Best of 2009

Thursday, 3 December 2009
by hannahdonovan
filed under Announcements
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It’s that time of year again… when the data & catalogue peeps, developers and design folk work together to create our annual Best of 2009 web featurette of what you’ve been listening to the most in 2009.

This year, we did things a little differently: to avoid last year’s Coldplay track list overdose, we decided to go for one big artist list (instead of artists/albums/tracks), and expanded the list to the Top 40. Once we finished compiling the list, we decided it was just too good to spill all at once, so we’re publishing it in weekly parts, along with some other juicy features. This week it’s the MJ Special; for next week we’re cooking up something fun with tag data. Also, don’t miss the Best of 2009 Group — we want to know who’s on your personal list too!

We compiled the Top 40 by looking at scrobbles for albums released between 1st October 2008 and 16th November 2009. We took out live albums, greatest hits collections, EP’s and singles before pulling them together into the lean, mean format you’ll see in this year’s Top 40.

We added some extra data this year, notably the month-by-month scrobbles (so you can see how you fit in with the global artist listens) as well as top tracks, event images and attendance data.

So check out part 1 of Best of 2009 with the artists that made it into #40 to #21!


9 December Update:
Ooops! An eagle-eyed commenter spotted some discrepancies with the “listener” numbers we were displaying in the Top 40, which we tracked down to a bug in our data compilation. We’ve now updated the list to show the corrected data for “listeners”, which represents the total number of people on Last.fm who listened to at least one track by that artist in 2009. (Since the Best of 2009 is ordered by album scrobbles – which weren’t affected by the bug – the order of the list hasn’t changed.) Our apologies to those affected by this error.

In others news, artists #20 to #10 are now live, as well as the Top 1000 by tag.