Sunday, June 02, 2013

My CD Leaderboard

I just alphabetized my CD collection for the first time since maybe 2005 or 2006. Nobody's asking, but just for the sake of curiosity I tallied things up to make a leaderboard of which artists (or composers) I have the most CDs by. The rules I went by were to (a) only count CDs and (b) to count all CDs equally. So multi-disc sets counted for each disc, singles, bootlegs, live, greatest hits, duplicates, etc. all counted equally. What did not count was appearances on multi-artist compilations. I've sorted things by primary artist but also added notes on solo releases or other related acts parenthetically. I've listed every artist with totals of 10 or above.
  • 43 Depeche Mode (+ 3 solo = 46) [Lots of singles] 
  • 35 Philip Glass [as composer] 
  • 33 Yes (+ 4 ABWH + 2 other solo = 39) 
  • 32 Guided By Voices (+ 1 solo = 33) 
  • 31 Björk (+ 2 with bands = 33) [lots of singles] 
  • 30 Genesis (+ 26 Peter Gabriel + 2 Phil Collins = 58) 
  • 30 Pink Floyd (+ 2 tribute + 7 solo = 39) 
  • 28 Beatles (+ 6 solo = 34) 
  • 28 Richard D. James (incl. 17 as Aphex Twin, 10 under other names, 1 collaboration) 
  • 26 Peter Gabriel (+ see above for Genesis) 
  • 24 Chemical Brothers 
  • 24 Flaming Lips 
  • 23 Prince (+ 1 tribute = 24) 
  • 21 Rush 
  • 20 Einstürzende Neubauten (+ 1 solo = 21) 
  • 20 The Orb 
  • 19 Steve Reich [as composer] 
  • 19 Led Zeppelin 
  • 18 David Bowie 
  • 17 New Order (+ 4 Joy Division + 2 related acts = 23) 
  • 17 Jefferson Airplane (+ 3 solo/Jefferson Starship = 20)
  • 17 The Cure 
  • 16 The Who 
  • 16 Beck 
  • 16 Brian Eno (includes many collaborations)  
  • 15 Kraftwerk (+ 2 tribute = 17) 
  • 15 Neil Young (+ 2 CSNY + 2 Buffalo Springfield = 19) 
  • 15 Orbital 
  • 14 Fleetwood Mac (+ 3 solo = 17) 
  • 13 Autechre 
  • 13 Moby
  • 12 King Crimson (+ 4 Fripp + 3 Belew = 19) 
  • 12 Animal Collective (+ 4 solo = 16)
  • 11 Oingo Boingo (+ 1 solo = 12) 
  • 11 John Adams [as composer] 
  • 11 Radiohead 
  • 11 Underworld 
  • 11 Stevie Wonder 
  • 10 U2 (+1 Passengers = 11) 
  • 10 Beastie Boys 
  • 10 Moody Blues 
  • 10 Pizzicato Five 
  • 10 Velvet Underground 
  • 10 Glenn Gould [as performer]
  • 9 Morrissey (+ 4 Smiths = 13)
So there you go.

7 Comments:

At Monday, June 3, 2013 at 4:14:00 AM PDT, Anonymous TL Jackson said...

How many CDs do you have in total?

 
At Monday, June 3, 2013 at 6:20:00 AM PDT, Blogger hagus said...

15 Jefferson Airplane?
Also, HOW do you have 24 Flaming Lips releases? I didn't think they had that many physical things. "Zaireeka," studio albums, then...singles?

 
At Monday, June 3, 2013 at 4:24:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Pam Ellison Cisneros said...

Very impressive--now I have to Google some of the artists of whom I have no knowledge. You are constantly educating me, Adam!

 
At Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:49:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

TL Jackson: about 1700 discs total.

 
At Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:56:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Lance --

Jefferson Airplane:
"The Worst of Jefferson Airplane" best-of compilation, which was the first album of theirs I got, and which is now superfluous;
All 7 studio albums through "Long John Silver" (i.e., everything but their 1980s reunion album);
"Early Flight" 1974 compilation of previously unreleased stuff;
4 live sets, one of which is 2-CD;
3-CD "Jefferson Airplane Loves You" boxed set.

Oh wow, that's actually 17 discs.

 
At Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:02:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Flaming Lips:
All their studio albums, including the 4-CD Zaireeka, the "Heady Fwends" disc, and the early stuff on the 3-CD "Finally the Punk Rockers are Taking Acid" and 2-CD "The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg" compilations, their "Dark Side of the Moon" cover, and the "Christmas on Mars" soundtrack;
3 singles;
"The Fearless Freaks" compilation.

I don't have any of the rarities like the Gummy Song Fetus.

 
At Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:31:00 PM PDT, Blogger Anandi Raman Creath said...

Love this, and especially that your musical taste is so varied.

And man, that is a LOT of CDs.

 

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