Happy Christmas from Last.fm

Monday, 21 December 2009
by hannahdonovan
filed under Lunch Table and Stuff Other People Made
Comments: 22

And that’s a wrap!

Last week we revealed the final top ten in our Best of 2009 list, with — yup, as some of you guessed on the group shoutbox three weeks ago — Lady GaGa in top place with her album The Fame. With roughly 6 million more scrobbles than #2 artist The Killers had with Day & Age, she definitely earned her spot! Perhaps unsurprisingly, she’s also top of the chart for most unwanted scrobbles thanks to the love-it-or-hate-it “Poker Face.”

We also put up a data download for those of you interested in remixing or visualising the 2009 data. We’d love to hear about your creation too, so don’t forget to post about it in the web services forum when you’re done.

All the scrobbles that’re fit to print

To have a bit more fun with the dataset ourselves, we traded pixels for picas at Last.HQ for a week and created a newspaper edition of the list! In addition to the Top 40, the newspaper includes some local data visualisations for London and New York based on listening in those cities. We were able to make this thanks to the lovely folks over at Newspaper Club, a new London start-up dedicated to helping people print their own newspapers.

If you’re out of our newspaper delivery squad’s range, have no fear: here are downloadable A3 poster versions of the newspaper centrefold visualising month-by-month listening trends for both New York and London. Or, if those cities don’t mean much to you, why not grab the activity page instead? It’s got comics, a music crossword, and our favourite — a crabcore connect-the-dots.

Scrobbling in the name of

Moving from one set of charts to another, the race for UK Christmas #1 has been a hotly debated one this year. For the last 4 years the #1 spot has been taken by the winner of X-Factor, a reality show much like Pop Idol, driven by the infamous Simon Cowell. Bored with the years of “X-Factor monotony”, a husband and wife team set up a Facebook campaign to get Rage Against the Machines’s Killing in the Name to number one. People started buying the single en masse, and thanks to our exciting modern world of downloads and live updating charts on iTunes, Amazon and other retailers, people realised that the competition was actually achievable. Hundreds of thousands of people who had before ignored the UK official charts were suddenly inundating the BBC Radio 1’s website to get the chart scores, and tuned in to the radio to hear the results first.

Much to everyone’s disbelief, Rage managed to pull way out in front of X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, bringing in 50,000 more copies sold than Joe, and totalling 500,000 downloads. The betting industry allegedly lost an estimated £1million, and the single has risen 127 places on our own Top Tracks chart to come in at number 7 for this week.

Last.fm users joined in the campaign:

Pretty cool.

Happy New Year

And that’s all for 2009! Thanks for continuing to support Last.fm seven years on; we’ll be back in 2010 with more. Right now, it’s time for a little Christmas tag radio.

Jingling all the way,
– Team Last.fm


  1. Tecfan
    21 December, 16:04

    I guess I didn’t pay attention.. never heard of this Rage Against the Machines Christmas chart thing, but I love the internet for making it happen! sweet chart. I would also think that anything from x-factor must be on the unwanted scrobbles list

    Tecfan – 21 December, 16:04
  2. Tecfan
    21 December, 16:08

    sorry for double post, but wow. Just saw the New York/London vs. the World graphs, and I must say, New York wins massively.

    Tecfan – 21 December, 16:08
  3. James Ulrich
    21 December, 16:10

    Happy New Year, guys!

    James Ulrich – 21 December, 16:10
  4. Matthew K
    21 December, 16:33

    All I can say is having Last.fm this year is one of the best gifts one could receive. Thanks!!

    Matthew K – 21 December, 16:33
  5. gringo
    21 December, 18:07

    release the newspaper edition of the list as a PDF… pleaasee :)

    gringo – 21 December, 18:07
  6. Mike
    21 December, 18:08

    Anyone know where I can get a physical copy in London?

    Mike – 21 December, 18:08
  7. Vegard Nyeng
    21 December, 18:15

    haha **** X-Factor and Simon Cowell

    Vegard Nyeng – 21 December, 18:15
  8. N
    21 December, 18:28

    Happy New Year for u too.

    N – 21 December, 18:28
  9. christmasmas
    21 December, 18:31

    Christmasmas new blog site http://christmasmas.com

    christmasmas – 21 December, 18:31
  10. Kirpus69
    21 December, 19:45

    Right back at you!
    Hope, wish, pray for the iPhone app to become available in Denmark in 2010!

    Kirpus69 – 21 December, 19:45
  11. Jens
    21 December, 20:32

    Enjoy your time off, everyone.


    Jens – 21 December, 20:32
  12. Gaiacom Wireless Networks
    21 December, 21:37

    Great stuff. Happy new year!

    Gaiacom Wireless Networks – 21 December, 21:37
  13. Genuine
    21 December, 22:04

    It’s been a tough year, I know——all the best and even BETTER for last.fm in the new year! Merry Christmas to all!

    Genuine – 21 December, 22:04
  14. d
    22 December, 05:40

    I’d been wondering if there was going to be a Best of 2009 radio station like there was the Best of 2008 radio station last year (since it got me listening to some albums I hadn’t yet listened to that year).

    d – 22 December, 05:40
  15. Klimmzugstange
    24 December, 13:09

    oh its new year again well happy new year to all of you guys

    Klimmzugstange – 24 December, 13:09
  16. Paul
    25 December, 17:01

    Merry Christmas from Latvija

    Paul – 25 December, 17:01
  17. Don
    29 December, 04:54

    Merry Christmas to all! (I’m a ‘newbee’)…
    This is a gr8 site and seems to be going places. Peace.

    Don – 29 December, 04:54
  18. spudart
    1 January, 17:48

    I love this top 40 chart of 2009! Any chance that the top songs of 2009 could be made into a last.fm playlist?

    spudart – 1 January, 17:48
  19. fretlessssss
    5 January, 10:41

    happy new year

    fretlessssss – 5 January, 10:41
  20. Dashiel
    8 January, 21:13

    Great stuff – we blogged about the campaign over at routenote, and it was good to see Mr. Cowell’s bubble pricked for once, but it’s even better to see that interest was revived in a cool old band in other ways.

    Dashiel – 8 January, 21:13
  21. Matt
    22 January, 12:54

    I think i’m the only one that wanted Joe from x-factor to get the Christmas number one.

    Matt – 22 January, 12:54
  22. Citizen
    1 February, 10:21

    How can I buy/order one of those newspapers printed out?

    Citizen – 1 February, 10:21

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