Music 2017: Overview & Favourites (via ♬

Ah music, an endless world of tasty sound that stretches out forever. It might be impossible to listen to it all, but I'll try my best to hear as much as possible. The above image shows my top artists from 5th January 2017 - 5th January 2018 (those not listed in English are Jonghyun and Nobuo Uematsu respectively). Some of my big favourites. I love to have a time capsule of musical statistics at my fingertips, so here's one for 2017.

I listened to so much music in 2017. It was a dream. I've gotten back into using and I'm so happy I did, because I love the statistics there. I wanted to showcase their last.year page, which generates usually in the first week of January and allows you to look at a bunch of cool graphs and percentages about your listening habits across the previous year. Let's have a look at the difference in my statistics between 2016 and 2017.

These are my general records throughout 2016. I wasn't listening to much music during that year, and I didn't care too much about scrobbling it to either, since I'd more or less abandoned the site. That spike in October? That's when I discovered SHINee's '1 of 1' album.

Maybe I should be embarrassed that my top track is by my own band, but... it's a good remix, and I love listening to it.

That brings us to 2017.

As you can see, I listened to a lot more music in 2017. I fell back in love with as a site, and I made it my mission to listen to as much music as possible from July onwards. Given that July is pretty far along in the year, I'm excited to see how much more music I can listen to in 2018. It's kind of mind-blowing that in six months time, I spent almost a full month in total listening to music.

Of course, my top artist was SHINee again, since I was still discovering all of their back catalogue as well as individual members albums (like Jonghyun's 'She Is', which was my most played album of the year - I'm not sure why the cover image for it is broken in this screenshot).

I find it very interesting that I apparently listened to the most music on Tuesdays. The genre tags are very familiar to me as 80s Japanese new wave is a big soft spot of mine as far as music genres go.

A lot of the music I've scrobbled in 2017 was new to me, and I want to list a few of my favourite newly-discovered artists here: Wednesday Campanella, Hello Sleepwalkers, CHAI, Allie X, Nano, and Habibi.

I hope I'll continue to find some amazing music music this year too. Please do leave any music recommendations/stuff you're enjoying listening to lately in the comments (any kind of music, I want to hear about all of it, ALL THE MUSIC). Gotta get listening!


  1. Weirdly enough, I went to check out your page and ...was already following you?! So that must be where I found out about your blog!
    Japanese music is mostly uncharted territory for me, any recommendations for newbies who don't mind when things get a bit weird?

    Here's a Limerick skeleton for ya.

    1. Oh wow, not quote the Limerick skeleton I was hoping for, but I'll take it I guess. Huh, that's cool. Well, I do like Japanese stuff in a variation of genres, so I'll list some of my big favourites and their respective sounds. Hopefully you'll enjoy something here. I've linked to a page with a music video for each of them, so most are official MVs you can watch (and of course, scrobble whilst you watch) :-)

      modern rock: nano

      indie band: CHAI

      80s pop: REBECCA


      new wave, Devo/Kraftwerk style: P-Model

      odd/experimental/fun: Picky Picnic

      "city pop" (like a jazzy kind of pop meant for driving around the city or something): Mariya Takeuchi

    2. *not QUITE the Limerick skeleton I was hoping for

    3. OH! I remembered that I also have a YouTube playlist of a bunch of different Japanese stuff that I made a while ago. Here it is. It has 37 songs.

    4. Wow, thanks!
      Going to check out the first few now (the playlist has to wait 'cause it's almost sleepy time here).


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