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Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« on: January 09, 2010, 01:56:04 AM »

Yes, another thread about unnecessary organization. Sue me. :P

A lot of people have a favorite band, or a few favorite bands, and a lot of people will try to organize their favorites into a numerical list, like

1. The Beatles
2. The Beach Boys
3. Insane Clown Posse
4. Simon & Garfunkel
etc.

I don't usually think about things like bands or foods or whatever in such a numerical way, as the order will change with my mood, so for a long time I just had bands that I liked and bands that I didn't like. Then I thought about how much I listened to various artists, and how much I enjoyed their work, and I realized that my favorite musical artists sort of organized themselves into a tiered structure.

Tier 1 is my absolute favorite bands, who there may be a very small number of songs by them I don't like, but I love very nearly all their songs. For me, this is The Beatles and They Might Be Giants.

Tier 2 is the artists that I have heard a good amount of their material and liked most of it a lot and even loved a good portion, but who had some songs or albums that were just okay. For me, this is The Who, Rammstein, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Nobuo Uematsu, Queen, and Radiohead.

Tier 3 is all the other artists who I like much of their material, and may even own a few albums, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get their entire catalogue.

Tier 4 is artists I don't like. :P

The only real outliers are Billy Joel and The Rolling Stones. I used to like them a whole lot and would have put them in tier 2, and thus I have a lot of their records, but now I more or less put them in tier 3. Billy Joel is closer to tier 2 than the Stones, though.

How, if at all, would you organize the artists you listen to? Maybe give some examples?
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2010, 03:34:42 AM »

Hmm.... It always changes, so this is the "At the moment" esqe posts.

1) The Beatles
2) Bob Dylan
3) The Who
4) Green Day (I know, smite me now)
5) Rolling Stones
6) David Bowie
7) Pink Floyd
That's all I can come up with right now. But like I said, it changes.
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010, 03:50:30 AM »

1) The Beatles
2) Pink Floyd
3) Breaking Benjamin
4) Queen
5) System of a Down

I like all kinds of music, and it's very hard to pick favorite bands.  ;D
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 03:56:42 AM »

The order of these changes almost daily, except for the Beatles, which will always be on top. :D
1. The Beatles
2. Pink Floyd [hey we got some other Floyd fans here, cool beans]
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Rolling Stones
5. The Doors
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2010, 04:07:59 AM »

I've only recently realized that I'm really picky about "favorites" when it comes to music. I've never really had an all-time favorite band before the Beatles, except for Eric Clapton who was more like a religion because I've been listening to him since the womb. If I were to go by your tier system I'd probably put the Beatles and Clapton in tier 1.

List-wise, it'd have to be:

1. The Beatles
2. Eric Clapton
3. Queen
4. Journey
5. The Traveling Wilburys

I like a lot of bands/singers, but I've never really had "favorites" other than those five.

And that's not counting the solo music of the Fabs... :)
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010, 10:11:24 AM »

1. Beatles
2. The Pretty Things
3. Kansas
4. The Kinks
5. The Moody Blues
6. The Zombies
7. The Buckinghams
8. Led Zeppelin
9. Rolling Stones
10. Elton John

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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2010, 03:04:09 AM »

Mine change a lot
1.The Beatles
2.Gorillaz
3.U2
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Pink Floyd
6.The Clash
7.Green Day
8.Led Zepplin
9.Elton John
A few others but I can't think
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2010, 03:05:40 AM »

Mine change a lot
1.The Beatles
2.Gorillaz
3.U2
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Pink Floyd
6.The Clash
7.Green Day
8.Led Zepplin
9.Elton John
A few others but I can't think

Those are in my top too! :D
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2010, 09:25:49 AM »

Tier 1 is The Beach Boys. They're in a league of their own.

Tier 2 would be the bands that I "collect". Which means I have all the regular albums on CD and/or vinyl, plus all the other stuff (bootlegs, singles, rare pressings, solo releases etc.) that I can find for a reasonable price. Those bands would be The Beatles, No Use For A Name, Elliott Smith, Shelter, Ignite, Gorilla Biscuits, Beastie Boys, Tiger Army, NOFX, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Green Day, Minor Threat, As Friends Rust, H2O, Propagandhi, Youth Of Today, Bayside, Lagwagon and Undeclinable Ambuscade.

Tier 3 would be bands that I love but that I don't necessarily need to have complete (sometimes just because their discographies are too sizeable). That's really too many bands to list, but most prominently Cat Stevens, Elvis and The Doors.
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2012, 11:38:04 AM »

Based on how much I listen to them and how many of their albums I own :

Class A

Pink Floyd
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
The Kinks

Class B

Aerosmith
David Bowie
Jefferson Airplane
Led Zeppelin
Love
Paul McCartney (/Wings)
Simon & Garfunkel
The Doors
The Rolling Stones
The Velvet Underground
The Who
The Zombies

Class C

Bob Dylan
Brian Wilson
Dennis Wilson
Jimi Hendrix
John Lennon
Joni Mitchell
Roger Waters

Class D (only one album)

13th Floor Elevators
Amy Winehouse
Beck
Blondie
Carl Perkins
Carl Wilson
Elton John
Elvis Presley
Genesis
George Harrison
Guns N' Roses
Kansas
Little Richard
Neutral Milk Hotel
Nirvana
Paul Simon
Ray Charles
Syd Barrett
The Byrds
The Everly Brothers
The Moody Blues
The Pretty Things
The Ronettes
Tom Waits
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2012, 02:24:41 PM »

These are my very favourite bands:

1. The Beatles
2. The Who
3. Jefferson Airplane
4. The Byrds
5. The Kinks
6. The Zombies
7. Love
8. The Yardbirds
9. Buffalo Springfield

Other groups/artists I really enjoy are the Rolling Stones, the Doors, the Beach Boys, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Simon & Garfunkel, Traffic, Spirit, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, the Hollies, the Animals, CSN&Y, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison.
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Re: Favorite artists, and how are they organized?
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2012, 11:55:14 PM »

My LPs and CDs are on shelves in alphabetical order by group or artist name.  That's the extent of my organization.
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