How Mainstream is Your Musical Taste?

I am…26.58 % mainstream in my musical listening habits. Kinda surprising – I would've guessed I was about 80% mainstream.  Actually I probably am 80% mainstream if this site could look at my CD collection.  But my online music listening habits (which are tracked by last.fm and which is where these stats are drawn from) are probably a lot more focussed on new bands that I hear about online.   And if I'm honest, I'm a bit more conscious that by streaming what I'm listening to to this blog, I'm helping create a virtual representation of myself.  So on my computer, I listen to hipster cred bands like Wilco, obscure singer-songwriters like Sam Baker and trendy but perhaps not yet broken newcomers like Lily Allen.  Meanwhile, at home in the CD player, it's all Spice Girls, all the time! 

[Edit: Except I just looked at the last.fm sidebar and realised that Anne Murray's “Could I Have This Dance” has been sitting there for about a week.  Embarrassing but it played at my grandpa's funeral so I wanted to hear it again when I got home.  No shame in that!  What'd we learn in 503?  Never apologize for your reading habits.  I guess the same should apply to your music listening habits.  Unless you like Nickelback.  There really is no excuse for that! ]

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Jason – don't toy with me about listening to the Spice Girls. I'm always trying to find other fans! Did you hear about the worldwide reunion tour possibility? Trivia question – which one is the only one not to have been pregnant?

    Posted 11 Jun 2007 at 7:00 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Hmmmmmmmm. What is this last.fm? I'm curious about how mainstream i am, as a proud rejector of mainstream music. Here's my recent played. How do i stack up i wonder?
    Me and Mia 3:31 Ted Leo and The Pharmacists Shake the Sheets 9 6/13/2007 9:09 PM
    Town 4:08 Richard Buckner Meadow Rock 9 6/13/2007 9:02 PM
    Mile 3:41 Richard Buckner Meadow Rock 5 6/13/2007 8:58 PM
    Lucky 3:26 Richard Buckner Meadow Rock 5 6/13/2007 8:54 PM
    Canyon 3:08 Richard Buckner Meadow Rock 8 6/13/2007 8:51 PM
    Dry Land 3:16 Buffalo Tom Big Red Letter Day Modern Rock / Alternative 1 6/13/2007 8:41 PM
    My Responsibility 3:33 Buffalo Tom Big Red Letter Day Modern Rock / Alternative 1 6/13/2007 8:38 PM
    Latest Monkey 2:45 Buffalo Tom Big Red Letter Day Modern Rock / Alternative 1 6/13/2007 8:34 PM
    Soda Jerk 4:27 Buffalo Tom Big Red Letter Day Modern Rock / Alternative 1 6/13/2007 8:30 PM
    Somebody Remembers The Rose 2:30 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 4 6/11/2007 9:53 PM
    Losering 4:01 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 3 6/11/2007 9:50 PM
    Avenues 2:31 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 6 6/11/2007 9:46 PM
    Waiting To Derail 3:54 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 8 6/11/2007 9:44 PM
    Dancing With The Women At The Bar 4:38 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 7 6/11/2007 9:40 PM
    Houses On The Hill 2:38 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 6 6/11/2007 9:31 PM
    Everything I Do 4:31 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 5 6/11/2007 9:28 PM
    16 Days 3:54 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 6 6/11/2007 9:24 PM
    Yesterday's News 2:49 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 6 6/11/2007 9:20 PM
    Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight 3:14 Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Country 6 6/11/2007 9:17 PM
    Silver Lining 3:03 Stiff Little Fingers All the Best Disc 2 Alternative 1 6/11/2007 9:05 PM
    Bloody Sunday 3:23 Stiff Little Fingers All the Best Disc 1 Alternative 2 6/11/2007 9:00 PM
    Gotta Gettaway 3:36 Stiff Little Fingers All the Best Disc 1 Alternative 2 6/11/2007 8:56 PM
    78 RPM 2:36 Stiff Little Fingers All the Best Disc 1 Alternative 2 6/11/2007 8:53 PM
    Alternative Ulster 2:43 Stiff Little Fingers All the Best Disc 1 Alternative 2 6/11/2007 8:50 PM
    Wasted Life 3:15 Stiff Little Fingers All the Best Disc 1 Alternative 2 6/11/2007 8:47 PM
    Suspect Device 2:43 Stiff Little Fingers All the Best Disc 1 Alternative 2 6/11/2007 8:44 PM
    Dusk, 30th September 2005 0:38 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 2 6/11/2007 8:41 PM
    We're Comin' Out 2:21 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 3 6/11/2007 8:40 PM
    Favorite Thing 2:19 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 3 6/11/2007 8:38 PM
    Fillmore Jive 6:38 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 2 6/11/2007 7:14 PM
    Hit The Plane Down 3:36 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 7:03 PM
    Heaven Is A Truck 2:30 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 7:00 PM
    Range Life 4:55 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 4 6/11/2007 6:57 PM
    5-4=Unity 2:09 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 6:52 PM
    Gold Soundz 2:40 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 6:50 PM
    Unfair 2:33 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 6:48 PM
    Newark Wilder 3:53 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 6:45 PM
    Cut Your Hair 3:06 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 6:41 PM
    Stop Breathin' 4:28 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 6:38 PM
    Elevate Me Later 2:51 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 3 6/11/2007 6:33 PM
    Silence Kit 3:01 Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins Rock 5 6/11/2007 6:31 PM
    Ever 2:56 Flipper Generic Hardcore Punk 4 6/11/2007 6:27 PM
    Who Do You Love? 4:14 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Living With the Living Alternative & Punk 8 6/11/2007 6:20 PM
    Army Bound 3:11 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Living With the Living Alternative & Punk 11 6/11/2007 6:16 PM
    The Sons of Cain 3:59 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Living With the Living Alternative & Punk 15 6/11/2007 6:13 PM
    Fourth World War 0:35 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Living With the Living Alternative & Punk 15 6/11/2007 6:09 PM
    The Angels' Share 3:46 Ted Leo and The Pharmacists Shake the Sheets 6 6/11/2007 4:26 PM
    Take Pills 5:23 Panda Bear Person Pitch 1 6/9/2007 6:34 PM
    Comfy in Nautica 4:04 Panda Bear Person Pitch 1 6/9/2007 6:28 PM
    cyborg II 6:59 Humcrush hornswoggle _ ( rune grammofon ) 4 6/9/2007 5:08 PM
    You Have Gone Wrong 5:04 Harry The Sexual Life Of The Savages: Underground Post-Punk From Sau Paulo, Brazil Post-Punk 1 6/9/2007 4:21 PM
    Angel Of Sin 6:07 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 4:16 PM
    Not Everybody Likes Us 4:30 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 4:10 PM
    Dick In Dixie 2:37 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 3 6/9/2007 4:06 PM
    Crazed Country Rebel 3:09 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 4:03 PM
    My Drinkin' Problem 2:42 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 5 6/9/2007 4:00 PM
    Smoke And Wine 2:36 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 3:57 PM
    Pills I Took 2:31 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 3:55 PM
    Low Down 3:24 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 3:52 PM
    D Ray White 3:47 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 3:49 PM
    Country Heroes 3:29 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 3:45 PM
    Things You Do To Me 2:22 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 3:41 PM
    Thrown Out Of The Bar 2:07 Hank Williams III Straight To Hell 1 6/9/2007 3:39 PM
    The One Who Got Us Out 3:04 Ted Leo and The Pharmacists Shake the Sheets 4 6/9/2007 3:21 PM
    Discharge 3:24 Bill Laswell/Last Exit Last Exit Jazz 1 6/5/2007 9:06 PM
    Zulu Butter 2:20 Bill Laswell/Last Exit Last Exit Jazz 1 6/5/2007 8:19 PM
    Voice of a Skin Hanger 1:44 Bill Laswell/Last Exit Last Exit Jazz 1 6/5/2007 8:17 PM
    Sembung Gilang 2:36 Sembung Gilang Java – The Jasmine Isle: Gamelan Music National Folk 2 6/2/2007 5:46 PM
    Dawn, 2nd October 2005 0:41 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:44 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 7 2:22 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:43 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 6 6:33 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:40 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 4 (Epilogue) 4:49 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:34 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 1 (Reprise) 2:04 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:29 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 5 2:25 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:27 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 4 4:33 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:25 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 3 4:43 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:20 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 2 3:34 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:15 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 1 3:35 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:12 PM
    Map In Hand Pt. 1 (Prologue) 2:01 Seaworthy Map In Hand | 12k 1 6/2/2007 5:08 PM
    Gary's Got A Boner 2:28 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 2 6/2/2007 5:03 PM
    Seen Your Video 3:08 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 2 6/2/2007 5:00 PM
    Unsatisfied 4:01 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 2 6/2/2007 4:57 PM
    Black Diamond 2:40 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 2 6/2/2007 4:53 PM
    Androgynous 3:11 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 2 6/2/2007 4:50 PM
    Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out 1:53 The Replacements Let It Be AlternRock 2 6/2/2007 4:47 PM
    Stereo Music For Serge Modular Prototype (Part One) 3:36 Keith Fullerton Whitman Multiples Alternative & Punk 3 6/2/2007 4:18 PM
    Stereo Music For Hi-Hat 2:49 Keith Fullerton Whitman Multiples Alternative & Punk 5 6/2/2007 4:14 PM
    Wish I Could 2:42 The Jesus And Mary Chain Stoned & Dethroned Alternative 1 6/2/2007 4:06 PM
    Sometimes Always 2:32 The Jesus And Mary Chain Stoned & Dethroned Alternative 1 6/2/2007 4:03 PM
    Be Quiet Mt. Heart Attack! 3:28 Liars Drum’s Not Dead Indie 6 6/2/2007 4:00 PM
    The Living End 2:15 The Jesus & Mary Chain Psychocandy Alternative & Punk 3 6/2/2007 3:39 PM
    Just Like Honey 3:01 The Jesus & Mary Chain Psychocandy Alternative & Punk 3 6/2/2007 3:37 PM
    N. Animals 2:34 Deerhunter Deerhunter 1 6/1/2007 10:29 PM
    Birds 3:10 Butthole Surfers Electric Larryland Rock 1 6/1/2007 10:14 PM
    Dreams 5:34 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 1 6/1/2007 9:37 PM
    Breakfast in Bed 3:52 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 2 6/1/2007 7:51 PM
    Natural Resources 4:38 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 2 6/1/2007 7:48 PM
    Rock My Boat 3:52 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 2 6/1/2007 7:43 PM
    The Distance 4:05 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 2 6/1/2007 7:39 PM
    Roll On 3:40 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 2 6/1/2007 7:35 PM
    I'd Like to Know 3:47 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 3 6/1/2007 7:31 PM
    To a Fault 6:32 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 2 6/1/2007 7:28 PM
    Dumb Luck 5:21 Dntel Dumb Luck Electronic 1 6/1/2007 7:21 PM
    Pink 4:20 Boris Pink Rock 1 6/1/2007 7:14 PM
    Farewell 7:33 Boris Pink Rock 1 6/1/2007 7:10 PM

    Posted 14 Jun 2007 at 4:30 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Well, I have to admit that I don't own any of their albums but I do admit to admiring the pop concoction that they are (were).
    With that said, the Ginger Spice “autobiography” is the book that pops into my head whenever I get involved in a “most embarrassing book you've ever read” discussion (though I rarely admit to having read this one and try to still pick one that's not so embarrassing.)
    But I have a weakness for pop/rock biographies of any kind so what can I say? I read it.
    As for the only one not to have been pregnant – is it Baby Spice?
    Oh, and I had to go to Wikipedia for a reminder that “Ginger” was the codename of Geri Halliwell. So sorry, I'm probably not the biggest fan around.

    Posted 08 Jul 2007 at 5:19 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Last.fm is a web site that uses a little utility you install with your music player (WinAmp, iTunes or whatever) then it tracks the music you listen to over time. This site pulls that data and uses a formula to come up with how mainstream you are.
    Here's my last.fm page

    Posted 08 Jul 2007 at 5:24 pm

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