 21 2.24 1:08 3:15.1 47
82 Lynyrd Skynyrd 24 1.92 2:02 5:07.1 46
83 Billy Joel 23 2.00 1:42 4:27.5 46
84 The Temptations 20 2.30 1:06 3:19.7 46
85 Diana Ross & The Supremes 19 2.42 0:57 3:00.3 46
86 Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company) 25 1.80 1:46 4:15.6 45
87 Buddy Holly & The Crickets 22 2.05 0:45 2:05.1 45
88 Carole King 24 1.83 1:24 3:30.1 435
89 John Mellencamp 22 2.00 1:26 3:54.9 44
90 Jefferson Airplane 26 1.65 1:34 3:38.3 43
91 David Grisman & Jerry Garcia 19 2.26 1:47 5:38.8 43
92 Fats Domino 20 2.10 0:44 2:12.8 42
93 Jethro Burns 24 1.71 1:05 2:43.7 41
94 Vince Guaraldi 20 2.05 1:26 4:19.3 45
95 James Taylor 20 2.05 1:10 3:32.9 41
96 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos 20 2.05 0:47 2:23.0 41
97 Ricky Nelson 19 2.16 0:43 2:17.7 41
98 George Benson 22 1.82 2:00 5:27.9 40
99 Boz Scaggs 17 2.35 1:20 4:43.5 40
100 Jackson Browne 23 1.70 1:44 4:33.4 39
Rank Artist Songs Avg. Rating Music Avg. Time/Song Stars
101 The Eagles 21 1.86 1:28 4:13.1 39
102 Curtis Mayfield 20 1.95 1:17 3:53.5 39
103 Bo Diddley 18 2.17 0:49 2:45.7 39
104 David Bowie 21 1.81 1:22 3:56.0 38
105 The Stanley Brothers 17 2.24 0:44 2:36.6 38
106 Carl Perkins 16 2.24 0:41 2:25.7 38
107 Louis Prima 18 2.06 0:57 3:13.1 37
108 John Mayall 17 2.18 0:58 3:25.5 37
109 The Doobie Brothers 21 1.71 1:21 3:54.1 36
110 Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) 18 2.00 1:34 5:15.2 36
111 The Seldom Scene 16 2.25 0:53 3:19.5 36
112 Barenaked Ladies 17 2.06 1:07 3:56.7 35
113 The Band 17 2.06 1:04 3:47.3 35
114 Marshall Tucker Band 15 2.33 1:13 4:53.2 35
115 Dion 15 2.33 0:42 2:50.1 35
116 Crosby, Stills & Nash 20 1.70 1:21 4:03.6 34
117 Peter, Paul & Mary 17 2.00 0:51 3:03.2 34
118 The Four Tops 17 2.00 0:49 2:53.7 34
119 Smokey Robinson 16 2.13 0:49 3:06.0 34
120 Steve Miller Band 18 1.83 1:03 3:32.7 33
121 Rod Stewart 17 1.94 1:19 4:42.3 33
122 Aimee Mann 16 2.06 1:03 3:58.3 33
123 Chet Baker 16 2.06 0:50 3:09.7 33
124 The Isley Brothers 14 2.36 0:57 4:06.9 33
125 Bobby “Blue” Bland 13 2.54 0:36 2:47.0 33
126 Beck 17 1.88 1:08 4:02.6 32
127 Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 15 2.13 0:44 2:57.4 32
128 Sonny Boy Williamson 17 1.82 0:47 2:47.2 31
129 Nick Lowe 16 1.94 0:51 3:14.4 31
130 Mose Allison 16 1.94 0:47 2:59.1 31
131 Madonna 15 2.07 1:12 4:48.5 31
132 Al Green 13 2.38 0:53 4:08.8 31
133 Bee Gees 16 1.88 0:56 3:33.0 30
134 The Everly Brothers 14 2.14 0:31 2:16.2 30
135 Carpenters 17 1.71 1:01 3:35.6 29
136 John Fogerty 16 1.81 0:58 3:38.9 29
137 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble 15 1.93 1:22 5:31.9 29
138 Booker T. & The M.G.’s 14 2.07 0:50 3:37.2 29
139 The Coasters 14 2.07 0:37 2:42.1 29
140 Donovan 13 2.23 0:44 3:27.1 29
141 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys 15 1.87 0:43 2:52.3 28
142 AC/DC 13 2.15 0:55 4:17.1 28
143 Mary Chapin Carpenter 13 2.15 0:49 3:50.2 28
144 Tower Of Power 12 2.33 0:59 4:59.1 28
145 The Drifters 12 2.33 0:31 2:36.1 28
146 Rosanne Cash 15 1.80 0:54 3:37.0 28
147 Toots & the Maytals 14 1.93 0:49 3:30.6 27
148 Earth, Wind & Fire 12 2.25 1:03 5:18.9 27
149 Stan Getz 15 1.73 1:19 5:16.6 26
150 Dwight Yoakam 15 1.73 0:49 3:32.3 26
Rank Artist Songs Avg. Rating Music Avg. Time/Song Stars
151 Wes Montgomery 14 1.86 1:15 5:22.4 26
152 Jeff Beck 14 1.86 1:03 4:33.4 26
153 Roy Orbison 12 2.17 0:31 2:39.6 26
154 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 14 1.79 0:59 4:14.6 25
155 Mark Knopfler 13 1.92 0:59 4:34.8 25
156 Jimmy Reed 13 1.92 0:33 2:34.5 25
157 Little Richard 13 1.92 0:30 2:21.3 25
158 Charles Mingus 15 1.60 1:38 6:34.5 24
159 Tom Jones 13 1.85 0:47 3:37.5 24
160 Three Dog Night 12 2.00 0:40 3:22.2 24
161 The Ventures 12 2.00 0:27 2:15.9 24
162 Joni Mitchell 13 1.77 0:55 4:16.2 23
163 Dizzy Gillespie 13 1.77 0:41 3:11.9 23
164 Chicago 11 2.09 0:53 4:54.1 23
165 The Cars 11 2.09 0:45 4:06.8 23
166 Mel Tormé 11 2.09 0:36 3:20.5 23
167 The Delmore Brothers 11 2.09 0:30 2:45.2 23
168 Elmore James 14 1.57 0:39 2:50.0 22
169 Stanley Turrentine 12 1.83 1:35 7:59.6 22
170 Chick Webb & His Orchestra 12 1.83 0:33 2:49.0 22
171 Merle Haggard 11 2.00 0:30 2:46.3 22
172 The Guess Who 10 2.20 0:40 4:01.4 22
173 Sam & Dave 10 2.20 0:27 2:45.7 22
174 Shelby Lynne 11 1.91 0:39 3:36.5 21
175 Gil Scott-Heron 10 2.10 0:45 4:32.5 21
176 Erroll Garner 10 2.10 0:36 3:38.8 21
177 The B-52s 12 1.67 0:55 4:39.5 20
178 Bob Seger 11 1.82 0:46 4:15.7 20
179 Albert King 11 1.82 0:33 3:00.6 20
180 Sheryl Crow 10 2.00 0:43 4:23.8 20
181 R.E.M. 10 2.00 0:38 3:48.1 20
182 Bonzo Dog Band 13 1.46 0:35 2:44.6 19
183 The Smiths 12 1.58 0:40 3:24.4 28
184 Tom Waits 11 1.73 0:47 4:20.2 19
185 Flatt & Scruggs 10 1.90 0:24 2:26.5 19
186 Nina Simone 10 1.80 0:43 4:21.8 18
187 Sarah Vaughan 10 1.80 0:34 3:29.2 18
188 Leonard Cohen 10 1.70 0:46 4:37.4 17
189 Wynton Marsalis 11 1.36 1:02 5:40.9 15
190 Spike Jones 11 1.18 0:31 2:53.8 14

6 thoughts on “Artist Rankings

  1. chris sturges February 24, 2011 / 5:55 PM

    This is a great site! Thanks for your hard work. What artist and what song have you played the most on your ipod? I have kept track of this on mine and find it interesting how it changes from year to year.
    Thanks,
    Chris

    • theperfectipodcollection February 28, 2011 / 7:09 AM

      Hi Chris,

      An unauthorized live recording of “Have I Told You Lately (Vegas Version)” by Van Morrison, recorded in Germany in November, 2003. Van Morrison changed the tempo of his pop standard into a more uptempo, big band swing type of number. This song has been played about 115 times, and has held the number 1 spot for a few years. One reasons it received so many plays is because I first heard the song after the iPod library was started, so my initial period of listening to it over and over occurred in the “iPod era”.

      “There’s a love that’s divine, and it’s yours and it’s mine, and it shines like the sun. And at the end of the day, we will give thanks and pray to the One.”

  2. gregbrady101thingsin1001days August 6, 2012 / 12:54 AM

    Other than a paucity of more modern entertainers (i.e. those who began recording in 1990 or later) this looks like a pretty broad and varied assortment. I have a feeling we would share quite a bit in common musically. Looking forward to sampling your work here.

    • theperfectipodcollection August 6, 2012 / 4:36 AM

      Hello, “Greg”, and thanks for taking a look. After taking a cursory glance through http://www.acclaimedmusic.net, I see what you are trying to do. A very ambitious project. In general, I have little interest in music after 1990, and quite a bit of interest in jazz and instrumental music. I use review books as a guide to song ratings, but often add stars for personal favorites. Thanks again.

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